as per 27-6-2017
For your information:
the projects have a 6 figured number: the year,
last two figures the projectnumber in that year.
Remark: after the Running projects you will
find the Completed projects.
Rebuilding Sewing School at Magalle
The sewing school was totally destroyed on
26th December 2004 by the tsunami.
So, the rebuilding is a tsunami related project.
During a working visit the then acting Mayor
indicated that Galle itself would rebuilt this
sewing school and SOS Velsen could supply the
apparatus and furniture.
Despite several requests for information, no
reactions from Galle Municipal Council. Last year,
2014, the rehabilitated Mayor Mr. Methsiri de Silva
returned to his seat.
Beginning 2015: revised building drawings and
estimates, and in April 2015 agreement by NAAL.
Estimates April 2015: LKR 4,0174,847 for the
rebuilding, 5.000 euro for equipment and furniture,
plus a fee for the NAAL.
The sewing school will be rebuilt at the same place,
plus a storey. The sewing school will be seated at
the 1st storey.
July 2016: Approval by the 'Planning Committee' of
Galle Municipal Council for 2 storeys
Nov. 2016: SOS Velsen the money available for a
Feb. 2017: 14.567,- euros remitted for the 2nd
storey. The balance of foundation 'Velsen helps
Galle' has been used totally now. The shortage has
been filled up
by SOS Velsen.
End April 2017: 'Laying foundation stones' have been
put. May 2017: pictures of concrete works received.
End of July 2017: finishing of the work expected.
2016-01 - Grammar school
Felisenum at Velsen-South: Scholarship for a
talented student available
Felisenum has arranged twice a swimming
relay race and put available 2.500,- euros for a
project on Sri Lanka.
NAAL proposed to grant a scholarship to a gifted
student. Outcome, a very young boy from a poor
family, living in Galle, the twinning city of
Velsen: Viyat Nimsara Nilaweera.
The scholarship mainly for boarding-school costs (will
last about 6 years).
Feb. 2016: Received pictures and report figures:
looking very well.
August: Library Velsen: A
collection and selling books and posters, plus a
contribution of Samvro (Women NGO):
1500 guilders for
the Public Library in Galle, in order to purchase
September: Ambulance for
the Municipal Hospital in Galle.
guilders by means of a collection, organizing a
"Sri Lanka week" in Velsen and a
supplementary contribution of
3975 guilders from the Municipal
Council of Velsen. Ambulance purchased in Japan -
delivered in January 1979.
September 3rd 1983:
Opening Sewing Centre Dadalla by Drs. Evert Jongens
(Nuffic). Used amount unknown.
Costs? No further
End November: for the College
Vidyaloka Vidyalaya: a lathe, welding-equipment
and typewriters for trainingprogrammes for
Rs. 56.350/- (about
7.000 guilders) for erection and furnishing.
Galwallawatta): Rs. 185.000 (18.500
guilders) for a drainage system, taps and
Home for elders (BVHE):
guilders for bedfurniture. 2) Waterpump:
stolen. New pump: Rs.
6050/- (600 guilders).
at Dadalla and Magalle: Rs. 56.350/- for both
Rs. 98.000/- for
second block of toilets.
Home for Elders: Rs.
35.000/- for toilets in the women section.
Rs. 433.000/- for covering
the sewerage system.
Rs. 300.000/-. (Foundation-stone laid by Mr. Evert
(Community Centre "De
Dwarsligger" in IJmuiden (Municipality of
Velsen), donated 1.000 guilders and a privat
(Mr. Alozerij) 500 guilders.
instruments for the schoolband of the Malharus
Sulhiya Central College (Muslim school)
April: Dadalla, sewing-school:
10.000/- for Sinhala books.
24.000/- for necessary repairs of the building.
Dadalla: profit of 90
guilders for the sale of sold pillow-cases in The
Women Christian Association):
Rs. 100.000/- for
Vista Home for Elders (BVHE): Rs.
35.000/- for the lay-out of the entrance road and
toiletbuilding for men.
official opening of the community centre by former
Mayor of Velsen, Mr. P.J. Molendijk.
IJmuider Courant: gifts
with respect to the opening of their new office:
1.095 Dutch guilders destinated for
books for the Public Library Galle.
Other donations in 1988:
Reformed Church at
Santpoort (Municipality of Velsen): 260 guilders
for funiture for community centre in Galle.
150 guilders for
Women Association: 1.000
guilders for materials and the setting up of an
export channel for productes of the
of selling paintings: 1.200 guilders
destinated for vocational instruction in Sri
Other supports by SOS Velsen:
8.155,71 for toilets; next to it: clearing of an
old well, tiles over sewerage and electricity
mains. Total Rs. 445.868/-.
Reformed Church in the Fort: new gate -
610,86 gld (Rs. 9.100/-)..
Library, Galle: donation for books -
Fort: repair of the roof - 1.666,74
furniture - 2.325,81 gld.
repair roof - 1.504,08 gld. (first installment).
Home: dining room women quarters (open
air lounge) and garden chairs: 3.185,73 gld. (Rs.
Further: Renovation dining hall
male section, easy chairs female section and tv
set male section.
Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) provided -after
mediation by SOS-Velsen- a better watersupply. Too,
the SLPA provided a
design for vegetable gardens.
repair of a well, sewerage system and electricity:
Vista Home for Elders:
male section: 1. Rs. 47,251.60; 2. Toilets and
shower for females and males: Rs. 77,190;
3. Rs. 20.000/- for medicines, donated by
Foundation "Velsen voor de Derde Wereld"
(Velsen for the Third World).
6,244.85 for repair roof.
Community Centre Rs. 300.000/- (16.000 Dutch
Galle: a yearly
donation (height amount ?).
8 houses, 21.450,--
Dutch guilders and 1.600 Dutch guilders for the
furnishing (totally Rs. 463,010.11)
No data available.
11.895,33 Dutch guilders for community centre (Rs.
for recreation-ground of 743,-- Dutch guilders
from the Vellesan College in IJmuiden (Mun. of
sewing machines (Rs. 8,000/- each: 450,00 Dutch
guilders); 20 scissors (Rs. 100/- each).
Totally about 2.800,-- Dutch guilders.
of English books by de Public Library IJmuiden (Mun.
of Velsen)(873,30 Dutch guilders).
8 houses (20.321,83
Dutch guilders); renovation of 40 houses
(20.013,07 Dutch guilders).
replacement of 40 cadjan houses: building of 40
houses for fishermen (Rs. 1,680,000/-).
(kind of family replacing house for mentally
handicapted persons): donation from the 'Boerlage
Rs. 2.884,50 Dutch guilders for the
occasion of the opening of the Boerlage Home.
Bona Vista Home
for Elders: via
SOS-Velsen: contribution of Rs. 30,787/- from
Foundation 'Velsen voor de Derde Wereld (Velsen
for the Third World) for the purchase of a
refrigerator, fans, lamps (bulbs) and a bed; next
to it: 2.400,00 Dutch guilders for food.
repairs of the sewerage and drainage system from
the Dutch Period (VOC time - East Indian Company).
Total costs: nearly 100.000 Dutch guilders).
The repairs are necessary regarding
stagnant water by sand- and coral piling ups:
breeding-place for mosquitos with the danger of
malaria and dengue. 1st and 2nd instalment:
12.751,97 Dutch guilders. Subsidy of the Dutch
Foreign Ministry: 49.000 Dutch guilders.
Museum, Fort: model
of a Dutch ship from the 17th century (Staten-Yaught),
4000 Dutch guilders (in 1993),
made by Mr. G.
Jansen, a citizen of Velsen, and
donated by the Community of Velsen, Kennemerland
Groep Fishing Company,
Rabo Bank IJmuiden and Wijsmuller Shipping
Trade, all at IJmuiden (Municipality of Velsen).
Public Library Galle:
4000 Dutch guilders.
Buona Vista Home for
Elders: via SOS-Velsen: contribution of
2.400 Dutch guilders for food by the Foundation
'Velsen voor de
Derde Wereld' (Velsen for the Third World).
sewerage and draining system from VOC time (East
Indian Company - Dutch Periode)(see also 1992):
of 9.407,07 Dutch guilders for the progress
of the repairs.
February 19th: handing over of the
shipsmodel (Staten Yaught) from the 17th century,
3.515,43 Dutch guilders, to the Maritime
Made by a citizen from IJmuiden (Mun. of Velsen),
Mr. G. Jansen. Donations from the inhabitants of
Kennemerland Group Fishing Company, Rabo
Bank IJmuiden and Wijsmuller Shipping Trade, all
Buona Vista Home for
Elders: via SOS-Velsen: contribution of
2.400 Dutch guilders for food by Foundation
'Velsen voor de
Derde Wereld (Velsen for the Third World).
repairs of the sewerage and drainage system (from
VOC time - Dutch Periode - see also 1992):
instalment of 22.021,94 Dutch guilders for
the progress of the repairs.
Public Library Galle:
735,04 Dutch guilders.
April: Buona Vista
Home for Elders: personal gift of 500
Dutch guilders of one of the boardmembers of
SOS-Velsen in order to
arrange now and then little trips for the
inmates of the Home. This as memory
of his deceased mother.
Science in service
training programme in Galle District:
compensation of the costs of one seminar for 40
1.Restoration of the unique sewerage
and drainage system (VOC
time - East Indian Company).
Reformed Church: renovation
Buona Vista Home for Elders:
1. Donation of 4.000 Dutch guilders for
2. Via SOS-Velsen: 2.400 Dutch guilders for
extra food by Foundation 'Velsen voor de Derde
Wereld' (Velsen for the Third World).
3. From building-trade Rolvink in
connection with 25 years existance: in stead of
presents they asked money in order to restore
the roof of the
male section (see also 1996).
1x 8 houses, 1x 12
centre Dadalla: 2
sewing machines (Rs. 31,780.00 = + 975
1 Yuki sewing machine (Rs. 43,390.00 = +
1332 Dutch guilders); books and other materials (Rs.
5,000.00 = + 153 Dutch guilders);
training of two supervisors ( Rs. 14,00.00
= + 454 Dutch guilders). Total: +
2.925,00 Dutch guilders.
Community Centre: playing-attributes
for recreation-ground (Rs. 5,000.00 = + 153
playing-attributes for recreation-ground (Rs.
5,000.00 = + 153 Dutch guilders).
toilets for children
(Rs. 48,000.00 = + 1473 Dutch guilders).
Home for Elders: 150
pillow-cases, 40 pillows and 100 bedsheets (totally
Rs. 26,500.00 = + 810 Dutch guilders);
repairs of a roof (Rs. 151,234.00 = +
4642 Dutch guilders). A part of this money has
been donated by the building-trade Rolvink,
IJmuiden (Mun. Velsen - see also 1995);
repairs of toilets (Rs. 29,965.00 = + 919
hand tractor for the
clearing away of waste in the Fort (Rs. 107,000.00
= + 3284 Dutch guilders).
