DIABETIC CENTRE AT MOOLAI HOSPITAL (May 2005 to date)
Ratnam Foundation has donated in excess of £60,000-00 towards the running of the Diabetic Centre at Moolai Hospital, Sri Lanka. This includes renovation of a ward, training of nurses, donation of computers, training of staff in the use of computers, salaries fordoctors and nurses and the cost of medicine.
Wide publicity about the seriousness of diabetesthrough leaflets and seminars over 12 years has significantly improved both prevention and control of the disease.
COMPUTER AWARENESS COURSE FOR DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN
Ratnam Foundation funds the following organisations: (1) GOWRI AMBAL SCHOOL in Thiuketheeswaram from Sept 2008, (2) CENTRE FOR CHILD AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT in Kondavil from April 2014 and (3) CENTRE FOR CHILD AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT in Thirunelvellifrom Jan 2016.
The purpose of this project is to get underprivileged children familiar with computers so theydo not feel disadvantaged when they go to school.
HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION, VADDUKOODDAI HINDU COLLEGE
Donation of £8000-00 towards the purchase of books for all prize winners at the annual prize giving from 2009 to date, and annual scholarships for seven students from low income groups to continue their higher education.
This scheme helps the prize-winning children select their favourite book or text book as their prize.
NEW PROJECTSCINCE 2016
(a)ASSIST RR Donated £1800-00 in Sept 2016 for the purchase of play equipment for two preschools at Mullaitevu andPuthukudiiruppudistrict.
(b)AARUTHAL JAFFNA Donation of £540-00in May 2017 to Play & Learn Project to support nursery school teachers.
(c) VEENALAYA, UK raised £10,000-00 and was donated to PATHTHAMANEY URAVUGAL in June 2017 to re-build a small pre-school in PATHTHAMANEY and to develop education in the village.
Paththamaney is one of the backward villages in the Northern part of Sri Lanka. The inhabitants are mainly low-income farmers and the literacy is very low. The money was awarded to rebuild a primary school and to encourage the 3-5 year olds to attend the pre-school. It will also be used to give extra help in Maths& English to the other children and bring them in par with the mainstream.
2.HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION
(a)MAHAJANA COLLEGE OLD STUDENTS ASSOCIATION: Donation of £1500-00 towards Training of English Teachers by the British Councilin March 2017.
There is a lack of English teachers in the whole North and Eastern province due to 30years of war. The British Council is training the existing teachers to be more proficient in English. This small contribution will go towards the aim.
(b)VEMBADI GIRLS SCHOOL, JAFFNA Donation of £ 1700-00 in December 2016 for counselling students and identifying why some of the High School children are unable to perform well in spite of their capability.
This is a selective school but some children do not perform well for socio-economic reasons. The aim is to identify why some students are failing, address the causes on an individual basis and bring them back into the mainstream.
(c)JAFFNA SCIENCE ASSOCIATION Donation of £2000-00 to conduct a Schools Science Programme competition between all schools in the Northern Province in Jan 2016 and July 2017.
This event helps to bring out new ideas and innovations from the students and has turned out to be a popular event.
(d)ARALY SARASWATHY MAHA VIDYALAYAM. Donation of £2000-00 in Oct 2015, 2016 & 2017 towards the purchase of books for all prize winners at the annual prize giving.
(e)EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, JAFFNA Donation of £1500-00 in Aug 2017 for the purchase of reading books for the schools to encourage reading to become a habit.
Reading as a habit among children is practically non-existent. Hence their general knowledge, vocabulary, and writing skills are very low. This is on a pilot scale and the Foundation hopes to expand this to other schools in a progressive manner.
(f) NOOLAHAM FOUNDATION, COLOMBO Grant of £2000-00 towards computerising study materials for O/Level and A/Level students in Jan 2014and improvement of learning facilities and soft skills.
Donated a sum of £5000-00 to the ROTARY CLUB OF MULLAITEVU in May 2016 for financial assistance to 26 students who have entered for Medicine, Engineering, Science, Mathematics, Accountancy, Dental and Agriculture courses to continue with the education at various universities in Sri Lanka. These children are from deprived areas in the district. A similar sum of £5000-00 was donated again in Sept 2017.
The Government offers bursary to students entering university from low-income families. The award is not sufficient for their entire monthly expenditure. The Foundation offers additional help so students in need can continue their university career.
RATNAM FOUNDATION SCHOLARS 2017
4.COMPUTER AWARENESS COURSE FOR CHILDREN OLUMADU
A new computer-awareness project started in Sept 2016.
5.JOB CREATION OPPORTUNITIES
a.)Donation of £1700-00 in Sept 2016 to Dr Y. YATHUNANTHANAN of LAVA HOSPITAL, JAFFNA to train 20 students as CERTIFIED MEDICAL ASSISTANTS with a view to getting immediate employment.
Most of these students have gone into employment as carers and nursing assistants:
CERTIFIED MEDICAL ASSISTANTS 2016
b.) AKARAIPATTU Donation of £5000-00 in Dec 2016 toa new project at AKKARAIPATTU teaching computer language to adults to get them into employment:
c.) ARUTHAL, JAFFNA
Committed a sum of £10,000-00 in Sept 2017 for a Centre for IT Education for Job Skills Development and Training.
Getting students into employment is foremost in DrNithy’s mind. The Foundation has started the two computer projects above which will offer employment once students finish the courses. It is working in partnership with industry.
RATNAM FOUNDATION Bursary holders at VADDUKODDAI HINDU COLLEGE
a.) Donation of £1000-00 to Vattapalai Amman Humanitarian Fund in Jan 2017.
b.) KALUTARA BODHI DISASTER FUND, KALUTARA Donation of £5000-00 in June 2017 to build small houses for flood disaster victims.
So many villages have been damaged due to recent heavy floods in the south of Sri Lanka. The Foundation is helping poor victims.
I hope this information above demonstrates the impact of RATNAM FOUNDATION work.