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									jimmymarathy@yahoo.com <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>                        01 luglio 2008 17.17

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 From: vinoth lal dharme <vinomarath@yahoo.com>
 Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2008 00:23:12 -0700 (PDT)
 To: <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>
 Subject: BOQ and other docs




 --- On Tue, 7/1/08, vinoth lal dharme <vinomarath@yahoo.com> wrote:

 From: vinoth lal dharme <vinomarath@yahoo.com>
 Subject: Re: sorry
 To: "Vivek Dharme" <vikimarathy@yahoo.com>
 Date: Tuesday, July 1, 2008, 12:21 AM




 Technical Proposal
 Understanding the background, opportunity
 And Project worthiness

 of

 Permanent Shelter
 for
 the homeless

 Families affected by tsunami of December 26th 2004
Proposed Housing Project
At Thirukkovil DS Division


Funded & Guided
With the blessings of
MR.FEDERICO STELLA
MR. GIOVANNI STELLA

At
Gordon House
Barrow Street
Dublin 4 Ireland




Introduction
First we wish to place on record our sincere appreciation and honour to Mr.Federico Stella and Mr.
Giovanni Stella for the kindness and the quality of giving exposed at the hour of need by the presence
to provide shelter to the homeless.

It gives us great pleasure to team up with you in this meaningful event and submit this technical
proposal covering the relevant aspects to complete and hand over the half built houses to the tsunami
victims to restart their worthy living and transition from disaster to development, both physically
and psychologically.

Our approach towards this development is not the concern one would have with regard to building
construction with a minimum of 30% profit margin or to be opportunistic capitalizing on an emergency
relief effort for refugees. In fact we are looking forward to give the best we could give with the assistant
rendered by your enterprising contribution to provide with a better shelter for some would have had
before the devastations.
We are optimistic that the project will be completed within a fixed budget to bring these houses to a
condition that the beneficiaries could occupy.

It is also assumed that this benefiting community will be satisfied and will accept the fact that they all
are in the similar conditions today and are been driven to a better tomorrow by this project.

We are forwarding in this proposal with the following information for your decision.

       Present status of the site and the condition of houses
       the cost to complete them in summarized form
       other related activities and concerns in this kind of a development
       the area of responsibility
       Our Objective- planned achievements
       Implementation plans
       Our capacity in handling this project.
       The general concept of our team in brief.


The photographs, activity plan and cost sheet are attached for reference.




Present status of the site and the condition of houses

Construction works

The substructure of the house and basic masonry works of all 30 houses have been completed by the
previous work force. Roofs of all houses, The Doors and Windows, Door and Window Frames, Septic
Tank and Toilets, Floor Concreting and Painting, Plaster work, Basic electrical Wiring and at least two
common wells have to be completed to hand over the houses to facilitate minimum conditions for
beneficiaries to occupy them.

Our Observations revealed that wall plaster works of two houses have been started and completed. It
is also evident that roofs of these two houses had been fabricated but now they are removed
/destroyed by unknown forces.-.

Four houses out of thirty houses have to be completely constructed as the walls of these houses are
totally destroyed - could be attributed to natural / artificial interventions.

Polish Humanitarian organization has contributed a tube well and this could be cleaned and utilized
when constructions commence.
Our Team was fortunate to obtain the appointment from the head of the local government authority who
explained prevailing social conditions of the area. The area is totally cleared and controlled by the
government and community affected by the long standing conflict and the tsunami are recovering from
disaster. Main stream electricity, water supply schemes for the resettled families are been provided by
the government. The Divisional Secretary of the Area is ready to provide necessary support for the
works when started He will also provide the names and members of the families who will be benefited
from the project.


Cost to complete the houses

The unit of house has been designed to be constructed with block masonry, fully plastered, Asbestos
roofing with, Main entrance doors in Solid wood and others in Plywood, Toilets with Bathroom and
squatting Pans, Glazed Windows, Individual septic tanks, Water, electricity, painting and fixing of all
door window accessories and locks.

Please refer the attached summary of the scope of work to be carried out and the cost.
Inflation of our country is always double digit and we have planned to complete the works within three
months to avoid difficulties due to possible price increases.
The cost of material in 2005 has increased by 200% in some cases.


Other related activities and concerns in this kind of a development

Other Administrative costs and infrastructure developments such as Roads, Common Water Supply,
Main stream Electricity through the National Electricity Board, Cost of Main water lines from National
Water Board, assistance for health and medical care for children, educational needs, psychosocial
consultancy workshops, livelihood support will be coordinated by the Divisional Secretary’s office.

Responsibilities

Creating awareness amongst the beneficiaries, obtaining their acceptance, coordinating and
introduction of the program to the local authorities and assistance shall be areas of responsibility of the
local Government authority and a member of our team.

All detail and structural inputs, civil works, site supervision, labour mobilizing, purchasing of goods and
services, logistics during construction, wages for skilled and unskilled labour will be technically
coordinated by our team.


Objective
To provide homes to the beneficiaries with all basic amenities with quality construction and fast
development with infrastructure required for healthy living and creating a sense of belonging of their
own new village.
The secondary objective is to mobilize the affected people – the members of beneficiary families during
the construction works by obtaining their participation for skilled and unskilled labour, thus providing a
livelihood package for many of them, hands on experience for the other and most importantly as a
therapy of making their hands and minds work which will eliminate the trauma to a great extent.

Implementation
Operational setup phase

Our team will launch all activities within 72 hours of agreement for investment with the critical tools
needed to start works immediately.

Quick establishment of detailed and tangible development proposal that produces the targeted
objectives, procedures to accomplish all logistical tasks necessary to support the operational set up,
determination of roles and responsibilities and the accountability, delegation of authorities and the key
elements of monitoring, safety and evaluations and building of capacities with required office
infrastructure, mobility and transparency levels to be maintained will be our prime concerns.

We will accomplish the pre deployment activities listed above within the required time frame (usually 72
hours). The operational set up team is ready to deploy for the project activities on the third day after
contract award.

Please refer the activity plan.

Demonstrated Capability to quickly establish, maintain and accomplish tasks
within time frame in similar settings
Personnel Qualifications and experience.

We have selected an exceptionally well qualified team for implementation of the proposal.

 Mr.Surrendra Wijeratne brings to the team demonstrated team leadership and project management
skills in the construction and development environment; A thorough understanding of procedures for
project management, a strong record of managerial experience. Since 1988 Mr. Wijeratne has served
as an executive to the Largest retail, manufacturing and Marketing Organization in the country in the
areas of Distribution Warehousing ,Inventory and material Management Imports and local purchasing,
Marketing, Field Sales and Administration, Crisis management, lease asset and human resource
Management and since 1996 in the capacity of Coordinator for 27 projects in Sri Lanka funded by the
German Technical cooperation covering a varied field of activities including livelihood developments,
agricultural projects, coast conservation National Water systems, and rehabilitation and development of
Northern Schools of the country.
The most recent and the greatest achievement for him is the construction of 100 houses in different
locations within just 57 days ( targeted for 60 days) for the US Agency for international Development
OTI Program in Sri Lanka followed by another 83 houses constructed in next sixty days achieving a
total of 183 houses in just 120 days.

Mr. S. Jemettakan is a qualified technical coordinator who will be one of the site coordinators and
carries with him a experience in Construction of domestic and commercial buildings for over five years
and is a member of the implementing youth volunteer team who were in charge of the Hundred houses
project funded by USAID in 2003.

Mr. Milroy Prera is an experienced building contractor engaged in civil construction, in the area of
mass scale buildings religious buildings and domestic units and is familiar with all local regulations and
standards for construction.

Mr. Vinoth Lal Dharme is the second site coordinator who will be in charge for coordination with local
authorities and the beneficiary community. He is also a member of the volunteer team in 100 houses
program. He is an experienced field coordinator who has been service in projects funded by the USAID
in the South/North East area of the country in rendering assistance to the Tsunami affected
communities. His main area of concern will be logistics related to the programs mobilizing local
communities and development of the supply chains and coordination with all local authorities and
maintaining the uninterrupted information flow between the community, authorities, suppliers and site
engineers.
.
Should you have any questions or clarifications please do not hesitate to contact us

Very truly,

Surrendra Wijeratne
Team Leader




Fax Transmission: No 067 2265056
July 1st 2008                                                  Program Coordinator
                                                              Stella Homes
                                                              16-01, De Fonseka Place
                                                                    Colombo 05
Mr.V. Alagarathnam
Divbisional Secrtary
Thirukkovil

Dear Sir,

RE: COMPLETION OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS OF 30 HOUSES
Further to the discussion we held at your office on the 5th of June 2008, regarding the subject we wish
to inform you the following.

As explained to you at the meeting these houses have been half build and due to unknown reasons the
works had stopped. Further with the death of Donor, Mr. Federicio Stella the activities had not been
monitored by anyone. Now the son of Late Mr. Stella is in charge of funding and monitoring project until
completion of all activities.

At the last meeting we agreed to obtain and table available information pertaining to the land
ownership.

The coordinator of Mr. Giovanni Stella ( Son of Mr. Stella ) has informed us that the late
Minister Mr.Jayapalan had coordinated the allocation of land for these houses and the land is said to
be owned by one of the relatives of late Minister. They are in the process of obtaining the necessary
documents / a letter of consent to donate the lands to respective beneficiaries.

Due to the instability of market prices and inflation of prices of construction material we are starting
from preliminary works by third week of July 2008 and completing these houses with a tentative activity
plan of 3 months to avoid the cost implications and further damages to this half build houses.

We are also in the process of coordinating with UN and other organizations to provide any psycho
social assistance to the occupants and will keep you informed on progress.

We wish to meet you within next two weeks with prior appointment with further information and our
Team Members Information before starting work.

Thank you for your valued cooperation.
Very Truly,

Surrendra Wijratne
Program Coordinator                      Contact: 0777 756781/ 0112 599323/ 0114 850089.




BOQ FOR THE COMPLETION OF PROPOSED HOUSES

FOR ,
                   TSUNAMI
………………………………………………
                   VICTIMS
………………..

AT THIRUKKOVIL DS DIVISION

DONATED BY Mr.FEDERICIO STELLA                                                       REF
                                                                                     GW/C/
                                                  08


                              QUANT         VAL
                               ITY          UE      TOTAL
NO.       scope of work                             COST/HO
                                    FREQUE RAT TOTA USE (RP)
                               UNIT
                                    NCY    E   L



          PRELIMINARIE
I
          S



          Clearing Site &                   5000
      1                       Item    Sum        50000
          Levelling                            0

          & Setting Out



        Prelimineries
                                            2500
      2 Including             Item    Sum        250000
                                              00
        errecting of

          temporary
          Shelter
          & providing

          services for
          Labour force -
          including water

          temporary toilet
          facilities, water
          for construction

          work,
          equiupment,
          machinery, first
          aid,

          power,
          communication
          for project etc
          etc
                                                30000 300,000.0
       Subtotal
                                                    0         0

       SUBSTRUCTU
II
       RE



        Excavation and
      1 laying of           houses   30     0       0
        foundation

       according to
       detailed
       drawings of all 30
       houses

       have been
       completed



        Since 4 houses
      2 are to re done
        from the

       foundation
       height a DPC
       layer to be done
       for

       said houses          houses   4    8000 32000




       Subtotal                                 32000 32,000.00

       SUPERSTRUC
III
       TURE
1 Roof work

 Construction of
 roof in asbestos
 sheets

 heat resistant foil
 in class one
 timber

 including,
                                     2000 600000
 material, labour houses        30
                                       00      0
 and accssoris



  Windows and
2 Doors in Class I
  Timber

 including frames,
 fittings and paint

 suitable for the
 area, totaling to
 only 130

 square feet in
 openings as
 detailed in
 drawings

 price includes
                                     9100 273000
 material and          houses   30
                                        0      0
 labour



  Plaster Works for
3 walls ,
  amounting to

 2734 square ft in
                                     7122 213660
 each house with houses         30
                                        0      0
 smooth sand

 price includes
 matrial and
 labour




  Floor work -
4 cement rendring
  with single

 coloured cement
 to the total floor
 area

 totaling to 620
                                     3000
 square feet in        houses   30        900000
                                        0
 each house



  Paint Works for
5 external and
  internal walls

 all houses in
 one
 colour price
 inludes

 matrial and                         2500
                       houses   30        750000
 labour                                 0



  Electrical
  layouts with
6
  basic outlets
  switches

 and lights
 including a circuit
 breaker price

 includes,
                                     2000
 material and          houses   30        600000
                                        0
 labour
    Septick tank for
7
    each house

    and a squatting
    pan for each
    house and
    outlet

    horse, hume pipe
                                   2000
    to comnplete the houses   30        600000
                                      0
    toilet



8




                                        13716 13,716,60
    Subtotal
                                          600      0.00

    ADDITIONAL
    WORKS



  Cement block
1 works in block
  masonry

    in 1:5 cement
    sand mix in 4
    houses
    damaged

    by unknown
                                   1800
    factors - all   houses 4            720000
                                     00
    walls are to be

    reconstructed in
    these four
      houses




       extending the
                                     1800
     2 walls upto roof houses 26          468000
                                        0
       height

      in other houses
      to reach correct
      roof height




                                          11880 1,188,000.
      Subtotal
                                             00         00



IX

                                          74558
     1 Contingency        5% total
                                              0

      Transport of
      goods, matrial
      and logistical

      expenses



                                          74558 745,580.0
      Subtotal
                                              0         0



                                                   15,982,18
      Grand Total
                                                        0.00
From: vinoth lal dharme <vinomarath@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2008 05:20:12 -0700 (PDT)
To: <JIMMYMARATHY@YAHOO.COM>
Subject: Revised Thrikkovil
July 9th 2008



ATTENTION : JIMMY / GIOVANNI STELLA
FROM      : SURRENDRA – GOODWOOD -Team Leader
SUBJECT    : Completing Thirukkovil Tsunami Houses –



Further to our previous correspondence and discussions we wish to inform you on the following.

We will complete 23 houses at a minimum price of Local Rupees 8 million with the following
changes from our previous offer.

Changes –
1.The total houses to be completed -23 nos from 30 houses.
2. The ceiling for houses will be excluded
3. We have excluded the pavement around the house
4. Finishes for Door windows will be normal enamel paint instead of Spray Painting Finish.


These changes will not affect the functional value of the houses.

The price offered is on prevailing market prices of hardware and for urgent commencement of
work with a plan for purchasing all material as soon as possible to control the price increases and
its affect on site works.


Look forward to your quick response.

Thank you,
Very truly,


Surrendra Wijeratne.




       Surendra Wijerathne 24/8/2008
a me, jimmimarathy

           Dear Gio,


Hope you have reached home safe and you are in good health.

I heard from Vinoth that you are satisfied with our plans, thanks for that and we will keep up to
our word.

I am writing this note as the first progress report to keep you informed on the latest situation with
regard to the Houses.

1. Actions after meetingts we held with Divisional Secretaries office at Thirukkovil - Mr.
Alagarathnam and the colonosation officer - Ms. Lochini and at Ampara District Secretaries
office with Mr. Muzamil - Assistant commissioner Lands.

           I prepared the minutes of the meeting and faxed to DS office requesting them to
            proceed with the selection of beneficiaries according to the criteria we tabled.
           Mr. Alagarathnam called back and was happy to start on selection and we are trying
            our level best to send the names list with Jimmy.
           During the telephone conversation I had with DS Office they are ready to assist us in
            visiting the families that they listed and we will look into the background of those
            named families and forward you the details.
           Signage for the construction site - We will use the Name as

        "    Stella Homes"

            Nehrupuram

            Thirukkovil        with Our Team Logo All lettering in Orange Colour on a white
flag.

        We will send you a photograph once we complete that flag - in next progress report.



2. Meeting Jimmy and Myself had with Prasudi who started construction works previously.

           We received all information with regard to the background of construction work and
            the LAND TRANSFER - How it was done before and the progress made.
           Mr. Prasudi informed that they had very little to do on demarcating land for the
            houses because at that time - immeadiately after tsunami it was the DS Office who
            was in charge and that they were advised and supported by the Late Minister - Mr.
            Nehru in using this land for tsunami houses. Basically the Authorities - at that time -
            soon after the tsunami invited many organisations for support and they provided the
            locations to built houses.
           The full story was detailed to us by Mr. Prasudi. - This Land was donated by
            Late Mr. Kannan to the poor people through Late Minister Mr. Nehru who had with
            the local authority and late Divisional Secretary selected 44 families and blocked to
            build houses for this poor families.After Tsunami the extent of the block was redyced
            and 30 blocks were given to build the houses with the kind donation Your Father. At
            that time Mr Nehru coordinated the land registration with Local Authorities and the
            plan has been to build these 30 houses for Tsunami Victims and when the other 44
            families are also provided with assistance the site becomes a village of 74 families.
            Mr. Nehru had been Coordinating the activity with local authorities to provide
            seperate documents for beneficiaries on the condition that they will occupy the new
            houses and start life here.There had been a community leader appointed from the 44
            beneficiary families who helped the construction work and local labour work . -
                                     His name is Mr. Sathasivam. According to Prasudi a copy of
            the said name list should be with him and he is still at Thirukkovil - We received
            information including telephone Number.The Land was surveyed,blocked and drawn
            by Mr. Kannadasan of Karathivu - we received his details - telephone Numers and
            whereabouts.In late 2005 and early 2006 Minister and the Divisional Secretary was
            Shot dead by terrorist groups. The Ceasefire Agreement between the Government
            and LTTE was put aside. with these socio political uncertainity the selected 44
            families did not have enough security to resettle in the location and nor did the
            tsunami victims. As we were advised by the Asst Commissioner of Lands - documents
            detailing the confirmed name list or the background information and acceptance
            from the selected beneficiary families were not sent to Provincial Land commision. -
            Simply - there are no people or information to demarcate and tranfer land -
            therefore the land is still ready to be given to people if the name list - schedule and
            beneficiary information is sent.

        Now Mr. Nehrus son is the Minister who lives at Ministers Quarters in Colombo - Mr.
Prasudi gave his address and Telephone Number so that we could contact him directly for any
assistance.



Finally - In short there is no issue regarding the Land and next step is to send the names list and
get the authorities to work on it. We communicated this to New DS Thirukkovil - Mr.
Alagarathnam and as stated above we will send you a list. We will also obtain support from the
above named gentlemen during construction which will be an added advantage - as - according
to Mr. Prasudi The community leader is one of the beneficiaries selected earlier.



3. Next Steps.
           We are visiting DS Thirukkovil and the site next week - Aug 25th to Aug 29th,
            2008- to obtain beneficiary information, follow up work on Land Transfer, share
            documents related to the work, hand over a copy of the agreement between you and
            me to the authorities, sourcing local material , security cleartances etc etc.
           When the Funds are ready - We will do the total purchasing of material as planned
            and advised to you - Cement, Roofing Sheets, Timber for Roof, Timber for Door/
            Window Frames/ Timber for Doors and Window Sashes, Electrical Wiring
            Equipment, Paint for Walls, Paint for Timber Works, Toilet Fittings, Material for
            Concrete and all other accessories such as door locks, Hinges, Nuts and Bolts. This
            will spent at least 80 % of the cost we stated. And it is the on;ly way to control the
            price increases of material.
           Next the Team split into two - one Transport of material to site with Labour will start
            work at site. The second Team will start production of Windows and Doors at Our
            Workshop in Colombo.
           I as the team leader will start correspondence with UN and other donor agencies for
            further support to the community who will occupy the houses - social assistance and
            very closely follow up the land transfer work. I will meet the Son of Late Minister
            when required - this will receive state recognition to this site and the good work -
            You and our team are doing.
           The team at site - in addition to the construction work will meet the local community
            and selected beneficiaries increase their awareness regarding the new homes the poor
            people will get.



Trust that this information is clear to you and we are positive - (not too optimistic) -that the
agreed works will be cariied out without interuption.




This letter is long but I need to keep you informed clearly. And because I do not Have email
facility at home I need to run upto the street always and lay down everything that is in my head.

In future you will receive little notes with basic information regarding construction work and
loooooooong letters when needed only. I am trying to obtain connection soon. But please do not
hesitate to send any notes I will be checking out this mail box often untill I obtain connection.
Always copy to Vinoth as he is also having E mail and I will receive messages from him.
All the best to you.

Regards

Surrendra.

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Giovanni Stella

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Dear Suren,

I was writing you today in the same moment Ireceived your e-mail!
First of all I'd like to once again express my gratitude for the job that you are doing, which is higly
considered by my family. It's very important for us to know that a serious person like you is taking care of
this project now.

