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Link re-focuses towards development of aid programmes…

During 2007 the directors of Link made a significant decision regarding the future operation of this Charity which affects our volunteer programme overseas.  This has resulted from Link’s perceived need to change the emphasis of the way in which the charity achieves its objectives in order to remain effective.  Work will now be focused towards development of its aid programme.

This will enable us to concentrate fully on all aspects of the training centre in Sri Lanka (see Post Tsunami Initiative) for which considerable funds have been raised.  Links will also be maintained with the HIV/AIDS programme.

In 2008 Link Overseas Exchange will cease to offer its current type of volunteer placements and a more specialist programme will emerge on completion of the current building project in Sri Lanka.

The programme will be based around the training centre and transfer of skills between Scotland and Sri Lanka.  More specific details will be released in the coming months.  In the meantime, if you would like to register your interest in volunteering on this programme, please contact the Link office or submit an online application form. 

Latest news from Samanikethanaya’s Building Contractors

These pictures were taken in April 2008 and show the extent of the building work so far. Please click on a picture to see it full-size (just click "back" on your browser to return to this page).

Talawa April 2008


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Link & partners complete successful tour of Tsunami Centre building site

In March 2007 Andrew Greaves, Link’s Director of Development, John MacKenzie of the University of Dundee and Sundeep Salins, Architect for Perth & Kinross Council, completed a successful visit to Sri Lanka and the Centre’s building site.  Andrew, John and Sundeep met with various partners of the Centre project, including the Bishop of Kurunegala and staff from the University of Perediniya.  As building work continues, the next stage of the project is to build up a list of partners in Scotland, to increase the knowledge and skills base that can be transferred to the Centre.

Tsunami Centre building site

Tsunami Centre building site

Full details of the centre’s progress can be read at the Post Tsunami Initiative page

Post Tsunami Initiative

Link’s Tsunami Relief Appeal has reached a total of over £90,000. Dundee City Council has contributed £50,000 towards the new Samanikethana Dundee International Centre in Sri Lanka.  Fife Council donated £23,000 last year.  Lloyd’s TSB Scottish Foundation is funding a coordinating role between Scotland and Sri Lanka for Dundee’s Samanikethana Centre over a 3 year period. This will involve the transfer of skills and the establishment of management systems. Click on the link to read more about the plans for the new centre.


New kitchen

Link has recently funded a badly needed new kitchen at one of the placements in the south west of Sri Lanka.


Charity abseil

On Saturday 22nd April Jim McGovern MP abseiled from the Dundee University Tower Building to raise money for the Link Tsunami Relief Appeal.  The money he raised through sponsorship will go towards the development of the Samanikethana Dundee International Centre.

Photograph courtesy of and © D.C. Thomson

Volunteers also raised £10,000 between them abseiling from the Tower Building to raise money towards their placements overseas.


Special thanks to the following people who abseiled for the Tsunami Relief Appeal and HIV/AIDS programme: Fiona Caldow, Donald Orrock and Jillian Strachan.

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