( Moulavi Abdur Rahman is the head of Social Services Department of Sri Lanka Jama'ath e Islami, probably the largest Muslim Relief Organization in Sri Lanka. He spent a few minutes talking to this reporter about the life of the displaced people of Mutur, amidst his busy schedules managing the largest camp with more than 8,000 IDPs at Kantalai Peratruveli School)
Question: How many people have been displaced
Answer: The Muslim population of Mutur is around 40,000. About 95% of them have been displaced. About 30,000 now live in camps in Kantalai, Mullipatanai and Kinniya.
The first phase of operations of the 50-bed Kuwait Hospital in Puttalam, a project of the Social Service Department of Sri Lanka Jama'ath e Islami, was launched today, 26th March 2006, with a simple Ceremony. The project is sponsored by Zakat House, Kuwait.
'This is a not-for-profit, self-sustaining institution. It is equipped with almost all the basic facilities of a modern hospital, It would be a great relief for the people of Puttalam and thousands of Internally Displaced people living in and around it' said Dr. Khaleelur Rahman, Medical Director of the Hospital.
Kinniya Institute of Industrial Technology(KIIT), probably the first major tsunami relief capacity building project in the country, was inaugurated in Kinniya on Sunday 12 March, 2006.
Mr Irfan Khurshid, executive Director of the funding organization, Helping Hand - USA, a sister organization of ICNA Relief USA, was the Chief Guest at the Ceremony.
The project was implemented by the Social Service Department of Sri Lanka Jama'ath e Islami.
'The Institute has already enrolled trainees to follow courses in Industrial Wiring, Welding, Plumbing, Motorcycle Repairing and …
Helping Hand US - Canada and Unilever Sri Lanka have launched Micro Credit Projects to economically empower tsunami victim families in the Southern and Eastern coasts of Sri Lanka, through their local partner organization, the Social Service Department of Sri Lanka Jama'ath e Islami.
Helping Hand, a sister organization of ICNA Relief US - Canada, has granted US$100,000 to implement the project in five areas severely affected by the tsunami in the Island - Hambantota, Pottuvil, Kalmunai, Maruthamunai and Kinniya.
Social Service Department of Sri Lanka Jama'ath e Islami handed over ten permanent housing units, as part of the proposed 100-unit settlement project, to tsunami victims in Kinniya, sponsored by the Sharja Charity International, a UAE based charity organization