Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Ratings on volunteer Organizations Serving Sri Lanka

Hey Rasika please feel free to post this if you want. This is just my opinion you don't have to post it if you don't want to or if you feel it will cause a firestorm (Actually like to see some sort of reaction from these organizations).

Thanks Kiran Desilva


Now these are my ratings and not anybody Else's if it draws criticism so be it(Actually I'd like to hear somebody Else's opinion about this).The one thing I learned from this is that sometimes you get lucky if you don't you have to create your own opportunity. I was lucky enough to hook up with the PCAG.

Please keep in mind that these are the only organizations I managed to get through to.I've read a couple of the articles on this site and I think that the University Students are doing a great job keep up the good work.


Ratings on volunteer Organizations Serving Sri Lanka


I worked with them for a couple of days very nice people. They've done a considerable amount of relief work but they

lack proper leadership and professionalism.


I was sent to the Matara Dutch Reformed Church in a relief truck. Half of the supplies sent were not what the people at the church asked for.

The important stuff was simply not listed. In this day and age of modern communication there is such a thing as a telephone a simple call before the goods were Transported would've solved the problem.


UNDP (F -for communication)

They apparently have a volunteer hot line I must have spent many a day trying to get through to them, finally when I did the switchboard transferred me over to another dept who said that I had to try the original number.Moral of the story call Koffi Annan maybe he can help you!

i-to-i.com (F for not accepting a genuine offer)

As a Sri Lankan I refuse to pay for a volunteer opportunity, so like the godfather I made them an offer they couldn't refuse.Concrete plus my fathers expertise as a civil engineer and myself as a laborer. They off course flatly refuse and told me I still had to pay. Common sense

Concrete + Civil Engineer + laborer = FREE BUILDING duh?

WorldVision NA

Not taking any volunteers


Action Against Hunger ( C )

Said they'd take me on after I went through two interviews. I had to give them a 6 to 12 month commitment (understandable).Plus I had to pay for my food , plane ticket and other expenses(Does not make sense to me).

PCAG(Peoples Church Assemblies of God Colombo)  (A+)

You've got to hand it to these people they're an incredible bunch. I don't know how these volunteers find the strength day in day out to do the impossible everyday.They tell you straight up what to expect when it comes to volunteering.If you call them up and say you want to volunteer and leave your number they will definitely call you back!

I've never met a more efficient and hardworking set of Sri Lankans in my life.




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Monday, March 21, 2005

Tsunami Volunteering Information

I hope this helps cause when I went over as a volunteer I found it to be a very frustrating process.
Tsunami Volunteering
If anybody is interested in volunteering in Ampara,Galle or elsewhere please get ahold of the AOG this is their website http://www.peopleschurchsl.org/basecamp_updates.htm.
I know they're a very efficient and organized group cause of the fact that I actually spent two weeks in one of their camps in Thirikovil.If you need more information please feel free to drop me an email at kiran2093@yahoo.com. I have pictures of the actual camp and am willing to share tips on what you should take and what to expect etc.
Kiran Desilva

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