Headquarters at Custom Road:
several repairs (Rs. 313,000.00 = + 9609
with the help of the Royal Dutch Embassy in
Colombo 40.000 Dutch guilders available for
typewriters and other
equipment and administrative support.
Dutch guilders for video tapes.
repairs Dutch Reformed Church (2.250,00 Dutch
Fort: repairs of
the roof (3.284 Dutch guilders).
Home of Elders:
(Rs. 43,020.00 = 1.425,00 Dutch guilders) donated
by Elderly Homes in Velsen.
2. Foundation 'Velsen voor de
Derde Wereld' (Velsen for the Third World): via
SOS-Velsen: donation of 8.000 Dutch guilders,
the half of the amount needed for the purchase of
a transport van. Further on: 2.400 Dutch guilders
3. Foundation Catholic Elderly
Centre 'Kennemerland': 290,55 Dutch guilders.
concrete tiles over the sewerage and drainage
system (Rs. 30,000.00 = + 900 Dutch
concrete tiles over the sewerage and drainage
system (Rs. 54.000/- = + 1620 Dutch
playing-attributes like a ball, a cricketbat and a
kind of biljardtable.
RKVV IJmuiden: at
the occasion of 75-years existance a donation of
2500 Dutch guilders, in order to promote
the football sport in Galle (through all
kinds of delays the materials have been handed
over in February 2003).
Teaching Hospital: medical
instruments (2.200 Dutch guilders - 1600 guilders
from this have been donated by the
Ichthus College in Velsen, by means of a
W.H. de Boer:
a privat donation of 460,05 Dutch guilders.
10,00 Dutch guilders.
(rope) in Galle: 7.000 Dutch guilders.
at Dadalla and Magalle:
1 Singer overlock sewing-machine, model 14473 (Rs.
19,690/- = + 630 Dutch guilders);
1 Singer highspeed industrial
sewing-machine, model 1191 D (Rs. 39,990/- = +
1284 Dutch guilders).
Home for Elders:
1. Donation of 600 Dutch guilders for a
television equipment from a physio-therapeutist
physio-therapeutist. (Later two tv apparatus has
been delivered: the necessary extra amount has
2. Foundation 'Velsen voor de Derde Wereld'
(Velsen for the Third World): via SOS Velsen:
2.400 Dutch guilders for food.
3. Purchase of a van: (via SOS Velsen)
donation by Foundation 'Velsen voor de Derde
Wereld' of 10.600 Dutch guilders and
meant for the
transport of the inmates.
4. Prayer-room: 2.440,17 Dutch guilders.
for scholarship for Srilankan students
(5 from Galle): 500 Dutch guilders (Rs. 15,055/-).
8.000 Dutch guilders = about Rs. 210,000/-.
machine: to spray
insect-power in the sewerage system (about 1.000
Dutch guilders)(f.i. against mosquitos: malara/dengue).
of 32.800 Dutch guilders by Housing company 'AWV
Eigen Haard' for in order to finish
and build new houses. Together 17 houses.
tractor with trailer in order to collect waste
(donation of 34.229,02 Dutch guilders by the
Vrolijk Fund = a fishing company in
IJmuiden (Mun. of Velsen).
Dutch guilders for the transportation by a
sea-container of superfluous library furniture of
Public Library in IJmuiden (Mun. of
school in Galle: 146,41
Dutch guilders for wooden puzzles.
Home for Elders:
1. Via SOS Velsen - Gifts from Foundation 'Velsen
voor de Derde Wereld' (Velsen for the Third
World): 2.400 Dutch guilders for
food, 1.800 Dutch
guilders for fans and 800 Dutch guilders for
2. 'Worldshop' in Velserbroek (Mun.
of Velsen): 1.000 Dutch guilders for a refrigerator
for the girls section.
handing over of 12
1,200,000/- = 36.000 Dutch guilders. Paid by SOS
handing over of 17
houses. Paid by house
building company 'Eigen
Haard' at Velsen
(about 32.500 Dutch guilders).
-Handing over of a Ferguson
Masson tractor with trailer,
for garbage removal in Fort Galle. Paid by a
at Velsen (see 1999).
-Handing over of a fumigation
1999). Paid by SOS Velsen (about 1.000 Dutch
handing over of furniture
of the old Public
schools at Dadalla and Magalle: rebuildings
Massey Tractor with trailer:
extra amount (550,93 Dutch guilders).
Vista Home for Elders:
renovation/enlargement praying-room. SOS Velsen
has paid half the amount of the
costs (about 5.000 Dutch Guilders).
placed 300 Dutch guilders placed at their disposal
for a modem and telephoneline for internet
with the Vellesan College in Velsen.
June 2000: first message, then thereafter course
project 1999-29 - Minuwangoda:
concrete tiles over the sewerage system. Project
project 1999-27 - Touristique information
boards in Galle. Galle
Heritage Centre has taken over this initiative.
1999-15 - Community Centre Siyambalagahawatta:
fence with iron gate: prevention of theft
dirt of cows).
project 1999-11 - Velsenpura:
replacement of broken tiles
over the sewerage and draining system.
November: project 1999-13
- Sewing centre
safety: aluminium doors, partition walls and fence.
2. Next to it: two iron-heaters (
with discount of Blokker (shop) in Velserbroek,
Municipality of Velsen).
1999-14 - Sewing
two iron-heaters (with discount of Blokker (shop)
project 2000-02 - Moragoda
Request to Housing
company ' Eigen Haard' for 42 new houses in a wet
area. However, the housing company has
different view at this project for
the realization then the inmates: the wish of the
inhabitants is not payable for Eigen
Haard. The project has been rejected.
2001-02 - Toys
Children Park (next
to Town Hall)
A jubilee project of SOS Velsen (25
years twinning Velsen-Galle in 2001): Replacement
of playing toys in the park next
to the Town Hall. November 5th
2001 re-opened by the Dutch Ambassador, H.E. Mr.
Project project 1999-17 - Core
SOS Velsen finished to sponsor this project. The
aim was to realize a co-operative
business organization, however, the manager
was thinking that he owned the factory. SOS Velsen
only has contributed a minor
part in the costs. The intention was to
investigate whether the invested amount could be
claimed back. This has not happened.
April: project 1998-01
- Renovation building Scouts
Donation by SOS Velsen. Only a part of
the renovation has been executed for the donated
money. During the renovation other lacks
have been discovered and repaired, but not
reported to SOS Velsen, so not all lacks have been
repaired. Resting lacks: SOS Velsen
has requested several times for new
estimates for the remaining lacks. However, never
received at Velsen: the board of SOS Velsen
decided to strike off the list the
rest of this project.
June: project 2001-01 - Velsenpura
(quarter named after Velsen): construction
of a drain at the beginning of the sewerage syste.
project 2000-06 - Day
Estimates Rs. 239,197/- (about 7175,- Dutch guilders)
children public library has been transferred into
a children day care centre.
Also a jubilee project in the
framework of 25 years twinning Velsen-Galle.
Mothers can bring their children to the day care centre and can
have a job. They have to pay a little amount, so
that the project can continue.
/ PUM Holland
(representative in Sri Lanka: Mr. Kumarasinghe,
Colombo) has sponsored the visit of two Galle
for training and information in The
Netherlands, as well as the stay of a Dutch
instructor in Galle.
SOS-Velsen has paid 50 % of the
furniture and 50 % of the exploitation of the
The real 'start' took place in September
Dutch Ambassador Mr. Hein Princen has opened the day care centre.
2012, remark: In the preceding years people exclaimed this project
as an exemple of good entrepreneurship.
project 1999-12 - Velsenpura:
new men toiletbuilding
and extra long suctionhose
to empty the septic tanks.
Costs: Rs. 251,687.86 (about 7550-8000 Dutch guilders).
Opened by both Hon. Mayors of
Galle and Velsen (Lional Premasiri and Fons
October: project 1999-05
- Footballfield /
Dadalla BTS Grounds:
June 2002: football
playing on the grassveld (lawn) is possible. Fence
placed. All costs still paid by Galle.
Final estimates: about 71.650 euros:
not affordable for SOS Velsen. October
no sponsors found in Holland. SOS Velsen had
to delete this project of the list.
April: project 1999-14
- Sewing centre at Magalle
Request for adjustments because of
nuisance by the traffic (dust and traffic noise).
Amount: Rs. 252.157,00. Too, there is a request
for extra normal sewing-machines and
industrial-machines. The work has been reported
finished in April 2003.
Galle Municipal Council informs NAAL that they
want to co-operate with a firm which can deliver
sewing-machines and also can provide
sewing-lessons, after which the student a job can
be offered by the firm.
During the tsunami
on December 26th 2004
the sewing-centre has been destroyed
totally. In 2005 it's
still unclear if the sewing-centre
will be fit up in the same place.
Too, not clear
where or if lessons are given now.
June: project 1999-36
- YMCA building, Fort Galle
Estimates Rs. 1,250,000.00 = Usdlrs
17.361,00 (in 2000).
A multifunctional building, acting as: community
centre, day care centre, education centre, sports
Renovation inside is really needed, and SOS Velsen
is willing to help. But, the roofs are leaking, so
the view of SOS Velsen is to
wait until the roofs have been repaired. But...the
outside is under control of the Mutual Heritage
Centre. No information received yet.
April 2002: "World Shop Velserbroek" has
donated 1.000 guilders for toys,
washing-accommodation and other things.
February 2003: information received that the
building is the property of the YMCA and that they
want to sell the building.
June 2003: board of
SOS Velsen decided to delete the project from the
July: project 2001-01 - Gift
of footballclub RKVV Velsen to promote football in
At the celebration of her
75-years existance in 1997, footballclub RKVV
Velsen donated 2.500 guilders in order to
the football sport in Galle.
referree flags and a football were handed over to
several clubs in Dadalla and Velsenpura. Last part
a list of clubs were gathered by NAAL,
Februari 2003: representatives of SOS
Velsen -on behalf of RKVV Velsen- handed over to
more than 20 footballclubs all kinds
of football attributes like footballs,
pawns, shirts, et cetera.
pictures can be handed over to RKVV Velsen of
footballclubs of Galle showing their new shirts
vehicle for Galle - donated by Rotary Club
Velsen (no projectnumber)
Situtation in 2003: in 1986, a
superfluous Landrover of the fire brigade of
Velsen -with help of the Lions
Club Velsen- was
Galle and still in use... Next
to it, a fire vehicle donated by a Japanese town,
now with a lot of rust gaps.
September 2001: Rotary
organised Scottish "Highland
Games". They raised about 22.5000 Usdlrs
Usdlrs from SOS Velsen included). Rotary
International in America doubled this amount!
A new fire fighting vehicle was assembled
The new vehicle has been handed over to the Fire
Brigade Galle by the Rotary Club Galle on behalf
2004 December 26th: after the tsunami
the Fire Brigade Galle was able -maybe as the only
one- to transport wounded
people and dead bodies. Too, they assisted
to clean the city.
