When Tsunami struck Sri Lanka in 2004, CandleAid (knows as AFLAC International at that time) did what it could. We moved into over-drive, collected funds, planned and executed projects in double quick time.
Due to the extremely harsh weather conditions that prevailed in May 2017 , there was large scale flooding, disastrous landslides and cyclonic winds that affected the people of Sri Lanka in many parts of the country. CandleAid’s disaster relief project focused to assist affected families to rebuild their dwellings, livelihoods and more importantly their lives. We helped 399 families and 46 students, in addition to 5 centres.
Many families from all religious backgrounds are struggling to rise above their poverty infested living; families who need a little extra kindness specially during this season of giving. Be it to get their children’s school needs for the new year, a new set of clothes and shoes, paying off a debilitating debt, to promote a small home grown business, or merely to place food on the table for the children – there are many such needs in people who have no voice to let the world know their misery.CandleAid’s Secret Santa Project, carried out for fifth year in succession seeks to lessen the burdens of at least a few such families
In the aftermath of flooding in the eastern region of Sri Lanka, many people were deprived of clean drinking water due to the severe contamination of wells in the area. CandleAid, through a generous donation made by the Lanka Lions of Dubai, was able to fund the cleaning of 597 wells in the districts of Ampara and Batticaloa.
Helen Sampson, a CandleAid supporter in Singapore, facilitated her children’s school to collect money for a project in Sri Lanka. Their donation was utilized to help a preschool in Urubokka catering to children from low income families.
CandleAid distributed school books and stationery to the 451 children of the above estate school.
CandleAid organised a small donation for Palutawa Primary School.
From Jaffna to Batticoloa, CandleAid has opened a total of 38 libraries in schools and community centres. These are done in areas such as Vadukoddai, Karaveddy, Kaithadi, Thiriyai etc.
During the civil war, CandleAid conducted the “Lifeline Project” to assist survivors of violence. It was designed to help those devastated by random violence to regain and rebuild their lives.
Anjali Aham, a Psychological Counseling Center serves people mainly children of families affected by the 30 year civil war in Sri Lanka and the Tsunami that devastated the country in 2004. CandleAid managed to get the Lanka Lions of Dubai to sponsor the salaries of the 18 teachers who worked there.
This is a landmark project undertaken by CandleAid where a village named Indigaswewa, located about 15km away from the famous Sigiriya Rock castle, was taken on for upliftment and adoption.
CandleAid and its generous donors contributed the money and the roofing sheets were purchased and given to the school where they have been used in the construction of the required classroom.
CandleAid completely renovated and refurbished Ward No. 14, the female surgical ward at Maharagama Cancer Hospital. It was formally opened in February 2000. Since then, our coordinators have been making regular and periodic visits to the ward to ascertain the needs of the ward and its patients.
This is a project under COTC for the girls in Karuna Nilayam Home. These girls were displaced during the civil war and the building was badly damaged. CandleAid sponsored fifty beds and fifty mattresses for the girls in Karuna Nilayam Home.