Sri Lanka Floods

Project Rebuilding of a Primary School in Akuressa
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The Disaster
When heavy floods rising as high as 12 feet swept through the districts of Ratnapura, Galle, Kalutara, Matara and Hambantota in May 2003, they seized countless lives and homes. The destruction caused much hardship and loss of livelihood.

Our Response
In 2003, MERCY Malaysia’s initial response was to provide emergency medical relief, which served over 10,000 men, women and children in mobile clinics set up within the districts of Ratnapura, Matara, Galle and Hambantota.

Humanitarian Aid Project in 2004:

Rebuilding of a Primary School in Akuressa
Our team identified a primary school in Akuressa that needed rebuilding and for the year 2004, much of our aid was channelled towards this project. The Assadat Mahavidhiyaleyek School, housed in a one thousand year old mud building collapsed in the aftermath of the fl oods and landslides, and was made inhabitable. RM170,076 was disbursed for the rebuilding of the school.

The project completed in September and was officially launched in October by the High Commissioner of Malaysia in Sri Lanka H.E. Nazirah Hussein and MERCY Malaysia’s President, Datuk Dr. Jemilah Mahmood.

MERCY Malaysia also equipped the school by providing school chairs and desks. The library was also outfi tted with books, recorders, cassettes and maps. For the Home Science Lab, we equipped it with an oven, stove and kitchen utensils. MERCY Malaysia’s staff and volunteers also helped the school village by erecting a new water tank there. During the launching ceremony in October, we also donated Gift of Hope schoolbags, with hopes that new relationships and ties will be built between Sri Lankan and Malaysian students. A total of 250 bags were distributed to the schoolchildren in Akuressa.

Rebuilding of Bridge in Deniyaya
The Deniyaya village bridge connects three villages, namely Waralla, Porupitiya and Pelawatta. Since its collapse, the local communities constructed a fl imsy makeshift bridge made of bamboo as a temporary measure. As part of our contribution to the community, MERCY Malaysia is constructing a new concrete bridge for the villagers who are dependent upon this as their only link to the mainland.