So, I'm very happy to read how you are going to procede with the job, and to know that you and Jimmy
met Prasudi, and that he explained you the situation.

I think that now it'd be importat to meet Mr. Sathasivam in order to see the list of beneficiaries that he has
and check it, to control if any of those initial 44 families are still in the need of a house.

Then we really need to double check every single family that the DS is going to choose, just to be really
sure that the houses won't be given to people who don't need them or deserve them.
In this sense, I'd like you to keep me updated with this, in the sense of being able to tell me some detials
about the families that will be chosen, together with the list that you will give to jimmy.

About the Land transfer: what is it precisely? Is it the document that we needed to state and to prove that
we can actually build on that land?Tell me more about it please,because this is a really important part of
the project, especially for me and my family to have some sort of insurance that we are not running any
risk of not being able to deliver the houses.

Next steps:I'm 110% happy that you'll be in charge of the organizational part of the project, and i'm very
confident that you'll be able to manage and finish everything, despite of all difficulties and obstacles that
this project carries.
We're really looking forward to hear from you that labours are started again an the construction part is
finally being done. I know that you and your team will be doing your best to complete everything in the
best possible way.
Funds should already be available and you can speak with Jimmy for deeper informations about it: as you
know he's like a brother to me for real and my family have total trust in his actions and in his words, as my
father used to do when he was alive.

There's only one thing I ask you on a personal level: it's very important that you manage to keep costs
within the allocated budget. I will support you in every possible way and there will be a bonus for you guys
(for us all who'd been involved in the project, because this the way my father would have liked to do)
once the job will be finished; but my family already put lots of money into this, and I cannot push the bar
too much.

Saying so,I'll be waiting to see the first pictures that you'll sed me.
Here you'll find a link to an album that I'm preparing and that iwant to use for a website about our project
that i have in mind. http://picasaweb.google.com/giostella80/HousesForSriLanka20052008

As i told you, i would like to keep on doing charity projects and i think that we could really put on a good
team. I'm already checking the steps that i have to cover to start some swort of foundation, or non profit
organization. Again, if we want to be able to carry this thing on we need to be trustable and reliable, and
in the sense it's really important that we finish this first project thinking about every small detail.

Let me know if there's anything that you might need form me in this phase, ad i'll do whatever is needed.

And don't be sorry about long e-mails as I really enjoy receiving details about this great project that we
are all doing!!And i tend to write quiet long e-mails too..:-)

Thank you again for everything that you are doing and that you will be doing.

Take care for now, and bring my regards to ur beautiful family!

Gio
Surendra Wijerathne                                                                                 mostra
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a me, jimmymarathy                                                                                   09/08
Dear Gio,

Thank you for the fast reply and the encouraging words.

As planned we went to Thirukkovil and met the DS and the colonisation officer. - Aug 25th -
Aug 29th.
We were not able to meet Mr. Sathasivam but we met a senior person from the village and he
knew Sathasivam. We will meet him anyway and discuss about the list of beneficiaries and if
they still need houses. The List from DS Office will be received tommorow.

Land Transfer - The consent to build is available and that is why Prasudi and his team had been
able to carry out construction. But to process the documents the authorities need the beneficiary
details. Since the situation / conditions prevailed after Ceasefire agreement was kept aside was
not comfortable and the death of DS and Minister nothing proceeded.

At our Last meeting DS and with the other officers - it revealed that this land belongs to State
now, and DS confirmed that within three months the documents will be completed to hand over
to beneficiaries and deliver the houses to them. I will follow this up do not worry.
We have advanced for material - Timber Logs, Roofing Sheets, Masonry and Carpentry
equipment needed, Paint etc etc. As planned we will be purchasing 90% material from Colombo,
stock them, and do minimum purchasing at site. this will cost at least 80% of cost and once we
deploy labour to site we will need the final amount to cover the labour cost and transport and
other admin / operational costs. Regarding the allocated budget - You shoud not worry at all
because the planned activity schedule and the quantities we have calculated is almost
100% correct and we will not exceed the 8m limit. Also be sure that we do this without
sacrificing the quality of workmanship or material .

By mid next week 90% of material will be stocked, and we will be starting work at site by week
end.
You will receive photos of everything.

Regarding the future works - Our Plan is to register the organisation as " STELLA
FOUNDATION GW" and with the meetings I will be having with the authorities in charge
of Social Development Ministry I will keep you updated regarding the actions required.

I will send you a detail mail by weekend regarding the progress we have made - according to our
schedule.

Wish you Good Health and Happiness.

Regards
Surrendra


Giovanni Stella                                                                                      mostra
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a Surendra, jimmymarathy, bcc: mags.kennedy                                                           09/08
Hi Surrendra,

thank you for your updates.
It is really important that you manage to begin to work at site as soon as possible, in order to still have a
chance to finish everything by December.

- Did the DS in Thirukkovil sent you the list? Did you have the chance to take a first look at who those
benefeciaries would be? I think we'd need to scrub the list a bit and see if there's still someone from the
2005 list who still need a house. Any news from Mr.Sathasivam? THe sooner we get the list, the sooner
we can have land transfers processed.

-What about those letters from the previous DS or Minister that Mr.Sathasivam is supposed to have kept?

- You wrote:"At our Last meeting DS and with the other officers - it revealed that this land belongs to
State now, and DS confirmed that within three months the documents will be completed to hand over to
beneficiaries and deliver the houses to them. I will follow this up do not worry".
This seems to bring us back to an old fear I had...:-) if the Land belong to the State now, and it will take
up to 3 months to have those documents, how can we be sure that we build the houses and then
someone else (the State, for example) claim to be their owner? I know that we've been reassured by the
land commissioner that this cannot happen, but -again- I'd prefer much more to have some evidence,
some documents or proofs to be sure that nothing bad or unpleasant will happen. That document should
be in Mr.Sathasivam hands, but from what i understood we still don't have anything in our hands.
I ask you to be really rigorous and careful about this point, as from what i can see this is the only point
about which we could have bad surprises (beside the war).

- I'm very happy to hear that you'll stay within the budget, as this was another important issue.

- I started to talk to some people i know about our future project. Next week I'll be in Italy for 3 days, and
there i think i'll be able to talk to a very important person in Milan, who had a sort of gentleman agreement
with my father. Once again, it is very important that we manage to finish this project in the best possible
way if we want other people to get involeved in the future.

I will wait for your updates and for your pictures.
You are doing an amazing job and we are all grateful for the passion and will that you are putting into
this.So keep going and let me know asap if anything bad would ever show up.

God bless you,talk to you soon

Gio



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Dear Gio,



Thanks for the reply and clearly stating your concerns and views.



The two attachments carry the list of beneficiaries, which we received by post on Sept 11th 2008.



With regard to your concerns, I detail below the present set up and our plans to continue the
project - un interuppted
This list is the first document we required , as explained by the Asst Commissioner Lands they
will start the process of demarcating the land detail and confirm the blocks reference the land
plan of allocated blocks which we gave to him at our last sitting.



Our visit to Thirukkovil with this list is scheduled and confirmed in consultation with DS
Thirukkovil, - the date he agreed and suggested - Friday 19th September we leave colombo and
arrive at Thirukkovil by Saturday Morning.

DS will proide us his staff assistance - to meet the families listed in the attached document,
evaluate their background to justify the 23 families who will benefit from this according to the
criteria we determined at meetings we had in your presence. - poorest families who do not have
the capacity to to help themselves but who want to help themselves.



This finalised list with the personnel details of families certified by the DS Thirukkovil will be
the second document that the Assistant Commissioner reqested, on which they will arrange a
document detailing Individual families and approved by the Government Agent of Ampara
which will be sent back to DS Thirukkovil granting approval for the families to occupy the
houses and confirming ownership. This is the document we should collect while construction is
on which shall be available when work is completed so that we are able to hand over the houses
officially.

The copies of these documents will be delivered to Provincial Land Commission who will, based
on the recomendations and approvals from DS and GA process individual documents per family
which they will receive by registered post, perhaps at a political meeting.



As stated by you Mr. Sathasivum will have some sort of documentation and we will be meeting
the son of Late Minister Mr. Mehru to expediate this process.



Most importantly our key to success here is the community and their voice, which as mentioned
to you is one of our prime activities. We are not providing a space for political revolution but on
the other hand we need to make all authorities - public administration & state services and
political streams respecting the community voice and provide social security. This is very
important for sustainability of these communities' existence. However we are not going
to obstruct these stake holders taking credit or mileage out of this program. With due respect to
Late Mr. Federicio Stella, you, your family, jimmy and my team, We plan to gracefully hand
over the houses without descrepancies.
NEXT STEPS.

              By Thursday of Next week all stocks to be purchased from colombo for
               production and delivery to site are ready.
              Friday the team leave colombo and arrive at Thirukkovil on Saturday - to meet
               DS and occupy the site
              Team will put up basic pre requirements for lodging at site - water, electricity,
               toilets kitchen and a part of the team will meet listed families
              I will meet DS and the authorities with the documents and the Team start roof
               constructions
              Team at Workshop in Colombo start production of Door Window Frames and
               sashes.
              Next Progress report to you will have pictures of the re activated site and
               results of meetings with Authorities.


I have photos of Timber been logged and machine sawn, stocks purchased etc, but my
camera have some problem re the image size. It is too heavy to be sent via mail and
they told I need to format memory / capacity of pictures- I am not expert on computer/
digital applications, hence will send them to you ASAP.

With regard to the future activity, I did not set up a meeting and a visit to Ministry of
Social Services, but will follow up. I want to kick start the houses first, delegate few
things to the team and set out considerable time for that. will keep you posted.

Wish you good health and happines.
Very truly

Surrendra
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Hi Surendra,

Thank you fo the update.

Just one question: did u upload any attachment? Because i couldn't
find any attached.Could you send it again-even if u tried to send any
attachment?

I am really looking forward to see the first pictures of the site,i'm
very excited!
I'll talk to you soon. Take care for now.

Gio



Hi Sure,

How are you? How's your family and your beautiful little blond man doing?

Following what you wrote in your last e-mail you should be in
Thirukkovil at the moment and you should have met the DS to discuss
the list of beneficiaries.
How did the meeting go?
Unfortunately there was no attachment with ur last email, so we
couldn't see the list of beneficiaries that you sent me. Could you
send it again?
Also as you mentioned you should have started to meet the potential
beneficiaries, and it'd be great if you could update us on how this is
going. This is a crucial part of the project and we really want to be
sure that we are helping families who have nothing left.

Was the DS collaborating? Is there anything that myself or Jimmy can
do for you guys down there?

Once again i really want to express you my gratitude for the job you are doing.

About the on site work: did you start to build roofs,doors and
windows? Did part of your team settle down themselves on site?As you
can imagine it would be the greatest of the news for me and my family
to know that construction of the houses started again.

Also, let me know if you want me to talk to or send any email to local
authorities or politicians etc for any purpouse.

I'm really looking forward to hear from you and to see pictures of
houses and beneficiaries.

May God always bless you,your family and your team.

Regards and a big ciao!

Gio



Dear Gio,
Thank you for the good wishes, yes my blonde little man is doing great. His college reopened
after holidays and the guy is always in high spirits. One more thing happened, I am happy for
that too, my daughter attained adulthood, there are few customs we had to follow and every one
at home, my mother, relatives shyama's ( wife) relatives were at home to celebrate.

We could not travel to Thirukkovil last friday as planned and agreed. The national news reported
few problems in the area and the main road was closed. The DS advised to hold our trip and to
call back. We called on Friday morning as advised and he said siuation is returning to normal
and for us to be there this week. I discussed and agreed to report to location to start work on Sept
24th 2008. This day is the public day for DS and he is waiting to see us.
DS is very cooperative.

So after a long planning session we are leaving to Thirukkovil Today, with blessings from all of
you. And this time it cannot change cause The total roofing sheets valued close to 1 million is
delivered by supplier by Tommorow noon to site. We must be there to accept. On the other hand
DS wants to offer us the contacts of his officeres who will help us with beneficiary meetings and
finding locations.You will receive the update by Thursday.

The atachment has not come to you, I will scan that document and send you.

You will have to write to some local authorities in the near future. I will keep you informed on
that. Firstly I am doing a Total Project report on this project detailing the Whats? Hows? and
Whys? of this project and
 submitting to the Government Agent Ampara though DS Thirukkovil. I will forward you a copy.
After that either, GA Will contact you or you will write to them.

So thank you for the confidence placed on me and my team, we will keep it up.

Wish you and the family happiness and good health.


Surrendra.


Surendra Wijerathne                                                                         mostra
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Dear Gio & Jimmy,

I am sending this note with great pleasure.
We arrived at site as notified to you on last Wednesday, Sept 24th 2008.
The DS Thirukkovil was informed of our arrival and he was happy to see us starting work.
During the journey we officially informed the Deputy Inspector General of the area with a list of
names of my team and with a detailed background of this effort. I returned with two members
yesterday around midnight and sending you this note.

We received the total order of roofing sheets weighing up to 30 metric tons on same day and the
team unloaded all at site.
First we were worried about water but the tube well which was at site was put in order by my
team and we now do not have an issue of water.

I am searching the contact details of the Polish organisation who did that and thanking them for
this with two objetives viz. appreciate their effort and provide with some feed back.and secondly
to request them to provide further support to the community who will live there, perhaps they
could do a water tank for the use of families who will occupy these houses.

We received some info pertaining to the history of this project - the losses , who and how and
thus driving us to arrive at some conclusions. The causes are malti faceted and what We decided
is no matter what they relate to we shall not waste time to find real causes or run behind that
past.
We now are in a positive foundation with clear information and transparent to all stakeholders ,
direct / indirect autorities and most importantly the general public of the area who benefit from
this.The best thing to do is not to evacuate the site until we hand over the houses to poor families
who honestly are in need of shelter.
That is our plan to protect the efforts.

Sand is purchased from the area and we have finalised everything.
Roof work is started.
You will receive several attachments - please go through them.

Today DS called and we are having the beneficiary meeting this week . DS will coordinate this
meeting and once the benefiting families are finalised they will provide assistance in minor
works such as cleaning up and labour according to DS.

I will send you more updates once I receive infor from site.
 I am travelling back on Wednesday 1st with another load of material.

Cheers.

God Bless you.

Surrendra




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Hi Sure,

First thing: Thank you for the pictures. I loved receiving them and i'm so happy to see that the work is
being done.
It's so important for me, and for my mother also, to see that you managed to start the constructing again,
and i have to tell you that is a sweet sensation to see your guys working on roofs.
You do know how much important this project is to my family, Jimmy and me, and it's great to feel that we
can now see an happy end for it again.
For this, and for having worked so good until now, we all owe you a big thank you.

Now, next steps:
you said that you should be meeting the DS this week to decide about the beneficiaries.
About criterias, I would say that we can only see how this people is doing now, and decide
consequentially. So, considering this all, did you get any important info or update from the DS?

I think it's pretty important that we can involve the direct beneficiaries in the construction, because this
way we could either make them feel as a part of thisd project, and we could gain, time and resources for
the future.

About the water: are you ok now with the water tube?Do you need anything from me or do you want me
to do anything about the water supply?
As I already told you, you only have to let me know if you might need anything from me, such as writing or
dealing with the authorities, in ord3er to get things done.

Do you feel that there's something me or jimmy can actively do at this stage?

Then, one smaller,yet important and symbolic, issue: i saw you put flags, and i can tell you that i really
really appreciated it. I was happy to see that you wrote Stella on them.
Still, There's something i'd like to change:)
My father is the mind, engine and brain of this project, and i would like to have prepared and send you
some flags with a symbol (it's a star, with an F inside) that has a big meaning to me.
I will preapre these flaags and maybe some shirts, and then send them to you. Would you mind letting me
know how many flag or flags your using? And, by the way, could you send me the logo of your company
as well?

I'm starting to plan my next visit there, and i'll keep you updated about this.

So...ioinbce again, good job for now, and god bless you and your men.

And happy birthday to Jimmy, who's getting even older than he already was, today....:D


Gio
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Dear Gio,


Trust that you and everyone back home are in good health.

I returned from Thirukkovil on 14th October and travelling back tonight.

During the stay at Thirukkovil we managed to complete Roof timber works of 7 houses and sheeting for
three houses.

The progress is a little slow but we can catch up. This is due to additional masonry work we had to do to
align the walls to correct heights. And once the masonry work is done we have to allow one day drying
period prior to timber works and laying sheets.

Door/ Window works are in progress and we have already completed works for 5 houses and from this
week the plastering works will start. Today I am taking three more persons who will join the Masonry
Team at site.

We were able to meet Mr. Sathasivam who was in charge of the house construction in 2005.
The discussion revealed the following.

            This land has been owned by a family approximately 25 years ago and then owned by the
             state.
            Threfore the former Minister with the DS Thirukkovil have surveyed and blocked this land in
             20 perch blocks to hand over to the tsunami vixtims.
            After this survey the details had been given to ampara and these 30 houses construction
             has commenced.
            A confirmed name list of beneficiaries had not been available at that time but a document
             had been circulated to find people who do not have houses or who have not given their
             names to other organisations.
            The former minister had given a letter to the relevant authorities to process the land
             demarcation
            All copies were collected and handed over to present Divisional secretary whom you met
             during your stay in Sri Lanka
            Reference the discussions we informed DS that Mr. Sathasivam will be given a house and
             DS Shall give us 22 names from the list he gave us
            He will also arrange a meeting for us with the selected beneficiary families and we will give
             you the details soon with a small background of those families after confirming that the
             selection is justified.
            RE A question to Mr. Sathasivam, to understand whether the people will come and occupy
             these houses he confirmed that there are many who do not have houses and these houses
             are larger that other tsunami houses and people were happy to own one of these houses
            In another quastion I asked why the site got abandoned? he said after the CFA was void
             and with military operations against terrorism the area did not receive any security for the
             people to stay here and even the security people had to go away
            Now the area is cleared and even people from local villages come to the site requesting a
             house I have directed them to The DS so that we do not miscommunicate or make people
             uncomfortable but they will have coordination from one point only without any confusion -
             From DS Office.
In addition to the tube well we obtained services from local labour to excavate the well near the
main road and this will support many activities in future.



According to Jimmy you are planning to arrive in December, if so please advise a tentative
planned date. I need to keep the relevant authorities and the DS Informed. This project must
receive recignition for our future works.



So far we have had no problems at all and day by day the pubilicity for the project amongst local
community increases.



With the next progress report you will see more roofs completed .



Wish you happiness and good health.

Give my regards to everyone at home, specially your mother and our friend Alex.



God Bless you.



Sure



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Hi Sure!

I was writing you an email when i got yours:)

So, first of all I wanna say that I'm very happy to read that everything's going fine.
It's great to read that houses are being finished for real. Also, i guess that it was unavoidable for you to
spend some time on masonry works, as the houses were very ruined.
The end of November was probably a too optimistic deadline, but still i believe that there are solid
chances to finish everything by the end of the year.
What do you think about this? Do you consider such a deadline as a realistic goal?
Now that the reconstruction has started, and that you are working on roofs,doors and windows, it'd be
great if you could provide us a date within which houses will be ready.

About beneficiaries: when is the DS goin to give you the final list of beneficiaries?
It would allow us to speed up the whole process i suppose, if we could get that list asap and contact the
beneficiaries to involve them in the construction works.
It's great news that the DS is going to coordinate and address all people and beneficiaries down there,
but id'd also be great to have beneficiaries occupy the site as soon as possible, to avoid any possible
problem like the ones that happened in 2005 when the site was abandoned.

I think that - at this stage - our goal should be to aim to finish everything by the end of the year, so that we
can give the finished houses to the beneficiaries and have them safely occupied before that any possible
problem occur.

About my next visit in Lanka, i'm still not sure wether it'll be in December or between January/February
because i have to speak to my boss at work and see when i can leave.
Anyway i can confirm that I'll come soon, and when i'll be there we'll go to talk to the DS and the other
authorities again, hopefully to thank them for helping us finishing this task.

Lastly, for what concerns our future projects, I've aready collected all relevant informations to open a non
profit fundation, and we already have a good advertising supporing us and giving us credibility as Ale
wrote an article about Thriukkovil houses on a very important italian newspaper.

What we need now is the houses to be finished, occupied and ready, on order to attain more credibility
and to have a proof that we do not do a lot of talk, we prefer to work and deliver results.

So, as per your experience what is the deadline that you can give for the construction work?

