Genesis of the Visions of Hope Project

Visions of Hope Project, Sri Lanka
Visions of Hope Project, Sri Lanka
Visions of Hope Project, Sri Lanka

The village of Pandiruppu, situated on the east coast of Sri Lanka adjacent to Kalmunai, was among the hardest hit of all the Sri Lankan coastal communities, with 1,711 lives lost in Pandiruppu alone from the tsunami's impact, and 8,571 deaths in the Kalmunai municipal area, for the worst death toll of the tsunami in all of Sri Lanka. Children who survived were severely traumatized by loss of kin, friends, homes, and belongings.

In February 2005 Kiwanis EC&C Division 18 of Canada contacted the Kiwanis Club of Colombo City to propose a major project to assist tsunami affected children of Sri Lanka. After months of fruitless searching and bureaucratic dead ends that nearly led to Kiwanis Club of Colombo City giving up the search, it learned of the existence of the Anathi Project, an all-volunteer effort to assist children's homes throughout the eastern coastal belt.

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