Spring 2005 Round-up

Latest Developments and Donations. Hope you all have had the opportunity to the read the various reports from Rev. Jeynesan (and Joseph Vos). His team is doing a fantastic job, not only to look after an increased number of children but also to bring immediate relief to the victims.

(Last reports from Rev. Jeynesan: tsunami in Batticola – Rev. Jeynesan [Dec. 2004]
tsunami in Batticola – by Joseph Vos [Dec. 2004] – check Tsunami section for all posts on that subject)
Now for some good news. Rev. Jeynesan wanted to add a printing division to the Vocational Training centre. The Lions club of Shrewsbury applied for a Lions Clubs International Foundation grant of $5,000. This has now been approved. The moneys we have been accumulating towards this project will be sent to Rev. Jeynesan along with the grant within the next few weeks.

Don Perera has been spreading the message in the South Wales area. A consequence of this has been number of fund raising events organised by a few organisations.

  1. An event called Dance Aid organised by Ann Phillipart was a tremendous success. She raised a fantastic £1640.
  2. We also had a donation of £300 from the Parish of Cwmavon
  3.  Don’s son Carl works for Das Services in Caerphilly They have donated £130
  4. £53 from the Childcare unit of the Neath College
  5.  A one off payment of £5 from Clive Makenzie

Our sincere appreciation for all these donations. It was bad enough that there had to be Orphanages because of the past ethnic conflict. The tsunami disaster has resulted in even more children having to be given a helping hand. Every penny counts, let us hope we can find even more ways of raising money for these children who through no fault of their own are without parents.

Shrewsbury Lions meet Sri Lankan Orphanage Organiser

Members of the Lions club of Shrewsbury held a BBQ in honour of one of their overseas beneficiaries, St John’s Orphanages in Sri Lanka. Coincidentally visiting them was also the president of the Sri Lankan Lions club who is involved with this project. The project Manager Reverend Jeynesan made a presentation to the club, explaining how the orphanages were started and how they are presently run. As a consequence of civil war which lasted for almost twenty years, there are more than 50,000 orphans in Sri Lanka. St John’s project was initially set up to take care of these orphans.

A further consequence of the civil war is an increase in the number of widows. Presently in addition to the orphanages, Reverend Jeynesan has a number of other projects on the go. An empowerment project for widows enables them to procure a small loan to start up a business.

There are nutritional feeding centres and day care centres for poor children still with their parents, which ensures that they get at least two square meals a day. The cost of feeding a child for a whole month is only about £5.00. There is also a vocational training centre to help youngsters learn a life sustaining skill.

The Lions are currently raising funds to feed more children and extend the vocational training centre. There are amore than 1000 applicants for 96 places. Unless these youngsters are gainfully occupied, there is always the danger that they may be influenced to participate in terrorist activities.