Kiwanis Visions of Hope Project
Kiwanis Visions of Hope Project
Kiwanis Visions of Hope Project
Kiwanis Visions of Hope Project
 

Visions of Hope Project, Pandiruppu

The Visions of Hope Project was originally proposed to the Kiwanis Club of Colombo City by the Kiwanis EC&C Division 18 of Canada as a long-term commitment to help children affected by the Tsunami of 26 December 2004.

The Project was making little headway in terms of identifying a needy community and local partners, until August 2005 when we approached Patrick Harrigan of the Sri Lanka Children's Trust with the proposal. Thereafter the project sprang to life after identifying Pandiruppu (a large village adjacent to Kalmunai) as a community with a large concentration of Tsunami affected children.

With an accumulated project fund of CD$45,000, the Kiwanis EC&C Division 18 wanted to build or purchase a building in Pandiruppu and operate it as a children's center until the affected children become young adults. It soon became clear that the available sum was insufficient for the purpose. It was at this point that other project partners--including notably Knorr-Bremse Global Care Foundation--stepped forward and joined as partners in a consortium.

The Project then identified available land in the heart of the affected children's neighbourhood and purchased it in January 2006 with Rs. 900,000 provided by Kiwanis EC&C Division 18. That same month, Knorr-Bremse Global Care contracted the Australian Federation for the Peoples of Asia & the Pacific (AFAP) to build a youth center upon the land. The construction was undertaken promptly, and the new Kiwanis Visions of Hope Children's Center opened its doors on 26 August 2006. Since November 2006, Kiwanis EC&C Division 18 is also supporting the Center's monthly costs of operation.

The Sri Lanka Children's Trust plays a central role in this long term project. They are responsible for its administration, accounts, and documentation, including reporting to project partners. So important and time-consuming is the Project that their recently shifted their registered Trust office from Batticaloa to Pandiruppu in March 2007 when Patrick Harrigan replaced Dinah Barton as resident Project Director, in order better to maintain a continuous presence nearby.

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