September: project 2000-04 -
Karapitiya Teaching Hospital - liquid oxygen tank
Project together with the supplier of
the tank. SOS Velsen places available 16.000 Dutch
One of the jubilee projects of SOS
Velsen in the framework of 25 years twinning
Medical oxygen was transported daily by 2-3
lorries from Colombo to Galle (110 kms.).
Frequently delays by traffic queues,
defects at the lorries, etc.). The tank
furnishes costs savings.
At first the Ministry gave no permission to
place the tank: one was afraid for a monopoly
position of the firm which would place
the tank. Later nog problem. The tank was
placed and put in use in July 2003.
September 27th 2003: official use of the
tank, with pipelines to the nursery rooms and
Message from Karapitiya: "SOS and
the Municipality of Velsen can be happy that there
here after no body at Karapitiya
hospital will die because of non
availability of Oxygen."
June 2004: offical handing over by a
SOS Velsen boardmember in Galle.
the Karapitiya Hospital that the oxygen tank has
saved many lifes after the tsunami
October: project 2003 - ICT Academy
in Galle, Talbot Town
Very succesfull project under the VTA.
On an existant building, in use as a computer
teaching education centre, two stories
have been built.
Februari 2003: 8 students and 4 teachers of
the Nova College, ICT section, furnishedthe rooms
with computers, printers, networks,
tables, etc. A number of international IT
companies and a number of known Dutch
enterprises as well, sponsored this project. The
students arranged the shipping of
equipment, made network designs, bought necessary
equipment, revised replaced computers from
Town Hall Velsen, shipped the things to Sri
Lanka, et cetera. It was a part of their study.
Teachers of the Nova College instructed the
teachers in Galle ("teach the
teachers"). Too, the NAAL is involved in the
October 2003: again teachers and students
from the Nova College, ICT section, departed to
Galle to fit up other rooms and to give
18-10-2003: official opening by Hon.
Minister Hemakumara Nanayakkara (descended from
End 2003: already more than 1250 applies to
Project 2003-05 -
1. Computernetwork in Town Hall Galle
February 13th - March 2004: installation
of network by 8 Nova College ICT-students, as part
of their final examation, under
the leadership of 3 teachers and a
communication expert of Town Hall Velsen. Also a
student of an other college was present
for a special investigation.
The students have sought for sponsors,
written the implementationplan and gathered the
right materials. About 30 replaced
computers and 2 networkservers of Town Hall
Velsen, have been checked and revised when
For about two years this project will be
coached by the Nova College.
2. Installation of computers on 27
schools: the students have installed one or
more computers on 27 schools, with a total of 80
computers, all coming from Town Hall Velsen.
April: project 2003-04 - Wheel
Care Haarlem and Home
Care Velsen have
about 30 surplus wheelchairs available (some
Chairs have been delivered to handicapped
persons in Galle area and in the
surroundings of Colombo. It was noticed to
account that Srilankans are smaller than
Dutch people.....(chairs to big).
June: project 2003-03 -
Christian Men Choir "IJmuiden" - music
instruments for schoolbands
During a visit of a delegation from
Velsen, it seems a good idea to offer means to
purchase new music instruments for
schoolbands in Galle. October 2003: the
Choir exists 75 years and this is celebrated with
a concert. An extra amount for the
entrance of the concert has been asked. The
aim was to gather 750 euros and SOS-Velsen would
The results were 1250 euros and SOS-Velsen
It was decided to provide the schoolband of
the Southlands College (Fort).
pictures are received on which the new instruments
are to be seen.
June: Project 2000-04 - Handing over
tank for liquid oxygen to Karapitiya Teaching
Hospital (see also 2003)
Finally the tank has been placed on an
other spot. SOS Velsen agreed with a higher
contribution: December 2002 Rs. 480,000/- (about
4500 ΰ 4800 euro).
Summer 2003: the tank is put into
June 2004: tank
officially handed over.
2003-03 - Music
instruments for schoolband in Galle
During a working-visit of a delegation of
SOS Velsen, it seemed a good idea to place at
disposal funds for new music instruments for
a schoolband in Galle.
October 2003: the Christian
Men Choir "IJmuiden" (Mun.
Velsen) existed 75 years. By means of additional
charge on the admission
for a jubilee concert 1250 Euros was raised. SOS
Velsen has doubled this amount.
It was decided to supply the schoolbands of
Galle) with new instruments.
June 2004: receipt
of pictures of schoolbands of the Southlands
College on which they are to be seen with their
new instruments. July:
project 2002-03 - Exchange
between youth from Galle and Velsen
An exchange between youth from Galle
and Velsen has been proposed by an former Galle
Municipal Council member.
The travel costs have to be paid by the
participants, accommodation free. An exchange in
August 2002 is not feasible; later
July/August 2003 is planned. Unfortunately
for July/August too few participants on both sides
for an exchange.
Finally it appeared that in Galle an
exchange is not feasible,
because of financial reasons.
February 2004: the visits of the Nova
College ICT students (installing ICT Academy and
network in Town Hall Galle)
are considered as exchanges.
July 2004: it
is decided to strike off this project from the
Project 1999-21 - E-mail
exchange between schools in Galle and
In 1999 the idea arose to
establish e-mail contacts between schools in Galle
June 2000: first few contacts between
All Saint's College and Vellesan College in
Velsen. However, the contacts failed at the end.
June 2001: SOS Velsen started, with
the co-operation of the Nova College (ICT Academy)
in Velsen, with the Asoka Vidyalaya in
Colombo as a pilot project.
October 2003: first e-mail contacts
between Nova College ICT
students and the ICT
Academy in Galle (installed by Nova College).
2005: The Dutch foundation "ICT
Education Centre Sri Lanka" made a successful
contact between a school in Velsen-Noord and a
school in Galle. Objectives:
schools in Velsen, but also outside
Velsen, making contacts with schools in and
outside Galle and also to
support de Srilankan schools for some years
by delivering 5 computers to each school plus
paying the telephone line for some years.
After that period the Srilankan school will
have to pay for themselves.
September 2004: because
there are e-mailcontacts between ICT-students of
the Nova College and ICT-students in Galle, the
of SOS Velsen decides to delete this project
from the list.
September: project 2003-01 -
Community Health Education / Prevention of
Diseases and Development of Health
Estimates Rs. 4,338,350.00 =
40.545-43.383 euro (in 2003).
At first glance it is looking like a good
project, but maybe too big for SOS-Velsen.
Novermber 2003: after inquiries, SOS-Velsen
is informed that this project is not helping
'the poorest of the poor'. Besides this it
is informed that funds can be obtained at
the Central Government in Colombo.
Advisory Committee Galle would investigate
what the purpose of Galle Municipal Council
nothing heard since, so it is decided to strike
off the subject from the list.
September: project 2003-10 - Swimming
pool at Richmond College
Estimates: Rs. 10 miljon - about
100.000 euros (in 2003).
The Richmond College indicated that the
swimming also would be accessible for non-Richmond
It seems better for SOS-Velsen to choose an
other spot to create a public swimming pool. A
place has been found in Dadalla area.
An other project started in 2004: see under
running projects 2004-04 - Swimming pool in Galle.
the project is struck off the list.
September: Project 2003-13 - FISD
(Foundation for International Sustainable
FISD is granting loans
with a low interest, till a maximum of
50.000 euros, to starting entrepreneurs.
A factory -working up plastics- is
interested. A businessplan is required how to pay
back the loan and in what time.
A member of NMCP / PUM Holland has looked
into the books and gave a negative report. NAAL
decides not to continue
with this project.
September 2004: SOS-Velsen adopted
the advice of NAAL and decided to strike off this
project from the list.
Regarding the hereunder
-07, -08, -09 en -11:
goal was to implement them in the Sport Development
Project (2000-08). However until now no funds
- Basketball fields
-Project 2003-07 - Request
for sports equipment and financial support for
Request for cricket, football and
badminton equipments, tabletennis table and
financial support for maintenance.
No estimates available.
-Project 2003-08 - Building
for power training
1,368,731.37 = about 13.687 euro (in 2003).
-Project 2003-09 - Athletics
Request for boots, clothes,
improvement of the jumping-site, storage building,
room for power training. No estimates available.
-Project 2003-11 - Rugby
Request handed over to a visiting
civil servant of Velsen (Dept. Sport and
Recreation) and CIOS sport student.
Estimates Rs. 3 miljon =
about 30.000 euro (in 2003).
October: project 2003-12 -
Action to collect sports
attributes by a civil servant of Town Hall
(Dept. Sports and Recreation)
September 2003: Mr. Simon de
Weers, starts an action to collect good, but not
anymore used sports articles, in order to
ship them to Galle.
January 2004: a fully loaded
seacontainer arrives in Galle in. The goods have
been divided with consultation with the NAAL.
Gymnastic attributes (parallel bars,
balance beam, etc.) are stored and used in the old
Public Library (intended Gymnasium,
Mayor of Galle informs that all goods have been
February: project 2004-03 -
Rotary Club Galle - request for donation of laparoscopy
instruments for Karapitiya Teaching
The British High Commission has donated
a Laparoscopy Unit to the Karapitiya Teaching
Hospital, Rs. 2 million.
Not all needed laparoscopy instruments
could be purchased. Rotary Club Galle have been
requested to find funds.
SOS-Velsen forwarded the request to Rotary
Club Velsen and in October 2004 RC Velsen
donated 400 euros.
February 2005: information
that the instruments have been purchased.
May: project 2004-01 - Library
Fort - request for donation to fight
against "silver fishes"
SOS Velsen requested the Library to
send estimates -via the NAAL- to SOS-Velsen.
after repeated requests to send estimates: no
reaction. The project has been struck off the
Remark: January 2006: during a visit
of a delegation from Velsen it appeared that the
problem has been solved.
May 2005: Project 2004-02 - Rotary
Club Galle - request for donation to print certificates
"Vocation Service Award"
for "Best Post Employee"
Requested to send estimates -via
the NAAL- to SOS-Velsen.
after repeated requests to send an estimate: no
reaction. The project has been struck off the
July: Project 1999-18 - Training
centre for repair of
tv, radio and other electrical equipment (centre
This project would have functioned
under the VTA (Vocational Training Authority). The
Dutch Nova College was interested to
participate, but first wanted the newly
erected ICT Academy to function well.
A suitable building has been found:
in Talbot Town a building, which already was
in use for computer education (ground floor).
2005: two storeys have been built
ontop the groundfloor. The ICT Academy is running
very well in 2005, but no sight yet for a start
of a centre of electro-technics.
July 2005: the
board of SOS Velsen decides to delete this project
from the list.
July/August: Project 2003-05 - IT
project - computernetwork in
Town Hall Galle (GMC)
The Nova College ICT Academy (Velsen,
The Netherlands) and VNG-international (Dutch
Association of Municipalities) are involved.
VNG-i is supporting with 52.123,68 euro for
a 2-years period. A networkspecialist of Town Hall
Velsen is controlling the project in
July/August 2003: two
networkspecialists of Town Hall Velsen and a
lecturer of the Nova College ICT Academy
possibilities in Town Hall Galle.
