Emergencies can take place anywhere – it can be where people live, their working environment, or any hazardous area! Hence, it is necessary to have the knowledge to act accordingly in such situations and to have an understanding of how to act with limited resources.
Tharaka MunidasaTwo Day First Aid Training Workshop – Sri Lanka
The Glenn Family Foundation Kalimpong team have been working to help people in the villages of Bong, Chibbo and Pudung since 2007. The people in these villages are particularly at risk to the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, so the team felt it was important to run an awareness program and help educate these people about how they can protect themselves and their families.
Image: GFF Representative Tharaka Munidasa (right) and GFF India Manager Saom Namchu (left) at the entrance to SANASA Campus in Kegalle
GFF began our work in Sri Lanka in 2019 with GFF Representative Tharaka Munidasa helping to facilitate a partnership with local NGO, SANASA and, thereby, establishing a new location for the HELPS program.
SANASA is a large NGO with a high standing in the community with a tremendous reach and vast expertise. They follow a cooperative philosophy and one of their main goals is to uplift communities in a way that encourages local empowerment and ownership. It’s SANASA Campus is a community-based, non-profit co-operative sector university. GFF HELPS will be working closely with this campus.
Some of the broader needs identified in these communities are economic empowerment, health services and education programs. More specifically, there is a need to develop more income generation opportunities in local villages to retain skilled youth who opt to leave the community in search of better opportunities, causing a skill drain in the area. There are also not many educational opportunities, particularly for learning English, IT and business skills.
Based on this, we have begun on several introductory projects, including:
Teaching English to campus students to transfer their skills onto the village community and assisting the Centre for Cooperatives and Community Studies (CCCS) to educate the wider community.
An IT skills development program for students and the local community.
Village projects including digital learning, environmental awareness and recycling, heath workshops, first aid training and educational workshops.