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Project Propsal

 

Sri Lanka Research Proposal 2006

 

Admitted: 04-02-2006

Contents:

1) Why we have chosen Sri Lanka

2) Aims and Objectives

3) Country Profile

4) Post-Tsunami Effects

5) Important Statistics

6) Estimated Cost

7) Logistics

8) Fundraising Events

9) Organisations Contacted/Possible Projects

10) Ideal Time Schedule for Research Project

11) Challenges and Risks

12) Risk Assessment

13) Contact Details

14) Conclusion

 

 

1) Why we have chosen Sri Lanka

After short-listing and researching seven different countries/potential projects, SKIP Warwick voted Sri Lanka as the No. 1 choice for the following reasons:

o The Tsunami and civil war together have created great need and scope for a SKIP project in the form of orphanages; rebuilding schools/hospitals; working with war/tsunami traumatised children; displaced/disabled children; child soldiers; sex trade of children.

o We feel there is also scope for using our health knowledge and skills in education regarding issues such as nutrition.

o There is personal knowledge of the country, culture, needs of Sri Lanka within the group.

o We already have contacts within the country which would aid establishment of a project.

o People within the committee were interested in the country, travelling and felt it would be a country that would attract volunteers in future years.

o SKIP Warwick also feel that this is a project that has on-going potential and opportunity for development and sustainability.

 

2) Aims and Objectives

Aim

Sri Lanka has recently been devastated by a natural disaster know as a Tsunami. This giant tidal wave completely destroyed most of the infrastructure of the island, increased the health risks on the island due to the stagnating water and the general detritus and most importantly to SKIP, it has left children homeless and scared. Most of these children have been distanced from their loved ones or lost them completely.

“Therefore our main aim is to improve the care for these orphaned children, assist children who are being abused, and if at all possible assist in the union of families.”

Objectives

Our objectives to meet these aims will come under three categories:

1) Direct action

• Increase manpower in selected orphanages or hostels

• Aid NGO’s with tracking children within our catchments via proper census

2) Indirect action

• Fundraise money to allow improvements to be made to the care service

• Improve SKIP profile within the medical school to promote the work being done

• Advertise the locality of Sri Lanka as an election area thus increasing more manpower

3) Reflection and Evolution

• Continuous evolution of the programme adding health care aspects and increasing nutrition aspects

Strive towards the community becoming self sustainable

 

3) Country Profile

History

The Sinhalese arrived in Sri Lanka late in the 6th century B.C., probably from northern India. Buddhism was introduced beginning in about the mid-third century B.C., and a great civilization developed at the cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. In the 14th century, a south Indian dynasty seized power in the north and established a Tamil kingdom. Occupied by the Portuguese in the 16th century and by the Dutch in the 17th century, the island was relinquished to the British in 1796, became a crown colony in 1802, and was united under British rule by 1815. As Ceylon, it became independent from the UK in 1948 and its name was changed to Sri Lanka in 1972.

In 1983 war erupted due to tensions between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil separatists. This was the largest outburst of communal violence in the country's history. Hundreds of Tamils were killed in Colombo and elsewhere, tens of thousands were left homeless, and more than 100,000 fled to south India. Terrorist incidents occurred in Colombo and other cities. Each side in the conflict accused the other of violating human rights. The conflict assumed an international dimension when the Sri Lankan Government accused India of supporting the Tamil insurgents.

Finally in 2002, after two decades of fighting, the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam formalized a cease-fire.

Politics

Sri Lanka is governed under the constitution of 1978 and is a republic. The president Mahinda Rajapakse, who is popularly elected for a six-year term, is both the chief of state and head of government. Members of the 225-seat unicameral parliament are also elected by popular vote for six-year terms.

Economy

In 1977, Colombo adopted more market-oriented policies and export-oriented trade. Sri Lanka's most dynamic sectors are food processing, textiles, food and beverages, telecommunications, and insurance and banking. In 2003, plantation crops made up only 15% of exports (compared with 93% in 1970), while textiles and garments accounted for 63%. GDP grew in the 1990s, but 2001 saw the first contraction in the country's history, due to a combination of power shortages, severe budgetary problems, the global slowdown, and continuing civil strife. About 800,000 Sri Lankans work abroad, 90% in the Middle East. They send home about $1 billion a year. In 1997 it was estimated that about 22% of the population are below the poverty line. The struggle by the Tamil Tigers of the north and east for a largely independent homeland continues to cast a shadow over the economy.