2003: a great number of computers are
being replaced in Town Hall Velsen and inspected
and adjusted by Nova College ICT students.
2004: the checked computers are being
shipped to Galle.
February 2004: teachers and students
of Nova College ICT Academy, a network specialist
of Town Hall Velsen start the installation
of the network. For the students it's
also an official training part of their study.
Besides this, 27 schools are receiving
computers (1 or more per school). Civil servants
of GMC will receive computerlessons at the
Galle ICT Academy.
November 2004: SOS-Velsen supports
the project with 3000 euro.
26-12-2004: the installed
network on the ground floor is damaged
totally by the tsunami.
May 2005: teachers and students of
the Nova College ICT Academy start to replace the
July and August 2005:
two teams of students and teachers of Nova College
ICT Academy finish
the installation of the network.
Next to it, in Galle and surroundings,
computers are installed at schools (by the
foundation ICT Education Centre Sri Lanka).
October: Project 2005-03 - 'Cotton
bags' for shopping, et cetera
Aim: to diminish the use of plastic bags
Applicant was requested to send an estimate
to SOS-Velsen (via NAAL) for this nice proposal.
October 2005: the
applicant withdrew his request, because he did not
want to make the impression that he was using
for his project..... A pity.
November: Project 2002-02 - Velsenpura,
toiletbuilding for women
Renovation is really needed. Too, the
septic tanks have to be repaired. Estimates: Rs.
259,641.20 (= in 2005: about 2160-2200 euros).
Only in the last months of 2004 the
renovation started, because the Municipality was
thinking an other toilet had to be repaired.
2005: Visits from Velsen in January
and June: job not yet finished. Rather unclear
why, something to do with the tsunami??
November 2005: job
January: project 2005-01 - Library
Fort Galle - request
Estimates Rs. 52,820.00 = about 450
euros, for carpentry, paint, et cetera.
the work appears to be ready.
January: Project 2005-02 - Library
Fort Galle - request
for a photocopier
Estimates Rs. 120,750.00 = about 1020
the copier has been purchased.
Project 2000-08 - Sport
Development Project (CIOS - Nova College)
A lecturer of the Sport Academy of
Nova College (The Netherlands), CIOS,
Mr. Cees Versteeg, has developed an international
education training programme, which already
has been executed for some years in South-Africa
Objective: Advanced CIOS-students train
trainers in Sri Lanka with the lie behind that
everybody in Galle will get the chance to
July 2001: The lecturer visits Galle
and makes a proposal. An intention statement was
set up with the intention to see whether the
programme "train the trainers"
could start in 2003.
Augustus 2003: A civil servant of
Town Hall Velsen of the Department Sport and
Recreation and a nearly finished CIOS student
visited Galle to investigate the
A problem was
and still is to find the necessary
funds. The Sport
Department of a Dutch Ministry could not supply
half of the needed
money because of cutting down expenses. The
other 50% would/could be supplied by the Dutch
Association of Municipalities. Other
sources have been investigated, however no
result. In vain applied to other (international)
SOS Velsen decides to delete this project from the
list, but to take in a new projectnumber 2006-01
project 2005-04 - Karapitiya
Teaching Hospital - request furnishing
densitometer room (osteoporosis room)
Estimates: Rs. 100,000/- = +
833,33 euros (in 2005).
With a densitometer (DXA machine) one
can measure osteoporosis -the status of bones with
calcium. Osteoporosis can lead to bone
fractures, espially with women. The DXA
machine has been donated by the British High
The room had still to be provided with
furniture and floor-covering. For the same amount
also a safe and airco could be purchased.
room in use. Official opening: March 2006.
project 2005-05 - Safe
Lamps filled with kerosine frequently
fall over. A physician, who frequently treats
patients with burn wounds, has requested a
donation in order to purchase lamps, which
cannot fall over easily. Price each: Rs. 38/-
(about 3 nos for one Usdlr).
April 2006: request for 3500 lamps
for 1750 families.
Estimate: including extra charges like
transport: Rs. 145,000/- = + 1.200 euros
November 2006: 3000
lamps have been distributed (with handing in the
old dangerous lamps). Last 500 nos before
2006-06 - Community Physical Rehabilitation
Estimates: Rs. 5,2 million = about
40.000 euros (September 2006).
Aim: Create a centre for physiotherapy for
people who receive only a few treatments in the
hospital, but need more.
October 2006: applicant informs that the
project at that moment is not realizable, too
expensive and a constant stream of incomes not
is expected. New proposal by the applicant:
see running projects 2007-01, Centre for Gait
February 2007: 2006-06
deleted from the list.
- Karapitiya Teaching
scale for Center for Metabolic Bone
Estimate: 360,43 euros.
March 2007: In
first instance no space to put the weighing scale,
but after extension of the treatment room the
scale has been placed.
project 2006-09 - Sambodhi
Home - dentist chair
Estimates: 1,359,23 euro (March 2007).
The Sambodhi Home is a home for inmates who
are for the greater part mentally handicapped.
Because problems are experienced
when has to be waited in the waiting-room,
plus transport from Sambodhi Home to the dentist,
the dentist is coming to the Home.
the chair has been purchased. A Dutch lady
provided an extra amount for accesories.
Total costs: 1.359,23.
project 2006-11 - Siyambalagahawatta
- repairs of well
Estimates: 737 euros.
June 2007: repairs finished.
2006-05 - Library Fort
Galle - 2 computers,
printer and maintaince (for 3 years)
Estimates for 3 years: 2.711 euros.
Installation would be executed by the
Foundation ICT Education Centre Sri Lanka (through
ICT-students of the Nova College).
Beginning 2007: regarding the
political situation in Sri Lanka it is decided
that the Nova College ICT-students for the time
will not departure to Sri Lanka.
April 2007: SOS Velsen decides to
purchase two computers with printer locally .
Installation by a local ICT company.
Final costs: 1.404 Euros.
July 2007: handing
over of the two computers and printer.
2007-03 - Donation for a project of the
Municipality of Vlaardingen (The Netherlands)
The Municipality of Vlaardingen first
had the intention to contribute in a (tsunami)
housing scheme in Galle of the Foundation 'Velsen
helpt Galle': 12.000 euros. In consultation
with NAAL, they decided to the building/renovation
of two 'Pre Childhood Development
& Libraries' in two villages:
Mahawaskaduwa north off and Katukurunda south off
Kalutara. Estimates: 14.000 euros, so 2000 euros
short. SOS Velsen has been requested to
join with 2000 euros. SOS Velsen agreed.
July 2007: a delegation from Velsen noticed
that the works nearly has finished. On the wall of
Mahawaskaduwa a text will be put
indicating that SOS Velsen is a co-sponsor.
ICT Education Centre Sri Lanka - support of 23
scholen, not under the twinning programme
support for maintainance, contribution in the
costs of the use of internet and 7% for overall
Request for 3 years. Estimates: for 2006:
2.300 Euros; for 2007: 2.570 Euros and
for 2008: 2.840 Euros.
August 2007: Practically
no information is received about the progress and
consequently the SOSV-board decides to strike off
project of the list, because a number of
conditions have not been fulfilled.
for Gait disorders
a center where gait disorders are treated, does
not exist yet in Sri Lanka. Request for two
apparatus: one from Hongkong, one
Estimates October 2006: 31.026 Euros
(Usdlrs. 40.600) for both equipments. The NAAL is
positive about the projectproposal.
February 2007: SOSV-board agrees.
June 2007: the applicant did not reckon with
transportcosts and import duties. So, he decides
to purchase one machine plus accessories
from Israel. Estimates June 2007:
26.744. It was decided by SOS Velsen to spend the
balance for project 2006-07 (gas-vacuum
system for the ETU (Emergency Treatment
Unit) of the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital).
September 2007: equipment
arrived and put into use.
October: project 2007-03 - Donation
for a project of the Municipality of Vlaardingen
(The Netherlands) in
(Maha)waskaduwa and Katukunda
places are situated north and south off Kalutara
At first Vlaardingen wanted to contribute
12.000 for the house scheming project of
'Velsen helps Galle' in Aththiligoda, Galle.
In consultation with the NAAL the Mun. of
Vlaardingen decided to build/renovate two of the
'Pre Childhood Development Centers
& Libraries'in the above mentioned
places. Estimates: 14.000 Euros, so 2.000 Euros
SOS Velsen is requested for a
contributtion of 2.500 Euros. The new regulations
of SOSV permit to co-operate in projects outside
Galle, that's to say in the Galle District.
Under conditions SOSV agrees.
ready. On the wall of Mahawaskaduwa a note that
SOSV is a co-sponsor.
November: project 2005-07 - Via
ICT Education Centre Sri Lanka - ICT project for
10 schools, falling under th
Education Centre Sri Lanka' arosen from the
ICT-programme of the Nova College. Aim: ICT
education and sustainable contact
with schools/colleges in Velsen. The
foundation is expending quickly in Sri Lanka.
Estimates: SOS Velsen is willing to donate
500 Euros per school, so totally 5.000 Euros.
Eventually same amount for 2006, 2007 and
2008, provided that the results will be
End 2006/beginning 2007: the impression
exists that the project is not running well. Only
with two Colleges an e-mail exchange
(Southlands College and Mahinda College).
is decided by the board of SOS Velsen to strike
off this projects, because it has not met the
Development Programma (SDP)
fact the SDP is the same as the former CIOS
project 2008-08, striked off the list because of
economize on expenditures of the
Ministry of Sports in February 2006. That's
why, too, no contribution of the VNG (Dutch
Association of Municipalities).
The goal of 2006-01 was to set up (an) other
no proposals. It is decided to put the project as
'Attentionpoint' on the projectlist.
December: project 2006-10 - Public
Library - request for multimedia and books for
for a DVD-player and beamer. Also a request for a
donation for 3000 books in Sinhala and Tamil for
the annex in Magalle,
which have been destroyed during the
tsunami in December 2004.
December 2006: the board of SOS Velsen
decides to donate 5.250 Euros. The Library can
fill in themselves what to buy for it.
July 2007: a delegation from Velsen learns
that the remitted is not used yet and still is in
the possession of the NAAL.
The Municipality indicates that they have
received a beamer of an other country and this
beamer can be used by the Library.
computers and a scanner have been purchased. Of
the balance books will be purchased.
December: project 2007-07 -
Public Library - request for a donation to
paint the inside and outside walls
December 2007: apply
refused, because SOS Velsen does not donate for
December: project 2007-10
Apeksha, The Hague (The Netherlands)
erected in 2007, which in Galle supports (poor)
children, who can study well and have a chance to
finish their study.
Velsen decides to donate for one time 750,00.
February: project 2007-07
computer for a contactperson in Galle
A contactperson reports that his computer is not
reparable anymore and would like to receive a
donation for a good second hand pc.
