Support from people all over Australia is helping give more vulnerable families like Kamala’s a chance to rebuild their lives.
Kamala and her husband fled Sri Lanka’s long-running civil war with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Their daughter was born in a refugee camp in another country. Support from people like you helped Kamala and her husband to survive in the camps, and to provide vital healthcare to her newborn baby. After years in the refugee camp, your gifts also helped Kamala and her family to return home.
Kamala is now working as a nurse in Sri Lanka, and since January her daughter has been going to primary school.
Kamala says, “I am very happy from having come back to Sri Lanka. There is nothing like being in your own land.”
Thanks to your support for the Christmas Bowl in 2012, we have started the work to build shelters for 50 families who have returned to Sri Lanka — that’s 50 more families like Kamala’s. We have also begun providing 150 more families in Sri Lanka with materials for rearing cows, goats and chickens, fishing equipment and tools for small businesses, so that they can provide for themselves and work their way out of poverty.
And thousands more returned refugees and displaced people in Sri Lanka have begun the life-transforming process of being provided with the vital documentation they need in order to access basic government health services, education for their children or land titles.