In December 2004, a major tsunami took about 31,000 lives, left more than 6,300 missing and 443,000 displaced, and destroyed an estimated $1.5 billion worth of property. This has left a huge hole in the country’s economy, not only because of the rebuilding costs but also because tourists are reluctant to return.

The country's economy is primarily agricultural; the emphasis is on export crops such as tea, rubber, and coconut (all plantation-grown). Cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, cloves, nutmeg, citronella, and tobacco are also exported. Rice, fruit, and vegetables are grown for local consumption.

Industry has been centred primarily on the processing of agricultural products, especially tea, rubber and coconut. By the mid-1980s, however, textiles and garments had become Sri Lanka's biggest export. Despite this, the country is still dependent on large amounts of foreign aid. The United States, Japan, India, and the United Kingdom are the largest trading partners.

Geography

The pear-shaped island is 140 miles (225 km) across at its widest point and 270 miles (435 km) long. The narrow northern end is almost linked to SE India by Adam's Bridge-a chain of limestone shoals. About four fifths of the island is flat or gently rolling; mountains in the south central area include Adam's Peak (7,360 ft/2,243 m) and rise to Pidurutalagal (8,291 ft/2,527 m), the highest point on the island. Columbo is Sri Lanka’s capital city.

Climate

Sri Lanka has a generally warm subtropical climate but humidity is high. The average lowland temperature is about 80°F (27°C).

In the northeast, monsoon season is December to March. In the southwest, monsoon season is June to October. This rainfall is generally adequate for agriculture, except in the sub-humid north

 

Culture

The population of Sri Lanka is composed mainly (about 75%) of Sinhalese, who are Theravada Buddhists; Hindu Tamils make up a large minority (some 18%), and there are smaller groups of Muslim Moors, Burghers (descendants of Dutch and Portuguese colonists), and Eurasians (descended from British colonists). The official language is Sinhalese (Sinhala); Tamil is a second national language, and English is commonly used in government. Education is free through the university level; the literacy rate is about 90%.

 

Development Issues

 

Education

Since independence in 1948, the government has made education one of its highest priorities, a policy that has yielded excellent results. Within a period of less than 40 years, the number of schools in Sri Lanka increased by over 50 percent, the number of students increased more than 300 percent, and the number of teachers increased by more than 400 percent. The literate population has grown correspondingly, and by the mid 1980s over 90 percent of the population was officially literate (87 percent for those above ten years of age), with near universal literacy among the younger population. This is by far the most impressive progress in South Asia and places Sri Lanka close to the leaders in education among developing nations.

 

The tsunami, however, put a huge strain on the education system, wiping out a huge number of schools, as well as pupils and teachers, and leaving many children orphaned. Those schools that were not damaged were used as shelters for the numerous left homeless. Education was disrupted for a huge number of children, added to the enormous emotional following the devastation of the tsunami.

 

Orphans are one of the main areas of concern in Sri Lanka, and one of the areas we hope to focus on for a possible project. A large number of children were left orphaned by the lengthy war, added to that the many created by the tsunami, leaving orphanages unable to cope.

 

Healthcare

The war has impacted mostly on the populations in the North and East and the bordering areas. Some of the effects of the conflict include loss of lives and psychological trauma, damage to infrastructure and homes, displacement, restricted mobility, disruption of local economies, disruption of community and institutional networks, educational facilities, and deterioration of the health service.

 

There is a countrywide comprehensive network of health centres, hospitals and other medical institutions, with about 57,000 hospital beds and a large workforce engaged in curative and public health activities. In the public sector, human resources figures reported for 2000 were: 7,963 physicians (4.11/10,000 population), 14,716 nurses, and 5,068 public health nurses and midwives. However, the peripheral health network suffers from limited development of human resource and inadequate geographical distribution. Furthermore, health education concentrates on the production of medical doctors. Medical professionals are unwilling to work in the peripheral areas and concentrate in large urban centres

 

4) Post-Tsunami Effects

Introduction (1)

• Sri Lanka was devastated by the tsunami along 1200km (68%) of its 1770km costal belt.

