Since we had the history making “Be bold & Go Bald” fundraising event in May 2017 in Sydney, it has been an extremely busy time for Shanthi Foundation.
After 2 years of hard work and numerous negotiations, we signed an MOU with the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka in August 2017, to build Sri Lanka’s first Palliative Care Hospital in Anuradhapura, in the North Central Province.
The Prime Minister’s Office of Sri Lanka then directed the Divisional Secretariat of North Central Province to find a suitable block of land as per the specifications provided by Shanthi Foundation. They have now found the land and handed it over to the Ministry of Health and have invited us to build the proposed Shanthi Palliative Care Hospital on this land as per the MOU.
KWA architects who are our project architects have now completed the 3D concept designs & council drawings as per our brief, which have now been approved by the Ministry of Health for submission to the Local Council for approval. Once this is done and numerous clearances are obtained we should be able to start the building process.
The hospital once completed will have 40 inpatient beds, outpatient clinics, Home Based Palliative Care Service, Training & Research unit, etc. and will be the first environmentally friendly such facility in the world.
We met with the heads of six major corporates in Sri Lanka, to invite them to be a part of this unique and historic project in March 2018. Our project proposal is presently being studied by their respective boards of directors.
In the interim, all our other projects are continuing successfully:
1) Clean Water for Life Program – is continuing to provide clean drinking water to over 40,000 school children and villagers in CKDu affected areas through 40 Reverse Osmosis Machines (ROMs).
2) Shanthi Nurses- the Home Based Palliative Care Service continues to manage over 120 patients with life limiting illnesses at home.
3) Patient & Family Sponsorship Program – is providing much needed food, medicines and transport costs etc. to over 58 patients through a monthly stipend of Rs.3000 to the needy patients being looked after by the Shanthi Nurses.
4) The Organic Kenda Program made of Native Organic Rice is not only helping to improve the school attendance, growth and grades of the children but is also providing symbolic support to organic farmers.
5) Our Equipment Donation program has donated 42 electrically operated beds, mattresses and other equipment to over 24 teaching, general and rural hospitals in Sri Lanka.
Due to your kindness and on-going generosity over the last few years, Shanthi Foundation has raised over $600,000 for all our projects including over $ 350,000 for the Shanthi Foundation Palliative Care Hospital.
This is a remarkable achievement in just over 4 years.
I would like to thank the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Australia, His Excellency Mr. S Skandakumar for his unrelenting efforts without which we could not have had such great success with our Hospital project.
Special thanks go to all our Ambassadors especially Mr. Vajira Weerasekera for his marathon effort in raising over $30,000 through his running for life campaign.
I would also like to thank the South Australian Sri Lankan Doctors Association (SASDA) directed by Sri Lankan consul in Adelaide Dr.Charitha Perera for raising over $20,000 for the hospital project in one night.
Most importantly I would like to thank all our individual donors and well-wishers who have supported and continue to support us so generously; you have been the life blood of our organisation since it’s inception.
Last but not least I would like to thank the Shanthi Foundation Fund Raising Committee (FRC), which is the heart of our organisation for their unbelievable efforts over the last few years.
Even though we have achieved a lot during the last few years, I feel it is just the beginning!
Let me invite all of you all to partner with us in building Sri Lanka’s First Palliative Care Hospital which will be a model facility not only for Sri Lanka but the whole world!
Let’s create history by changing how medicine is practiced in Sri Lanka!
Dr. Suharsha Kanathigoda
Founder & Chairman