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Meet The Team

Lee Wilson (Chairperson)


Lee is a former senior civil service professional with 30 years experience. His specialities lie within the areas of Business Transformation; Project Management; Integrated Emergency Management; Contingency Planning and Disaster Recovery; Resource Planning; Law Enforcement and Team achievement. A BSc graduate, Lee intently studied environmental, social, economic and political issues within a global context. This has complemented a vocational humanitarian career spanning in excess of 30 years. Most notably, he was instrumental in his sustained support to many families who lost a loved one during the World Trade Centre terrorist attack in New York. Then, in 2004, he became part of a specialist team to attend and provide direct humanitarian support to the Tsunami devastated country of Sri Lanka. His support to these vulnerable communities continues to-date. Lee says, "The aim of Sukhitachild is to support the needs of others much less fortunate than ourselves. It is a privilege to work with dedicated and like-minded people towards a common humanitarian goal and I am delighted to be part of this worthwhile team journey. To embrace one child in need is a wonderful thing but to support many more is simply magical."

John

John Fisher (Treasurer)


John is a Marine Draughtsman by profession. He entered the haulage industry in 1977, when he established his own business. He brings a wealth of managerial experience to the Sukhita team. John and his wife Linda have supported fundraising activities for many years, latterly for families who lost a loved on during the World Trade Centre Attack. In 2005, John was asked to team up as a trustee to establish the Sukhita Child charity. John says "This has been an incredible journey and enlightening experience. To see a child who has nothing smile back at you when you help them is such a humbling emotion that warms the heart."

Ranil

Ranil Samarasinhe (Sri Lanka Field Co-ordinator)


Mr Ranil Samarasinhe joined the Sukhita team in 2007 and is the Field Co-ordinator for our humanitarian work in Sri Lanka. With a sound business background, he is also a trusted individual with unquestioned integrity, who ensures that our commitments in Sri Lanka (whether financial or otherwise) are managed appropriately. An unpaid volunteer, Ranil will make occasional visits to project areas where he can provide support and assistance as necessary as well as feedback to the charity trustees. Ranil comments "I am honoured to be part of the Sukhita team, identifying and helping those who genuinely need our assistance".

Linda

Linda Fisher


Hi, I am Linda Fisher and I have been helping with various charity fund raising for 23 years. All of this work is on a voluntary basis and usually involves some kind of social event planning and participation. To me the most enjoyable of these events are family oriented ones, and having two grand children I like it best when we can do things together while helping others. (Like the Fun Day Cycle at Ayr or the balloon release in George's Square, Glasgow). I am 51 years old and am currently employed in the Finance Department of a Housing Association. My husband John and I have been together for nearly 30 years and do most of our charity work as a team. This arrangement works really well for all of the events we organise and also helps us keep our relationship fun. Hopefully we still be coming up with new ideas for many years to come.

Sharleen

Sharleen Wilson


Sharleen is a Regional Nurse Manager with a leading National Occupational Health Organisation. Part of the Sukhita team for over 7 years, she truly believes in the values of the charity. Always present at any charity event, she exudes a positive and pleasant demeanour, happily performs any task that is required. Sharleen hopes that at some point in the future, she will be fortunate enough to be able to visit the projects in Sri Lanka where her professional and practical experience will be invaluable.

Stewart

Stewart Fisher (IT Specialist)


Stewart brings over 15 years of professional IT experience to the Sukhita team. A software engineer by trade, Stewart has experience in a wide variety of sectors, building software systems for large scale multi-billion pound capital investment programmes. His areas of expertise include; Systems Analysis, Software Development and IT Project Management. Stewart says "A lot of people want to give to charities, but cannot be sure where their money is actually going. The main reason I got involved with Sukhitachild is because I know for a fact that every pound I donate is getting to those who really need it. All charity trustees and helpers are unpaid volunteers. This means that every penny donated goes straight to good causes and that for me makes all the difference."

Pledge

There are a number of ways in which you can make a donation to Sukhita Child

By Post


Cheques or postal orders should be made payable to 'Sukhita Child' and sent with an attached donation form to

Sukhita Child,
84 Inverewe Ave,
Deaconsbank,
Glasgow
G46 8TQ,
United Kingdom

All donations will be acknowledged as soon as possible by post. For security reasons, please do not send cash.

Print out a Donation Form

If you have any questions contact John via email at

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Standing Orders


This is support we can rely on. A regular donation by standing order is particularly helpful. Knowing that a certain level of support can be relied upon enables us to allocate funds for longer-term projects and initiatives.