Thank you once again for all the effort and passion you are putting into this project: we are about to
change the life of 23 families, and you are making it possible.

Keep working as hard as you are already doing, and may God bless you, your guys and your family.

Ciao!

Gio



Hi Sure,

How everything's going?

The last email i got from you was on October 18, so almost a month ago. We talked last week on the
phone, but you said that you would have sent an email which never arrived.
Is it everything going fine?Is everything allright? Is there anything that I can do in the meanwhile?

I also replied to that last email but i never got a reply.
It is very important for me to have something to show to my family - so a letter is always perfect, even
better if those are pictures - so that I can show what is being done with their money.
As you know and are aware of, members of my family are the "stakeholders" of this project.
Money with which these houses are being bulit are basically their's, and the investment made was big
and considerable.
I know and I'm sure that you know all of this, as well as i know that you are really busy and that you
probably don't have time to give regular updates. I also know that you are doing an amazing job ,and that
you are giving jimmy regular updates. Another thing that i know is that you are being able to manage this
project and to lead your team - and our hopes - to success, through your sensitivity and passion.

Nevertheless, it's vital for me to receive those updates from you, because you are the one who's in
charge of this project and who's taking care of realizing this "dream".

As i said, i know that you are probably too busy with everything, and I know that you are doing great
things - in this very moment too. But so, if you don't have the time to write yourself, i kindly ask you to tell
some of the guys who work with you (Vinoth for example?) to update me, so that i can then update my
family, and all the people who's watching at this project with higher attention.

I am looking forward to hear from you soon, and my god bless you and your team.


Take care, and a big ciao!

Gio


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Dear Gio / Jimmy

Regret the delay in replying your mail and updating you on the progress.

As you mentioned yes I was stucked at Site due to for few security concerns and water.

I have discussed matters with the Duputy Inspector General of Police - Special Task force and
the ASP of the area and the security issues are rectified. The water matter is pending but we are
carrying on work with the available resources.

This matter was discussed with the Area Water engineer, UNICEF Water Project Engineer
and but their water project - completes only in February 2009. The main distribution lines are
laid - but the supply has not begun. However the engineer confirmed that when they start
distributing these houses will be provided with water facility.

The list of beneficiaries are finalized and I received a list of 24 beneficiaries from Divisional
Secretary by fax.
I have made it very clear that we are doing only 23 houses and DS agreed but due to political
presure he have included the 24th family and stated that during our survey we can drop one
name.

The Names are listed below, When I receive the original I will scan that document and forward.

1. K.SATHASIVAM
2.M.NAGESWARAN
3.K.MAHENDRAN
4.N.VINAYAGAMOORTHY
5.K.SELVARASA
6.P.INDRADEVI
7.M.THAMOTHARAM
8.S.YOGAMANY
9.V.KANTHAMALAR
10.S.PARAMESWARY
11.V.SOMASUNTHARAM
12.A.ARUMUKAM
13.K.SELVAKUMAR
14.S.SANMUGANATHAN
15.S.THANGAMMAH
16.K.AMIRTHAM
17.S.VIJAYAKUMAR
18.M.RAMASAMI
19.N.NAGARAJAH
20.V.PALAN
21.V.SANGAMA.
22.K.RAMARAJ
23.P.THIYAGARAJAH
24.A.KUMARAVADIVEL.

During my next visit DS will arrange a meeting with these beneficiaries and the MP Of the area.
I could visit these families and confirm if the selection is justified or not and take corrective
action.

Progress of WORK

I am trying to attach potos of the site to this mail but if it fails you will receive another mail.

Concrete columns for the roofs - 90% completed
Door Frames - 100% completed and delivered to site
Window Frames - 100% completed and delivered to site
Door Sashes - 75% completed - in colombo awaiting delivery
Window Sashes - 100% completed in colombo awaiting delivery
Roofing - 8 nos completed at site by week Nov 8th
Plaster - 7 houses completed
Flloring - One completed as sample

The labour crew at site is kept at minimum untill the water issue is sorted out and once we obtain
a sufficient water supply or resource we are increasing the labour at site.

As you stated End december will be more realistic as a tentative end date and once the Window
and door sashes are completed and delivered the total requirement of material will be at site and
we are scheduling for two shifts. We too cannot drag the program as we are unable to stay at site
for a longer period which will increase our admin costs.

I have discussed with UNICEF Field Office, World Vision and Save the Children programs
regarding some psych social assistance to these beneficiaries and for livelihood support. They are
happy to provide such assistance and I have to mak official requests through the DS Office. I will
send you the details later.

I will send you a latest update by this week end.

Wish you and your family good health and happiness.

Surrendra


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Hi Sure,

Hope to hear that you are fine.

I'm glad to read about progresses you and your team made with the houses.

After reading your email there are 3 questions that i want to ask you:

1) if the water project will be finalized in February 2009, how could we be able to let people in the houses
by the end of this year 2008? Do you think it will be possible anyway to have all 23 families entering the
houses as soon as the construction ends?Or will they have to wait until the water project is terminated?

This is a pretty big issue that we need to discuss, in order to avoid the eventuality that houses are
completed and ready to be delivered, yet left alone and empty.Can you please tell me your idea about
this?S othat we can work on a solution in case any roadblock might show up.

2) Why the DS wanted to create a list of 24 beneficiaries if we are building only 23 houses?What is this
politcal pressure that you are talking about? Can you please explain in more details? There's no reason at
all to create a list of 24 beneficiaries if we cannot deliver 24 houses. Help me understand,please:)

3) Is there anything that me, my family or Jimmy can do from our end to help in you with anything?

I'll be waiting for your answers and your next update.

Thank you for the great work that you are doing, and god bless you.

Gio
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A: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>, Jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>

 Hi Sure,

 below you'll find copy of the email i sent you last week.
 Do you have any update to answer the questions i made you?
 Is there anything that me or Jimmy need to know or can do to help?
 It'll be great if you could let us know something!:)

 Take care and talk to you soon!

 Gio


 Hi Sure,

 Hope to hear that you are fine.

 I'm glad to read about progresses you and your team made with the houses.

 After reading your email there are 3 questions that i want to ask you:

 1) if the water project will be finalized in February 2009, how could we be able to let people in the
 houses by the end of this year 2008? Do you think it will be possible anyway to have all 23 families
 entering the houses as soon as the construction ends?Or will they have to wait until the water project
 is terminated?

 This is a pretty big issue that we need to discuss, in order to avoid the eventuality that houses are
 completed and ready to be delivered, yet left alone and empty.Can you please tell me your idea about
 this?S othat we can work on a solution in case any roadblock might show up.

 2) Why the DS wanted to create a list of 24 beneficiaries if we are building only 23 houses?What is
 this politcal pressure that you are talking about? Can you please explain in more details? There's no
 reason at all to create a list of 24 beneficiaries if we cannot deliver 24 houses. Help me
 understand,please:)

 3) Is there anything that me, my family or Jimmy can do from our end to help in you with anything?

 I'll be waiting for your answers and your next update.

 Thank you for the great work that you are doing, and god bless you.

 Gio


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A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
Cc: jimmymarathy@yahoo.com

 Dear Gio,

 I taken few days time since my last update and to answer your questions to send you some
positive notes. Not to just, please you but talk to you about possible things.

Water.- This is one major concern tabled by us ( You & myself) to DS at the first meeting
taking to account that without the basic needs people cannot occupy the houses and that we
assumed one reason for the people not to occupy the houses last time could have been non
availability of basic requirements.
I met the unicef/ unops engineers to get a basic idea of the timing because during the
beneficiary meetings with DS, I must detail them the process and they should make
individual requests through DS Office to the Water Board to include their names and then
they will receive individual connections from the main lines.

We shall not wait for the water project to complete. There is a super well - the tube well that
we are using and that could be fixed with a pump and people can use it.

We did not budget for water supply for the houses as we expected this from the state service.
It will be provided as expected but takes a little time.

Therefore I need to obtain support from few organisations who are in the area to provide
water to the families and connect them to the village.
I have discussed this in detail with CARE INTERNATIONAL Team Leader and they are
possitive that they do consider this as a priority need and will support these families.

Today I am travelling to Thirukkovil again and meeting with CARE Team leader by Monday
with a complete report of the project. I will inform you the result. They are not only
considering water but some livelihood assistance, a small pre school for children and
education support.

On the other hand I met Son of Late Minister Mr. Nehru who have initiated support for the
project soon after tsunami. The meeting was called by him and I had the opportunity of
tabling the present status and obstacles we might face. Water was priority and Minister
confirmed that he will coordinate the state support immeadiatly for water and power supply.
His idea is to put up two more Tube wells and a water tank from the government funds and
wanted me to request this in writing.

He is Mr. C.ChandraNehru opened his views of the project.
He is very upset that he have never received any updates from 2005, since the project started.
He was blaming Prasudi saying that He have requested a progress reports since project
started and for the last three years they have not provided anything.

He appreciated and wanted me to send his respect and greetings to your family for this
endowment.

Now I have promised him to send a progress report once in two weeks and a complete status
update with photographs.This project is presently been discussed at the Parliment level
according to Mr. ChandraNehru as a program funded by an unknown organisation.
 I explained the background and gave your family name and I may have to meet the Minister
 Of Nation Building regarding the program. I will update you.

 I am not allowing the water issue block our progress because If I stay at site for longer than
 planned our admin costs are exceeding limits. I also assure you that the site will not be left
 alone until they are handed over.


 DS have typed the list as he received it without finalizing and leaving that decission to
 me.The Political pressure he face is the ministers of the area forward him names of several
 people who need of houses. These peoples representatives ( MP) belong to several parties
 and DS is automatically pressurised as he cannot take either side. What he does is respect
 every body and include the names given by the MPs. This is not a problem for us as final
 decission will be taken by me after evaluation and I have made it very clear and made it in
 writing that we complete only 23 houses and there will be only 23 beneficiaries.

 This may change later according to minister as the government is planning to do more houses
 in the same location.


 If you can try to find out if there are any projects funded here in Sri Lanka by Italian
 Government. If some information is available I could meet them here and they will be happy
 to provide some assistance to the beneficiaries.

 After next meetings with minister and the ministry you may have to communicate with them
 for good. I will send you details of the meetings I will have this week when I return from
 Thirukkovil by next Friday.

 God bless you all.

 Sure.

                                                                                        05 dicembre 2008
Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
                                                                                                   20.24
A: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
Cc: jimmymarathy@yahoo.com

 Hi Sure,

 I'm gald to read these big updates that you are giving us.

 I'm on holidays now so I don't have the chance to check if there's any italian Government initiative
 going on in Sri Lanka at moment, but i will do it as soon as i get back to Dublin - which will be on
 Sunday 14.

 It's great that you managed to meet Mr. C.ChandraNehru and that he's supporting us.
 I kindly ask you to send him mine and my family's regards, and we are all thankful for the generosity
 he showed us when this project started.

 I'm glad you had the chance to expain him what happened and why there hve been these problems in
 communicating him updates about ther construction.

 Do you think it'd be possible for me to write him directly to give him our regards?If so could you
 please give me his address or an email addres?

 Talking now about the CARE organization I think that you are doing a graeat netwroking team Sure,i
 am honestly impressed.

 How did your Monday meeting go?It'd be obviously great if they could support us and the village with
 water and livelyhood services.

 I'll be checking my email every now and then in the following 8 days, but you can always call me on
 my italian mobile: +39 338 1547013

 I'll wait for your update this weekend. In the meanwhile, take care and God bless you.

 Gio

                                                                                         09 dicembre 2008
Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
                                                                                                    09.15
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
Cc: acckmp@hotmail.com

 Dear Gio

 Thank you very much for your encouraging notes.

 I will send another mail detailing everything that evolved through the meetings of last week.

 They were - Meeting with DS Office, CARE International Ampara Division, Telephone
 conversation with UNICEF/ UNOPS Water Project, Officer In Charge of the Police of
 Thirukkovil, Telephone Conversation with the Ministry of Nation Building in charge of
 Development works of North & East, Telephone Coversation with the Italian Embassy in Sri
 Lanka.

  Answer to your question - re communicating with minister - of course you can write to him
 direct and thank his father - Late Minister Mr. Nehru for supporting the program during
 initial stages.

 But for the last three years no one - Government / Non Government or Individuals had
 considered to develop this or taken notice.

 Without complaining you have found my team and re activated this program with due respect
 to your fathers generous endowement.
 Now we are nearing completion and trying the level best to obtain whatever support that
 anyone could offer -( without ulterior motives) - for the betterment of beneficiary families.

 I am copying this note to the minister and will be sending the report of the progress todate for
 his reference and any support that could be provided to satisfy the priority needs of the area.

 Regards

 Sure
                                                                                 12 dicembre 2008
Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
                                                                                            06.03
Rispondi a: surenwijerathne@yahoo.com
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>

 Dear Gio,

 Hope you are in good health and happy.

 You would have received the last mail with pictures. I managed to format the camera
 to record small pictures and now could send you pictures with mails without a
 problem.As stated in my last mail following is the out come of meetings and
 discussions I had with the relevant authorities.

 Divisional Secretary Thirukkovil

 The discussion was held reference the meeting I had with son of Late Minister and
 the list of beneficiaries he named.
 DS Stated that the families selected could be visited by me to identify their present
 status, and justify if they are within our criteria of selection.He is confident that the
 families will be provided the houses on a strict condition that they must stay and live
 in the house from the date they occupy them. He was also happy that I am trying to
 network few other organisations for the sustainability of the programme. I explained
 him that I will meet and discuss the programme with other donors and authorities
 and since I am an individual he shall certify all documents I exchange on behalf of
 the project. He offered his fullest cooperation in this regard and all requests I will be
 making from other organisations on behalf of the families will be counter signed by
 DS.

 CARE INTERNATIONAL.

 I had the meeting with CARE Team Leader of the Area - Mr.Jayapalan. They have
 been involved in shelter, water and sanitation programs but now are closing most of
 their field offices since the Government Taking over the area. UNICEF in
 coordination with the Government of Sri Lanka and Asian Development Bank Have
 taken the total water supply projects of the area.
However CARE Team Leader stated that he is clearly interested in providing
livelihood assistance for these families since this is a very small group - i.e.23
families only. He requested us to provide the details of these families, their present
income sources, capacity, no of dependants and the category they fall to - such as
tsunami affected, conflict affected or reasons why they should receive such
assistance. This information should be certified by DS and sent to them. I will
continue to hold them and coordinate with DS.

UNICEF/UNOPS Water Project

I contacted the Project Director Mr. Gabriel Rozairo and he confirmed that all
families will be provided with the main stream water supply when they complete the
project by end February 2009. The program is a US $ 14million project for water and
with the government coordination they have taken over total water issue of the area.
All they need is the DS to certify and coordinate family details with them so that once
the project is complete beneficiary families will receive main stream water without
discremination.

OFFICER IN CHARGE OF POLICE - THIRUKKOVIL

He is Mr.S.G.M.Ranathunge - who was very happy that we have been on the correct
track by clearly obtaining the necessary Government Authority support and
permission in providing such assistance. He also explained that there are several
projects launched in the area but due to lack of coordination and the water problems
the beficiary families have left these houses and are back in refugee camps or IDP
Settlements.The coordination with relevant authorities and organisations is the key
for sustainability for these good efforts but if not the investments are a waste.He
confirmed that all required civil security / law assistance will be provided by
him through the DS for the project and people who will occupy the houses. Following
the discussion he promised a visit to the site and did so in the afternoon.

At site he explained few other requirements for this small village. According to
information he received the beneficiaries will be some of the most disadvantageous
groups and under priviledged who sometimes would have been left out due to social
issues. The education for children will be one major need to see at least the future
for them is good. The health facilities, state assitance - food for children, clothing ,
medication, medical assistance for infants and mothers, periodical clinics for
pregnant mothers, other civil regulatory needs such as Identity cards, certification of
occupancy, and citizens certifications through the village officer etc must be provided
for them to sustain the project.
Once the project is complete and when the beneficiaries are handed over with new
homes he is one key person who will be of highest importance for them to obtain
most of civil security assistance. He offered his fullest cooperation for the project.

We have provided him with the backgound information and previous
correspondence I had with the authorities and the Agreement I had with you to
launch the project.

MINISTRY OF NATIONS BUILDING

This is the national body who now, since the Government Of Sri Lanka captured the
area from terrorists , are in charge of rapid development works and infrastructure
facilities. Son of Late Minister Mr. Nehru, during his meeting stated that the project
was discussed at parliment and this ministry requires information. Therefor I
contacted the Ministry and had the priviledge of explaining the background, the
initiatives of your father and the investment you are making for the people of the
area and that you are independent in providing such assistance and have no hidden
agenda or a political agenda under the project.
The person who was on line with me - I think he was a Project Director in charge of
North East area development advised me to send a project report to the Pesidents
Secretariat clearly giving background information and other priority needs.

EMBASSY OF ITALY - IN SRI LANKA.

I found that there is an organisation named ITALION COOPERATION , in Sri Lanka
who do provide development assistance. I obtained the Contact Address and will be
providing them with the complete program report.
Important - I will be stating your fathers name and yours and the family names in this
report. Please Advise me The title I should respect your father - such as. Dr./
Proffessor/ Sir. It is important.

I do not know the mandate of Italian Cooperation - What assistance they provide
or what subjects they cover and how they provide - to individuals direct or through
local organisations or through the government.

I will keep you informed once I get information.


CONCLUSIONS

Refrenece above meetings and discussions It is very clear that water remains a
major issue until February end 2009. And in the context that there is a US$ 14
Million investment for water no other organisation is investing in providing assistance
for small projects related to water.

The other priority needs - such as pre shools for children, clinics for mothers/infants,
food and other state assistance from government, civil regulations and security
assistance through Village Officer, Livelihoods for people are very useful for the
sustainability of the village.
With the complete project reports I am sending to the Presidents Office, Minister
Nehru, CARE International and Italian Cooperation We may be able to receive some
asistance for the people.

But for them to attend to people individually will be difficult and meeting them in one
location is important. Specially at site

In rural areas we generally have one common building for small villages, with a small
play ground for children. This is called a community center in which you provide a
hall, two rooms and two toilets sorounded with childrens play equipment, covered
with a parapet wall - with wire mesh on top.
The two rooms used - one as store, one as office for the Village officer, Medical
officer of Health, Divisional Secretary, Pre School Teacher and any other
Government officer will use in coordination during their turns. The hall is used for the
Pre School of Children during weekdays, community meetings as an when required,
mothers during the clinic day or by welfare organisations as an when required.
A personf nominated by the community as village leader in consultaion and
coordination with DS Office and the Village officer named by the DS Office will be in
charge of the Building for maintenance and security.

I discussed these matters once again with DS Thirukkovil. He too confirmed that this
main water project is completing only by that time because the project was extended
from initial plans, the capacity and the area it was to cover was increased from
original plan.

If a community building can be built he will allocate the land for this but he do not
have funds to construct.

Most of the donor organisations are pulling out from the area because some of them
have been involved in supporting terrorists indirectly and the Government have
taken strict controls over the projects these organisations do for transparency and
for security. Therefore according to DS , Organisations such as ZOA, World Vision,
GTZ etc who was in the area are not funding for development projects of this nature.

Save the children, UNHCR, are few organisations who continue small programs for
children, education health etc.

Son of Minister Who is also a member of Parliment Now have very little or no
influence to obtain political support or government support.You must be knowing the
volatile political situation that exists in the area. Because there is a new minister
from the fraction that joined the government Son of Minister have very little political
power remaining. I cannot count on him for assistance.

We cannot and will not evacuate from site in the year end until the water issue is
sorted out. We could easily do that but if people will go back to their camps and your
 investment will go waste as in the first time. Only thing we could do is try to do a
 community center if you could find some donors who will support this. So when we
 remain in the site until water is sorted this building will also be completed.
 Divisional secretary is allocating land for this if we could provide the building
 Because now the powers of allocating the site land is taken to his control, he
 explained.

 I hope that the above information explains you the situation and the outcome of
 meetings I had.

 One more thing - You noted that you were planning to provide a gift for my guys
 here once the project is completed. May I suggest you that if possible you send it to
 them prior to Christmas so that I could distribute to them before christmas and they
 enjoy it.


 As confirmed to you several times, Gio I will not evacuate the site untill we have
 done the following.
 1.Water and power need is satisfied
 2.DS Provide with relevant notes with rights to beneficiaries to occupy the houses -
 legal cover.

 All I need to cover is the Admin cost for my people during this extended period.But if
 we are doing the Community building the admin cost is automatically covered.

