In Sri Lanka the tsunami caused the death of more than 26.000 people and more than 500.000 lost their homes. After initial emergency relief actions Malteser relief is concentrating on re-establishing water supply and rehabilitation of villages. For the year 2005 Malteser has already committed itself to emergency relief actions and rehabilitation amounting to three million Euro. Partly the measures are carried out by members of staff of Malteser, but mostly by partner organisations.
In Koskoda, a region north of Galle, a team of Malteser International has been taking medical care of 600 people in two refugee camps in the emergency relief phase.
In the regions of Koskoda and Ahungalla (in the district Galle) Malteser have provided five water tanks for the transportation of potable water as well as 20 stationary water tanks, both serving the improvement of the water supply. Special gully suckers and tanks clean the sewage of several villages and refugee camps. The improvement of water supply and waste disposal is also the focus for an orphanage project in Kithulamitya. The orphanage is furthermore fitted with beds and other furniture. In the orphanage of Sambodhi Home roof and wall reparations are carried out.
In cooperation with Help for the Children about 100 Houses in four villages in the district Galle are rehabilitated. For clearance as well as reconstruction the villagers obtain a salary to insure a living for their families. Social workers care for the needs of the population and offer psychological counselling supported by a Malteser trauma expert. Further three fishing villages in Tangalle, in the district of Hambatot, are going to be rehabilitated in cooperation with GTZ (German Technical Cooperation), who has been active in this region for many years. Here about 104 houses have been destroyed. Rehabilitation of water supply and the equipping of fishers with boats and nets is planned.
|Duration:||2003 to 2007|
|Partner:||Help for the Children, GTZ, Die kleinen Patienten e.V., local authorities|