A word in your ear about how we all can help
AS THE fourth anniversary of the Boxing Day tsunami approaches, Ashford pupils are raising money to send dictionaries to Sri Lankan schoolchildren.
And the charity founded by an Ashford couple after the 2004 tsunami is also appealing to people to donate £5 to buy a dictionary for a Sri Lankan child this Christmas.
Since the UK Friends of Galle (UKFG) was set up following the disaster, more than £87,000 has been raised for survivors in southern Sri Lanka.
Kennington Junior School sponsors five children, who without the donation would not be able to go to school.
Devsiri Hewavidana and wife Ruvini set up the charity.
He said: “What I would really like is that other local schools in Ashford follow Kennington, Willesborough and Ruckinge and adopt a rural school in Sri Lanka as their community service project.
“Then a generation of British schoolchildren could help their less privileged friends 8,000 miles away.”
UKFG has no paid staff or overheads and so all money donated goes to those who need it.
The charity supports 167 children, has built seven replacement houses and a library.
It has also donated books and shoes to about 1,200 children, plus computers and equipment to six rural schools.
Readers can donate a dictionary for £5 or sponsor a child’s education for a year for £75.
For more information go to www.ukfg.net or email email@example.com
Devsiri Hewavidana set up the charity UK Friends of Galle after the tsunami in 2004