 I look forward to hear from you.

 God Bless You, Your Mother and Family.

 Sure.



 Look forward to hear
                                                                                            12 dicembre 2008
Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
                                                                                                       23.25
A: surenwijerathne@yahoo.com
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>

 Hi Sure,

 thank you for your e-mail and for all explained details.

 I'm still not back in Dublin yet, so i'll give you a quick and short answer now, then i'll give you a better
 reply asap (tomorrow or monday).

 So, talking about the community center, how much is needed to build it? I have to know exactely what
 is the required amount of money in order to understand what can be done.

 Can you give me an estimate of the total cost of this building?

 I'd also need you to explain better why there is now the need for such a building, and why this
 operation has never been mentioned before.



 Also, i need you to give me more details about your guys: how many are they?

 I might try to give a part of the present now for christmas, and the other part once the project will be
 over.

 Can you answer me asap?

                                                                                          15 dicembre 2008
Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
                                                                                                     15.12
Rispondi a: surenwijerathne@yahoo.com
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>

 Dear Gio,

 Thanks for your prompt reply.

 Hope you are back in Dublin

 Answers to your questions.

 1.COMMUNITY CENTRE

  I worked out the quantity and cost of such a building. This building will be apprx 50
 feet long x 30 feet wide and will have a floor area of 1500 Square feet. ( A house
 built by us here is Approx 640 square feet) The lowest rate for a domestic building
 in Colombo ranging from 3500 per square foot. The cost for the building will be
 approx 5.25million Local Rupees.
 In this program we are obtaining discounted prices and dealer prices for material
 and this building need to be strong but need not be designed with sophisticated
 finishes such as tiled floors several electrical lines, water lines light fittings etc. We
 will be able to complete with Rs.2800.00 per square feet including admin costs
 involved in doing such a building away from colombo.

 So the estimated total cost will be 2800x1500 = 4.2 million.

 2. WHY THIS OPERATION HAS NEVER BEEN MENTIONED.

    Before we got involved -2005/2006 -probably you would have not received any
 information - proceedural / regulatory , relevant to a development of this nature
during the progress in 2005 /2006.
 I am sure that there would have been discussions at the Local Authority - DS
Office - as we have two small notes refereing to the minutes of meetings held in
September and October 2005. And on the other hand if you can remember the
survey plan that we tabled to DS Office with information of land allocation , there
were several other units such as Community Centre, Health Centre, Nursury School,
Kovil, Play Ground, Shops etc. And during Year 2005 - 2006 there would have been
several organisations who pledged support for them and keeping confidence in them
, The Late Minister, Late DS would have agreed to provide land and support your
fathers efforts. If not the houses were built only for the sake of errecting physical
structures without life.


NOW - After My team is involved July 2008 -

We have not brought to your notice ealier since we discussed only about putting
these houses back in order to a stage that humans can occupy them and to support
/ mobilize communities/ beneficiaries and coordinate with relevant authorities to
ensure that the required state services are distributed to the beneficiaries,criteria of
selection is justified and to generate community awareness for the project.

During the last two months we had the priviledge of meeting several stake
holders and Public Admin leaders of the area. The information collected
was analysed in detail. The projects completed in the area have been unsuccessful
due to many reasons. the major been non coordination with local authorities and not
providing basic requirements and community spaces.

On the other hand clear information with regard to water project and expected
completion dates were confirmed only during my last visit.
Then we know that it is not ethically correct for us to leave this site only because
construction is completed and that DS could hand over buildings.

This need of a building is an outcome from a close analysis of the discussions we
had with several community members, Government Officers of the area.

Until future developments are done by the government a common building could be
used for several services that could be coordinated by the DS - Such as Health,
Education, Distribution of food and other aid to lower income groups, security etc.
This will be some transitional assistance for DS and the community.

What we suggested was one building out of many requirements so that this could be
used as a multi functional common building that could be used until further
developments are done by the government. This will also add value to the houses.
beneficiaries know that there is a space that they could utilise for common purposes
they are sure to obtain the state services easily at one location than requesting
individually. And the service providers - Government or non government will find it
convenient to support a group at one location on one occassion as no one will have
the capacity to do community development individually.

At CARE meeting this was one question highlighted - " If we are to meet the
beneficiaries where can we meet them" how could we address them at once?


I need to include the following information as well - some political / social
backgrounds that influences these requirements.

Our assumption was that there will be other organisations who will support when we
coordinate transparently. Unfortunatetly except for the State services - Divisional
Secretary Mr. Alagarathnam, Security Forces, The OIC Police and Electrical
Engineer and Water Board Engineer and CARE International non other organisation
is concerned about the efforts. For very clear reasons - The other INGO and Donors
Agenda / Mandate or the reasons for providing Humanitarian Assistance to the
needy people is not the concern of - Late Mr. Federicio Stella and You have towards
unfortunate or poor people.

Divisional Secretary who is the head of Public Administration for the division have no
funds issued from the central government for development work.For the last 25
years this area was out of control from the Government of Sri Lanka. Since the
GoSL cleared the area from terrorists Large scale infrastructure developments are
launched - Water, Electricity, Main Roads and the other subjects are covered by
them gradually while UN and Donor agencies support for other social requirements.
But now INGOs are not supporting Goverment efforts.
 The INGO's who were working in the area have not been transparent in their work
and with the recent findings that some of them directly or inderectly have supported
the terrorists the government have imposed strict conditions to implement their
projects. The result is that they closed field offices of the area and shut down
majority of projects.


THE GUYS IN THE TEAM.

1.S. Jemettakan
2 Vinoth Lal Dharme
3. Vijayan Lalith Kumar
4. Milroy Perera
5.Upali Singhathilaka
6 Sunil Swarnasiri
7. Chamari Abeysinghe

Look Forward to hear from you
 God Bless You ,

 Sure
                                                                                          15 dicembre 2008
Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
                                                                                                     17.04
A: surenwijerathne@yahoo.com
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>, vinomarath@yahoo.com, vinomarathy@gmail.com

 Hi Sure,

 I'm back at work now.

 I red what you wrote about the community center and i ask you to read carefully all the following lines,
 where i reply to your previous emails and where i summarize the aim of the actual project and i
 explain you how i am considering other future projects.

 Actual Project - 23 houses:

 The goal of the original project was to build 30 houses for homeless people affected by the tsunami.
 After all the problems that affected the area,and the destruction of 7 of them and the rising in the cost
 of construction materials we opted for the completion of 23 houses out of the original 30.

 That said, the aim of this project was, and is, the construction of the houses for 23 homeless families.
 The project will be completed only when these families will enter the houses and start to live inside
 these houses.

 We are not -and we've never been- meant to build a whole village, or anything else (including a
 community center) more than these 23 houses,

 And this is because my family is the only sponsor of this project, and the expenses that we already
 incurred are momentous; because of this, we are not able to produce any further economical effort,
 other than what we've already produced which is enough to complete the construction of 23 houses.

 Future Project:

 Then, once this first project will be over, i would love to create a fund rising foundation in order to
 collect other funds and money and to keep working with you for the construction of other and new
 utilities and facilities in that area.
 As we said this summer i'm aware of all the things that we could do other than building 23 houses,
 and the community center is one among those things.
 We could also build shops, or a school, or a small hospital etc.

 But again, in order to build all these buildings i need funds, and i need to find a way to collect these
 funds first, as my family cannot afford to devolve other money.
 The best way to collect these money is to start a fundation and organize fund rising events.

 Rising funds is anyway something complicated and not easy at all.In order to do it, I need to be able
 to prove that:

 - I am a trustworthy person, and for this my father's name is something of some help, but it's not
 enough.To prove that i am trusworthy, the best thing is to provide donors proof of some past work
 that i've done.
 - the people who work for me are trustworthy as well. To prove this, the best thing is to show what
 you are doing in Thirukkovil now, once the 23 houses project will be over.

 - I have a valid and defined project and enough people working with me to complete it.

 Once i will be able to provide these three things, i will start to have some credibility to ask people to
 give me money for charity:)

 Until then, and until this first and actual project will be over, every possible discussion about starting
 to build new things will be premature.

 Presents/bonus:

 thank you for giving me the number of guys working for you in the construction and realization of this
 project. I needed it because, as i once told you - and i hope i don't have to regret it - me and my
 family decided that it would be a right and great thing to reward anyone involved in this project, once
 this will be over.

 As you know, this project means a lot to me and to my family, and it's a small yet noble initiative that
 we are trying to realize to be of any help for families and individuals that are not as lucky as we are. In
 this sense I thought that it was a nice thought to find a way to show gratitude and appreciation to the
 ones (you, Vinoth and your 6 guys) who, more than everyone else, helped us in realizing this
 initiative, once everything will be over.

 In order to consider this initiative completed and to consider the possibility of giving any kind of
 reward, the whole project has to be over - 23 families have to live in 23 new houses.

 I hope that this email can clarify some possible issues and help you understand better the whole
 picture.

 I''m looking forward to hear other news from you soon, and thank you once again for all the good and
 great job you are doing - we are almost there.

 A big ciao

 Gio

Surendra Wijerathne                                                                                 mostra
                                                                                         dettagli 28/12/08
a me, jimmy

Dear Gio,

Thank you for the good wishes.
Yes I am at home with kids and happy.

On behalf of my team I wish you, your mother and the rest at home the very best of life.

Wish all of you be wealthy with happiness and that you profit from good health.

Talking about updates since my last visit and the pictures that I have sent you I am
awaiting some pictures thro vinoth who is at the site for last two weeks. He did not come
home for christmas as the work is on.
But I am informed that they have competed all roof works, and completed plastering
60% of the houses. Floor works are on and they done the paint of one house.

Whats remaining is fixing the doors and windows, Paint work, Plaster of few houses,
floors, and the septic tank.

With the monsoon rains the water level of the area has increased and they have been
unable to excavate even 2 feet for the septic tank. This is a new point that we
experienced.

It is very pleasing and important to know that you bring your mother here.
So Timing to end the project I would say it is End January 2009. And when you arrive
here in couple of months - it will be interesting to note people actually live in these
houses.

Having said that you may wonder the costs involved in labour for the period and admin
costs . I will analyse this and inform you in next mail.

At the same time I have attached the progress report I have done for the authorities - all
stake holders.

I also held the second meeting with Ministers Son - and he is keen to support in what
ever he could, subsequent to the meeting I had with him I was directed to the Minister in
charge of North East Rehabilitation - the Ministry of Nations Building. They are trying to
assist the people who will occupy the houses in the priority needs.I need to initiate this
thro DS.

He was very keen in finding the total value your father, you and the family have donated
to this project. This is a general request from all donors so that the National Budget
record the gifts received from well wishers- local & expats, INGOs and NGOs. I have
stated that I am not aware but have tabled the cost I have budgeted and that you have
delivered.

Next - I have to visit and justify the list of beneficiaries, initiate discussions with them
through the DS, appoint a leader from their side, request DS to appoint the village
officer for this small village and coordinate their communication with respective
authorities.
According to the Ministry the new famillies should request their needs through the DS
office and I will communicate this to DS.
During the last two weeks of January I plan to invite the receipients of these houses to
be a part of their work - for clearing up the lands, paint work , to plant some trees etc.

Up to now I did not want to invite them as the major construction works are on and
managing a greater crowd requires more effort and as we have all material and
equipment at site I would have had to take additional pressure in stock control.


Minister Nehru is facilitating the required coordination for Land demarcation through the
Ministry and the Government Agents office in consultation with DS and He
communicated with the Area Engineer for electricity. The engineer advised that the
connections will be given immeadiatly on request from the beneficiaries once they
occupy the houses.

Reference your recent mail I am 100% aware that we did not plan or pledge a
development of a village. But this new settlement is approx 7 km away from both nearby
small towns hence an isolated unit.There are several Admin and social requirements
they would expect under state assistance and on the other hand authorities are
accountable for providing them. I am only trying to get this authority act together. It
would take a little time. But I am so far successful at least that the political structure and
public admin structures are aware of this development and no one has opposed this.

If you note carefully This is one part of my agreement with you and one that have been
greatly emphasized in my first proposal. My team is capable of the activities related.
Only thing is that I need to find the capacity to support the logistical costs. That is why I
approach organisations such as CARE INTERNATIONAL. who have their total mission
around community development. If they take over from one end with the DS we are
freed from the project and I would sign off that the project is a success. I am talking the
reality - this area was isolated for 25 years and normal conditions do not apply here.
When we analyse a cross section of this soceity they have never been exposed to
development since the tsunami. So on side tsunami had brought them hope but few
months later the operations against terrorists were launched and the developments
stopped. Once GoSL had taken full control and the provincial elections were held mass
scale infrastructure works have been given the prority.The costs for them are analysed
and provided from the de -centralized budget. Therefore DS do not have enough
money. He only request organisations and donors to support in whatever they can.At
times one may think that they only try to squeeze a donor/organisation to an extent that
they must support which is not the correct perception or definition.They request and if
not provided or received they would approach another and so on.
Our project been a tiny unit will have to sustain in this environment.

 "I have a valid and defined project and enough people working with me to
complete it." - perhaps you remember this statement - from your last mail

So I am trying to live up to this with my team.
will send you another update from the site throgh Vinoth before I leave colombo
tommorrow night. As all the laboures and Vinoth are at site for the new year. I must join
them for many reasons.

So for now I remain.
Regards
God Bless You.
Sure.

                                                                                   05 gennaio 2009
Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
                                                                                             04.05
Rispondi a: surenwijerathne@yahoo.com
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>

 Dear Gio

        All the best for the New Year


        The latest news from Thirukkovil

        Jimmy, Vinoth myself and the rest of the team was at the site on 31st night and had a
        small celebration with total working team. They all are away from homes and
        families hence we thought it’s a morale support for a program of this nature.

        As stated to you in my previous mail we can complete works by end January.

        The vital requirement for the project is met. The Ministry of Nations Building the
        main constitutional authority of the government have officially accounted for the
        project.

        Hon. Minister Mr. Susantha Punchinilame have officially written and ordered the
        Divisional secretary of thirukkovil to attend to the water mater. The letter state that if
        the Govt/ UNICEF Joint Project for Drinking water is not covering the 23 houses
        water requirement the water engineer should analyse the small tube well and send the
        cost of utilizing the tube well and construction of a water tank. I am sending the copy
        with Jimmy – its written in Sinhala language – jimmy will translate this and explain
        the importance.

        The important fact here is that we have been able to get the related government
        authorities act together. The Political structure and the administrative structure are
        aware of the project and we have officially written to them and the two authorities
        have exchanged their notes. Therefore, the families who will physically benefit with
        the kind endowerment of your family will be attended by these two authorities for the
        required state assistance.

        This guarantee that the land demarcation and required permits – ownership of the
        land will be transferred to the beneficiary families and from there on the beneficiaries
        will have official rights to request all other social assistance such as electricity,
        schools for children, police reports and National ID cards, permanent addresses etc
        etc.
So I am happy that we have been able to achieve a major requirement for the families
and have kept the word as boasted about the capacity of my team and your investment
is not a waste.

On January 1st 2009, Mr.. Alagarathnam – DS Thirukkovil visited the site with the
information that he too have received a letter from the Ministry. He visited with the
technical officer and the land will be re surveyed and marked. Jimmy also discussed
the progress with him. Also it was Mr. Alagarathnams Birthday.
Next week he will provide us with a date and we are having the beneficiary
meeting. The formats for land demarcation – (if you can remember during your visit
here at the GA Office meeting these formats were tabled for our information) will be
filled by beneficiaries and DS will send them to Land commissioner.

After this we will invite the beneficiaries to site and they will start the cleaning up,
putting up a fence, planting some trees etc etc.

Having said all above I am also requesting you some additional support to cover only
the additional labour and food for them. We identified this at the time of water
shortage but without informing you we approached few organisations. So far it is
unsuccessful.. At the time of water shortage we were unable to do speedy
construction as planned. At times water was only sufficient to meet the basic daily
needs. The working team had to be provided with meals and they were utilized for
other basic works which was not productive. We planned to complete works by
Christmas 2008. To speed up the construction we brought in another team of workers
as the cost of labour here is almost double the price we pay in colombo. I am
requesting this labour cost only upto January. The amount is Rs.440800/=
There are 9 persons – working from 26th Dec 2008 31st. Labour days – 53, January 31
days x9 = 279 days totalling to 322 days.
                 Cost
        322000.00
                 Electrical Persons
2                                                      32000.00
                 Meals 2800/= per day for the total crowd at site from January
1st Only = 86800.00

Please also note that this request is not a must – that you should do. With the timing I
have failed to obtain some support from any organisation. But I thought I shall be
honest to send this detail. Only thing is that I will have to take a little more time and
might have to cover admin cost of my team. This is also not included in the above.
But I have to anyway cover it so I do not include it.

We – Jimmy, Vinoth, Jemet and myself discussed the other points to go forward.
1. At the beneficiary meeting we will display the model of the house.
2. Considering that these people do not have anything and that they be satisfied with
   what they get free of charge we will obtain written consent that they will occupy
            the house. If someone do not want we do not give
       3.    There are enough under privileged people we could select.
       4.   We ask the DS to appoint the village officer from his office who shall be in
            charge of these families and to assist them.
       5.     The village officer in consultation with DS and the families will appoint a
            coordinator for the families selected from these benefiting families
       6.    If the water takes time we hand over our pump and leave the responsibility with
            Village officer and coordinator who shall discuss with other families and share at
            least the drinking water.
       7.    we will hand over the site through DS so that from there on villagers will not
            require us for their needs.
       8.    DS is confident that he order the selected families to stay in the houses and not let
            them run away to the IDP settlements.
       9.    In such cases the house will be re possessed and given to another. This will be a
            written condition where DS takes total responsibility.


So this is enough for the moment.

We hope that you will be here in a couple of months to see the houses

Once again on behalf of the team Wish you and your mother and rest at home good health
and happiness always.




                                                                                     08 gennaio 2009
Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
                                                                                               01.04
A: surenwijerathne@yahoo.com
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>

 Hi Sure,

 and happy new year!!

 So, being honest the first thing I thought reading your email has been "Wow, this is great news!!"
 So once again compliments for all your hard work.It is really good to think that houses are almost
 finished and ready to be occupied.

 I won't say anything else for the moment, and I'll keep my joy for when everything will be over:)

 For now, there are still some issues that I would like to discuss with you.

 1) Finishing this project:i don't wanna to sound boring or redundant, but we (you) are almost there
 and we can see the ending line..keep pushing hard in this last month to finish everything and to
 achieve this great result, otherwise all this effort will go to waste once again.
 2) The expense summary: I will check with Jimmy what else and how much of the amount you
 wrote about we can cover. Hopefully we'll make it so that you won't have to worry about.I'll keep
 you updated on this.

 3) I agree with each and every one of the things you,Jimmy,Vinoth and Jemet discussed.
 Nevertheless I am still a bit concerned about the water issue.
 What I fear is that beneficiaries won't be able or willing to stay there at the houses because they
 still won't have tap water. In that case, would your pump provide them enough water for all
 beneficiaries needs? Or could it be not enough still?
 Let's imagine the worst scenario, like saying that your pump is not enough and they have no
 other sources to get water from: how could we avoid that they abandon the houses in such a
 case?
 I know that you said that this is goin to be DS duty, and he will make sure that everybody stay
 there. But do you think that this will effectively happen?

 In other words, is there anything else that we could do to be sure that the houses won't be
 abandoned once finished and ready?

 I know that i might sound boring asking you always the same things, but i need to know that we
 have a plan for each possible scenario that may come out.

 I'll talk to you very soon, take care for now and God bless.

 Ciao

 Gio


                                                                                      11 gennaio 2009
Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
                                                                                                00.04
Rispondi a: surenwijerathne@yahoo.com
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>


 Dear Gio,

 Thanks for your reply.

 May be Jimmy and you have had time to meet.

 I thought I give you a quick update on the Water issue.

 If we leave our pump for the use of beneficiaries;

 In first place - Tap water is not a must for the people to be in and occupy. Its only
 the matter of making Drinking water available. For other requirements - there are
 few water sources where people could improvise on, until main stream supply is
 available.
 Our pump - At present we pump and fill approx 1500 litres at least four times a
 day - there were times that we had 20 + members working at site and we
 extracted water for daily needs and construction work, therefore to cover a
 minimum of drinking water and the minimum daily needs for 23 families - I am
 sure that the capacity of the well is enough.