• The disaster, by 1 February 2005, has claimed over 30,000 lives and affected more than 212,000 families in the coastal belt.

• The hardest-hit regions were the southern and eastern coasts.

• The outpouring of support and help from millions of people all over the world has been incredible, with offers of financial support and humanitarian aid to help rebuild lives and communities.

• After fisheries, the agricultural sector is the sector hardest hit by the disaster.

Post-tsunami recovery

Immediately after the tsunami struck the Government of Sri Lanka declared a state of emergency and mobilized rescue services and humanitarian assistance. These actions were complemented by support programs by NGOs from Sri Lanka and overseas.(1)

Immediate repairs of basic infrastructure, such as major pipelines and water sources, roads, bridges, electricity, and telephone lines were carried out. National and foreign military personnel helped in the rescue operations, identification and burial of dead, and debris clearance. Nearly 600 schools and places of worship provided emergency shelter. Food aid was provided to 910,000 people and a compensation scheme for the victims was put in place.(2)

Displaced families were sheltered in emergency accommodations. It was recognized that the construction of more than 98,000 permanent houses would take time, and transitional shelters were required in the interim. The government declared a buffer zone of 100 meters from the high water line in the south and southwest 200 meters in the north and east, where reconstruction of permanent houses was restricted. The buffer zone has been a critical issue in the recovery process.(2)

Following the Tsunami, the immediate problems children faced included; separation from their families, loss of shelter, schooling and medical facilities. Actions to reinstate temporary shelter and services have been mentioned above, reinstatement of schooling; specific child health care and tracing schemes have been undertaken by specific child orientated organizations such as UNICEF. Following the Tsunami UNICEF undertook a ‘repair better’ approach that was suggested by Ex-president Clinton, and to date they have ensured that no child has died as a result of in the Post-Tsunami recovery period. UNICEF has achieved this through building on its existing programs in the wake of the 2002 ceasefire by introducing routine child immunizations, improving health care provisions and nutrition for mothers and children. UNICEF has also started to reintroduce child soldiers into schooling, and address the psychological needs of children affected. UNICEF highlights that their work will need to continue for many years and that schooling and the dealing with the emotional needs of affected children are areas for future assistance. (3)

The way forward (1)

The strategy for rehabilitation and development is intended to not only restore the pre-tsunami situation, but to facilitate further development in the medium- and long term. All development plans will be based on a set of guiding principles:

• Recovery should be focused on all tsunami-affected areas and decided according to need;

• All developments should aim to alleviate poverty and reduce vulnerability;

• All activities should be based on the principle of subsidiary;

• All decisions should be community-led and have a coordinated approach;

• All developments should emphasize a participatory approach and be gender sensitive;

• Broad based communications and transparency should be emphasized;

• Individual interventions should reflect environmental priorities.

References

1. http://www.fao.org/ag/tsunami/assessment/srilanka-assess.html Sri Lanka Post-tsunami consolidated assessment 22 April 2005 [visited 30/01/06]

2. Sri Lanka: Post Tsunami recovery and reconstruction, progress, challenges, way forward – Joint report of the Government of Sri Lanka and development partners. 27 Dec 2005 http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/DPAS-6KGGSA?OpenDocument [visited 30/01/06]

http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/srilanka_26148.html [visited 31/01/06] - Sri Lanka background information and latest news of Tsunami relief effect

5) Important Statistics

Population: 20,064,776

note: since the outbreak of hostilities between the government and armed Tamil separatists in the mid-1980s, several hundred thousand Tamil civilians have fled the island and more than 200,000 Tamils have sought refuge in the West (July 2005 est.)

Age structure: 0-14 years: 24.5% (male 2,508,384/female 2,397,986)

15-64 years: 68.4% (male 6,658,765/female 7,059,468)

65 years and over: 7.2% (male 670,813/female 769,360) (2005 est.)

Median age: total: 29.44 years

male: 28.38 years

female: 30.51 years (2005 est.)

Population growth rate: 0.79% (2005 est.)

Birth rate: 15.63 births/1,000 population (2005 est.)

Death rate: 6.49 deaths/1,000 population (2005 est.)

Net migration rate: -1.27 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2005 est.)

