Tacugama Landslide Relief Efforts

On August 14, 2017, the community of Regent suffered a great tragedy (BBC link here). A segment of Sugar Loaf mountain which had been deforested and contained many settlements, collapsed under heavy rains. Several hundred people have been confirmed dead, with up to 600 still missing. The landslide occurred just minutes away from Tacugama on a slope connected to our Western Area Peninsula National Park. Sadly, many of our staff members lost great numbers of family members and suffered severe damage to their homes. Equally tragic, several of the kids in our Tacugama Kids Environmental Education Programme (TKEEP) were killed in the disaster, with many more missing, orphaned or homeless. 

Tacugama has been on the ground assisting with relief efforts and collaborating with the government and NGO sector to provide what the victims need, as well as assist our staff and their families as best as possible. We also continue to build awareness concerning encroachment and deforestation to avoid future disasters as the heavy rains will persist for several more months. 

Fundraising Campaign

We have started a fundraising campaign to assist with these immediate relief efforts as well as building long-term capacity for the victims, especially the schoolchildren in our programs that were affected and the babies that need additional care. Your generous donations will help us reconstruct some of the affected people's lives. But we need to start with the basics. For the moment we are using the funds for essential needs that the government and NGOs are not able to provide. We need to start allocating the funds to cover these basic needs and once a more thorough assessment of the damages are conducted, we will start focusing on covering more long-term requirements such as repairing the schools and providing the kids with the necessary long-term assistance they will need.

Donate via TEXT from U.K.
Simply text TACU26 and the amount (e.g. TACU26 £10) to 70070


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