 Our pump could extract water from about 30 feet and the team generally have a
 main focus on starting the pump several times a day thus making this a priority
 activity everyday but with the familis I cannot think that they will keep a constant
 eye on this.
 we will have to provide stock tank and provide a solution and a good pump -
 while doing all the coordinating work with DS and the UN / Govt water project to
 ensure that the people of this village are included in the list of beneficiaries from
 the main water project.

 Any way the prevailing climatic condition is that ground water level is at a higher
 point until April and deteriorate from there until September /October. Therefore
 the solution we could provide should sustain without a problem and once
 community claim ownership they will take over responsibility for further
 developments. Specially when there are so many who says the area do not have
 clear drinking water we witness a pure drinking water source at the site. And this
 will be an asset for this small community.

 In the mean time I will communicate with the UN/ Govt Water project and obtain
 some documented info to be satisfied and confimed that the people will not be
 left out.

 Expence whatever you could cover - you could send to our account.

 I am leaving to Thirukkovil now and will keep in touch.
 Thanks
 Sure.
                                                                                   19 gennaio 2009
Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
                                                                                             22.28
A: surenwijerathne@yahoo.com
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>

 Hi Sure,

 hope you are doing well.

 This week i am flying back to Milan (on Thursday) so I'll be able to send you the money
 for the expenses.

 How is the construction going? Are we close to the end? Did you have the meeting with the
 beneficiaries to assign houses?
 As we are close to the end of January we should be close to the end,aren't we?
 Will you be able to deliver the houses before the end of the month?

 It'd be a great thing to have done that by the end of January, and to have the beneficiaries
 starting to taking care of the houses themselves.

 I also need to know it because i have to take a decision on when to come to Sri Lanka to visit the
 houses and to define eventual further steps and projects with you.

 Please give me an update ASAP and please do your best to finish the construction ASAP, as we
 are already almost in February.

 I'll let you know when i will have sent the money.

 I wait to hear back from you, in the meanwhile take care and God bless.

                                                                                     22 gennaio 2009
surenwijerathne@yahoo.com <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
                                                                                               06.24
Rispondi a: surenwijerathne@yahoo.com
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>


 Dear Gio,

 Thanks for your reply,

 Yes we are trying the level best to deliver the houses ASAP - end January.

 We were unable to meet and conduct the beneficiary meeting. Though we are
 ready for the meeting the Divisional Secretary required a little time for
 this.However now it is finalized and yesterday, DS called and informed that he is
 inviting the beneficiaries to the site next week. That will be 29th January.

 From there onwards beneficiaries will be a part of the program with direct
 involvement.

 Official Handing over - Mr. Chandranehru will visit the project in first week
 February. This was informed by him yesterday and he requested me to wait for
 his arrival. In one way it is good.This involvements receive official status and
 recognition to the program and appropriate milege. To be very honest I am not
 waiting to receive publicity for my team on this. I have to respect these requests
 on behalf of the beneficiaries who will live here. with these invovements the
 beneficiary families have the opportunity of direct contact with the respective
 authorities.

 So from the next week meeting the schedules required for land ownership for
 beneficiaries - tabled at the meeting when you were here - will be sent to
Government Agents office and Land commissioner with the recomendation from
DS. I will have to closely monitor and engaged in this to expidiate matters. Once
This documentation is sent to GA Office my task will be to obtain written
confirmation to the effect that the scheduled families have approval and
blessings of the authority to occupy, live and develop their new home as they
wish subjected to general terms of land use as enjoyed by any other citizen.
This confirmation will be a common letter and we will copy them and distribute to
individual families for their benfit.

Since, DS and minister is involved we should not have any major issue in this
regard. And I will also consult them and keep you informed for you to take a
decission on your visit to Sri Lanka.

Water - The engineer of the main water project was contacted and he confirmed
that the water is ready from February 2009. This will be one main subject at the
beneficiary meeting. However we have the contingency plan.

Contingency Plan for Water-
If you remember we discussed to hand over one house to a person who formerly
( during previous construction efforts under prasudi ) engaged with the project.
We approached him and informed this - perhaps three months ago. He never
showed up to the site with interest. He also have a good house partly built at the
Thirukkovil town. May be that is the reason for not been interested.

During Jimmys stay here we found a deserving person - who should have a
house. He is working for us at the site for a very low rate. We visited him on the
1st of January. I am attaching a photo of his present house status - that is a
temporary shed. Some organisations have promised him a house but We dont
see that he will benefit in the near future. We thought we inform this to you and
give the house reserved for previous person with clear documentation and
approval and blessings from DS, to this deserving guy..

If that is agreed by everyone and if he is happy - We leave our water pump with
him built a small tower with concrete and install A plastic tank so that the water
issue is sorted out and this will remain as a stand by water source for this small
village forever.

This guys name is Mr. Suthakaran.
I have discussed this with DS and he agreed, while Vinoth is talking to him
indirectly to identify if he is happy receiving a house from our project.

Attached are some photo graphs detailing his background.

I am travelling to site by this week end and will be there for the whole week and
  communicate with DS, Beneficiaries and Minister and will keep you updated.
  Vinoth will send me some feed back today evening or tommorow and I will keep
  you posted.

  So wish you good health and happiness.
  Cheers
  Sure.
                                                                                        28 gennaio 2009
Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
                                                                                                  01.37
A: surenwijerathne@yahoo.com
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>

  Hi Sure,

  sorry if I reply just now but i've been away for some days and i couldn't send you a proper email.

  After reading your email i was wondering why is it taking so long to finish the construction and -
  most of all - to deliver and assign houses?

  When we met this summer you assured me that everything would have been finished by the end
  of November.
  After a while we then agreed that end of December would have been more realistic.

  Now we're almost in February and houses are still not finished and still to be given to
  beneficiaries:why isn't possible to finish everything and assign those houses?

  I'm asking you this as i'm starting to feel uncomfortable with this delay, and honestly i don't see
  the reason why the assignation process is taking so long.

  2 months have passed already since the end of november, and still the conclusion of this project
  seems to be a bit blurry and "undefined": could you please tell me why?

  I'm sure that you have explanations to prove me that i'm getting too much nervous for nothing,but
  still i'd be more that happy if you could give me a definitive answer to those 2 questions.

  That said,i've been back home and i've settled things for a money transfer, which will be cleared
  when houses will be assigned and finished.

  I'm really looking forward to hear from you soon.

  Take care

  Gio

                                                                                                mostra
                                                                                       dettagli 31 gen
Giovanni Stella

a Surendra, jimmy, vinomarath

Hi Sure,
Any update about the houses?

Today is Jan.31, and by this date we really should be done with the construction and the assignation.

Are we done with the construction and with the assignation of the houses to beneficiaries?

On January 29 you were supposed to have a meeting with the beneificiaries to finally assing the
houses:how did it go?

As you wrote me in the past this meeting has been postponed several times, I'm assuming this time
was the good one.

I'm waiting for an update on this.

I'd also ask you to take some pictures of the houses as I'd like to see how the construction proceeded
and what the outcome was

Please let me know ASAP.

Thank you very much

Gio

From: <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009/2/10
Subject: Thirukkovil houses
To: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>


Dear Gio,

Hope you received the photos

Following is the update, with the information you requested thro your
message on February 3rd 2009.

A/ LIST OF BENEFICIARIES ACCORDING TO HOUSE NUMBER - Houses
numbered in a way that each row start from right hand side to left hand (
Potthuvil / Arugam Bay Side to Thirukkovil Side )


      1.   S.SINNATHURAI -
      2.   S.SUTHAKARAN
      3.   A.THAMOTHARAM
      4.   P.THIYAGARAJ
      5.   N.NADARAJ
      6.   K.RAMARAJ
      7.   M.RAMAYAH
     8. K.THILAYAPPALAM
     9. V.SOMASUNDERAM
     10. S.SHANMUGANATHAN
     11. S.YOGAMANI
     12. S.PARAMESWARI
     13. P.INDRADEVI
     14. B.SARASWATHI
     15. S.WIJAYAKUMAR
     16. N.VINAYAGAMOORTHY
     17. K.SELVARASA
     18. K.MAHENDRAN
     19. V.KANTHAMALLAR
     20. V.PALAN
     21. K.AMEERTHAM
     22. A.ARMUKAM
     23. S.THANGAMMA

Selection of beneficiaries - as agreed the criteria was - people who do not
have one and who cannot afford to build one on their own. The selection was
made by Divisional secretary with 6 different grama seveka officers and the
Minister of Eastern Provincial Council.

We have obtained the details of these beneficiaries and have interviewed
them to understand if the information given by them were correct.

From the list of 45 initially idenified DS with the said officers have finalized
the list of 22 and we included the name of S.Suthakaran after discussion and
clearance from the DS.

DS addresed the gathering and informed the following

1. How and why the project was started in 2005
2. Construction works stopped due to reasons un explained and the
unfortunate death of Your father.
3.Site been abandoned
4.Re activation by you with my team
5.How the selection was made
6.Any questions or concerns of the gathering re the families selected as
beneficiaries

He stated that the selection is made from 6 different villages including people
who are displaced due to recent issues at south of sri lanka and that he is
90% or more confident that the selection is transparent.

Few from the beneficiary families expressed their views to second the
statement of DS and the people who were present expecting a house but
who did not receive one did not raise any issue or made any complain to us.

Folded papers with numbers of houses were laid on a chair and the
beneficiaries had to take their chance to select a piece of paper from the lot
and they had to accept the number they receive.

The letter - attached herewith was signed by each beneficiary and we have
handed over the documents to DS office for certification from each Grama
seveka officer ( village officer) and the DS which will be sent to GA Office
and Land commission.

Beneficiaries were advised to take charge of their house and atart clearing
the area around their house untill the Land Plot Numbers are given and
the correct borders are given by Surver department thro DS.

From the 4th of february beneficiaries were at site to clean up their house
gardens.


B. Completing Construction works & The delay in construction -

You requested some information to understand why it is taking so long to
finish the construction -

First I accept the that the delay was from my part - as I had not accessed the
total 23 houses individually in detail.
Tough the houses have been constructed to one plan there are differences in
each house in measurements and the condition of constructed parts. -
height, length and breath, cracks on walls etc.

As a result our production plan worked only in respect of the Door Window
Frames and sashes which we did at our factory and all works at site varies
from each other for the 23 houses.

The variation for concrete columns, re sizing openings, reconstructing
damaged walls, re adjusting wall heights, absorption of paint and motar to
the dried walls varied from each other and on top of these the non availability
of water for works and at times for daily consumption for basic needs.

The other was the non productive intervention of Minister Mr. Nehru who had
blocked the DS of moving forward and my self who wasted enough time until
solutions are provided by him.

Now I have taken decisions with DS and the provincial minister.
These delays - increase of time taken and differences of construction had
brought about several issues
1. pushed the date of completion
2. incurred additional maintenance cost due to non productive time - time
without water
3. the labour for the period have to be paid
4.the money in hand for material cement/ accessories had to be utilised for
labour maintenance
5.estimated quantities of some material not sufficient
6. delayed finalizing beneficiaries

C.DELAY IN ASSIGNING HOSES

During your visit The DS Thirukkovil and deputy Land commissioner
explained the process of land trasfer to us.

The DS Need to send the beneficiary information and a requisition to the GA
Office and Land Commissioner to divide the land with proper road access to
houses. Now he will do this as the beneficiaries are assigned .

The community who settle in here will be assigned with a new GN Division as
they presently belong to several divisions

the other authorities will be notified accordingly.

DS had to start the process all new as there are no documents regarding the
land transfer or approval to build on this land obtained when the construction
had started in 2005

I have met the Minister of Eastern Provincial Council Mr. Selvarasa regarding
this development as instructed by DS. Once the land is survered - end
february 2009 we can release a letter certified and countersigned by -
Divisional Secretary and the Provincial Council to the beneficiaries granting
authority for them to occupy the houses. This letter will be legally accepted
and binding to proove ownership for occupancy until the deed documents are
done.

We have to wait until the land is surveyed and lot number to each house is
allocated to include this number in the letter / certificate.


DS requested us to wait until he get the land marked and the Minister will be
available to officially hand over the houses.
However once construction is complete I will not evacuate from the site untill
the lots and the documentation is completed.


We are not happily extending the time spent here at the site. but some issues
are beyond our control but what i could state is that we will not abandon the
site like the last time.


OTHER

In reply to my last mail you replied that you will be able to send some money
for the expenses. A week later you stated that you will send that after
assigning the houses. It is understandable as you know what happened to
your fathers initial effort and investment. As explained to you very
clearly what I requested was to cover these expenses including food.
Unfortunately I had to provide minimum facilities and food to the team of
workers during this month of January to date with what ever I had forgetting
the material required. The xpense for Labour and Food for them for a low
productive period.

I am not requesting you more money by this statement. All I did now is
reduce the number of labour at site and complete the balance work with my
labour and the few team members I have.

Anyway if you feel that I have cheated you or If I will cheat or runaway if I
have plans to do so I will never get into agreement with you. All i know is that
I will complete these houses and hand them over to the needy people who
have been assigned the houses. The very reason that I have opened up this
project to the respective authorities, security and defence, Public Admin
Authorities, Political Structure etc is not only to complete the construction but
to have the recognition and to avoid any difficulty that the occupants would
face in future.

I have attached the letter we gave the beneficiaries for signature and what
was handed over to DS.

The next mail to you should be with another step forward.


The pictures are sent to you in the previous mail.
Sure.
Giovanni Stella                                                                                  mostra
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Hi Sure,

and thank you for the pictures. I have to tell you that it's really touchy for me and Jimmy to finally see
those people outside the houses, as well as to see that houses are almost finished.

Let me clarify one thing, and please read carefully all the following:

I have NEVER suspected or thought that you were cheating us, or that you haven't been honest in
these months, otherwise i wouldn't be putting my trust in you.

I strongly believe that you've done a great job, and once everything will be over i (and my family
Jimmy included) will always be thankful to you and to your team for making this whole thing possible.
I know what gratitude is, and I know how much important is to recognize things for what they are:this
whole project has always been very complicated, and your efforts are making our hopes come true.
I also promised you a bonus at the end of everything, which is nothing else than a way to show you
my gratitude, because i truly believe in this.

Nevertheless, I have responsabilities over this project towards my family, my father, Jimmy, you and
your team.
Among these responsabilities i have to make sure that me and all other stakeholders involved (again
my family+Jimmy and everyone who gave money or time for this project back in Milan) receive
adequate informations and updates.
You always gave me updates, but in this last period - as things are approaching to an end - I need to
be constantly updated on what is going on.
You have to keep in mind that it is not easy to be on the other side of the world waiting for news from
a remote part of land in such a troubled country.

I already seen this project fail some years ago, and i don't want this to happen again, therefore i am
apprehensive and i need to receive constant news from you, and i will keep on being apprehensive
and stress you out even more until the whole thing will be over.

A lot of money have been put into this project, and we will never get anything back from it but this
people's happiness:as you can imagine,i can't accept to fail to answer to my family's questions about
how the project is going.

Also,when i was there this summer and asked you for a due date you said end of November. After a
while we decided for end of December.
Then, after Jimmy came to site, he told me that the construction could be over by the end of January.
By the end of January the meeting with DS was being postponed again, and houses were not finished
yet.

You sent me pictures of the houses only 2 times before today, and you never gave me a deep,full
explanation (as you did today instead) of why the construction was taking so long.
Lastly, we agreed on a certain amount of money,and we signed a contract about this were you stated
that you wouldn't have needed other money. Still, there have been unexpected problems and delays,
and now more money are needed, money which i agreed to send.

There can be a reason for everything and for every possible delay and we can agree on any other
due date, but i need to know it, otherwise it's really hard for me to keep track of how things are going.
And again, it's hard for me to go back to the other stakeholders and explain them why there are
delays, if I myself don't know exactely what is going on.

I hope this can clarify you things, and it can explain you why i've been more nervous lately.

That said, we are almost there, and as i said before it's hard to describe the joy i feel seeing those
pictures that you sent me.
Still though, the project is not finished yet, as houses are still to be finished and completely assigned.

Is people able to live in the houses already?
How long it will take to finish the construction?
Is it all clear with Mr. Nerhu or is there anything we need to do - do you want me to write him or do
something?
When Land Numbers will be sent?
Once construction will be over and land numbers will be sent, will there be anything else missing?

Thank you for this update, I'm looking forward to hear from you about this issues.

God bless you and your family.

Ciao,

Gio
Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>                                  12 febbraio 2009 06.58
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>

  Dear Gio,

  I clearly understand your points.
  You are held accountable for everything happening for the money you channel to
  this project.

  Even I had not expected this kind of a delay.

  If I remember soon after I deployed my team to start the work I did inform you
  that the budgeted figure will not change. Within two day of starting work we found
  clear water which was the main problem. We obtained temporary electricity from
  the main lines. The factory production of windows and doors were completed
  within first month. I had nothing to worry. That is why I re confirmed that the
  budget would not change.

  Anyway things changed from this pattern.
In early January we planned to complete everything by 31st. I informed you
about the situation and some expenses needed to be covered.

I expected as in your mail that you would send it when you are in milan or so as
mentioned in your mail. However within a week the decission changed
for reasons as you explained. By this time I re activated works with the crowd I
had and as mentioned to you the part of this cost was to provide food for the
working team only for the month of January. May be you were not clearly
explained in my mail. The result was that I, with what ever funds I had for
accessories and material covered a part of labour cost for another non productive
period without required material and covered the food expense.

Assigning houses , I gave you dates what I discuss with DS but the meeting
schedule change due to many reasons. I have no authority to conduct a public
meeting to distribute a land belonging to someone else, or even if I did so the
beneficiaries will have to face the problems later.

When DS was at site on January 1st we plan to have it on 14th January 2009 but
things changed and we managed to have it on February 3rd.

The houses are completely assigned and with the DS approval beneficiary
families are registered in his file, they have been given permission to do the
necessary gardening and clearing for their homes and people have taken control
of it.

Of course If I fix the doors and windows people can occupy when the status of
their present shelter is concerned. Some would even come and stay without
doors.But I could not allow this until the lot no is received. DS will also not
obstruct them occupying the house but the background of this program is not
very healthy for such a decission, the track record of the is not good. Some one
from anywhere could raise an issue to the occupants DS or myself for not
formalising things.

Finishing construction - once the material is purchased I will inform you.
After January I purposely slowed the progress due to my inability to draw funds
from other sources and the time that would be taken for the land demarcation.
Even if I finish my team will have to protect the site until land works are done. I
am not in a position to guess as we worked the program from the reverse side.
Generally the land is allocated and then you start construction, in our case we
build first on unknown land and then request documentation. This has to be
tackled carefully to ensure people get the benefit and justice is made to your
donation.

Nehru - he is no longer contacted by me regarding this program and there is
nothing he could do at the moment. Because the DS have assigned the houses
to selected beneficiaries without any objection comming up from the public and
the Eastern Provincial Council is notified. He only delayed the DS decission
according to my knowledge. And he is not the minister in charge of the area. I
had sent him three mails during last month but no reply and I refrain from any
further correspondence.

However we discussed with a person who was at site during construction works
under prasudi, that he would get a house but he never showed up interest.
secondly he have got a good house at Thirukkovil and according to our criteria
DS could not select him as a needy person.This person has contacted prasudi
and prasudi have advised him to occupy the first and only house plastered during
2005. Prasudi should stay away from any further instructions or interference.

Once land numbers are received I am doing the letter to beneficiary , which is
signed by Divisional Secretary and the Eastern Provincial Council which will have
the Lot number of Land, Name of owner which is the document these families
should posses to proove they are legally occupying the house.After some time
the Assistant Commissioner of Provincial Lands, will send them the deeds.

So there is nothing missing but from there onwards people have to go on their
own with the respective state authorities.

If we do not combine these matters sooner or later the occupants could face
problems. They cannot request water, electricity, mailing addresses, state
assistance etc.
The Govt alway have the right to aqquire any land in this country for
development. But when they find that people live in - LEGALLY , these people
are 100% guaranteed with a new house and land to a similar value.

After my next letters to the National Water Board, Ceylon Electricity Board,
Ministry of Nations Building and the Transport board I will inform you.

I am not clear if you are sending the money whatever you can now or later. Pleae
advise on that.

Coming back to my previous mail I send you mails or letters just obeying myself,
and genuinly what I feel, I do not fabricate them or get opinions. I expressed what
I felt.Cause I ran a difficult month with my team with many shortcomings in an
area we do not have anyone.