Sex ratio: at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female

under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female

15-64 years: 0.94 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 0.87 male(s)/female

total population: 0.96 male(s)/female (2005 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 14.35 deaths/1,000 live births

male: 15.57 deaths/1,000 live births

female: 13.07 deaths/1,000 live births (2005 est.)

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 73.17 years

male: 70.6 years

female: 75.86 years (2005 est.)

Total fertility rate: 1.85 children born/woman (2005 est.)

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: less than 0.1% (2001 est.)

HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS: 3,500 (2001 est.)

HIV/AIDS - deaths: less than 200 (2003 est.)

Nationality: noun: Sri Lankan(s)

adjective: Sri Lankan

 

Ethnic groups:

Sinhalese 73.8%, Sri Lankan Moors 7.2%, Indian Tamil 4.6%, Sri Lankan Tamil 3.9%, other 0.5%, unspecified 10% (2001 census provisional data)

Religions: Buddhist 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Hindu 7.1%, Christian 6.2%, unspecified 10% (2001 census provisional data)

Languages: Sinhala (official and national language) 74%, Tamil (national language) 18%, other 8%

note: English is commonly used in government and is spoken competently by about 10% of the population

Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read and write

total population: 92.3%

male: 94.8%

female: 90% (2003 est.)

Debt - external: $11.59 billion (2005 est.)

 

6) Estimated Cost

We have broken down the costs into individual costs and the costs of the actual project. Please note that these are only estimates as the exact nature of the location and projects are uncertain at this point.

Individual

Flights: Approximately £575/volunteer

Coventry- London, Heathrow: £35

London Heathrow- Colombo: £ 500

Internal transport within Sri Lanka: £ 50

Accommodation

Per person per night: £ 5

(Based on personal research)

Project costs

The costs will be for supplies needed for the projects. We have included a number of possible programmes and the equipment needed for them.

1) Teaching programme:

PaperØ

PensØ

BooksØ

Blackboard/ chalk?Ø

2) Feeding programme

Unknown requirements for localityØ

3) General care

BeddingØ

Stimulation (toys/games/books)Ø

Bathing equipmentØ

Basic first aid kitsØ

Clothing and footwearØ

NB. At this early stage of research it has proven difficult to estimate a cost for this project. A truer forecast can be made post-orientation of the locality. General travel figures have been submitted.

 

 

7) Logistics

Transport to the Airport

National Express

Gatwick (North/South) 8th July return 8th August £37.50àCoventry

Heathrow 8th July return 8th August £32.50àCoventry

www.thetrainline.co.uk

Can be as cheap as £20 return depending on when booked and times

Flight Prices

Based on:

1 adult

Depart Date 08.07.2006 – 15.07.2006

Return Date 08.08.2006 – 15.07.2006

Flights usually depart at around 09.55am and land in Sri Lanka at 07.55am the following day. This includes one stop with a transfer in Abi Dhabi (AUH).

Departing Arriving Airlines Price

LGW Colombo (CMB) Etihad Airlines £455

LHR Colombo (CMB) Etihad Airways £490

LGW Colombo (CMB) Qatar Airways £504

LHR Colombo (CMB) Qatar Airways £508

LHR Colombo (CMB) SriLankan Airlines £557

LGW Colombo (CMB) Emirates £562

LGW Colombo (CMB) Emirates £566

LGW Colombo (CMB) Austrian Airlines Group £589

LGW Colombo (CMB) Thai Airways International £867

From The Website: http://www.airline-network.co.uk/flights/farelist.asp

Departing Arriving Airlines Price

LGW Columbo (CMB) Etihad Airlines £450

LGW Colombo (CMB) Etihad Airlines £457

LGW Colombo (CMB) Etihad Airlines £460

LGW Colombo (CMB) Etihad Airlines £483

LGW Colombo (CMB) Etihad Airlines £490

LGW Colombo (CMB) Etihad Airlines £494

LGW Colombo (CMB) Quatar Airlines £500

LGW Colombo (CMB) Etihad Airlines £503.70

LHR Colombo (CMB) Qatar Airlines £505

From STA Travel: www.statravel.co.uk

Transport within Sri Lanka

Information from Sri Lankan Tourist Website: http://www.iexplore.com

AIR: There are several options for transport from Colombo to the east coast of the Island. Internal flights are available from between £63 - £142 pounds depending on destination. http://www.reddottours.com/Flights/SriLankanAirTaxiRates.php

RAIL: Trains connect Colombo with all tourist towns, but first-class carriages, air conditioning and dining cars are available on only a few. New fast services operate on the principal routes, including an inter-city express service between Colombo and Kandy, otherwise journeys are fairly leisurely. The total network covers 1500km (900 miles). Trains do not appear to run to the area of the east coast worst affected by the Tsunami, but we may be able to use them for part of the journey. (See picture below).