Through the NAAL a donation of LKR 27,350
(about 172 Euros) is remitted.
new pc purchased. The contactperson, too, has made
April: project 2007-02
for bloodbank Karapitiya Hospital
then hospital ambulances were rented to gather
blood from donors in the region. Thes ambulances
are more and more less at
disposal, because the hospital needs them
more and more.
Estimate March 2007: about 17.250 Euros
(Rs. 2,5 Million) for a second hand ambulance.
July 2007: it is indicated that a second
hand vehicle is no good option and it is requested
whether a new vehicle is a possibility.
Aircondition is very important: the inside
temperature must be between 20 and 24 degrees
Costs new bus plus outside indications:
over bus by Dutch Ambassador Mr. Reinout van Dijk
to director and bloodbank employees of the
June: project 2004-04 - Swimming-pool
stead of the finished swimming-pool project
2003-10 in June 2004 Mr. Simon de Weers, civil
servant of the Department Sport
& Recreation of the Municipality of
Velsen, set going a new fundraising. The Mun. of
Galle has a piece of ground at disposal in
ward Dadalla (open piece of land, close at
sea). Unfortunately the tsunami
on 26 December 2004 causes a delay.
-June 2005: according to the Mun. Council
an other piece of land is available. A
Letter of Intent is drafted.
Difficulty: because this place is within
the 100-meter boarder of the sea (tsunami danger),
in first instance the central government
does now allow the construction of
dressing-boxes, showers and a stand for the
-End 2006: agreement.
-July 2005: constructor Holleman
& Sons, Velserbroek (Holland),
-March 2006: contacts with swimming-club
-2006: the new swimming-pool will be built
in front of the Lighthouse Hotel (Jetwing), on the
other side of the road.
Jetwing is owner of the road. A
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is drafted
between SOS-Velsen, Swimlanka, AdoptSriLanka
and the Lighthouse Hotel.
Principal aim: (free of charge)
swimming-lessons for schoolchildren, with next to
it in the remaining hours swimming-education for
adults. Measurer of the
swimming-pool: 25x8,80 metres and 4 lanes. Further
on a swimming-pool for little children of 6,75x3
-28-2-2007: first stone.
-August 2007: ground prepared and the start
of the construction on August 13th at an
June: project 2007-04
Telecentre in Sedawaththa/Pamunugama
project of The Civil Police community Service
committee; 1. Purchase of a new computer with
printer and scanner;
2. Two used computers in order to learn
children the basics; 3. Installation of a
telephone line for internet; 4. Setting up a
for children. Extra goal is to keep the
children off the street and in this way to prevent
A young person has been appointed to run
SOS Velsen has donated 1.100 for one
- Construction of a 'Gymnasium'
the old Public Library into a gymnasium, amongst
others for badminton, training, tabletennis,
basketball, et cetera).
Estimates 2003: Rs. 2,510,000.00 (21.826
-July 2003: a civil servant of the Mun. of
Velsen, Dept. Sports&Recreation and a person
who has finished his sports studies at the CIOS sports Academy judged this
building on the possibilities.
Their judgement is
positive. Initially it is the meaning to implement the Sport Development Project
(SDP - projectnumber 2008-08) in this project,
but...unfortunately no money is available.
-November 2003: SOS Velsen decides to
finance the project.
costs have risen:
23.000 to 25.000 Euros.
-January 2004: initially a drawing of the
hall is disapproved by a architect of the NAAL.
-June 2004: a delegation of SOS Velsen
noticed that a plaquette already has been fixed to
the outside of the building with all Srilankan names αnd that the
building would be opened... However, inside
has happened...and a number of offices, which were places in the old library,
yet have been removed.
December 2004 causes extra delay in the
renovation. Fortunately, gymnastic equipment
warehoused in the building, appeared undamaged.
-June 2005: a delegation of SOS
Velsen notices that the office-rooms have been
removed and quickly a number of stored things,
damaged/destroyed by the
tsunami are removed.
-August 2006: a SOSV-boardmember
notices that the renovation has not made much
progress. The contractor has finished for some unknown reason. The
Municipality of Galle is looking for an other
and requests some postponement from SOS Velsen.
Besides, the fire-brigade still
uses a part of the room; they will move into a new
SOS Velsen puts a deadline: in
May 2007 the work must be finished, otherwise the
finances will be drawn back.
-June 2007: a delegation from SOS
Velsen notices that only one wall has been removed
and the foundation of the toiletblock has been constructed. Totally 40%
of the available amount has been used.
gymnasium is ready. Pictures make clear that one
another is looking well.
project 2006-08 - Fort
Library Galle - request for depositing Rs. 1
miljoen on a bankaccount
board of the Fort Library proposes to deposit Rs.
1 million on a Srilankan bankaccount on name of
The interest will be for the library, with
which all kinds of activities can be done:
culture, theatre, information, et cetera.
The board of SOS Velsen decides not to do
this, but from an other project it will be
possible to remit an amount, be it that the amount will be lower.
June 2007: it is decided to donate
for one year a monthly amount of LKR 12,000.
of the monthly remittance.
August: project 2006-07 - Karapitiya
Teaching Hospital - compressorinstallation for a
piped medical gas-vacuum system for
the ETU (Emergency Treatment Unit)
2007: decision for a donation granted.
Estimate September 2006: 12.190,51 Euros.
Later it appeared that a necessary compressor was
August 2007: construction of pipes-lines
finished. Deficit for the purchase of the
compressor: 7.586 Euros. This amount was remitted in October 2007.
June 2008: manufacture of parts in the UK
system is functioning well.
September: project 2008-01
Psycho Social Health Project (GPSHP)(tsunami
a project of "Velsen helps Galle (Velsen
helpt Galle - VhG), the foundation errected after
the tsunam. VhG has dissolved in ecember 2007.
As the project was not finished in
December 2007 SOS Velsen has taken over the
A number of persons in Galle
have been trained to recognize the results of a
First half of 2008: no clearness
about the progress of the project: the impression
is that it is not running well.
June/July 2008: one wants to move the
assistence to Unawatuna, be bounded by Galle. The
assistence in Galle is standing still.
Velsen decides to cease the project. The balance
of the project, maybe, can be used for an other
tsunami related project
October: project 2007-06
of a little house in the
the Bona Vista Home for Elders (BVHE)
2007: a little house in the BVHE, sitting
enthroned high above the bay of Galle, has been
partly damaged by a severe storm.
Collapsed roof, partly destroyed wall
and a defective water conduit-pipe. An aged lady
was wounded at her head.
Estimates: LKR 192,102.15 (about
getting clear that the repairs have been finished.
November: project 2001-01
- Solid Waste
Management Projecrt / Citizens participation
Waste is a
big problem all over the world, so, too in Galle
-2001: Two persons from Galle
participate in a VNG International training
programme "Waste Management" (VNG =
Dutch Association of Municipalities). At ReinUnie
in Velsen practical experience is gained.
At the same time, in 2001, trainees
from Galle participates in the VNG International
course 'Citizens Participation'; practical experience is gained in Velsen. Goal
of this curriculum: to make the population aware
of the worth of separation of waste and re-use, through which a better environment of
life arises and deceases can be prevented.
November 2001: Councilmembers,
under the leadership of the Mayor of Galle,
visited the Galle Fort in order to involve the
November 2002: 4 persons from
Galle participate in the VNG International second
course 'Citizens Participations', of which one
week in the city of Velsen.
July 2003: a fellow-worker of
ReinUnie in Velsen, visited Galle as
November 2003: three persons
from Galle take part in a more extended 14-day
continuation course 'Solid Waste Management, A Mayor, a civil servant and a
ngo-member (non-governmental organisation), with
a trainingperiod at ReinUnie in Velsen.
For your information: in the city of
Galle are two waste dumpingsites, of which is
expected to be full around 2006/2007.
It is investigated to find a site
which can serve for at least 10 years.
26-12-2004: the tsunami
results in an extra number of waste, which is
dumped in a dangerous way (frequently in
marshland and mangrove woods and containing a lot
of asbestos, with other words groundpolution).
December/January 2004/2005: referring
to the tsunami, the foundation 'Velsen
helpt Galle' (VhG)(Velsen
helps Galle) is erected.
All kinds of actitivies furnish
something more than 950.000 Euros. VhG destinates
80.000 Euros for the clearance of tsunami waste (dumping site and a Material Recovery
April 2005: the projectleader
(ReinUnie) prepares a workshop/symposium in Galle,
where the local government and the provincial and central government are involved, just
like the Worldbank and the International Solid
Period 2005/2008: VNG
International, mainly financing the solid waste
management project (SWMP), is requiring that the
SWMP not only is taking place in Galle, but
will take place beyond the frontiers of Galle,
that's to say that
other Municipalities will
One is striving for the model
in the Velsen region.: more municipalities
are making use of the same dumping site.
2006: four other places are
involved in the project: Habaraduwa, Weligama,
Akmeemena and Matara.
April 2006: VNG International
again organises a Waste Management training. Three
Srilankans are participating: from Galle,
Habaraduwa and Matara. For a joint
dumpingsite a implementation plan is written. Too,
Canadians and Japaneses are taking
part in the project. Contribution of VNG-I for
this 3 years lasting project: more than 100.000
End 2006: a spot has been
found for a joint dumping site, lying at the new
highway under construction Colombo-Matara.
However..., after an investigation of
the condition of the soil it appeared to be no
April 2007: three civil
servants and a boardmember of SOS Velsen are being
trained by 'WASTE' in Gouda how to give insight to
civil servants of the five municipalities
in Sri Lanka (see above) in which way they can
in order to reach a solution of the
waste problem. The training at WASTE costed
5.000 Euros, so that 75.000 Euros remains of the
amount which Velsen helpt Galle had placed at disposal.
June 2007: one of the civil
servants trained by WASTE is training the civil
servant the five involved Srilankan municipalities
and others in order that they can make
aware others in awareness and co-operation in the
process and later treatment. ater, same year, he visited Sri
Lanka for the same purpose.
Decemnber 2007: the foundation
Velsen helpt Galle is being dissolved. SOS Velsen
takes over the still running projects, amongst
others the balance of 75.000 Euros allocated
for the tackling of the tsunami waste.
September 2008: it is
concluded that small things have started. Just in
time a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) of
the five Srilankan municipalities is received.
According to this, the Mayor of Velsen, together
with the Chief
Minister of the Southern Province, have signed and sent a
second application for the period 2009-2010 to VNG
However..., the MoU appeares to meet
to the demands and is sent back to Sri Lanka.
2008: still no good
MoU has been received. VNG International has
decided to stop the
waste project at the end of December of
2008. Too, the board
of SOS Velsen decides to withdraw themselves from
the waste project and to
allocate the remaining 75.000 Euros for an
other, also tsunami-related project. The board of
SOS Velsen regrets the finalizing of this very important project, but
except the Municipality of Matara, the input of
the Srilankan municipalties was minimal.
between Scouting Velsen and Galle
2007: four scouting groups in Velsen are
interested in contacts with scouting groups in
Galle and surroundings.
Somebody from of the Galle District, taking
part in a training course in Holland at VNG
International, and being involved in the scouting in Galle District, is contacted.
