Countless Sri Lankans lost loved ones and life as they knew it in the Tsunami, and there are still innumerable people who are suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, and the emotional and psychological consequences of this disaster. We promised to provide continuous psychiatric and psychological support for the people in the Mawella camp and the adjacent villages, as well as for the Tangalle area.
STARR Inc. in Miami, Florida, had followed our work in the Mawella camp. They decided to fund the expenses for a psychiatrist for 2-3 visits a week for a two-year period. This psychiatrist will cover the Tangalle/Mawella area.
Prof. Harendra DeSilva, a professor of pediatrics at the Ragama (Colombo North) Medical School, founder chairman of the Presidential task force on child protection and subsequently the National child protection authority, NCPA, has already committed to assist us in the search and hire of the psychiatrist. Dr. Kevin Becker from Harvard University, Cambridge, helped to initiate the Training of Trainers (TOT) program for psychiatrists/psychologists and counselors for the Tsunami related work.