ROAD: Traffic drives on the left. Most roads are tarred, with a 56kph (35mph) speed limit in built-up areas and 75kph (45mph) outside towns. Bus: An extensive network of services of reasonable quality is provided by the Sri Lanka Central Transport Board. Private bus drivers are paid according to the number of passengers and can often drive rather dangerously. Taxi: These are available in most towns. It is advisable to agree a rate before setting off. Car hire: This is available from several international agencies. Air-conditioned minibuses are also available. Chauffeur-driven cars are less expensive and recommended. Avoid remote areas and travelling at night.

Documentation: In order to avoid bureaucratic formalities in Sri Lanka, an International Driving Permit should be obtained before departure. If not, a temporary licence to drive is obtainable on presentation of a valid national driving licence. This must be endorsed at the AA office in Colombo. The minimum age for driving a car is 18.

URBAN:

Bus: The Central Transport Board provides intensive urban bus operations in Colombo, where there are also private buses and minibuses. Fares are generally collected by conductors. Services are often crowded.

Taxi: These are metered with yellow tops, and red and white plates. Drivers expect a 10 per cent tip. Travel Times: The following chart gives approximate travel times (in hours and minutes) from Colombo to other major cities/towns in Sri Lanka.

Accomodation:

There are several hostels in Colombo and prices range from £4-7 per person per night. There are also hostels in most towns along the east coast. These are cheaper than those in Colombo but prices will depend on the location chosen.

 

8) Fundraising Events

Already Completed:

1) Halloween Collection (at club event)

2) Bake Sale

Total Raised: £320

 

Scheduled Events:

 

1) 14th February: Special Valentines Messages.

2) 17th March: Tarts and Vicars Pub crawl in Leamington, St Patrick’s Day.

3) 13th May: BBQ/Varsity Day.

Future Events:

1) Club Night.

2) Charity football/basketball.

3) University Sport tournament.

4) Comedy/variety Show.

5) Masquerade ball.

6) Battle of the bands – along with the already planned SU event.

7) BMI/BP/BLS in Coventry.

8) Race Night.

9) Pub Quiz.

10) Night run.

11) Skydive/Bungee jump for charity.

 

9) Organisations Contacted/Possible Projects

• Hatton: Hill country (central Sri Lanka). A church-run nursery school for 30 children of tea plantation workers. The children are malnourished as their parents cannot afford to feed them. The school not only provides an education but also breakfast, lunch and dinner for the children, who are there from 8am to 4pm each day. They shall attend the nursery till age 5 when they will be ready for school. At the moment the nursery is severely lacking in funds. The school building, toilets etc. are in need of improvement. They are also looking for year-round sponsoring for each child. Estimated costs are £10/month/child. At the moment only 6 of the 30 children are being sponsored.

• Trincomalee: North-east coast. This area was devastated by the Tsunami. A church-run orphanage is in the process of being built, however the funds for this project has run out. Funding for the rest of the building and wells (costing £500 each) is needed. Possible volunteer work at the orphanage?!

• Negombo: West coast. A church-run orphanage in desperate need of funding. Currently solely funded by the pastor and his wife. They have taken in children that have been coerced into prostitution. They’re providing the kids with food but have no actual housing for them; the children are currently living with the pastor.

(Contacts of Lalitha Mayuranathan)

• Matara: South west coast: St Mary's Convent Children's Hostel; was badly damaged in the Tsunami, some of the students are Tsunami orphans. Currently being rebuilt.

(Contact of Michelle Jones)

Location of contacts:

11) Challenges and Risks

Major languages: Sinhala, Tamil, English

Major religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity

(information from bbc.co.uk)

Interpreters would be required who speak Sinhala or Tamil. Contacts we have within the country may be very useful in getting reliable interpreters.

