Friday, May 29, 2009

RCCR Members visit IDP camp

3 Rotarians from Rotary Club of Colombo Regency ( PP. Mario, PP. Bary and Rtn. Nilesh) are in Manik Farm (IDP camp) overseing the installations of the Temporary Toilets received so far. They are also looking at other requirements needed and will report back to colombo by Sunday, 31st May 2009.

AWAIT Ground Situation Updates!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Rotary Club of Colombo Central gives a hand

On a appeal made by RCCR to all Rotary Clubs in RI District 3220, Sri Lanka via District 3220 - IPDG Thariq Thulba (Project Chairpeson - Rotary Sri Lanka IDP AID); the Rotary Club of Colombo Central immediately came forward and contributed towards 10 temporary toilets for the IDP Camps.
We thank the President and Members of the Club for their generous support.

Rotaract Club of Colombo teams up with RCCR

The Rotaract Club of Colombo, RI 3220 has teamed up with RCCR to assist the IDP's. They have already confirmed funding for 25 temporary toilets for the IDP camps and are looking at assisting with more.
We thank the President and Members of the Rotaract Club of Colombo.

Monday, May 25, 2009

More Temporary Toilets Needed

Dear friends... due to UN standards in sanitation, the required number of temporary toilets have doubled. therefore, we now need to source 100 units. The standard states that 01 toilets to be used by a maximum of 25 people.
Your kind contributions have helped us secure 50 units. That leaves us with a requirement of 50 more units @ USD 150/- each (Including cost of installation) bringing the shortfall to USD 7,500/-

Temporary Toilets Deployed

20 units of Temporary Toilets have already been deployed at the IDP camp thanx to your contributions.

We still require more funds to bridge the gap. your continued support is always appreciated.

Thank you

Friday, May 15, 2009

50% Target ACHIEVED!

Many Thanks to friends of Rotary who have contributed towards the Temporary Toilets requirements.

We have achieved 50% of our target (25 Toilets) already.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Situation Update

District Governor Nalin Fernando had been in Vavuniya for the last 4 days having discussions with the neccessary authorities to formalize the relief efforts of the Rotary District 3220, Sri Lanka. With the arrival of the Shelter Boxes, the authorities have demarcated a specific area in Zone III to set up the Shelter Box Tents. This area would eventually be developed in to a model facility and in all likelyhood the next batch of Shelter Boxes will also be deployed at the same location.

The facility will provide accomodation for approximately 500+ families (2500+ people ) and it is expected the families with pregnant mothers, children will form the majority of this group. The District has decided to concentrate our efforts with regard to Healthcare, Water & Sanitation , Food , Children's Toys etc at this facility as a starting point so that we can better coordinate and quantify the efforts.

In addition, the Rotarians in District 3220, Sri Lanka are working on several initiatives to help the IDP's in providing Wheelchairs, Artificial Limbs, Vocational Training etc.

Immediate Role of RCCR

The primary role of our club at this facility demarcated for Rotary Shelter Boxes will be to provide water & sanitation facilities.

There is an adequate supply of water at the moment. However, the need for Toilets is extremely urgent. Other than providing a basic human need a proper toilet will prevent the spread of disease at these camps.

The initial requirement is to build 50 Toilets , based on the design listed below. The approximate cost of a toilet is US$ 150.

We solicit your urgent assistance to fund one or more toilets. All donations in cash or kind will receive an official acknowledgement from the Club.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Lanka Hydraulics donates medicine to RCCR

Lanka Hydraulics has donated medicine worth LKR 52,000 to the Rotary Club of Colombo Regency to be used for the relief efforts being conducted by Rotary for the IDP’s in the North.

RCCR will be handing over stock of medicine to Rotary Club of Capital City who is spearheading the conduct of Health Camps for the IDP’s arriving in the North subsequent to their first Health Camp conducted at Menik Farm earlier.

Donation by Akbar Pharmaceuticals

Akbar Pharmaceuticals donated 20,000 tables of Paracetamol and 100 sachets of Rehydration salt packs to RCCR to be used for the relief efforts being conducted by Rotary for the IDP’s in the North.

RCCR will be handing over stock of medicine to Rotary Club of Capital City who is spearheading the conduct of Health Camps for the IDP’s arriving in the North subsequent to their first Health Camp conducted at Menik Farm earlier.

Akbar Pharmaceuticals has also provided us a facility to obtain medicine at a discounted price for our relief efforts.

District 3220 formulates Rotary Response

The officials of the District 3220 met twice last week to formulate a coordinated response from the Rotary District 3220 for the ongoing relief efforts being provided to the IDP’s in the North. An Apex committee headed by PDG Thariq Thulba has been established to coordinate the efforts of the individual clubs so that duplication of efforts can be avoided and our efforts can be directed where they are in dire need.

At this initial state several clubs have come forward to spearhead relief initiatives in different areas. For the time being, the following clubs will be taking the lead in their respective areas as outlined below so that all clubs can channel their efforts through the designated clubs.

Medicine & Health Camps - Rotary Club of Capital City

Water & Sanitation - Rotary Club of Colombo Regency

Education & Children’s Toys - Rotary Club of Colombo

Food (Dry Rations ) & Cooking Utensils - (To be confirmed)

Vocational Training & Prov. Of Basic Tools - (To be confirmed)

Logistics & Transportation - PDG Lucky Peiris

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Sample of Temporary Toilets

A sample Structure of a Temporary Toilet was constructed (Squatting Pan not included yet) so as to get an idea for potential donors.

We have requested for more ventilation points to be included at the top section of the units.

The sample unit can be examined at:

#52, Green Path
Colombo 03

Sri Lanka

(Please inquire from Security Guard)

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Temporary Toilets for IDP's

RCCR is now looking at sourcing and supplying a minimum of 100 temporary toilets to be used at the IDP camps.

Each temporary toilet is costing aproximately USD 150/-

The total number of IDP's as of now is over 150,000. Your assistance to make this project a success is much appreciated.

We're on Facebook!

We have created a group on Facebook for those of you who would like to join and show us your support.

Relief for sri Lanka - The link is on the right hand column on this page.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Online Donations to the IDP's

based on the numerous requests by donors, overseas partners and friends of Rotary, we have once again setup a method for foods and medicines to be purchased via credit card.

The above link will direct you to Lanka Foods, who have partnered with RCCR previously during the Tsunami.

Please feel confident to purchse items which you deem necessary to assist the IDP's in Sri Lanka. Lanka Foods will thereafter contact RCCR and handover the items to us to send to the IDP's.