A sum Rs. 500,000 was channelled through Regency to purchase outboard motors to revive the livelihood of fisherman in Pottuvil. The relief activities for these fishermen are overseen by the Pottuvil and Arugam Bay Fisherman’s Association, a registered organization for providing relief. The Association was initiated by Charlie Anderson, a British national who was holidaying in Sri Lanka at the time of the disaster. He decided to stay on to help with relief efforts.
Outboard motors had been an urgent need to revive the disrupted livelihoods of fisherman. Hence, Charlie made a request through Joe Dacanay and Caroline Upton of Rotary Club of Napa Valley in California, who were volunteering in Pottuvil for these items. Napa Valley Club contributed US$5,000 (approx Rs.500,000) to our relief efforts, and this was in turn channelled towards the purchase of the outboard motors. Rotary contribution towards fulfilling the total requirement of 5 outboard motors at a cost of Rs. 135,000 each was 75%. Considering that each boat that goes out to sea will carry 4 to 5 persons, it is hoped that at least 20-25 families have been given the opportunity to start earning an income once again.
Regency thanks Joe and Caroline and the Rotary Club of Napa Valley for their contribution.
Further information on Joe and Caroline's visit is at http://www.napasar.org/tsunami.htm