He indicates that there are 69 scouting groups in
Galle District, but no one with e-mail.
A letter is written to the District Scout
Commissioner in Galle. The contacts are going/went
very laboriously and in the last half year of 2008 not one reaction from Galle.
September 2008: the board of SOS Velsen
decides to wait and see for still two months. If
no single reaction then cease the project.
November 2008: unfortunately
no message received
from Galle, so the project is striken off the
project 2007-09 - E-mailcontact
between two school in Galle and the Ichthus
College in Driehuis (Mun. Velsen)
Colleges in Galle, the Sanghamitta Balika
Vidyalaya and Richmond College, are interested in
e-mailcontact with the Ichthus College in Driehuis. The contacts
are very laboriously or none.
September 2008: the
board of SOS Velsen decides to wait and see for
still two months. If no single reaction then cease
No amount has put to the project yet.
November 2008: no
progress and the board of SOS Velsen decides to
postpone this project for the moment.
February: project 2008-02
scheme of 38 houses in Aththiligoda, Galle, for
tsunami affected families
Originally a project of 'Velsen helpt Galle'
(VhG)(Velsen helps Galle), a foundation erected
directly after the tsunami in December
2004. VhG has been dissolved in December
2007 and SOS Velsen has taken over the still
Estimates: 517.223, and at the end the
final amount 560.000 Euros (higher prices for
building materials and extra work).
The architecture is somewhat
un-conventional for Sri Lanka, that's to say
houses in a row with a storey, little garden in
the front and
back. Living-room, kitchen, toilet
downstairs, upstairs two bedrooms with shower. The
houses are looking very well.
During a working-visit of a SOS Velsen
delegation the houses have been handed over on February
to the new owners, but
with the annotation that it is not allowed
to sell the houses within five years. In case of
premature death it is allowed to hand over the
house to family.
2009: 2004-04 - Swimming-pool
is in use since June 2008. At first the salaries of the
instructors have been payed by SwimLanka, but
SwimLanka has stopped paying salaries in April
2009. Of course, it would be regretted very much
when this nice project has to
be stopped. It is
in about one or two years enough revenues will be
3-6-2009: SOS Velsen decides to pay the salaries
for one year: 12x 500 Euros/month = 6.000.
2004-04 - Zwembad
Het zwembad is in
juni 2008 in gebruik genomen. Salarissen werden
betaald door SwimLanka, maar is daarmee
Het zou natuurlijk zeer te
betreuren zijn als dit goede project zou moeten
stoppen. Verwacht wordt dat over ιιn ΰ twee jaar voldoende inkomsten gegenereerd
3-6-2009: SOS Velsen besluit voor ιιn jaar de
salarissen te betalen, d.w.z. 12x 500 euro =
for four 'fogging' (fumigation) machines
2009: epidemic of dengue all over Sri Lanka.
At that moment 128 patienten have passed away,
The Municipality of Galle requests for a subsidie
for four fogging machines ofwel generators,
an apparatus looking like a big machine gun, which
blowing a chemical powder.
SOS Velsen agrees with the purchase of four nos of
IGEBA TF-35 (German type) ΰ LKR 205,340 each.
July 2009: total amount 4.770 + 238 fee
for the NAAL = 5.008.
4-8-2009: via NAAL a number of pictures of
the generators in use received.
2009: 2009-04 -
Teaching Hospital: an electronic security and
LKR 650,000 = 4.577 (March 2009).
Implies: a security system with cameras and a
medical monitoring system and reporting system.
It has a low priority for the SOSV-board.
September 2009: the board decides to strike off
the list this project.
Back Hoe Loader
5.700,- (February 2009).
The vehicle mostly is mostly in use for waste clearance.
The vehicle has been repaired, but apparantly the
Municipality of Galle is not able
to pay the bill and has requested for a donation.
May 2009: the board offers a donation of 75% of the bill.
August 2009: the loader is in use again,
apparently the Municipality has found a way to
solve the financial problems.
September 2009: the board decides to strike off
the list this project.
playing equipment for children
2001 SOS Velsen donated outside playing equipment
for the children park next to the Townhall of Galle
(see finished project 1999-11 in 2001). The tsunami
on December 26th 2004 has destroyed a big part.
- 2005: SOS Velsen wanted to place new equipment in the park. The Worldshop
't Kruispunt in Velserbroek
(Municipality of Velsen)
donated 1500 Euros for this goal.
Secondary school de
location Sluiswijk at
IJmuiden (Mun. Velsen),
donated 200 Euros, which is a part of the proceeds of
funfair in 2005.
- End 2005 : It appeared that Unicef already has placed a number of equipment.
- February 2009: During a
working-visit a Velsen delegation saw that in the
newly handed over housing-scheme at Aththiligoda
tsunami hit familiesvictims - see finished project 2008-02,
2009) that it still was possible
to place several outside playing
- 21-7-2009, estimates for: a matslide, two
swings and two seesaws: LKR 173,000.
- September 2009: equipment has been
2009: 2009-03 -
Teaching Hospital: construction of a cooling-room
for the storage of medicines
LKR 1,000,000 = 7.042 (March 2009)
17 to 20 separate refrigirators were placed in
one rather small room (lot of warmth, energy
It seemed to the SOSV-board a useful investment,
on the condition that the hospital also contributes
in this project.
December 2009: on 20th the cooling room was handed
of chess between the inhabitants of Velsen en
Galle via e-mail
2008 and 2009, it was tried, with the aid of an IT
teacher, to realize a chess game between inhabitants
of Galle and Velsen. However, the contacts with the
IT teacher have been lost.
decides to delete this projects. Maybe later this
project can picked up again.
2010-04 - Home for
10 blind persons in Ahangama - request for support
May 2010: 10 blind persons had to remove
suddenly. Support, in what ever way, is requested.
SOS Velsen had
purchased 10 beds, cupboards and matrasses for the
Bona Vista Home for Elders (BVHE) in Unawatuna,
which were delivered on April 7th.
a local donor already had gifted the beds,
May 2010: The director
of BVHE, involved in the home for the blinds as well,
decided to deliver the SOSV-goods to the home of the
blinds, without communicating with SOSV. Afterall
the request of the home was fulfilled very quickly....
2009-05 - Bona
Vista Home for Elders (BVHE): 1. Completion of a building
on their premises and
2. furnishing with 10 beds and matrasses
1. LKR 375,000 = 2.640; 2. LKR 90,000 =
633 - total 3.273 (March 2009).
During a working-visit of a Velsen delegation in
February 2009 it was noticed that a big group of (Buddhist)
statues was placed on
Why not better spent on the
completion of the building and the purchase of beds
and matrasses? It was decided when the building
was completed by an other party to donate the
February 2010: it was decided also to donate 10
cupboards. New estimates: 10 beds LKR 70,000, 10
cupboards LKR 100,000, 10 matrasses LKR 30,000 (
March 2010: Opening building planned on March
20th. April 2010: the goods delivered on
June 2010: the director of the BVHE informed that he
already has received the furnishing from a
local donor and has let delivered the goods to a
house with blinds persons in Ahangama (in which he
is involved as well).
As he has not communicated about it with the board
of SOS Velsen, SOSV is not happy with this
The house with the blind persons also had requested
(via an other route) for a contribution (see
hereunder project 2010-04). It must be said that
this request has been fulfilled very quickly....
- E-mailcontacts between schools in Galle and the Ichthus
College in Driehuis (Municipality of Velsen)
Sanghamitta Balika Vidyalaya and the Richmond
College are interested in e-mailcontact with the
Ichthus College in Velsen.
However the contacts between Galle and Driehuis are
not running well in 2008 and 2009.
July 2010: no other
teacher at the Ichthus College has been found to
guide the project. SOS Velsen board decides to stop
the project. No donation
has been done yet.
Playing tools for the Velsen Day
Care Centre and 22 other pre-schools
Donation of the 'World Shop' in Velserbroek
(Mun. Velsen) and a primary school in IJmuiden (Mun.
Velsen) for playing and educational tools for
children of totally 1.700 euros
From the playing equipment project in the
new housing scheme of Aththiligoda 465,- has
left. It was decided to use this for the Velsen
Day Care Centre, but the Mayor of Galle observed
that 22 other pre-schools also are in need of
The board of SOS Velsen decided
to donate an extra amount of 2.000,-, so a
total amount of 2.465,- was available.
09-10-2010: 22 packets with educational and
playing tools were handed over by the NAAL. Some
balance of LKR 2,500 (= 15,82 euros) per school,
which can be used to buy other necessary things.
2009-01 - Aththiligoda:
construction of a community centre
+ LKR 4,000,000 = 28.200. At first, within the board of SOS Velsen no unanimous
opinion whether this project is
necessary. Later the SOSV-board decides to realize
July 2010: new estimate: LKR 4,448,157 = about
31.772,-, plus 15% VAT. But, because it's still
a tsunami related project, the VAT has not to be
paid. The amount is still
available at the 'Velsen helps Galle'
account. Agreement: SOSV pays the building, the residents
of the ward pay the furniture, etc.
Too, a mural decoration will be placed inside
the building, symbolizing the twinning
Velsen-Galle. It represents a fisherman with a
hurricane lamp, looking to the sea thinking of
the fishermen who died at sea.
Same statue at the harbour of IJmuiden (Municipality
27-12-2010, delegation from Velsen:
two street signs: Velsen Street and Santpoort
Street. Velserbroek Street was too long. Handing
over the community centre en unveiling four
bronze plaquettes with text regarding
the mural. The building contains one room below,
above two rooms for community officers. They
also will look after the good maintenance of the
The Mayor of Galle promised to realize street
lighting within a few days.
Remark: the ward is looking well. A minister
mentioned the ward as an exemple for eventual
next housing schemes.
Matara - request for 1.000 concrete compost
Estimate March 2009: 1000 x LKR 2,500/each = LKR
2,500,000 (+ 15.923 euros).
May 2009: this projects fits in the finishing of
the Solid Waste Management Project (SWMP), which,
unfortunately, stopped end 2008. SOSV realizes
that we have a twinning with Galle, but Matara
was a very good participator in SWMP.
September 2009: because of a change in rate
11.933,- euros are remitted to the NAAL.
November 2009: Municipality Matara wants to
construct a production hall, but later it
appeared that this wasn't possible.
May 2010: because of changed cost price 700 in
stead of 1.000 compost bins can be ordered. The
project has been idle for some time, because
Matara Mayor was sometime of his post, but in
July he was functioning again.
The aim is to enroll the bins in one board, in
order to monitor the project well.
10-10-2010: handing over first 150 compost bins
by the NAAL.
29-12-2010, delegation from Velsen: symbolically
handing over of the balance of the bins.
February 2011: 2009-02 -
A. Construction of a pipe-line for oxygen between
an existing tank with liquid oxygen and the
B. Manifolds in the cardio-thoracic ward
(was) transported in (iron) bottle
from Colombo to Galle (distance about 110 Km).