If your circumstances change and you need to cancel the standing order at any time, all you have to do is instruct your bank to cease payment. A standing order to Sukhita is just a pledge to help while you can.

All you need to do is print off the standing order form and mail it to us.

Printable Standing Order Form

Online Donation / Fund Raising


Should you wish to make a donation or perhaps even start fund raising on behalf of the charity, please do so via the Sukhita Child Virgin Money Giving website.

Fundraise for us using Virgin Money Giving

Discover Sri Lanka



Topography


The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka covers a landmass of 65,525km, 1,340km of which is coastline. It is located off the South Eastern shores of India, 800km north of the equator.

Extensive faulting and erosion over time has produced a wide range of topographic features, making Sri Lanka one of the most scenic places in the world. Three zones are distinguishable by elevation, namely the Central Highlands, the plains, and the coastal belt. Most of the island's surface consists of plains between 30 and 200 meters above sea level with Pidurutalagala, Sri Lanka's highest mountain, standing at 2,524 meters.

Society, Culture & Religion


Centuries of local and European colonisation have resulted in a rich mixture of cultural diversity in Sri Lankan society. With a population of 19.9 million (est. 2003), approximately 74% are Singhalese; 18% Tamil; 7% Moor with Burgher, Malay and Vedda the remaining 1% combined. In terms of Religious beliefs/followings, 70% conform to Buddhist tradition; 15% Hindu; 8% Christian and 7% Muslim. There are three official languages, namely Singhalese, Tamil and English. Most Hindus and Muslims are Tamil speaking.

Experts say that religion in Sri Lanka is syncretism bending elements of Buddhism, Hinduism and spiritual beliefs of indigenous people, creating the uniqueness of religious character of Sri Lanka. Undoubtedly, religion became an inseparably integral part of Sri Lankan society. It is the fundamental basis of social management, politics, as well as the spiritual guidance represented as the caste system, laws, and other traditional rituals. The flourishing culture of the country throughout its history is a result of religion.

Buddhism amongst other religions in Sri Lanka, appears the most important, as it was claimed to be the religion of the majority (Singhalese) who hold sway the country's power. In Sri Lankan history, Buddhism has played the significant role in the establishment of Singhalese kingdoms since the early times, dating back to over two thousands years. Along side Buddhism, Hinduism is an important element in embodiment of Sri Lankan society. It is practiced by the Tamils in Sri Lanka whose origins trace to south India where Hinduism was predominantly practiced.

Economy


Since the late 1970's Sri Lanka diversified its export base away from agriculture. Agricultural commodities accounted for 74% of total exports in 1977, which had fallen to 15 % by 2000. Industrial export receipts rose from 14% of total export earnings in 1977 to around 75% during each of the five years 1996-2000.

To date, there continues to be an excessive dependence on textile and garment exports, which accounted for 54 % of total export earnings in 2000, and 70 % of total industrial export earnings that year. Other important industrial exports were machinery & equipment (6%), rubber based products (5%), diamonds/jewellery (4%).

In line with industrialisation, the import structure has also shifted away from consumer goods, towards intermediate and investment goods. Investment goods imports as a proportion of total imports (in value terms) rose from 12% in 1977 to 24% in 2000, whilst intermediate goods increased from 42% to 52% over the same period. Efforts in diversifying the export base away from textiles and garments over the past years have not yet been successful.

Specifically however, the clothing industry now represents a major part of the economic infrastructure in terms of GDP contribution and employment. There is an urgent need for Sri Lanka to diversify its export base to ensure long-term economic growth and employment, due to the quota system under the WTO Agreement on Textiles and Clothing ceasing to apply from 31 December 2004.

Overall, the cumulative export to EU countries of clothing, vegetable products and precious stones amount to 70%!

The Beauty of Sri Lanka


General Information


Full name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Population: 19.4 million (UN, 2005)
Capital: Colombo (commercial), Sri Jayawardenepura (administrative)
Largest city: Colombo
Area: 65,610 sq km (25,332 sq miles)
Major languages: Sinhala, Tamil, English
Major religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity
Life expectancy: 71 years (men), 77 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: Sri Lankan rupee
Main exports: Clothing and textiles, tea, gems, rubber, coconuts
GNI per capita: US $1,160 (World Bank, 2006)
Internet domain: .lk
International dialling code: +94