Regards
Surrendra.
Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>                                             18 febbraio 2009 00.11
A: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>

 Hi Sure,

 as I was in Milan last week I spoke to my family and I agreed with my family to have money sent
 to your account in the coming days.It might be the case that this money will be sent in 2 tranches,
 as they should be coming from 2 different accounts.

 Anyway, you will have the equivalent (or slightly more) of 441.000 Rupees.

 Once again, I urge you understand that this money were not estimated when we signed the
 contract, so you cannot pretend to have them for granted or to receive them straight away.
 Also, I had to explain to my family deeply and in a detailed way why we need to send more
 money, and I had to have their agreement, which was not easy.

 Finally, I convinced everyone about the necessity of this money to be sent, and I explained that,
 as I put and have all my complete trust in you and in your team, there were solid reasons for you
 not to be able to complete the construction within the originally allocated amount of money.

 So as I said you will receive this money shortly.

 This said, we now need to define next steps, in order to finish this job that you almost managed
 to carry to an end.

 1)

 We need to have those Land numbers given and assigned, so that we can be sure that the
 houses will finally be 100% assigned and livable.
 When this will happen?Do you have any precise date?
 It's really important that we get to know this, as it's the last crucial part of this assignation process.

 2)

 When will be the construction finished?
 What are the exact details of what is still missing?
 How many houses are finished, and how many are yet to be completed? And among those that
 need to be completed what are the missing parts?
 When will you be finished with the construction?

 I kindly ask you to answer to each and every of these single questions, and to go deep in details,
 as it's really important for me to understand all these issues.

 Also, I can assure you that Prasuudi will stay away from this project, as I totally agree with you on
 this matter.
 You are the one who is managing to complete the project, so I won't let anyone step in and claim
 for a piece of the cake, not even Prasuudi.

 Hope that everything is clear.Let me know if you have any question or complain, or if there's
 anything that I need to explain better.
 From my side, I need to have an answer on those things that I asked you and, most of all, I want
 to see the houses finished and assigned very soon, with people living inside them.
 We are almost there.

 Take care and ciao.

 Gio

From: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
Subject: Re:
To: "Surendra Wijerathne" <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
Cc: "jimmy marathy" <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>
Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 11:11 PM

Hi Sure,

as I was in Milan last week I spoke to my family and I agreed with my family to have
money sent to your account in the coming days.It might be the case that this money
will be sent in 2 tranches, as they should be coming from 2 different accounts.

Anyway, you will have the equivalent (or slightly more) of 441.000 Rupees.

Once again, I urge you understand that this money were not estimated when we
signed the contract, so you cannot pretend to have them for granted or to receive
them straight away.
Also, I had to explain to my family deeply and in a detailed way why we need to send
more money, and I had to have their agreement, which was not easy.

Finally, I convinced everyone about the necessity of this money to be sent, and I
explained that, as I put and have all my complete trust in you and in your team, there
were solid reasons for you not to be able to complete the construction within the
originally allocated amount of money.

So as I said you will receive this money shortly.

This said, we now need to define next steps, in order to finish this job that you
almost managed to carry to an end.

1)

We need to have those Land numbers given and assigned, so that we can be sure
that the houses will finally be 100% assigned and livable.
When this will happen?Do you have any precise date?
It's really important that we get to know this, as it's the last crucial part of this
assignation process.
2)

When will be the construction finished?
What are the exact details of what is still missing?
How many houses are finished, and how many are yet to be completed? And among
those that need to be completed what are the missing parts?
When will you be finished with the construction?

I kindly ask you to answer to each and every of these single questions, and to go
deep in details, as it's really important for me to understand all these issues.

Also, I can assure you that Prasuudi will stay away from this project, as I totally
agree with you on this matter.
You are the one who is managing to complete the project, so I won't let anyone step
in and claim for a piece of the cake, not even Prasuudi.

Hope that everything is clear.Let me know if you have any question or complain, or if
there's anything that I need to explain better.
From my side, I need to have an answer on those things that I asked you and, most
of all, I want to see the houses finished and assigned very soon, with people living
inside them.
We are almost there.

Take care and ciao.

Gio
Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>                    19 febbraio 2009 05.56
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>


 Thanks Gio for your reply,

 if you could advise some idea of the date I would receive money. I have
 overdrawn my account now since January to settle a part of labour and the food
 costs if not I become a cheater to the hard earned people and the labour.

 Most Importantly I have never taken anything for granted and when it comes to
 hard earned money of your family I have the same respect. I do not want to tax
 you to have everything from you and have luxories here. Only thing is non of the
 organisations come in front to assist because their interior motive is
 totally different from the front face.

 It is not what your father had in his mind to have the satisfaction by help the poor.
 I will send you a detailed mail regarding the land details and progress update by
 next week. I will be at site from tuesday next week and on my return will keep
 you informed. I have to meet the Eastern Provincial council minister, Area
 Engineer for Electricity and the Government Agent of the Area with the
 documents countersigned by Beneficiary families and the Divisional Secretary.
 Thanks
 Sure

 From: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
 Subject: Re:
 To: "Surendra Wijerathne" <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
 Cc: "jimmy marathy" <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>
 Date: Friday, February 20, 2009, 9:47 AM

 Hi Sure,

 money has been transferred, so you should be able to receive it next week
 between tuesday and friday. Unfortunately I cannot tell you the exact date, as the
 bank accountant couldn't provide one, and transferring money to Sri Lanka takes
 always some time.

 Please let me know when you have received everything, I will check with the
 bank then.

 Most of all, I now need you to send me the email with the answers to all
 questions I made you, as I need to know how we are getting on in comparison to
 our goals.

 Thank you and talk to you soon.

 Gio


Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>                  27 febbraio 2009 06.00
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>

 Dear Gio

 The money have got ransfered, thanks for this.

 Next Steps

 1. LAND NUMBERS - I ve discussed with DS and according to him they have
 started the process but he is unable to give a confirmed date / period. The
 reason is that he got to obtain services of another government department - (
Survey Generals Department ) for this land survey and due to the work load they
have in this eastern province - after approx 20 years of informal admin structures
those prevailed.

What we are trying is to get working from two ends - one to offer a certificate
even without a land number to the effect that the occupants have priviledge
of obtaining all other state services with the said certificate - ensuring that they
are not asked to move away by any party and that no one treat this as a
temporary/ transit shelter project. We were unable to meet the higher authority -
Government Agent as he has come to colombo but will be meeting him next
week Wednesday to discuss this matter. The other option is I am trying to
obtain the Minstry influence to receive priority to survey this land ealier than the
schedule of the seurvey department,.

2. Construction was slowed down intentionally last month due to the set backs
and I reduced the no of people who was at site. I have not set a target to myself
now as I have to obtain a clear understanding of the timing of the relevant
authorities so that we could have the letter for occupancy is released. Based on
that I am deploying my team members to work to ensure that we do not finish
and just wait there providing security unti everything happens and that we do not
evacuate the site and hard work that is put into this.

We are delivering the doors and windows and fixing them from next week with
beneficiary support
Only three houses to be painted
About 250 bags cement and small amount of Sand and metal required to finish
the concrete slab of toilet and the floors.
Red cross soceity is trying to engage with the beneficiaries with Red cross water
and sanitation project Deputy project coordinator have informed me but I am not
sure of timing.

Will send you another update by next week.

Sure



We got to finish these by this month and hand over the houses for the families to
celebrate the festival in April 2nd week. - That is the ministers plan but we cannot
wait for the timing of all these persons. It is not an agony but time spent cannot
be recovered for me so I am trying hard to release the houses from my custody
to the hands of poor families.
From: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
Subject: Re:
To: "Surendra Wijerathne" <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
Cc: "jimmy marathy" <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2009, 12:11 PM

Hi Sure,

I've sent you a message and you didn't answer:did you hear any news from the land
commissioner?
You should have seen the Government agent this Wednesday, how did it go?
You also said you would have sent me an update, but I still didn't receive any: can you
give me an update?

To be honest, i'm quite concerned about how things are going.

Time is passing by, and there's no relevant progress to be seen since 1 month and
a half..
The DS new about this houses since August, how come we still don't have the numbers
to assign the houses?

More than anything, what does this mean:I have not set a target to myself now as I have
to obtain a clear understanding of the timing of the relevant authorities so that we
could have the letter for occupancy is released????

You asked us more money than what was stated, and we gave you money.
You said you need more time, and you took more time.
But something that should have been finished in November it's not been finished yet in
March, which means a 4 months delay:what are we talking about?

I urge you to remember that you are the manager in charge for this job, and you
have the responsability of what happens at site, and also you are the one who signed a
contract accepting to complete and assign these houses.

So now i want you to give a clear plan of action on how you think you'll finish this
job, as i cannot accept to hear that you didn't even set a target for yourself. Our
money and efforts are at stake there, and I cannot accept to hear that the manager in
charge doesn't have a target to himself to finish a project that already has a 4 months
delay.

I also ask you to give me and Jimmy the DS contact/phone number, as at this stage I
would like to hear from him why is it taking so long to finish the assignment.

I will call you soon anyway, in the meanwhile i'll be waiting for a serious and not
annoyed update.

Gio
Dear Gio,


As updated to you in my previous mail of Feb 27th I met the Government Agent and
discussed the land survey matter. The workload they got in this area is heavy and the
surveying could take a little time. According to him The DS will attend to the relevant
formalities. Until then we are able to hand over the houses to beneficiaries.
His advise was that I hand over the houses with a letter written to the beneficiaries as
the program coordinator, approved by the DS. The beneficiaries will have to keep this
letter and obtain the relevant Lot number from DS once the Land is surveyed.

So now the delay is from my part, I got to complete the balance work, Floor, Electrical
Wiring , and evacuate from site after handing over.

In my last mail, I said that I have not set a target for myself considering that I would
have to wait until the lot numbers for the land are issued. The target would then be the
timing we receive the lot numbers for land after surveying.

As the manager of this project my initial plan was to complete the project within three
months. The 4 month delay not only affect you but all parties involved in this.
Beneficiaries physically joined the program only in February 2009 and I do not have a
pressure from them .

Please also be positive that you and your family wealth is not at a stake this time. We
are at the end of the project and last thing I want to ensure is that my efforts and
involvements are not wasted as well. The construction works will end by 1st week of
April and second week I have to come back with the crew.

The contact Numbers of DS - 0094672265056. - Mr.Alagarathnam.

My phone is lost and you will not be able to contact me over the phone.. I will send you
another update after my visit to the site next week.

Regards
Surrendra.

Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>                                            12 marzo 2009 01.49
A: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>

 Hi Sure,

 glad to hear you are alive.

 If you lost your phone how can I contact you if I need to?Could you leave me a contact number in
 case we need to talk to you?

 Can you please clarify me some details:
 -Are we sure that DS is going to write this email for the beneficiaries to claim the Lot Number?
 -What insurances we could have if the DS give the letter but then refuse to give the Lot Number to the
 beneficiaries? Would this be possibile? I know that i'm being negative here, but I just want to have a
 solution ready for every possible scenario.

 My biggest concern is that people won't make it to actually live in these houses, for some
 reasons.This fear that I have is surely due to all things that happened in the past years, but i have a
 question for you:
 at this stage can you ensure me that all 23 families will have their houses and nobody from any other
 part will claim those back one day?

 Then:"The construction works will end by 1st week of April and second week I have to come back
 with the crew" are you saying that houses will be ready for the second week of April and people will
 then be able to occupy and live inside them? Can we keep the second week of April as a deadline?

 Lastly, i ask you to take some more pictures on a regular basis ad to send them on to me, especially
 when the construction will be over, as we all want to see the outcome.

 It'd be better if you could keep in touch constantly with me and/or Jimmy in these last days, as it's
 very important for us to know everything that is going on and all the relevant facts and news.Do you
 think you can update us once every 3 days?
 As we are approaching an end, we want to be constantly in the loop.

 Thank you

 Gio

Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>                                      18 marzo 2009 11.16
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>

 Dear Gio,

 Yes I am alive until god gives me time.
 The best way to contact me is thro mail, or send an sms to Vinoth, I will keep him informed
 so that I get the message at least the next day.

 I am travelling a lot and keeping you updated every three days may be not possible.. But dont
 worry as I am not leaving the work un attended or leaving the project until we have acheived
 what we want. - PEOPLE ARE SECURED WITH THE NEW HOME OF THEIR OWN.

 Your concern is my concern. We have to be sure 100% that people have the legal ownership
 to claim the house is theirs. This is what I was emphasizing repeatedly and was working from
 all possible lines.I knew it is difficult but for me and my team it is a challenge and what we
 are capable of acheiving.

 Today I have received the confirmation that our efforts are recognised and that we receive all
 the Institutional support to hand over these houses - from the Presidential Secretariat of Sri
 Lanka

 I am translating the letter - below
Letter Dated March 16th 2009, faxed to me on 16th,
Letter Reference ED/09
" Surrendra Wijeratne
 16/01, De Fonseka Place,
 Bambalapitiya

  ref :Housing Project

   Reference is made to your letter to His Excellency the President regarding the above
captioned.
   His Excellency the President is extremely busy and have advised the undersigned to
render the assistance
   you have requested for.
   Therefore please send in a summarized report on the points you wish to draw the
attention and                consideration of His Excellency.
   I will be able to provide you the requested Institutional support.

  Signed
  Medha Bemulla                                         I.H.K.Mahanama
  Additional Secretary to the President                   for , Secretary to he President."


With reference to above letter, I have informed H.E.The Presidents Secretariat, the details of
project background , starting from your fathers endowerment in 2005, your intervention in
2008, how we had connected to Divisional Secretary, the information excahnge with the land
commissioner, my meetings with Government Agent of the Ampara District, the progress
 and that we wish to Hand over these houses for the April New Year 2009 with a document
legally/ constitutionally accepted by any authority who wish to engage with the innocent,
underpriviledged beneficiary families.
In addition I have detailed that you & the family have donated 8.5 million rupees to me to re
activate and complete this project.

I also have followed this with Additional Secretary, Medha Bemulla today through a
telephone conversation and she advised me that the necessary steps are taken and for me to
call them on Monday 23rd of March 2009.They have already informed the Divisional
Secretary and the GA Office to start the works on this handing over. - Now I am sure that the
project receive the appropriate attention to see that your fathers, yours and the family,
Jimmy's and my teams efforts are successful.

I caanot wait untl things happen. I will see that this becomes a reality that the time passed is
rewarded.

I may travel again on Friday or Saturday, to the site and on my return will provide you the
updates. Now the DS may find fault with me but I am helpless as We must see the end.And I
 generally work from both ends and have been very transparent in all my work not only in this
 project but throughout my 18 years career cause both ends get the same information and no
 one should escape from been accountable.

 I have managed to tie the knots correctly for a good purpose and I am sure that this will not
 be only a dream.

 Taking photos, I will send you some with my next mail, only diffenece you will see is that all
 houses are painted and most of the garden areas are cleaned by the beneficiaries since
 internal works are on. Any way I will send you some with my next mail.

 God Bless you

 Sure.
Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>                               01 aprile 2009 03.40
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>

 Hi Gio,

 Hope you are in good health and happy.

 Thought I send you a small update on the present activities.

 The Electrical Wiring is work for the houses are ongoing.

 The transport permission for Timber works will be collected from the respective authorities
 and I have to follow up and obtain it from them.

 We will be handing over houses one by one as an when they are finished to the assigned
 beneficiaries without waiting for a ceromony.

 Re the Land Lot numbers - I have not received any documentation upto now but that does not
 mean the beneficiaries cannot occupy.

 I will send you the letter that we are handing over to the beneficiaries to claim ownership
 which will be certified by DS and respective authorities to confirmm that they are not asked
 to evacuate.

 I will send you some pictures next week.

 Take care

 Surrendra.
                                                                                              02 aprile 2009
Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
                                                                                                       04.18
A: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>, vinomarath@yahoo.com

  Hi Sure,

  I heard that you got 1 hammered finger.I'm sorry to hear that, I hope that everything is fine.

  How can we be updated on the Land number issue?
  When is the DS/land commissioner going to produce them? We need at least a range of dates to
  have an idea, can you find that out?

  Let me know something asap please.

  Thanks

  Gio


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Dear Gio,

Hope you received my mail.

You must be busy with work.

If you plan to send money please do not use the same account number that we had given before. You will
have to send that to Vinoth or I will give you a different Account Number.

Vinoth will send you the photos. I am attaching the copy of certificate that we are issuing to the
beneficiaries to confirm approval for occupation and ownership.

This will be countersigned by DS and the Eastern Province Member Mr. Selvarasa - with their Official
Rubber Stamps.

So these final works for the handing over will be arranged in consultation with the beneficiaries, DS and
the relevant authorities and we will keep you updated.

Our next two steps are to arrange written requests for electricity and water connection under individual
beneficiary names and after the draft is agreed upon by DS we will be doing the letters and handing over
to the respective authorities.

Look forwad to hear from you.
Regards

Surrendra



Hi Sure,

sorry but i was out of office until yesterday ad I couldn't read the email.

I received the pics and i'm happy to see that houses are almost completed.

I also looked at the handing over letter, and I have 2 comments:

1) Is it possible to have the DS (or another authority) signing a similar letter with which the
government/DS statues that Federico Stella is the benefactor who made available all the money
needed to build them? And that these houses have been built with the sole and only purpose of
giving a new house to 23 - originally 30 - families affected by the Tsunami disaster and no future
alienation or alteration of these houses will be ever made possible for any private or the
government?


2) My father's name is Federico, not Federicio:) so the last "i" is not really in its name;

Let me know details of Vinoth's account number so that I can send you 380.000 Rupees.

Looking forward to hear from you.

Take care,

Gio


Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>                                           16 aprile 2009 03.14
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>

  Dear Gio,

  Hope you are in good health and happy.

  We returned to Colombo on 13th April and are returning to site on 21st.

  Until then two beneficiary families are at site since they are handed over the houses. All beneficiaries
  who came to meet us at the site was given advise that they can stay and live at their house if they
  wish until the doors and windows are fixed.

  We arrived at this decission after consulting DS as well and for several reasons.

  1. The houses are really nice and are greater than what has been offered to tsunami victims of the
  area and DS and the Political parties have been approached by several people requesting a house
  from this project. DS have already confirmed that the beneficiaries are selected and finalised and that
  the houses have been already handed over to thefamilies to live in.

  2. The names of these families have been sent to the Land commissioner along with the requisition
for re surveying the land to do the lot nos per house and these names cannot be changed.

3. Allowing the owners of the house to occupy benefits the security.

4. DS and we agreed that the keys of the houses and the permission to occupy will be given to the
families and we are not waiting until all houses are fixed with doors & windows but will hand over as
an when they are completed. So starting from 21st April we will hand over keys of the houses and
bring in people - if possible providing transport from our lorry if they wish to pump fuel to ensure that
the beneficiaries are in their new home. Once all have occupied the houses and they start new lives
here DS will hold a small handing over ceromony with the contribution from the beneficiaries , Invite
the other authority leaders and hand over the certificate to beneficiaries which will be the official
permit for them the live and own the house until land commissioner prepare deeds for individual
names.

5. At the moment all beneficiaries visit the site and some on a daily basis, cleaning their gardens and
areas around the house. We have requested their contribution for toilet tank excavation and some
have completed the excavation. more than 50% of people are ready with material to complete their
fence but unable to complete since land marks are given.

6. On 11th of April DS visited the site and confirmed that he will expidiate the survey matter or the
people to cover their gardens.

7. Some photos with this information will reach you in due course, they are in vinoths camera and I
will send it ASAP.

8. I have attached some photos here for your reference.

9. The balance work cost. As discussed with you we require 380,000.00 because we are obtaining
beneficiary support for labour works. There has been no issue about obtaining beneficiary
contribution and even the DS agreed that a participatory development approach is always better that
a 100% donation. On the other hand this approach enhances beneficiary families relationship and
their energy to confirm ownerships.

10. We are leaving our motor and the water tanks for the benefit of the people because the water
board have not visited the site to even check the water quality. However beneficiary families are fully
aware that the tube well we use contain very good quality water and in sufficient quantities to satisfy
their dailiy needs.We have already appointed one person in charge for the motor and the pump. Only
thing is the structure we use is a temporary stand made from our scaffolding sections which they will
need to upgrade in near future.

11. At present the electricity connection is under my name and the site for which we have advanced
approx 50,000.00. The actual cost of electricity we have utilised is about 10% from this deposit.I am
not recovering this balance and will be transfering that to the name of the person who will be in
charge of the water pump so that this benefits in two ways. One that the beneficiaries are sure that
there is continuous water supply and we obtain a permenant address with a name of one family from
the site registered in one other local authority.