A. LKR 1,283,835 = 9.041 (March 2009); B. LKR
1,145,400 = 8.066 (March 2009) - total
January 2010: SOSV-board agrees under the
following conditions: SOSV pays 75%, the
hospital 25% and when the costs exceed the
estimates, then the extra costs are for the
June 2010, hospital: the central
government does not agree with 25% contribution,
but does approve the 15% VAT. The board of SOS
December 2010: the project is not yet finished.
A special service panel, constructed in the United Kingdom,
could not be transported because of heavy snowfall in
England end December.
February 2011: project completed.
Final costs: LKR 1,356,819.97 (= about 9357
euro, March 2011) instead of LKR 2,157,177.75.
Other parties have executed and payed some
things. Balance LKR 800,357.78 (about 5519 euro,
March 2011). It is requested to use this amount
for a oxygen pipeline from the tank with liquid
oxygen to the ETU (Emergency Trauma Unit). See
running projects 2011-02, Karapitiya Hospital,
oxygen pipeline between tank with liquid oxygen
to the ETU.
July 2011: 2010-02 -
Emergency help to the Christ the King Girls Home
in Murunkan (near Mannar):
After ending of the war in the north and
east of Sri Lanka in May 2009, people are leaving the
fugitive camps. A certain number of Girls turned up in the Christ the
King Girls Home in Murunkan, because they could not go to their
Normally about 65 girls are residing in the
Girls Home, midst 2010: 135,
January 2010: 10 extra outside toilets are
requested and also extra money
for food is needed. SOS Velsen decides to place
at disposal 5.000,- euros.
May 2010: a visit by NAAL-members proves that four extra
toilets are sufficient. Too, a watertank of
1.000 litres is requested to flush the
toilets. Estimates LKR 250,000 (+ 1750,-
Rest of the amount can be spend for food.
July 2010: the progress is unclear .
Communication with the Girls Home is very poor.
December 2010: a boardmember of SOS Velsen
visits the girls home. 85 girls are residing in
the home at that moment.
It appeared that four internal toilets (for the night) have been
donated by an other Dutch Foundation (going outside in the night to
toilet can be dangerous for the girls).
In consultation with
the NAAL it was decided to construct a 10 metres
high watertower, with two watertanks on top of
respectively 1.000 and 2.000 litres, in order to flush
the toilets in the three storeyed building and
the outside toilets.
The Sr. Superior has a request for beds and
matrasses for the girls. Now they are sleeping
on the concrete floor on thin matrasses.
There is still a balance which can be used for the purchase of beds.
July 23rd 2011: 20 steel double bunk beds and 40
matrasses have been delivered.
On December 26th 2004 the sewing-school was
totally devastated by the tsunami.
The Municipality of
Galle has decided to build on the 'old' place of the
sewing-school a new building with 3 stories: on
ground level a space which can be hired
by a business enterprise,
first floor the sewing-school, destination of the second floor not yet
Municipality has not yet found financial donors for
a building. SOS Velsen shall donate the furnishing
of the sewing-school.
September 2011: It is decided to delete this
project from the list and to put it under "Attention"
and to come back later on this subject.
2004-04 - Swimming-pool
September 9th 2011: a 'Trust document' has been
undersigned by the three participants:
AdoptSrilanka, Jetwings and SOS Velsen. In the Trust
document the responsibilities are mentioned.
A NAAL-boardmember is representing SOSV Velsen.
The costs for the lawyer have been paid by the three parties.
4-9-2011: The swimming-pool has purchased a
laserprinter. The costs are paid by SOS Velsen and
remitted via SwimLanka (82 Euros).
March 2012: a bankaccount for the swimming-pool
has been opened. Transactions have to be
undersigned by two persons of the trust. NAAL
has a balance of LKR 675,000 (= about 4200
euros) to fill up the salaries of the
swimming-instructors; it will be remitted to the
bankaccount of the swimming-pool.
The project is running well and can be striked
off the projectlist.
2009-06 - Rainforest
Rescue International (RRI) - Aim: amongst others bringing back endemic
plants and trees and more in Galle (with involvement of
Many endemic plants and trees have disappeared in Galle; RRI wants to bring them back
with the involvement of schoolchildren.
A. Building an educational
centre in a nature park;
B. Restoration of the
Dutch Canal (causes frequently floods in rainy
C. Renovation cemetery in Dadalle;
D. Children's park + social housing village
February 2010: Proposals A,
B and C are too big for SOS Velsen. SOSV decides to choose for
December 2011: A delegation from Velsen visits
Gingota. In a meeting thereafter with RRI it is
indicated that the (new) housing scheme in
also can use
re-greening (this housing scheme
of 38 houses was handed over by the foundation
'Velsen helps Galle' in February
to families hit by the tsunami in December 2004).
Because of misunderstandings no new project proposal
was sent to SOS Velsen by RRI.
March 2012: A delegation from Velsen visits
Aththiligoda. Most gardens are flourishing well.
It is decided that re-greening is not necessary.
May 2012: The board of SOS Velsen decides to
delete project 2009-06 from the list. RRI will
come with an other proposal, but it has to be
investigated whether this proposal is feasible.
Exchange projects in the field of culture, sports,
education or ecology (in co-operation with RRI)
January 2010: Some
ideas are exchanged with Rainforest Rescue
International (RRI - see project 2009-06) .
December 2011: Not yet any concrete proposals
from both sides.
May 2012: The board decides to delete this
projectnumber of the list. Later come back on
July 2012: 2011-02 - Karapitiya
Hospital, construction of a pipeline between the
tank with liquid oxygen and the ETU (Emergency
Estimates: LKR 997, 277.99 (without VAT
Oxygen for the ETU is transported from Colombo
to Galle by lorries.
From project 2009-02 (finished project in 2011) a balance of LKR 800,357.78 (= about
5.519 euros - March 2011), so a shortage of LKR 997,277.99
800,357.78 = LKR 196,920.21.
March 2011: SOS Velsen agrees; the hospital pays the shortage.
November 2011: A
concrete trench with covering tiles is
constructed for the pipeline.
However, because of heavy rainfall the trench went
under water. It is decided to install the pipeline
about 4,5 metres overhead.
July 2012: "The job is done."
2010-06 - Exchange of
swimming-instructors of the swimming-pool in Dadalla
March 2011: Four swimming-instructors from Velsen
visited (during a private trip in Sri Lanka) the swimming-pool,
in order to investigate whether one would be
interested in an exchange of swimming-instructors.
(The swimming-pool has come about by courtesy of SOS
As from September 9th until with 24th a
swimming-instructor of the Dadalla swimming-pool (Lighthouse
Public Swimming-pool) has had a training period in
Velsen. He has stayed in the house of one of the
swimming-instructors at Velsen.
Next to the training in the swimming-pool in Velsen,
he also looked at the beach lifeguards, a very fast
life-boat and a big swimming-pool in Amsterdam. Next
to this all he was abled to see some touristique
places in Holland.
September 2012: 2012-02 - Tractor TAFE 45
For the transportation of the trailers (see
project 2010-07) an extra tractor is needed. Galle
Municipal Council requests for one tractor.
May 2012: SOS Velsen agrees. Estimates: LKR 1,379,000 = 8620 euros, plus
LKR 9,000 = 60 euro for transportation costs.
July 2012: On July 23rd the tractor has been handed
over officially by the NAAL.
2010-07 - Purchase of a
trailer for separate collection of waste
The Municipality of Galle wants to
purchase a number of trailers for separate
collection of waste (paper, glass, rest waste).
(Plastic is already collected separately).
Estimate September 2011 for one trailer: LKR 297,500.00 =
March 2012: a SOSV-delegation
handed over a (self fabricated) trailer. Galle can use more
trailers. It is decided to have working-experience
for a couple of months first .
May 2012: The rears have to be adjusted. SOS Velsen
decided to agree with the purchase of a second
trailer. Estimate 2000,- euros.
(Too agreement for the purchase of a tractor to pull
the trailers - see projectnumber 2012-02).
Beginning January 2013: second trailer in use.
2012-03 - 35 mm
filmprojectors for Sri Lanka
March 2012: During the working-visit in
Colombo spoken with the National Film Corporation
Sri Lanka about the possibility of arranging a Dutch
film festival in Galle and a Srilankan film festival
(Possible) problem: in 2012 in Holland all cinemas are
digitalized, no more 35 mm filmprojectors in use. Request
by the film corporation: is it possible to ship the
superfluous projectors to Sri Lanka? Because of the
lot of cinemas and apparatus have been destroyed.
August-October 2012: a number of 35 mm projectors
have been collected by Amstel Film Amsterdam, free
of charge. Transport Rotterdam-Colombo: costs for SOS Velsen.
December 2012: 12 nos. of projectors with belongings
have been sorted out.
January 2013: Transport projectors from the depot to
Vlaardingen to be packed and loaded in a
March 2013: total costs, transport from store to
Vlaardingen, packing-costs, sea-transport costs,
March 2nd departure with m/v Pucon with the
projectors on board, arrival March 31st in Colombo.
2012-05 - Project
Interactive Learning (PIL)
In Unawatuna the possibility has arisen to offer
English classes - by means of computer classes - to little
groupes of young children. So, double purpose: learning
English and learning the use of a computer.
The pupils have to pay a small contribution in order
to pay the (young) teachers a small compensation,
for electricity use, maintaince of the building and
SOS Velsen has made possible the start, afterwards
the project must be self-maintaining. Estimates for
the first year around 400 euros.
A house is in Unawatuna has been
adjusted: breaking out a wall so that two rooms are
functioning now a classroom and construction of a waiting-room for parents who are
collecting their children.
Tables and chairs 8 computers with things to match
have been installed. Every place own electricity
8-8-2013: Official opening. A lot of interest of
2011-01 - HELP-O (Human and
Environment Links Progressive Organization):
HELP-O promotes amongst others the installation of biogas
units. SOS Velsen want to co-operate (HELP-O:
Estimates October 2011: Unit of 8 m3 LKR 15,000.00 =
about 101,33 euros; unit of 22 m3 LKR 479,922.85 =
3.242.06 euros; 35 m3 unit: LKR 749,313.35 = 4.586,32
December 2011: Ex. Co. NAAL visits a unit in Galle
and is positive.
March 2012: The Municipality of Galle has a place
available for a 35 m3 biogas installation on
Municipal premises. The
collection of organic waste of about 120 persons in the
neighbourhood can be used.
7 families can make use
of the gas from the biogas installation;
to pay some amount for the gas.
July 2012: It was said that the intended space seems to be not the
right one: possible annoyance of smell. (Remark:
boardmembers of SOS Velsen have visited several
biogas units: no smell).
2012: Possible new place the municipal dumpsite at
July 3rd 2013: Proposal for a second installation at
the Karapitiya Hospital premises. However, the
hospital director indicated no sufficient labourers
to maintain a new installation (even not for the
existing installation) and to separate the
kitchen waste from other waste.
October 2013, working-vist SOS Velsen: Karapitiya
handed over a projectproposal for solar panels for
November 2013: it was decided by SOSV to strike off
the biogasproject from the list.
