Project information

Medical clinic in Sri Lanka

To build and equip a medical clinic at our centre in Sri Lanka and employ a nurse to administer basic medical care and health education to around 200 tsunami-affected children and widows, for whom accessible and affordable medical care is not currently available.

June 2012 - June 2014

Charity information: Smile International

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  • Need


    185 children currently attend our centre for pre-school and after school care and 30 widows attend the centre for basic support, a further 30 attend skills training courses. There is no medical care at the centre and those who we already support are unable to find affordable and accessible medical care and health education elsewhere in the local area.


    It will provide affordable and accessible medical care for the vulnerable women and children in the slum area. We believe that basic health care and health education are the first steps to improving the health of the population. It may also help to arrest many common conditions at an early stage. This clinic may also help to identify other medical needs in the area.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide basic medical care for the children and widows who currently attend the centre.


    » Build the clinic and employ a live-in nurse.

    What success will look like

    Success will be: maintained health of those currently attending the centre.

    Aim 2

    To provide health education for families in the slum area.


    » Use our existing staff and, where necessary, bring in local experts to provide health education.

    What success will look like

    Success will be for the clinic to be identified as a trusted place for medical care and education.

  • Impact


    This project will provide a platform from which to extend healthcare provision to host antenatal, mother and baby, well-women and palliative care services. We are already running a successful palliative care project in Kosova and would be able to use this model to measure the success of the service in Sri Lanka.


    The main risk to this project is lack of funding to sustain it. We have a number of sources of income which could be used to support this project if direct funding for it were not available, including our Developing fund and gifts from the Developing section of our Gifts with Love catalogue.


    We send regular updates to our supporters which covers projects we are currently working on. Any direct funders for this project would also receive a separate update when significant stages in the building process have been reached. Our website and social media is also kept well updated.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,400 Nurse Based on a 2 year project
      £1,500 Utility costs Electricity, water etc.
      £1,500 Medical supplies Also includes consumables
      £2,000 Building Project management
      £1,500 Project manager Travel, expenses etc.
      £10,000 Building materials Including labour and fixtures and fittings
      £1,600 Fundraising Admin support, legal etc

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    BMS World Mission £3,000 Guaranteed
    Live Your Love Tea £6,200 Conditional
  • Background


    Hambantota is a town in the South Eastern part of Sri Lanka which was affected by the 2004 tsunami. As in the whole of the country social exclusion, driven by ethnicity, language, religion, and conflict, has been deeply ingrained for decades, resulting in reduced opportunities and extreme tensions among different groups. There remains inequality in access to public services such as health, water, sanitation and education, with slu


    The children who attend the pre-school and after school care club at the centre will benefit along with the 30 sponsored widows and around another 30 who come to the centre for skill training courses regularly. Many families in the slums in the area will also benefit as they have an existing connection to the Smile Centre.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Smile International has been working in Sri Lanka since the 2004 tsunami. In the immediate aftermath Smile sent humanitarian aid, toys and shoeboxes by air and a further seven sea containers of aid which were distributed to affected communities. In October 2005 we opened our Smile Centre in Hambantota, initially with 6 children. We have established a relationship with members of the community and provide a valuable service in the area.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pdk Harischandra

    Haris is our Project Manager in Sri Lanka and helped to oversee some of our previous building work. His local knowledge is invaluable.