12. We are preparing letters on behalf of the beneficiaries since they do not have the capacity, to
make individual requests under their names for the electricity connection and water connection. Once
the letters are signed by them the DS will countersign with his official rubber stamp and recomend the
supply and forward them to the Area Engineer of the Electricity Board and Water Board.
Then the beneficiaries will receive an individual receipt for the payments they make and the
connections under their names which will solve the ownership issues if there are any.. When the
Electricity Bill and the Water bill is under your name it is confirmed that the said named wons the
 property.


 So Gio this is the plan to have the houses handed over and confirm the families do not face any
 obstacle in residing there and you could mail your views or concerns for which I will respond soon.

 Until then

 Cheers.

 Sure.

Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>                                       21 aprile 2009 12.46
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>

 Dear Gio,

 Thanks for your mail, Vinoth and Myself are together now answering your message.

 The Changes required - It is certainaly without any doubt possible to include that Mr.Federico Stella is
 the benefactor who made available all the funds to build these houses.

 We will discuss with DS during our next visit - This week end - regarding the second point.

 However our letter is only a draft for comments from you and the DS.
 DS Agreed to sign on with his logo / rubber stamp to ensure validity, and the responsible authority is
 DS..

 We understand your point that these beneficiaries should never be faced with uncertainity or difficulty
 in prooving their ownership and and they shall live in their new homes comfortably & securely - both
 physically and metally.

 Our discussion with DS is that we prepare this document on a valued paper for a certificate, on which
 the DS will sign with his Official Rubber Stamp.

 With your comment we will talk to DS and request DS Office to issue a letter under the Government
 Letterhead which carry more weight. This could be possible but let me confirm to you.

 We need to explain the second point. A clause to the effect that confirms " non Alienation " is possible
 in no uncertain terms. Alteration is something we may not be able to control in future as the
 beneficiaries may develop them further perhaps to two storied struictures you never know.
 The inclusion of No Private influence/ Private Party decissions is also possible. When it comes to the
 Government, the government always have the authority to change their decissions.This could be due
 to development decissions such as new roads, Airports, Hospitals, Resoviours , High Security Zones
 etc but when we have a letter given to the families they are secured in following terms.

 When this shelter project is authorised as it is now, if the government needs to build the airport, all
 these families are confirmed to receive a new home with all facilities available in this home and the
 environment. But if they do not have the letter signed by the respective authority - Divisional
 Secretary they will be treated as unauthorised occupants and dwellings and they will receive nothing
 to as compensation.

 The best example is the Victoria Project - when the villagers were subjected to be destroyed by the
 developments all of them who were living in authorised homes received new land and houses in
 another similar location. In heart of Colombo near the Ministry of Defence the houses were removed
 by the government due to security reasons and since these families were in unauthorized dwellings -
 they received nothing and even the law could not do anything about it though the people lived in there
 for nearly 20 + years.

 That is why We have got the respective authority involved with the very first step - Your visit in last
 August and now the Head of the Authority have agreed to sign.
 So do not worry about non inclusion of the government - clause but we have ensured that the families
 are secured.

 We will talk to DS and After that we will include the points and revise the certificate contents and
 send it for your approval.

 Further I have send you a previous mail stating that We have send the information of this programme
 to H.E.The Presidents Office of the Sri Lankan Government and we are following up to obtain some
 documents from Presidents Secretariat. This gives additional weight to the program. We will keep you
 updated.

 It is very kind of you to send us this money and We do not have words to convey our gratitude. On
 behalf of the Team Vinoth & I sincerely thank you for this as both of us are mainly responsible in
 driving this project forward and to keep the teams' spirits high. Thank you once again.

 Vionths Account Detail -
 NAME - VINOTH LAL DHARME
 CATEGORY - SAVINGS ACCOUNT
 ACCOUNT NUMBER - xxxxxxxxx

 You could SMS Vionth once done.

 Our Western Province Election is on April 25th and few of the members will be at site before but
 Vinoth and I have to utilise the vote and travel may be on April 25th evening.

 Will send you another update soon after We discuss with DS.

 Wish you good health and happiness.

 Vinoth / Sure



Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>                                                 21 aprile 2009 13.42
A: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>

 Hi Sure,

 I totally see your point, and I do know that any Government might have one day the need to move
 someone's house due to higher and more important reasons.
 The point is that on the other side i just want to be sure that nobody else will claim those houses in
 the future. Then, if the Government will decide to build an airport there, we can do nothing about it..:)

 I'm thinking that it might be a good thing to talk with the attorney that we visited in Colombo this
 summer, so to have his advice as an expert in sri lankan law and also maybe to have him help us
 writing the letter for the DS.
 Is there a phone number where i can call you in these days if I need to?


Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>                                      22 aprile 2009 04.19
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>


 Dear Gio,


 Your point is taken and is addressed from the day we assigned the houses and the background was
 set for that since we met DS during your visit and the subsequent discussions held at the Ampara
 Government Agents Office with the deputy Land Commissioner.




 It is very clear that once the houses are assigned and the Land Survey is done and Land Registration
 is done the beneficiary receive the said documents,No one can claim the houses. Do not worry about
 it.

 It is the Law of this country and all the resettlements and Developments the Certificates issued and
 the letters given is the first document one need to claim and secure their property - Land / House.
 Secondarily the beneficiaries add weight to the first issued letter and their rights by obtaining the
 Electricity Connections, Water Connections, The Voting cards / election cards, etc under their name
 and the address of their new houses so that all these receipts and documents remain proof for
 ownership.




 If Jimmy is around you could ask him about the resettlements that has been done in this country
 since 1948 and specially in 1956 - Ask him about the Developments done under the accellerated
 Mahaweli Program - All settlements in Anuradhapura, Plonnaruwa, Badulla, Mahiyangana etc - the
 Farmers are resettled in this process. So once again do not worry no one else can claim the owneship
 other than the person we had already assigned the house.




 The process in summary -




 1. Beneficiary names finalised

 2. the names and details are confirmed and cetified by DS Office

 3.The Beneficiary accepeted the house with his / her signature

 4. The above details included in a schedule by DS Office and forward to Government Agents Office
5 The schedule is also send to Land Commissioner

6.DS Send the Requisition to Re survey the Land

7 Survey Dept under Land Commissioner do the survey and number the lots and extent and
send details to the Land Registry to prepare documents under beneficiary names.

8 The process is followed up by DS office as they need to arrange other facilities on the said
documents and the people will keep on going behind DS

9. Once registration nos are given DS issue the documents to beneficiaries.




On the Other Hand following secondary documents will be processed.




1. Request made by Beneficiaries to Electricity Board..

2. Request to Water Board.

3.Our letter to Mininstry of Nations Building/ GA Office / Land Commissioner.

4. Our Letter to Security Councils - Re new Homes and families




So far - Items 1 to 6 from the above actions are done and from the second lot we are processing the
letters on behalf of beneficiary with their names, certification made by DS and we are taking them to
the respective authorities since these poor families do not have the capacity to do so.




However he following conditions were included in the letter we handed over with Divisional
Secretaries Signature when the houses were assigned to the selected beneficiaries on February 3rd
2009, to control the process and revert the given house only by DS Office.

The included points were -


In the event of my request is accepted and I am selected as a beneficiary of this program I agree to the following
terms.

    1. I willingly accept the house provided to me.
    2. I will continue to occupy this house and will not vacate this house given to me.
    3. I will not cheat and request another house from another program from the authorities / other
            organization.
     4. I will not re sell or rent out this house to any other party.
     5. I will maintain this house and take good care without damaging it
     6. I will not engage in any unlawful activity or in appropriate behavior that discomfort the other families
            who occupy the houses in this village.
     7. If circumstances beyond my control erupt I shall inform The Divisional secretary and the respective
        authorities – (a) either to obtain permission to vacate the house for a period
                       (b) Or return the house back to authorities in complete condition to be donated to another
              homeless family
     8. I am clearly aware and I agree that if I have violated or not respected one or more of above terms the
        authority – Divisional Secretary has the right and my consent to revert the donated house from my
        possession.
     9. I place on record my signature / thumb print to confirm that I have received a clear explanation on what
        this letter contains and I am in possession with a copy of this letter.

 I wonder if I had mailed you the agreement we had with the beneficiaries - if not please
 send I will send a copy.




 So this is a long letter no matter, I think I have explained few things, and I will also obtain further
 advise from , as you said the attorney that we used or some people whom I know and who are in the
 Real Estate Business.

 Contacting me, Gio please send sms / talk to Vino we are in Colombo almost hanging around
 together for few other works. We should be together.

 Regards
 Sure

Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>                                                        27 aprile 2009 13.36
A: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>

 Hi Sure,

 Vinoth will get the money soon, I need to get them in Italy then I'll send it.

 I have to ask you 4 quick things:

 1) Would it be possible for you to have the DS sign a letter prepared by the attorney we visited this
 last summer?
 I'm about to call him to discuss with huim about these recent matters regarding the house
 assignment.

 2) Is there any risk that our project will come again to a forced stiop because of the war against the
 tamils? We receive bad news about the ewar, and i don't know how's the situation like there.

 3) Are we finished with the project now?You said end of April ,and we're there. Is there anything
 missing or that needs to be completed?
 4) I will come for sure in August, and I might take my mother down to the site as well. Do you think it
 could be possible to arrange a more confortable trip to thirukkovil for her? I was thinking about an
 elicopter for example..could it be possible?
 I'm already looking into this with jimmy but i wanted to hear from you as well.

 Let me know, i'll bwe waiting for your answer.

 Take care

 Gio

Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>                                       28 aprile 2009 03.36
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>


 Dear Gio,

 Thanks for your message, Vinoth informed me, its good that we receive this week as we are
 arranging the transport permits for timber works.

 I have given my comments below in bold Italic..

 From: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
 To: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
 Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>
 Sent: Monday, April 27, 2009 6:06:04 PM
 Subject: Re: Thirukkovil Houses

 Hi Sure,

 Vinoth will get the money soon, I need to get them in Italy then I'll send it.

 I have to ask you 4 quick things:

 1) Would it be possible for you to have the DS sign a letter prepared by the attorney we
 visited this last summer?
 I'm about to call him to discuss with huim about these recent matters regarding the house
 assignment.

 To my knowledge this will not be possible , since he is the statutory Authority
 and the responsibility of coordinating resettlements lies with the respective
 authorities in which he is directly accountable and the subjected assistance
 we require is not a private transaction we cannot hold him with a document
 signed by an attorney and it is not ethical. What we need is the Office he holds
 to take responsibility - when he sign and endorse with the rubber stamp that
 document becomes legitimate. That is the constituted law in the country and
 his office is the competent authority rendering the public services.
2) Is there any risk that our project will come again to a forced stiop because of the war
against the tamils? We receive bad news about the ewar, and i don't know how's the situation
like there.

No, the project will not be forced to stop. I confirm this for several reasons.
The massive development of main infrastructure , such as water , fully
carpeted roads, electricity and the other common buildings coming up with
the governments' direct engagement with World Bank, ADB is one and the
area was totally cleared from LTTE in 2006 and the political and public
authorities under the Government have been reactivated.
The ongoing rescue operations are in the North which is over 400km from
where our project is on.
Further what you may see or here in the international media perhaps
influenced by UN and or other International Bodies will not be true always and
specially with regard to the Sri Lanka's situation.
In the first place there is no and never was a war against Tamils in this
country. The short sighted foolish or idiotic politicians , cultivated and
harvested their private and personnel profits out of the created conflict
irrespective of an ethnic group. The Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim Politicians did
this for decades since 1948.
What the international groups did was teaming up with these corupted local
people exagerated the situation for their were benefit. These INGO's always
had a hidden agenda behind their mandate which was nicely covered up with
the words " ethnic conflict" and "humanitarian assistance" by which they
earned the maximum profits while covering the real situation of this country
and turning a blind eye to the worlds most rutheless terrorist activities who
propogated themselves as freedom fighters.

For the Last 30 years or more all INGO's, UN agencies carried our their "
humanitarian Assistance " projects in the North and east of this country
thinking that they will never get caught and telling the world that their work
has been very "transparent", and obtained donations / gifts from the general
public. Some countries take a part of the hard earned tax money from their
citizens for development assistance / humanitarian support of countries like
ours. The expats who come into Sri Lanka as the executors of these "
humanitarian assistance projects" enjoy the highest luxuries available in this
country with the hard earned tax money of people like you..

Further what they have been doing is releasing media reports, information that
has taken the world for a ride.

According to most donor mandates and specially the UN there is a strong
clause as NON TERRORIST FINANCING ACT" - but what have they done in this
country - when you go to the area No houses are provided to innocent people
or other facilities such as water ,toilets schools but the war bunkers of
Terrorists, their amunition factories, buildings of LTTE Leaders , and training
innocent school children as soldiers while prabakarans children get education
in luxury.

The amount of money granted by the UN and other INGO's to develop the area
and provide "humanitarian assistance" are put into good use. the cement,
steel, generators, fuel, food , childrens education needs, medicine etc etc were
provided but what has happened. The UN officials, other INGO officials were
completing project by project, did their evaluation reports, stating their
projects are successful, transparent according to all norms set under their
mandates. Havent they seen what was going on - child soldiers, malnutrition,
the weapons, armed vehicles, inequity, ??

I am sorry to say that the international community had been taken for a ride -
speacially in the case of Sri Lanka.

So do not get carried away by what you and hear.

I stated all these because - I worked for the GTZ - German Technical
Cooperation and the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives and because their
work is not transparent and when I had questions I was not allowed to stay -
my contracts were not extended. I am very sorry for them and once I stated
that the worlds most corrupted organisations are the UN and USAID.

So Gio this would have taken much of your time but do not worry our project
will not be forced to stop because we are transparent.
3) Are we finished with the project now?You said end of April ,and we're there. Is there
anything missing or that needs to be completed?


We are almost finished Gio, Once Vinoth receive the money our last lot of
Doors and Windows which are missing at site will go to the site and we fix
them and hand over the keys to families with the DS's Signature, and see that
people occupy. I did not have enough money in my hand to send Vinoth and
Lalla this week.that is why I asked Vinoth to send you a message yesterday.So
another ten days to fix the doors & Windows once we get into site.
Then we will follow up with DS and other authorities until the Lot numbered
documents are received by the people - It is my responsibility which I will
follow up while in colombo and periodical visits to the Area.


4) I will come for sure in August, and I might take my mother down to the site as well. Do
you think it could be possible to arrange a more confortable trip to thirukkovil for her? I was
thinking about an elicopter for example..could it be possible?
I'm already looking into this with jimmy but i wanted to hear from you as well.
 It is very pleasing to hear this.
 Gio the Trip to Thirukkovil is not difficult as it was. All roads are fully carpeted.
 The number of Checkpoints have been reduced. The drive is 200%
 comfortable than when we travelled in Last August. Only thing is its about 10+
 hours. Your Idea of taking a chopper / helicopter , yes possible, let me check
 with some private domestic airlines, or travel agents. We need to take the
 approval from Defence Authorities , sometimes the Travel Agents will do it and
 We will have to send in some details to justify the Air travel which I can do and
 also find the cost. I will come back to you with information , give me a weeks
 time.


 Let me know, i'll bwe waiting for your answer.

 Take care

 Gio
 Regards
 Surrendra
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Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>                                     28 aprile 2009 22.06
A: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>
Ccn: Alessandro Giberti <victorward4@msn.com>, Margaret Kennedy <mags.kennedy@gmail.com>

 Hi Sure,

 I'm not saying that we should bypass the DS or that we should tell him what to do, as I perfectly
 understand that this is not fair and not even possible.
 I know that he represent the authority there and that he's the one in charge over there and that we
 need to stick to his word.
 BUT: in one of your previous email you sent me the letter that he should sign, to handle over houses
 to beneficiaries.
 What I'm suggesting is that we have that very letter checked from a lawyer to see if we can add
 anything to give more power to our position and to secure beneficiaries even more about the future
 possession of their houses.
 I'm not saying that the DS has to do what we say, as that's not possible. I was just wondering if it was
 possible to have that letter checked from a lawyer/law person to be 150% sure that we are giving the
 beneficiaries the best letter we could ever produce.

 I hope you understand my point and my intentions.

 Let me know if this is something that we can do or if the letter will be produced by the DS himself and
 we won't have any chance to change it.

 Thanks and let me know
 Gio

 2009/4/28 Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
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                                                                                             29 aprile 2009
Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
                                                                                                      02.40
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>

 Dear Gio,

 Thanks for explaining this.
 Your point is very clear. I will go to the attorney we both met or some other lawyer who is freequently
 engaged with property matters and give the copy of - the letter of handing over to him and revise, add
 any other clauses to add power and get it back to the DS.

 I will send you a copy of that to you soon.

 Thanks
 Sure..


                                                                                           05 maggio 2009
Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
                                                                                                    17.36
A: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>, vinomarath@yahoo.com
Ccn: Alessandro Giberti <victorward4@msn.com>, Margaret Kennedy <mags.kennedy@gmail.com>

 Hi Sure, i 've sent the money so u will receive them soon.
 I have to tell you that I'm very disappointed and upset also,as I didn't hear anything fom u in these last
 days.
 You promised me that you would have finish everything by end of april,it's may 5th and u still have to
 do 15 floors,windows and other stuff.this is not serious.
 Your first deadline was november,can you relize this?can you realize that we are in may now?
 I've sent you other money because I thought that ths way it could be easier for you to finish
 everything by the end of april-so only "5" full months after the first deadline.but the fact of me sending
 money once again was soething extra.you never mentioned that you could't keep working without
 these money.I thought it was to help you pay vinoth,and so I helped you. You never showed me a
 receipt to explain your expenses,and I never asked.but I'm not an idiot,sure.I didn't ask only because I
 wanted you to fee my trust in you,but now we are going too far.
 We've put an incredible amount of money and we gave you almost 40.000 € this year,and you can't
 even pick up the phone to call me and tell me why you are late,again. This is not respectful,it's too
 much.you signed a contract with me,sure.

 You are the manager of this project and you are acting like you don't even care.
 If you forgot about it, we're doing this for sri lankan people, and I'm doing it at my expenses.I could
 have used those money for myself,for example,to go travelling or to buy myself a car.I won't see
 those money again in mylife,and nobody else would pay me anything back. We could have spent
 those money in a million different way,but we gave them to you-paying you and your team- to finish
 these thing.as you said,there are so many things to do in sri lanka.I don't want to think that we are
 doing the wrong thing or that we can't see it finished.
 I want you to take up your responsabilities and call me asap to explain me why you are late this
 time,andwhy you are not working in these last days.I pretend an explanation.

 I don't call you only because I don't know where to call you anymore.give me a number and I'll call
 you.

 You were the one who told me you could finish everytihng by november.you are the one who's not
 telling me why you still haven't finished in may.

 It's not a game, and I want to know what happened to our money.I care about this thing like nobody
 else, and I will not give up fo any reason.

 I want to hear from your voice asap, I want you to pick up that phone and promise that you will finish
 everything by the end of this month,no matter what.

 I gave you time,money and trust. You have to finish this thing,and you have to promise that you will
 do it by the end of the month. This time for real.

 I'm waiting to hear from you.

 Gio

                                                                                         09 maggio 2009
Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
                                                                                                  03.29
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>, vinomarath@yahoo.com

 Dear Gio,

 Thanks for the money, Vinoth informed me.

 I need to explain few things and last three days was not around to check mail or contact.
 It is national holidays and Monday we are meeting to make all arrangements for the final round of
 works at site.

 I really care for the project to complete it ASAP and do not want anyone whom I have associated or
 entrusted me a responsibility losing faith in me or my Team.That is why I am holding on, by absorbing
 everything coming from this project - whether it is blame or cost and time that cannot be recovered
 and risk by leaving at site all my valuable machinery and equipment.

 MONEY AND WORK: - Since my last converstions with you from colombo and the subsequent visit to
 the site what I explained to you would not have been clear, When we spoke I did mention that my real
 problem at that point was short of some cash to complete the works, and also I mentioned even Vino
 and them were not paid. Secondly I told that once I go to the site and check the contribution we could
 get from the house owners I will inform you the amount we will require which we did.
 So I came back and informed you the amount and was planning to send the team again to complete
 the 15 floors and fix the doors and windows.

