Wednesday, 6 October 2010

This house would look great anywhere in the world

On the road again. Visiting for the first time the Sri Lanka Red Cross branches in Trincomalee, Batticola and Ampara, places that were totally devastated by Tsunami and bruised by long-running conflict, But the joy in my heart tonight to see we have got the construction right, and communities are at peace.

Fifthmilepost Red Cross village, on the outskirts of Trincomalee.. Tile roofed houses on the right side of the road, a football field on the left, a beauty salon upper centre, electricity supply from the city, and a water supply that drains from forest covered hills. The Red Cross did build back better for these Tsunami victims who lost their sea side houses. Photo: Bob McKerrow

Onthatchimadam village. The playground, the two storied houses (US$10,000 each) and a new community centre going up, could be anywhere in the world. Photo: Bob McKerrow

Talking to house owners at Onthachimadam 2 village near Batticaloa. Woody left Bob next discussing housing.

Another view of Red Cross houses in Batticoloa. Photo: Bob McKerrow

I was hugely impressed by the three-storied Out Patients Department at Polonnaruwa. Inside, I met the head doctor and he showed me this quality facility treating 800 outpatients a day. Four doctors work here in this spotless facility and patients get free Government supplied medicine. The Sri Lanka Red Cross supported by the IFRC,  built this. Photo: Bob McKerrow

The plaque commemorating the opening of the hospital. Photo: Bob McKerrow
A view from the Hotel in Trincomalee

Driving past the ricew field on the way to Ampara where we are spending tonight.

Klaus (l) and Woody (r). More valuable than diamonds, more precious than gold. You need people like this to run your construction and IDP programmes. Photo: Bob McKerrothe

The Sri Lanka Red Cross has done a remarkable job building so many houses, large hospitals and clincs, as well as huge water supplies, sanitation systems and livelihoods.

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Anjana (Gudia) said...

Congratulations all for a job well done and all the best for the next steps!

Bob McKerrow said...

Thanks Anjana for your comment. The SLRCS has done a superb job in turning houses into thriving communities.

Nikhil Khanna said...

Dear Bob,

I am happy to see the pics of my mentor Woody. I have learnt a lot from him during my mission with Irish RC in Sri Lanka(3.5 yrs) and yes you are right he is more valuable than diamond. He has helped me grow and our whole team. We worked on diverse projects in Sri lanka- Hospital, owner driven housing, CRRP, maternity clinics, Water Supply project, School project, Watsan infrastructure and so on...under his leadership.

AJP said...

These houses look great. As does the outpatient clinic. Glad to see the Tsunami money has been well spent. I love the place called (fifth mile post"! A classic. AJP

Donald said...

Nice one Bob. What an amazing effort must have gone into the achievements you've posted about. Diamonds must have abounded alright!



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