Gecko has supported a number of worthwhile projects, ranging from our most recent contribution to Chitra Lane, contributions toward humanitarian efforts following natural disasters, and supporting training of mental health nurses in Sri Lanka.
The Thambiluvil Home for Girls is an orphanage which was set up by a subgroup of the Medical Institute of Tamils (MIOT) in 2004 after the devastating tsunami. Over the past few years, the home has been further improved thanks to generous support from family, friends and Gecko. Currently, there are 17 girls aged 9-15, a matron and a cook, living in the home. We enjoy receiving updates from previous girls and their successes, with two being employed at the local school, and another successfully completing University. Gecko first supported this project in 2012, funding invaluable resources including computers and textbooks.
The Home is not only beneficial for the residents, but also for the other local children of Thambiluvil. The main aim is to provide food, shelter and education to these children, and help them regain confidence and independence to enable long term financial security, which the founding organisation also helps with. The MIOT is now preparing to set up another orphanage in Kaithady, Jaffna.
MIOT supports a number of other healthcare projects too, if you’re interested to find out more please visit http://www.miot.org.uk.
Gecko Sri Lanka always strives to support projects in Sri Lanka similar to this. Our event of the summer, The Gecko Sixes, is just around the corner! Be sure to check here and our Facebook page for more details, and the project we’ll be supporting this year!