2013-02 - Karapitiya
Teaching Hospital - Solar panels on the building of
October 2013 - Estimates: LKR 3,272,000. After
negotiations by NAAL: LKR 3,000,000 = about 16.675,-
Contribution Karapitiya Hospital: 2000,- Euros.
Subsidy from Mun. of Velsen: 3.000,- Euros.
January 2014: By SOS Velsen a higher subsidy has
been requested from the Municipality of Velsen.
August 2014: a higher subsidy rejected.
August 2014: The solar panels project was officially
declared in use by the Sri Lankan Minister of
Health, H.E. Maithripala Sirisena.
2011-04 - Contacts between scouts in Velsen - Galle
(In fact the resumption of the old
December 2010: delegation from SOS Velsen renewed
the contacts with scouting leaders of Galle area.
October 2011: Structure of the scouting in The Netherlands sent to Galle.
March 2012: A delegation from Velsen has a
discussion with the District Commissioner Scouts
about the possibilities of exchanges. The intention is
that first a (little) group of scouts from Velsen will go to
Behind the headquarter
building is a big space for tents.
A proper time to visit Sri Lanka has to be decided.
July 2012: Question sent to Galle: when in Galle a scouts camp?
December 2012: no answer yet.
January 2013: contact between NAAL and a scout
official with the request to contact SOS Velsen.
June 2013: Several attemptions made by SOS Velsen to
get answers from the scouts in Galle. However no reaction...
October 2013, working-visit SOS Velsen: contact with
leaders of scoutinggroup Mahinda College. Mahinda
College will exist 100 years in August/September
Scouting Mahinda College will organize a jamboree in
more than 3.000 persons will be invited. A good
change for scouting Velsen to visit this jamboree.
May 2014: Via NAAL the question to Scouts Mahinda: when will this
jamboree being held? It's necessary to know this as
soon as possible regarding to reserve air-tickets,
Reply: The jamboree will be held in August or
September. A discussion will be organized between
NAAL, Principle Mahinda College, Scout Master and
the Old Boys Association of the Mahinda.
November 2014: Scouting Mahinda never replied again,
so it was not possible to arrange flying tickets,
SOS Velsen has informed the contactperson of the
Mahinda College that further concact is given up.
Everybody in Velsen very disappointed.
2012-06 - E-mail contact
between the Ashoka Maha Vidyalaya at Colombo and
school/schools in Velsen and Haarlem (next to
Project 2012-02 is not running
yet and the Ashoka Maha Vidyalaya has indicated eagerly
willing to do the same, SOS Velsen will starts
with Colombo as a pilotproject.
first contacts how to handle this project between
Ashoka Maha Vidyalaya and grammer-school Felisenum
December 2012: Two boardmembers of SOS Velsen have
explained to two classes of Felisenum what can be
expected. The pupils are around 15 years old.
Around 40 students of two classes are participating.
Mid January: E-mail exchanges has started.
October 2013, working-visit by SOS Velsen: visit to
the school and the e-mail students. DVD Powerpoint
presentations about the school and
gifts for the students of Felisenum were handed
in November by the Chairman of SOS Velsen.
May 2015: Grammar school Felisenum indicates that
the communication is very bad. No more co-operation
by the school in Colombo. It is decided to stop this
2012-02 - E-mailcontact
between the Mahinda College, Galle, and (a)
college/colleges in Velsen
March 2012: Working-visit SOS Velsen:
contact with the principle, dep. Principle and
Co-ordinator of the Mahinda College. They were
interested in e-mail exchange between their
a college or colleges in Velsen.
However, because of a change of Principle in
June 2012 a
delay in the progress. (Therefor it was decided to start
first with a Vidyalaya in Colombo as
a pilot-project - see project 2012-06).
January 2013: Still no contact with Mahinda College.
October 2013, working-visit by SOS Velsen: a visit
to Mahinda College. Two IT-teachers are interested
and showed the delegation the computer
labs with equipment once donated by Velsen.
Beginning December 2013 first contacts between a
coφrdinator of SOSV and the IT-teachers of Mahinda
College. The intention is that a
grammar-school Felisenum in Velsen will get in touch
May 2014: The IT-teachers want first implement a
programme in order to monitor the e-mail
correspondence of the students in
order to prevent misuse of the internet and
Several school children in Sri Lanka
would have committed suicide
by internet and face-book.
First half of 2014: Grammar School Felisenum
organizes a swimming relay race, in order to raise
money for two projects. One of these projects is
Mahinda College for new computer equiment:
800 euros are available.
November 2014: Still no reactions from Mahinda.
Investigation whether to continue or stop this
March 2015: Still no reaction from Galle.
March and April 2015: Request to NAAL whether
they can find out if Mahinda still wants to
continue. Are they interested?
May 2015: no reactions from Mahinda College.
Decided to stop this project.
June 2015: 2015-01 -
Water Purifcation Plant
Estimates: LKR 2,454,955 = about 16.393,- euros.
In rural areas frequently chronic kidney deseases
of the use of agricultural chemicals and remedies,
which pour into the groundwater.
An installation has been installed which can purify
10.000 liters per day. School children get
purified water free of charge. Families have to pay
1 rupee for a liter purified water.
March 2015: The installation has been in ordered and
shipped in the USA, Thereafter a training for people
who will serve this installation.
A 200 meter long pipeline has been laid between the
installation to a storage container of 500 liters of
installation has been handed over to the authorities
by NAAL, on behalf of SOS Velsen.
2011-03 - Stamps project
between Velsen and Galle
Aim: Exchanging stamps and promoting
knowledge about stamps themes by/to schools or other groups in Velsen
and Galle, etc.
Exchange via e-mail and/or post.
Januari 2012: 12 maps with postal stamps themes sent by Stamps Club IJmuiden (Mun.
July 2012: A number of students who have a
stamp society in their schools, have been selected. On the Christchurch
Girls school a special stamp exhibition programme
has been conducted,
with amongst others the stamps
December 2012: from Galle, nine themes of
stamps received by e-mail.
March 2013: Stamps Club IJmuiden
has discussed the
contributions from Galle supplying
constructive criticism. Too, a new example with
stamps from Sri Lanka has been made, according to
The project will be resumed after the (Dutch) summer
holidays (stamps collecting is, in fact, a winter
occupation in The Netherlands...).
October 2013: Stamps Club IJmuiden: examples of
international philatelic rules and possibilities
sent to Galle.
December 2013: 100 euros sent to Stamps Club
expenses and for still to make expenses.
2014: Around by the end of June an evaluation will
be held. This didn't happen.
January 2015: The Board of Stamps Club IJmuiden
indicates that the contacts are not running well,
even non-running, and are thinking to stop with this
January and March 2015: SOSV requested an
intermediate to find out whether there is still
interest in Galle for this project.
April 2015: No reaction yet.
In June 2015 it is decided to stop this project.
2010-08 - Donation for
organizing workshops for a Public Private
Partnership Programme (PPPP)
Estimates January 2012: LKR 180,000 = about
Objective: The City of Galle wants to develop a working
group, in which private
enterpreneurs can discuss with the Municipality economic
improvement of Galle, by making
more actractive for tourist, for
September 9th 2012 a seminar organized by the NAAL. Number of participants
private enterpreneurs, people from banks,
Municipality of Galle, the Province, Ministery of
Subjects risen out of the seminar: Solid waste disposal, central car
park, something as a night bazaar in the Fort.
It was decided to organize two more seminars
in order to work out one of the subjects.
SOS Velsen has place at disposal 2.500,- euros for
two more seminars.
September 7th 2013: Second seminar. Risen out of this
seminar a total other project proposal: realization
of a conference hall, music-/theatre hall, markets
and a cable car (starting close to the Town Hall and
ending on the rock at the other side of the bay at
October 2013, working-visit SOS Velsen: Meeting with the Chamber of Commerce Galle District. SOS
Velsen was requested to contact the Dutch Chamber of
(= for SOSV: Amsterdam) to see if Dutch
entrepreneurs are interested to invest in this
SOSV is awaiting estimates.
Because of elections there is a delay and by the end
of June 2014 it's the intention to take up the
threat of is project.
November 2014: NAAL indicates that they like -if
possible- to organize two more sessions, in order to
achieve the goal. The re-installed Mayor Mr.
Methsiri de Silva has placed at disposal land
for a mix development project. The Public and
Private parties are on track. For SOS Velsen no more
Still LKR 235,984 (= about 1465 euros available-
Nov. 2014). NAAL still hoping for a good result,
otherwise this project will be closed.
September 2015: NAAL decided to stop with this
project and advises to use the balance for the
rebuilding of the by the tsunami destroyed sewing
school at Magalle.
2014-01 - Photo exhibitions
in Velsen and Galle
Available subsidy: 1.000,- euros.
Objective: A photo exhibition in Galle about Velsen,
made and seen through the eye of Velsen
photographer. Same in Velsen, pictures about Galle
made by a photographer from Galle.
Didn't succeed in 2014, so it will be in the second
half of 2015.
Because of some problems also second half of 2015
January 2016: decision to cancel this project.
2014-02 - Exchange artist (painters,
sculptors, what ever) Velsen <--> Galle
Available subsidy: 3.000,- euros.
Aim: Sending out an artist of the 'Art Centre' in
Velsen to see what she/he can do and in Galle to
investigate who can come to Velsen.
Work with the materials they find 'overthere'.
Didn't succeed in 2014, it will be the second half
Because of some problems also second half of 2015
January 2016: decision to cancel this project.
2012-04 - Renovation of a
dilapidated house within the Galle Fort
(under the supervision of Galle Heritage
Foundation (GHF). Galle)
A lot of houses in the Fort of Galle,
dating from the Dutch Period (VOC-time), are in bad shape.
the houses (articularly the front) will improve the
look of the fort (tourisme).
With support of the
Royal Dutch Embassy in Colombo, 55 houses have been renovated.
But, an other 55 houses have to be renovated as well, however, the
pocket of the Embassy is empty now.
October 2012: SOS Velsen decided to adopt a house
for renovation: Pedlar Street 40. Estimates around 10.000
to 11.000 euros; the owner has to contribute 20% of
the total costs.
January 2013: the necessary paperwork is in progress
October 2013, working-visit by SOS Velsen: the work
is in progress and will be ready in November 2013. Two
families can live in the renovated house then.
May 2014: Information that only still some color-wash (painting)
has to be done.
Reason of delay: delay by the contribution of the owner of the house.
January 2015: The renovation is ready is said.
November 2015, working-visit of a SOS Velsen
delegation: Front not
yet ready. The owner not has settled his part of the
July 2016: Galle Heritage Foundation (GHF) will
stimulate the Archeology Department to co-operate
with the owner in order to finish the work.
8-2-2017, info from GHF (via the NAAL): Already we
have finished putting our contribution to above
house.Now the house owners have to do the rest.
Now the time to close the file and end the project.
February 2017: the
project removed from the list.