HEALTH: Emergency medical treatment is not easily available outside main cities, and injured people may have to be brought to Colombo for treatment. Medical facilities are not always of a standard expected in the UK, particularly outside Colombo. Treatment in private hospitals can be expensive and the options for repatriation to the UK or neighbouring countries in an emergency are limited and very expensive. It is recommended that you obtain comprehensive medical insurance before travelling. Dengue fever* occurs throughout the country and outbreaks of Dengue increase during the monsoon season. Malaria exists in parts of Sri Lanka. Rabies is widespread and common in local cats, dogs, squirrels, monkeys and other animals. It would be necessary to speak to a GP for medical and inoculation advice.

*Dengue fever is characterized by sudden onset after an incubation period of 3-14 days (most commonly 4-7 days), high fevers, severe frontal headache, and joint and muscle pain. Many patients have nausea, vomiting, and rash. The rash appears 3-5 days after onset of fever and can spread from the torso to the arms, legs, and face. The principal vector mosquito is most frequently found in or near human habitations and prefers to feed on humans during the daytime. It has two peak periods of biting activity: in the morning for several hours after daybreak and in the late afternoon for several hours before dark. The mosquito may feed at any time during the day, however, especially indoors, in shady areas, or when it is overcast. No vaccine is available. Travellers should be advised that they can reduce their risk of acquiring dengue by remaining in well-screened or air-conditioned areas when possible, wearing clothing that adequately covers the arms and legs, and applying insect repellent to both skin and clothing. (information from www.cdc.gov.)

LOCAL LAWS AND CUSTOMS: You are subject to local laws in Sri Lanka and violating them may result in a jail sentence. Convicted offenders may face lengthy jail sentences. Use of video and/or photography is prohibited near military and government installations and can result in arrest or detention. Same sex relations are illegal. Although Sri Lankan attitudes to informal European styles of dress are generally relaxed, you should consider religious and other sensibilities. Do not enter a Buddhist temple wearing headgear or with bare legs or shoulders. You should avoid posing for photographs standing in front of a statue of the Buddha. Always remove footwear. Nude or topless sun-bathing is generally not allowed.

CRIME: Violent crimes against foreigners are relatively infrequent, although there have been reports of sexual assaults and muggings against tourists. When travelling around Sri Lanka, you should make arrangements through reputable travel companies and exercise appropriate caution. Women in particular should take care when travelling alone.

There has been an increase in the number of reported thefts from hotels and guesthouses. There are reports of credit card fraud.

(Information from www.fco.gov.uk)

 

12) Sri Lanka – Risk Assessment

 

Political/Terrorist:

 

  • What are the issues, history, current situation, groups involved? Do we have a sound understanding?
  • What are the risk areas/activities that may put us at risk?
  • What preventative measures will we take to avoid involvement in high risk situations? Which regions shall we avoid altogether? Where and what kind of contacts do we need?
  • What is our safety/evacuation procedure in the eventuality of us being in a risky situation?

 

 

Current problems/situations

  • Ceasefire was brokered in 2002 with help of Norway following the election of Priminster Wickramasinghe; in 2003, ceasefire talks stalled.
  • The issue of renegade rebel commander Colonel Karuna, who broke away from the Tamil Tigers in 2004, threatened to derail the ceasefire. The Tigers accuse government forces of aiding and abetting Col. Karuna, in attacks against the rebels. But the government maintains that it has no knowledge of the existence of the Karuna group.
  • Nov 2005, Mahinda wins presidential election – harder stance on Tamil autonomy, triggered violence: At least 120 people - including about 80 soldiers and sailors and many civilians - have died in the upsurge of violence since last December.
  • Geneva peace talks, 24th Feb: Apart from the pledges, the Geneva meeting and its outcome are being considered crucial as this was the first face-to-face meeting between the two sides in three years. However, at the end of the talks, both sides agreed to take all necessary measures "to stop acts of violence, abductions and killings".
  • The two sides have also agreed to meet 19th-21st April again in Geneva to talk about the implementation of the ceasefire agreement.

 

Our safety procedure should problems arise

  • British embassy, Colombo being contacted by personnel, email, fax
  • Unusual for NGO to ever be targeted; many NGOs don’t appear to have an evacuation plan in place.
  • Reasonable transport infrastructure, especially in South and West.
  • Future aspects: partner with larger NGOs with evacuation plan.

