Our Social Service Work
Tropical Climate undertakes Social Service related to Disasters, Vulnerable, and for Environment and Climate. Below described our Social Service work starting with our relief for recent violence starting from 5th March of 2018 and for this we have established a recover support centre and network.
We described the disaster recovery centre network below followed by the institutional information about social service work of tropicalclimate.
The epi-centre of mob violence from March 5-7th in the Kandy District was just outside our offices in Digana. Many shops outside that we sometimes use along with rows of houses and the mosques were burnt down. Across the road, one of the youth trapped by the fire passed away. The majority of the property damage in Kandy and shops burnt was in Kengalla (across from our office complex) and Digana proper. We were unable to work for a week in Digana. More than that our staff were directly exposed to the mobs and instigators both outside our offices and in travelling to office. As an organization intending to register as a Voluntary Service Organization by our charter, we are obligated to respond to this disaster at our door step. Since we are an organization with relevant tools and assets - a skilled staff of various persuasions - with residences across the affected areas in Kandy - with IT skills - access to the local community and with networks across Kandy, Sri Lanka and Internationally, we feel we can bring unique skills to bear.
The Disaster Services Centre (DSC) provides services for risk management and recovery. Initially, we shall assist those affected by the mob violence that took place in Digana and the surrounding areas in March 2018
Our office is in an accessible location in Kengalla. A small staff at this office shall be supported by the larger staff of Federation for Environment Climate and Technology (FECT) and Tropical Climate (TC). The Centre has IT, administration, counselling and small meeting spaces.
We are conducting some current programs like documentation by maintaining a database of affected, Assisting the affected with their documentation needs, monitoring the recovery of the affected and give voice to the effected, Facilitation services by providing a space for related activities by others and relief services will include assisting few families and key institutions, connect those in need with those who can help, recovery with reconciliation programs.
The Disaster Support Network (DSN) brings together experts who support disaster risk management and recovery. This network was initiated as a response to mob violence in March 2018. Our network serves as an advisory body supporting the Disaster Service Centre (DSC) in Kengalla Digana.
- Provide and organize aid and relief programs in times of disaster.
- Help and provide services for the poor and vulnerable.
- Conduct school awareness programs on dengue, climate and environment.
- Conduct community awareness programs on dengue, climate, solid waste management, and disaster management.
- Install weather station in Digana area and make data accessible to the general public trough websites, flyers and bulletins
- Conduct climate and environment research and climate adaptation projects.
- Monitor weather, soil moisture and air pollution.
- To aid and assist the affected people in times of disaster.
- To provide services for the poor, underprivileged, mentally or physically challenged and disabled persons, patients and orphans.
- To undertake research, training and education on environment, social and economic information in tropical locations and to provide services in these areas.
- To provide services in research, development, and dissemination on sectors such as environment, disaster management, health, fisheries and energy.
- To advise on use of climate and socio economic information to propose, design, and implement adaptation measures and technology.
- To plan and give technical guidance on climate hydrological and environmental monitoring and prediction, impact assessment and adaptation.
- To train and educate on the vulnerability of ecosystems to undertake work that understand factors underpinning such vulnerability.
- To undertake research and services on ancient and future climates and their impacts on ecosystems and its implications for sustainable development.
- To undertake scientific, educational and other publishing in multiple media.
As a charitable organization we conduct research on problems of interest to the community and for the protection of the environment. For this we seek to sustain think tank and center of excellence in climate, environment and information with quality research to address societal concerns and ecological protection.
The Tropical Climate is registered as a non-profit organization with the Registrar of Companies of Sri Lanka as a “Guarantee Company” under Section 34 of the Companies Act of 2007 as a Charitable Organization for the Public Welfare.