Siva for Kids Foundation’s aim through this project Vishnu School to rebuild a school situated on the Eastern Cost of the Ampara district. This school was devastated during the tsunami and there is therefore a need of rebuilding the school so that the children can continue their education. Presently, the teaching is taking place under some temporary shelters, which aren’t able to last during the monsoon.
Vishnu school was destroyed by tsunami:
Siva for Kids Foundation got the opportunity to support the reconstruction of a tsunami effected school at Kalmunai, Amapara district, in Sri Lanka. The project is a joined co-operation with international none-govermental organisations like MS Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke (Denmark), 3F Fagligt f√¶lles forbund (Denmark), NST Next Stop Tamils (Denmark) and Green Movement (Sri Lanka).
Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke, the main administrator of this project, has recruited 15 Danish volunteers who will spend their summer holidays in Sri Lanka together with 18 local volunteers, who have been selected by Green Movement. During these three weeks, the 33 young volunteers will rebuild a school near Kalmunai in Ampara district, which was destroid during the tsunami in December 2004.
The brigade participants will work together with local construction workers and during these three weeks they will build a school (architectural drawings and rough budget is attached in the annex).
The brigade will arrive in Kalmunai the 10 th of July 2005 and leave again the 30 th of July 2005. During the workcamp, the brigade participants will be accommodated in a nearby former children’s home (which has been moved more inland due to the fear of a new tsunami) and the volunteers will live here in dormitory style.
The Danish volunteers are paying for their plane tickets and for all brigade participants’ food and accommodation expenses themselves. The costs have been reduced by donations from the union 3F, but the Danish participants are paying about $ 2000 each in order to cover all the above mentioned expenses.
Who will benefiet from this project?
Siva for Kids Foundation’s financial support for the materials of school reconstruction and through this “United Help” the local community in Kalmunai will benefit from the project ‚Äì especially the school pupils who will get a place to receive their education.
The school is situated on the eastern coast in Sri Lanka ‚Äì an area which was devastated by the tsunami in December 2004 and still haven’t recovered materially and even less mentally. Siva for Kids Foundation’s support at the needed time and through the intercultural collaboration with young volunteers from Denmark and different parts of Sri Lanka will help the local community in feeling less neglected by the global community. The presence of the brigade participants will hopefully bring laughter into their lives again. It is part of the plan that the brigade participants of course have daily interactions and play games with the school children and play a role in the daily lives of people in the local community.
The goal is to re-build a tamil school with 210 pupil from class 1 to class 11. the brigade will also help building a fence around a local Singhalese school. But the majority of the days will be spend at rebuilding the Tamil school, which is the most needy.
The rebuilding of the school has been requested by the school authorities and local community themselves. It is not something Green Movement or Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke has pushed ‚Äì the ownership is locally founded. The donation is a small one-off donation which will ensure a good environment for learning and progress for the children.