 

Organisations contacted:

  • SL High Commission, London: situation is safe to travel and volunteer. N.E. is riskier but should be fine in S.W. We need to register our charity with the charity secretariat in Colombo as a registered NGO working in Sri Lanka.
  • Sri Lankan Aid.co.uk: their advice – South is safe, wouldn’t recommend North or East, extraordinarily positive about country especially helping in south
  • Cancer Aid for NE SL: Sri Lankan man, described situation as similar to N.Ireland in ‘60s! Not North or East. Medical assistance really needed all over the country. He painted a balanced picture. He’ll put us in contact with boss to give us more info. on future security.
  • Children’s Hospital Tsunami appeal
  • Fund for Needy children – Colombo: crazy woman! Very negative about safety, security, the locals intentions, work directly with the kids – government corruption.
  • Rebuilding SL – yet to contact
  • Lotus Children Foundation: their work has been fine since ‘80s, work in east and south – understand differences between areas. They don’t have an evacuation procedure as its Sri Lankan people working there. Balanced picture.
  • UK SL Trauma Group – psychiatrist: waiting to hear from
  • International Office, Uni. of Warwick – SL representative, going to SL tomorrow, hopefully presenting our proposal to Colombo High Commission!

 

 

 

Health:

 

  • What are the serious infectious diseases of the country? What is the distribution across the country? What immunisations/malaria tablets do we need to take?
  • Are there any particular insects/animals that pose a health risk? What are they? What precautions shall we take to avoid them? What shall we do should we be bitten etc.?

 

 

See proposal

 

 

Natural Disasters:

 

  • What natural disasters is the country prone to and specifically the areas we shall be travelling? What is the risk of tsunami, volcanoes, hurricanes etc.?
  • Is it monsoon period? How will this effect our travel plans etc?
  • Who do we contact and how are we evacuated in the eventuality of a natural disaster?

 

 

See proposal

 

 

13) Contact Details

Steven Laird Project Coordinator s.laird@warwick.ac.uk

Riaz Aziz Project Coordinator r.aziz@warwick.ac.uk

Lalitha Mayuranathan Assistant Project Coordinator L.Mayuranathan@warwick.ac.uk

Isabel Martin Assistant Project Coordinator i.a.martin@warwick.ac.uk

Rashmi Singh Fundraising Coordinator R.Singh.2@warwick.ac.uk

Talha Sayed Fundraising team S.Talha@warwick.ac.uk

Abu Habib Fundraising team abubakar.habib@Warwick.ac.uk

Natsaha Warsi Health and safety (UK) NA N.Warsi@Warwick.ac.uk

Rachel Alister Assistant fundraising Coordinator R.C.Alister@Warwick.ac.uk

Maureen Dumba Logistic Coordinator M.M.Dumba@warwick.ac.uk

Caroline MacMahon Logistic Coordinator C.A.Macmahon@warwick.ac.uk

Caroline Gaymer secretary C.E.Gaymer@warwick.ac.uk

Katherine Skinner Treasurer K.Skinner@warwick.ac.uk

Nancy Cox IT Coordinator N.cox@warwick.ac.uk

Victoria Burdon-bailey Media and Communication v.Burdon-Bailey@warwick.ac.uk

Henriette Lefroy Media and Communication H.L.lefroy@Warwick.ac.uk

 

14) Conclusion

After attending the SKIP national conference in 2005 we came back to Warwick full of ideas and hopes for a project of our own. We started researching, the presentations were made to the group and we had a total of nine countries to choose from. After careful thinking and voting we chose Sri Lanka as the country most in need of our help.

Once the country was chosen, naturally the next step was formation of a committee. We have had a huge interest in this project here at Warwick, the result of which can be seen from our committee size! We stared our fundraising at the end of 2005 and have many plans for the upcoming months. The process of researching our country is well underway with this proposal as is the search for a project.

This being the pilot year for SKIP Warwick means that the committee members are involved from the very beginning in researching what countries we could help, the areas of need, fundraising and then the final project set up, seeing it through from start to finish. That to us would be the greatest achievement of all; successfully starting a sustainable project in a country so that future cohorts of WMS students can continue helping the future generations of children. We would also have the opportunity to revisit the project during our electives, to evaluate our progress and to see if we had achieved what we had set out to achieve.