IAHV: Update from Sri Lanka
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IAHV, in coordination with the ASPIC group, has been making significant inroads into providing disaster relief to several tsunamis inflicted areas of Sri Lanka. Areas such as Tissamaharama, Matara, and Hambantota have been, in addition to their surrounding areas, have been helped. Truckloads of basic amenities such as food and clothing, and a fully equipped team of over 45 medical and paramedical practitioners follow volunteers as they relentlessly battle the lack of electricity, clean water, and other facilities. Tens of thousands of food packets have been handed out so far, and an equal number of lives have been touched.
On January 5, 2005, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of IAHV will be visiting Sri Lanka following the advent of the tsunamis disaster.
First Person account (Sajeev Vadeira from Dubai)
“Conditions here are harsh. It is harder because people have lost the will to live”, says Sajeev Vadeira, an IAHV relief program coordinator and Art of Living teacher, “But we are in remote areas that other organizations have not ventured into due to lack of roads and facilities. And the local population appreciates our presence. The local police have also been very helpful by providing us with directions, and the permission to aid in many of the prominent relief camps.”
Mr. Dipthi Pereria, director of the ASPIC foundation (www.aspicgroup.com), and the ASPIC volunteers have been of invaluable help to us by supporting our initiative and providing us for avenues to distribute our resources.
The camps are facing an acute shortage of proper medical supplies. Several children have had their wounds treated by mere basic medical supplies. However, without proper medicines and surgical equipment, this could prove to be a dangerous trend.