Medical Missions

KEEP KIDS IN SCHOOL (KKS) PROJECT SUMMARY

The KKS (Keep Kids in School) project was initiated in June 2020, with the aim of providing financial assistance to a group of vulnerable children living in remote villages around Tissamaharama in Sri Lanka. The children supported by the KKS project belong to families of labourers, farmers, street vendors and daily wage earners who have been struggling to survive in the past couple of years due to financial hardships. Children in these families are sometimes forced to leave school or earn a living, the opportunity to finish their school education being stolen from them. The aim of the KKS project is to ensure that these children remain in school until they complete school up to the A/Level examination, by having some of their educational costs met by sponsorship.

The cost to sponsor one child is AUD 10/= a month and 100% of donations go towards school expenses such as books, stationary, uniforms and shoes. There are no administrative costs involved.

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The project is locally coordinated by Mr. Hilary Mathiasz, an English teacher in Tissamaharama, and the local bookshop owner, Mr. Sandeep Vidushan. A file with receipts is maintained for each child, and copies of receipts are also provided to each child as well. Sponsors are encouraged to maintain personal contacts with the students they are sponsoring, and we plan to receive annual feedback including the school academic report , which would be an incentive for the students to perform well and stay motivated.

June 2020- Dec 2021 BUDGET SUMMARY:

June 2020 – December 2020 Jan 2021 – June 2021
July 2021 – Dec 2021
Extra funds for computers

TOTAL REVENUE

AUD 2,180 (plus Rs. 30,000 paid in SLR) AUD 4,910
AUD 4,460
AUD 600

AUD 12,150

TOTAL EXPENDITURE AUD 9,726 ( July 2020 – Dec. 2021)

Rs. 5000/= was spent for each of the 57 students June 2020-Dec 2020.
Rs. 15,000/= was spent for each of the 90 students from Jan 2021 – Dec. 2021.

(The balance from 2020-2021 has been allocated to purchasing computers for a computer class)

We are aiming to spend 20,000 per student in 2022

NB: AUSLMAT accounts including the KKS program is externally audited by Danber Financial Services Pvt. Ltd.

Community Assistance:

In addition to the KKS program, some of the sponsors have kindly contributed to several projects, which have enabled these families to earn a living during difficult times. These include:

  1. Assistance to establish irrigation systems for farmers
  2. Establishment of an aloe vera cultivation
  3. Purchase of sewing machines and fabric
  4. Medical assistance to children with chronic illness
  5. Financial assistance for vocational training
  6. Financial assistance to single parent family without an income

Free classes in IT, Math and English
– Via Zoom, conducted by tutors (University students) from Melbourne

 

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KEEP KIDS IN SCHOOL SUMMARY 2021

Itinerary: SRI LANKA Trip August 2022

Itinerary: SRI LANKA Trip August 2022

 

Day 0: 16th Aug (Tuesday)

4:00 pm depart Melbourne Airport

10:30 pm arrive Katunayake Airport, Sri Lanka

Stay night in Negombo

 

Day 1: 17th Aug (Wednesday)

Drive to A’Pura (4 hours) en route Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

Visit Anuradhapura Hospital
Stay the night in A’pura

 

Day 2: 18th Aug (Thursday)

Visit Rajarata Uni AM Drive to Jaffna
Stay in Jaffna

 

Day 3: 19th Aug (Friday)

Visit Jaffna hospital / sight seeing

Stay in Jaffna

 

Day 4: 20th Aug (Saturday)

Drive back to A’pura

Sight seeing
Stay at …………

 

Day 5: 21st Aug (Sunday)

Sigiriya / Dambulla rock temple

Minneriya elephant park or sight seeing

Stay in Pollonnaruwa

 

Day 6: 22nd Aug (Monday)

Drive to Dehiattakandiya (1 hour from Polonnaruwa)

DK hospital visit

Clinic in DK

Stay the night in DK

 

Day 7: 23rd Aug (Tuesday)

Drive to Kandy ( 3 hours)
Visit Digana hospital en route

? Peradeniya Teaching Hospital

Pera botanical gardens / Kandy town / Stay in Kandy

 

Day 8: 24th Aug (Wednesday)

Ella train ride (Ella Odyssey) from Kandy to Ella
Ella sight seeing Ravana falls / Ravana caves / Little Adam’s peak Stay in Ella 98 Acres

 

Day 9: 25th Aug (Thursday)

Ella sight seeing

Drive to Tissa (2 and a half hours) ? can drive through Yala

Stay in Tissa

 

Day 10: 26th Aug (Friday)

Clinic in Tissa

Meet KKS kids

Stay in Tissa

 

Day 11: 27th Aug (Saturday)

Drive to Karapitiya

Karapitiya hospital (PM)
– Visit Galle Forte, Stay in Galle

 

Day 12: 28th Aug (Sunday)

Karapitiya hospital (AM)
Drive to Udawalawe (1 and a half hours)

Udawalawe National Park safari
Stay night in Udawalawe

Visit Digana hospital en route

 

? Peradeniya Teaching Hospital

 

Day 13: 29th Aug (Monday)

Drive to Colombo

En route attractions: Padukka hospital (where the freezer was donated) and Pilapitiya Ayurveda Hospital
Stay in Colombo

 

Day 14: 30th Aug (Tuesday)

Spend in Colombo , visit Ministry of Health
– Port City, Old Dutch Hospital
– Fly back to Melbourne, arriving in Melbourne at 2.30pm on the 31st

 

Medical Mission

PLEASE NOTE: due to the pandemic situation, all travel and missions to Sri Lanka are on hold.

The next Medical Mission will likely cover the following locations:  

Galle · Yala · Batticaloa / Pasikudah · Dambulla · Colombo

Given the joys and successes experienced by all in past trips, we will open our arms to new attendees.  We will be in need of diabetes educators (student-level welcomed), ophthalmologists and optometrists.

All are welcome to inquire as we also need medical generalists and specialists, allied health professionals, non-medical support and translator/interpreters.

Our work will include:

  • Ongoing medical education at tertiary medical centres and regional hospitals in Southern and Central Sri Lanka
  • Resource provision (spectacles, hospital supplies, medication) in regional health services
  • Diabetes education and screening
  • Visits to community health centres, schools and orphanages

 

If you have skills or experience in delivering healthcare, a connection to Sri Lanka or are just keen to get involved in our work, please contact us at admin@auslmat.com.au. 

Please note that volunteers pay their own expenses (airfares, local transport, accommodation and food).

 

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