The Humpty Dumpty Institute
Taiwan invests in Health and Education in Eastern and Northern Sri Lanka
November 18th, 2009
New York, NY: The Red Cross Society of the Republic of China (Taiwan), through the Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI), officially launched a new Post Tsunami Assistance program in Sri Lanka to help families still feeling the effects of the disaster by providing education, medical and public health, and water and sanitation services. The December 2004 tsunami caused severe damage to health care and educational systems in the Eastern and Northern Provinces of Sri Lanka, and in particular among the coastal villages of Batticaloa and Jaffna Districts. Although it occurred almost 5 years ago, almost half of the villages in these districts have not yet regained their pre-tsunami access to education and health care. Ralph L. Cwerman, HDI’s President, said that “coupled with little or no access to medical and public health or educational facilities, the Sri Lankans who bear the brunt of these circumstances are those least able to fend for themselves. Children and mothers have been deprived of basic health care for too long and their overall development and well being is suffering as a result”. In addition, the conflict over the past year has further destabilized the region.
HDI is a US-based Institute that forges innovative public-private partnerships to find creative solutions to difficult humanitarian problems through a series of unique programs. Currently, HDI's mandate is to improve U.S.-U.N. relations, to remove landmines around the world, and to help alleviate domestic and international hunger. To learn more about HDI's international programs, please visit www.thehdi.org.