“I would like to become an engineer and attend the University of Moratuwa. When I qualify I intend to stay in Sri Lanka and help my own people. PAWA English tuition has been a great boost to me. I believe now that I can be a good ‘all rounder’ Madam.”
– Rosi Maththakagamage, 19 years old
The tragic tsunami that hit Asia on the 26th December 2004 killed over 40,000 people in Sri Lanka. Thousands of those missing were never recovered. Many of the small, coastal villages in southern and eastern Sri Lanka were completely destroyed.
Over a million people were left homeless and thousands were destitute. Rebuilding Sri Lanka was founded by a group of survivors who built homes, schools, libraries as well as English language centres. Rebuilding Sri Lanka has been active since the day of the disaster and will continue to provide support, rehabilitation, nutrition, education and shelter to those affected by the disaster.
Rebuilding Sri Lanka will continue to raise funds and use them to sustain the projects that were initiated since the tsunami. They aim a to be committed to long-term fundraising, invest in sustainable projects, and provide first-class educational facilities and resources to children.
PAWA started supporting them in 2013 by donating £2000. This money was able to fund 150 girls, aged 13 and over, in an English tuition class.
In 2014 and 2015, £2000 each year was donated to continue supporting this project which doubled in support and participation.
In 2016, PAWA increased the funding to £5,000. In addition to that, PAWA covered the cost of a photocopy machine with a further donation. This went to a school where many young girls benefited, and was later moved to a library where the girls were able to access it.