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Support to Families of Elephant Victims

Summary of supported families (District details):
   
  Records of the Department of Wildlife Conservation show that on an average 56 humans and 121 elephants are killed each year due to the ongoing human-elephant conflicts (HEC) prevalent in many district of Sri Lanka.
   
  When anyone is killed by a wild elephant, the Department of Wildlife Conservation has a compensation scheme. Rs. 50,000.00 is paid to the spouse or the next of kin. Another 50,000.00 is made available for the children of the victim to share. This is the figure irrespective of whether there are one or many children in the family. However the money is not given immediately but kept in a Savings Account till the child or children reach the age of 18 years. Therefore this is not available to the child when he/she needs it most i.e. to be able to afford schoolbooks and equipment required for school.
   
  BECT found that elephant conservation measures could not be implemented without addressing the needs of the people who are affected by elephant depredation. Hence there is an immediate requirement for funds to help these children throughout their education. BECT decided to assist these children in a tangible way. The Department of Wildlife Conservation gave the BECT a list of 72 families of those who had been killed by a wild elephant after 2003. The staff of the BECT visited each of these families and obtained details of their present socio economic situation. They also looked at the immediate needs of the school going children.
   
 
  The majority of the victims had been farmers or labourers, so these families are basically very poor. Many of the children in these families could not go to school since they could not afford to buy schoolbooks etc.
Family of a victim (Kotitagoda, Moneragala District)    
   
  After the survey the Biodiversity & Elephant Conservation Trust made out a list of the requirements of school children from the families interviewed. We distributed parcels of books to all these children before the new school term started. BECT is attempting to find donors to support these children to continue their education. Support can range from providing books/ clothes/ food/ money to full or partial sponsorship.
   
  72 children received school books for 2009. For 2010, 106 children in 11 districts received school books. 134 children in 10 districts received school books for 2011 and 125 children in 10 districts for 2012, 116 children in 12 districts received school books for 2013 and 119 children for 2014.
   
 
Read: Human Aspects of Human-Elephant Conflicts By Jayantha Jayewardene
  (PDF file, 85 kb)
   
  School book distribution
   
 
  Year 2011
 
District Supported children and families
Ampara 13 children from 9 families
Anuradhapura 27 children from 14 families
Badulla 1 child from 1 family
Hambantota 17 children from 10 families
Kurunegala 23 children from 14 families
Matale 3 children from 2 families
Moneragala 22 children from 14 families
Polonnaruwa 19 children from 11 families
Puttalam 4 children from 2 families
Ratnapura 5 children from 3 families
   
 
  Year 2012
 
District Supported children and families
Ampara 18 children from 9 families
Anuradhapura 21 children from 12 families
Badulla 4 children from 2 families
Hambantota 15 children from 7 families
Kurunegala 19 children from 14 families
Moneragala 21 children from 15 families
Polonnaruwa 14 children from 8 families
Puttalam 5 children from 3 families
Ratnapura 6 children from 3 families
Batticaloa 2 children from 2 families
   
 
  Year 2013
 
District Supported children and families
Ampara 16 children from 8 families
Anuradhapura 19 children from 13 families
Badulla 3 children from 2 families
Hambantota 11 children from 8 families
Kurunegala 17 children from 12 families
Matale 3 child from 1 family
Moneragala 20 children from 13 families
Polonnaruwa 14 children from 9 families
Puttalam 6 children from 3 families
Ratnapura 6 children from 3 families
Batticaloa 2 children from 2 families
   
 
  Year 2014
 
District Supported children and families
Ampara 11 children from 7 families
Anuradhapura 15 children from 12 families
Badulla 2 children from 2 families
Hambantota 10 children from 8 families
Kurunegala 27 children from 18 families
Moneragala 20 children from 10 families
Galle 1 child from 1 family
Nuwaraeliya 1 child from 1 family
Trincomalee 4 children from 1 family
Polonnaruwa 13 children from 10 families
Puttalam 7 children from 4 families
Ratnapura 6 children from 3 families
Batticaloa 1 child from 1 family
   
   
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Ampara District
Anuradhapura District
Badulla District
Hambantota District
Kurunegala District
Matale District
Matara District
Moneragala District
Polonnaruwa District
Puttalam District
Ratnapura District
   
 
   
 
   
   

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Last updated: 17 March, 2017