 15 floors are work of 15 days and fixing of doors and windows are done simultaneously because we
 have already finished the doors production and even the windows are fixed with glasses and
 completed. It is only a matter of fixing them with hinges and screws at the site.Actually these Doors
 and windows production were completed in October Last year. When Jimmy was here He saw
 them.We did not shift them to the site until the masonry works are completed.
 I did not tell you and your family about the shortfall of funds until we talked to each other because We
 specially did not like to keep on troubling you for money as we know that you had send in a large
 amount already.And were visiting several organisations to support the balance few things.

 Our first deadline was november - thats three months I accept that It is my mistake for not properly
 analysing the total scenario and the background of the project. It was based on what I did 5 years
 ago - constructing 100 days in 60 days in Year 2003.

 Everything started with the first issue of water which really slowed the total project and then the
 money available gradully reducing for maintenance expenses while the material costs for balance few
 materials also increase.
 From Last November untill today five months time - I also cannot recover the time. I am sure that you
 too understand that time is a cost.
 After bringing the site into the present stage from where it was and still waiting to complete and hand
 over and my inability to release them only put me in difficulty on several sides. I too need to finsih this
 completely because this project will finally take time which add on to expense and time that I too
 cannot recover.
 So with all what I have cultivated around this project - The face value of my Team members and
 myself in front of the major local authorities, Police and the Security forces and the confidence that
 you have put on jimmy to release money to me , I cannot and will not run away to act as an idiot to
 loose these invaluable strengths I have gained.


 The delay is purely because I did not want to ask more money from you giving you the situation while
 trying to approach other institutions- these may come but with all the admin systems in place and
 bureacracy it takes time.

 The intention was not to cheat you by not telling but to complete it somehow and to hand over.

 So this time the team will arrive at site next week after I arrange them with the permits to transport
 timber doors and windows remain there and complete them, hand over and come back to colombo
 with all the machinery pumps and other equipment I have kept at site.

 You will also receive a complete expense report of this project with the final report.

 Take care , God bless you with good health and happiness.

 Sure.


                                                                                            11 maggio 2009
Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
                                                                                                     22.04
A: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>, vinomarath@yahoo.com
Ccn: Alessandro Giberti <victorward4@msn.com>, Margaret Kennedy <mags.kennedy@gmail.com>

 Hi Sure,

 I red your email and i see your explanations. Still though, you didn't call me.

 I ask you to do it as I have the urgency to discuss with you these issues more in depth.

 My number is 00353877792089, you can find me there or you can give me your number and i will call
 you.
 I also need to know if I or Jimmy have to or can do something to speed up the process to obtain
 permits to transfer timbers, doors and windows. Let us know what you need to finish the job as you
 have to commit to the deadline of MAY 31st as the LAST AVAILABLE DAY TO COMPLETE
 WORKS.

 I'm sure you'll manage to do it within May 31st and you'll manage to complete this project,as none of
 us -as you said - do not want the positive and good aspects of it to be ruined, nor wish for the other
 benefits that you mentioned for you, your team and anybody else involved to be affected in anyway.

 Finally, could you prepare a detail of all the expenses you payed since you received the money? This
 way we can discuss about everything more in depth.

 I'm looking forward to hear from your live voice ASAP :)

 Take care

 Gio

                                                                               30 maggio 2009
Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
                                                                                        14.36
A: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>, vinomarath@yahoo.com, jimmy marathy
<jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>, Alessandro Giberti <victorward4@msn.com>

 Hi Sure,

 I've been trying to call you in these past days and today also, but with no luck. I called you at the
 agreed time, but i always spoke to some of your family members without finding you.Why didn't you
 call me back? Or why didn't you just call me to give me updates?
 This thing that I - being the person who gave you a lot of money and trust to finish this project, if you
 want to see it this way - have no way to find you or talk to you when I need to is pretty peculiar,
 Surendra...

 The reason why i was trying to call you is simple: I want updates.
 How's the construction going? Are you going to finish within the deadline? If not, why? When will you
 hand over the houses?
 It's been a while since your last email, and i need to have a full update on how things are going.

 How many windows still have to be fixed? How many floors? Do all houses have been wired?How
 many are left?

 What else is still to be finished before we can let people in?

 And, most of all, did we manage to finally obtain the lot numbers from the DS in order to let people
 have the right to live in those houses?

 I couldn't find you in these last days and this made me worried and nervous, as it's not a good sign
 when the manager in charge doesn't answer or refuses to give updates...but I'm sure this is not the
 case.

 We are almost there Sure, we are really close...let's finish this.

 Let me know something ASAP,

 ciao for now.
 Gio

                                                                                   01 luglio 2009
vinoth lal dharme <vinomarath@yahoo.com>
                                                                                            07.20
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
Cc: jimmymarath@yahoo.com




                                           FINAL COST - ACTUAL EXPENSE
 STATEMENT
                                           REPORT
 PROJECT                                   STELLA HOMES THIRUKKOVIL
 PERIOD                                    SEPTEMBER 2008 - JUNE 2009


                                                               ACTUAL
 A       PROJECT MANAGEMENT
                                                               COST


     1Site Coordinator I                                            180000 Vinoth Lal Dharme
     2site coordinator 2                                            180000 S.Jemettakan
     3field / delivery coordinator                                  155000 V.Lalith Kumar
     4Admin Assistant 1                                             150000 Chamari Abeysinghe

         EPF/ ETF Contributions 23% for
     5                                                              152950 To be deposited to Central Bank
         Labour
                                                                             20% for provident fund & 3% for trust
                                                                             fund
 Sub Total                                                          817950

 B       COMMUNICATION COSTS

                                                                           Communication from Colombo 10
     1Main Line Telephone                                            30000
                                                                           months
     2Mobiles at Site                                                40000 Communication from Site 10 months

 Sub Total                                                           70000

 C       TRANSPORTATION

                                                                           For Material and Crew , Lorry Fire for
     1Vehicle Hire                                                 1300000
                                                                           months
     2Flat Bed Long Vehicle 40 Tons                                  60000 Asbestos Transport
     3Diesel / Fuel - vehicle / pumps / genset                      210327


 Sub Total                                                         1570327
     MATERIAL / EQUIPMENT
D
     EXPENSE

  1Wood Working Machinery                            242000
  2Genset For Power                                   75075
  3Engine Water Pump                                  36075
  4Electric Water Pump                                 8586
  5Kithchen Equipment                                  6800
  6Tarpolin Tents                                     30000
  7Water Tanks                                        18000
  8Water Barrels                                       2200
  9Scaffolding Sets 8 nos                             64000
 10 Timber Planks                                     32000
 11 Labour Safety Kits                                27000
 12 Gloves                                             5600
 13 Shoes For Labour                                  10130
 14 Masonry Equipment                                 10135
 15 Wheel Barrows & Motar Plates                      18000
 16 Excavation of Water Well                          15000
 17 Temporary Power connection                        42031
 18 Cement -Concrete/ plaster/floor/ finishing       536375
 19 Sand                                             148000
 20 Concrete Metal                                    33750
 21 Steel & Toilet Equipment                         125125
 22 Roofing Sheets                                   849095
 23 Timber for Roof                                  238698
 24 Timber for Doors/ Windows                        881494
 25 Glasses for Windows                               46800
 26 Paint - External & Internal                      236332
 27 Electrical Wire & Fittings                       345000
 28 Ridge Tiles                                       21375
 29 From Thanujey Stores                             216980
 30 Water Bouser Payments                              3400
 31 Accesoories, blades , consumables               22356.5
 32 Locally purchased material - hardware/tools      124915
Sub Total                                         4472327.5


     LABOUR FOR PRODUCTION /                               Skilled Labour fees and daily expense
E
     SITE WORKS                                            paid at site for Masonry, Roofing, Pain
    11513.5 Labour Days at site @ 850              1286475 Concrete, Wiring, Finishing doors
    2Labour for Carpentry at workshop               492000 windows etc etc, carpentry for 184 do
                                                           window frames and 230 door window
                                                           sashes including glasses
Sub Total                                          1778475
      FOOD / WELFARE EXPENSE AT
 F
      SITE

                                                                                     includes , food,cleaning material, first
     1For total work force at site                                          940496
                                                                                     aid, gas, etc etc
                                                                                     during 10 months


 Sub total                                                                  940496

                                                 TOTAL
                                                                         9649575.5
                                                 COST

       the Listed cost Items / descriptions / explanations

      Labour expenses
      We have calculated only the labour we utilised and the cost is kept at the minimum levels.
      The local labour rate in Thirukkovil is 1500.00 per day but we paid only 850 .
      The cost of electricians for wiring, Carpentry for Roof work, Painters are not calculated at the general
      Construction rates as we only wanted to keep the cost at the lowest levels. They are calculated at daily Labour
      and included in no of labour days.
      The production cost for 414 units comprising of 184 Door and window frames and 230 door and window sashes
      are not calculated for general carpenters rate. We have considered only the actual labour days
      for which a unit labour cost is only 1188.40 - (1188.40 x 414 = 491997.60)

      Water
      Cost of water for consruction , we purchased water bousers at 3400 per unit and approx 3 units required to carry
      out construction and for human consumption at site.
      This was extremely expensive and we opted for the Water pump - engine driven using fuel which continued
      and subsequently obtained the electricity service and used both options to meet construction requirements
      and drinking / washing and daily human consumption which is cost effective that purchasing water.
      These costs are included - as water pupm costs, fuel costs, electricity costs which is difficult to be detailed
      in isolation as the purchase of fuel was made in common / bulk.


      Other
      We have not accounted for the time and cost incurred for the total coordination activity of this proect which
      Includes the following
       travel of team members to Divisional Secretary , District Secretariat Ampara, Electricity Board,
      Water Board, Survey Department, Security Councils, Local Ministries
      Time of Project Leader and monthly cost of Team Leader
      The Labour days related to these coordination activities are not included in the labour total of above summary


Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>                                    01 luglio 2009 08.40
A: vinoth lal dharme <vinomarath@yahoo.com>
Cc: jimmymarath@yahoo.com, Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>

 Hi guys,
 this is good and I will look into it now.

 But it's only a part of what I asked, So I still need to receive other stuff in the form of a document that
 should be as following:

 Section 1:

 Number of houses completed
 Number of houses occupied
 Number of houses still to be occupied

 Section 2:

 Brief summary of things done up to now on the construction side and on the administrative side

 Section 3:

 Description of things that still need to be done, completed or obtained, such as lot numbers

 Section 4:

 An expense report with a detail-level description of all relevant expenses made in this 10 months

 Section 5:

 Complete names and email/home addresses of all authorities involved in the project ( DS, land
 commissioner etc.)

 Section 6:

 Pictures of the occupied houses, plus the final list of all beneficiaries and a signed copy of the letters
 given to the beneficiaries

 Section 7:

 Other problems or observations that you may advise, and any additional comment you wish to make.

 Up to now you only gave me section number 4, I need to receive all other 6.

 I need to receive this ASAP.

 Can you please let me know something?

 Thank you,once again:)

 Gio


Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>                                  30 giugno 2009 11.49
A: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>, vinomarath@yahoo.com, vinomarathy@gmail.com,
Alessandro Giberti <victorward4@msn.com>
Ccn: Margaret Kennedy <mags.kennedy@gmail.com>, r.schisano@tiscali.it

 Hi Sure,
I've been trying to contact you but I cannot find you...it's never easy to get in contact with you..:)

So, I'm waiting to receive a report from you, stating the state of works and things done up to now. I
need to receive this as I need to send it and show it to all relevant stakeholders, such as (but not
only): other benefactors that participated in the first donation, City of Milan's Major (who participated
in the first donation), italian ambassador in Sri Lanka, Sri lankan authorities, my family and Ale, for
the job he and his newspaper have done.

I'm also thinking about having an article written on Sri Lankan newspapers about it, and I will also
publish a website once I will have all the following documentation.

I want to give you and everybody else the right visibility and credit for the great job done so far,
but I need to receive everything I'm asking you in order to do it.

So this report should be in 7 sections, and here's a detail of how it should look like:

Section 1:

Number of houses completed
Number of houses occupied
Number of houses still to be occupied

Section 2:

Brief summary of things done up to now on the construction side and on the administrative side

Section 3:

Description of things that still need to be done, completed or obtained, such as lot numbers

Section 4:

An expense report with a detail-level description of all relevant expenses made in this 10 months

Section 5:

Complete names and email/home addresses of all authorities involved in the project ( DS, land
commissioner etc.)

Section 6:

Pictures of the occupied houses, plus the final list of all beneficiaries and a signed copy of the letters
given to the beneficiaries

Section 7:

Other problems or observations that you may advise, and any additional comment you wish to make.

I need to receive this ASAP.


Finally as you already know I will come down in Sri Lanka at the beginning of August with my mother,
and we will be visiting the site. Jimmy will come with us too.
 We could have a celebration party or something like that organized in Thirukkovil for the day we'll be
 there, do you think it'd be possible? What are the things we need to do in order to do this?

 Also, with Jimmy we're trying to have a plate to put at site to celebrate my father's memory.

 As I said, I can't stress out enough the fact that I need to receive this report so that I can be able
 to give the right credit and visibility to anyone involved in this project.

 I'm looking forward to hear back from you very soon.

 Take care for now,

 and God bless.

 Gio


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Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>                                        01 luglio 2009 09.20
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>

 Hi Gio,


 Yes, you would have not been able to find me as I was not around home and since I
 do no carry a mobile any more. It is not to avoid any contact. My task have not been
 completed yet and until I feel confident that it is done I will be communicating to you
 from time to time. Mostly in written form.

 Since we left the site on 21st of June I just gave a break to the team until we resume
 work from Today. I had also few other committments to vist my workshop in
 Colombo which was inactive for about three months and needed to find possibilities
 of re structuring and obtain some good business.

 In the mean time I have informed Divisional Secretary Thirukkovil regarding few
 action points and that I would re visit the site with prior notice for the follow up
 actions.

 You will receive all information relevant to each section after this vist and I request
 two weeks time for this.
Prior to reading your mail I collecetd the available info and made a brief expense
report which include some expenses as cumilative totals and a summary of action
points I want to follow up in consultation with DS and the Team.

A detailed expense report which will include all valued inputs for the project will
come to you after I sit down with the team and obtain all views and data.

Pictures , Yes we got many pictures but as usual the size have been a problem. I am
taking time to send you few taken at the last moments. We will make some
arrangement to send all.

I have to do a final report for the project anyway and I am in the process of doing
this.. I have to send copies to DS, President Secretariat, Ministry of Nations Building
and all other stake holders as We have taken them as stakeholders here.

I do not see major problems other than general ones which have been regular in this
country for those time will be the cure. Anyway we are trying to give some
assistance to the families by enhancing their knowledge and by keeping them well
informed so that they would be motivated and stand on their feet.


As at today I have received information confirming that 15 families are physically
living in their new homes. All houses are handed over but the other few - 8 families
may have some difficulty or planed dates to occupy them With my visit I am able to
find it out. Further we received info that the families at site have upgraded the
drinking water well we did for them and they have sufficient water.
I have attached few photos, may be you receive several mails and two documents
related to action points and preliminary report.

 Item     Description of Activity              Explanations, Present status and next steps, observations.

                                                               

                                                               All 23 houses were assigned to the beneficiaries on Feb 3 r
                                                               2009 based on selection by GS Officers, Provincial Member and coordinated by Division
                                                               Secretary.



                                                               
          Assigned Houses and taking over by
 1
          Beneficiary families and occupying
                                                               Since then the families visited the site to clean up and participate in finishing activities



                                                               


                                                               Some families wanted to build a separate toilet on their own and the material are handed
                                                               over to them
                                                                 


                                                                 The copies of following letters are with the beneficiaries for their benefit.


                                                                 1. letters including the document signed on Feb 3rd 2009,


                                                                 2. a copy of letters sent to the Survey Dept by DS office TK/DS/LR/22 with
                                                                 Requisition TK/DS/124 for land survey,


                                                                 3. a letter of handing over given to beneficiaries by the Programme coordinator
                                                                 which will be counter signed by DS


                                                                 4. Letters to Area Engineer National Water Supply & Drainage Board and Area
                                                                 Engineer Electricity Board requesting main stream service connections to the
                                                                 village,


                                                                 5. letter received from Presidential secretariat confirming institutional support.



                                                                                              


                                                                                              The Special Task force camps at Sangamankanda, Sub Post a
                                                                                              Thamaraikulam – Near Nehrupuram and the Kanchanakuda
                                                                                              Camp are informed that the beneficiary families are occupyin
                                                                                              the houses and the details of beneficiaries were provided.



                                                                                              


                                                                                              There were 18 beneficiaries who collected the set of documen
                                                                                              on 21st of June 2009 and the other five are kept with the
                                                                                              beneficiary of House No 2 and all beneficiaries are informed.


                                       The Land survey requisition is sent to Ampara Survey Department Office by the Divisional Secretary. The
2   Land survey and lot numbers        request is prioritised by DS and all details pertaining to the land and beneficiary families are with survey
                                       department. The physical survey is to be carried out soon which facilitate several other activities.




                                       A manually operated pump is fixed to the tube well for daily needs of beneficiary families.


                                       The temporary service connection from Electricity board is disconnected and a water pump cannot be
                                       operated unless the total village discuss and set up a common unit with connection from electricity board.


3   Water Facility for Beneficiaries   Though the Ministry of Nations Building requested the Engineer of National Water Supply & Drainage Boa
                                       to visit the site and prepare an estimate with a 20% community contribution to upgrade and arrange a rura
                                       water scheme using the existing well the engineer Mr. Nakkawita has not been bothered to at least visit th
                                       location. The said letter is dated 26th December 2008. The Program coordinator visited him in January wi
                                       the ministers letter and he said that there is no water in the area when, we enjoyed the clear drinking wate
                                       from this well at site.
                                                   The request Letter to Area Engineer with recommendation from Divisional Secretary and the Supdt from
                                                   Akkaraipattu was sent to Area Engineer Ampara.
 4      Electricity Facility
                                                   The main lines are approx 75 meters from the village and Govt / CEB shall provide lines to the village for
                                                   individual families to make independent requests through DS Office




                                                   A small community centre for this village will be of great importance to provide the state assistance and a
                                                   space for services from any other organisation. Such a space could have a pre school for the children, the
                                                   monthly health clinics for mothers, educative, social mobilisation work by other organisations and village
 5      Future developments other priority needs
                                                   committee meetings etc etc. The Project Coordinator of ICRC Visited the site to observe the background a
                                                   he stated that once the beneficiaries have occupied they may consider such a space or for other needs su
                                                   as livelihood assistance etc.




                                                   The beneficiaries were advised to form a village committee as a part of capacity building at village level. T
 6      Formation of village committee             is important for the beneficiaries to maintain unity and arrive at collective decisions and make common
                                                   requests to impose pressure to obtain state assistance.




 7      Visit of Mr Stella – simple celebration    Dates to be confirmed approx two weeks prior o arrival.




Will talk to you soon.
Wish you good health and happiness.
 Sure.

 From: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
 To: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
 Cc: jimmy marathy
 <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>; vinomarath@yahoo.com; vinomarathy@gmail.com; Alessandro
 Giberti <victorward4@msn.com>
 Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 3:49:23 AM
 Subject: Important and urgent: Key results and Next Steps Report
 [Testo tra virgolette nascosto]




Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>                                     01 luglio 2009 09.53
A: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>, vinoth lal dharme <vinomarath@yahoo.com>

 Hi Sure,

 thank you for your email, this first part of documentation that you sent will be of great help.

 Ok if you ask for 2 weeks time to complete the report, which I then expect to receive by Tuesday July
 14th.

 Can you also tell me how to contact you in the meanwhile if i need to speak to you?

 I might need to as i might need your help to organize our next visit.

 Let me know,

 take care

 Gio

From: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
To: giostelle@google.com
Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 3:35:49 AM
Subject: Report

Dear Gio,

Reference my previous mail I am attaching the details and information you requested.

Vinoth informed that you are planning to arrive here and visit the Site by August 12th. It
is a wednesday I double checked with DS and he is happy that you come and see the
village. He said that it is not compulsory that he should be there. He do not want to
avoid us due to any reason what he said was that he is happy to have supported this
activity and even if he is not around he do not want to change our plans.

The President Secretariat informed that they have advised the Survey Dept Ampara to
finish the survey soon. When checked with Ampara they have already informed the sub
post at Akkaraipattu to attend to the matter. I called Sub post and the officer was in the
field. Will have some information by tommorow.


Keep Vinoth Informed about your visit or the plans or if possible send mails. I am able to
check it every day in the night from a communication close to my house. During day
time I travel to my workshop.

Take care

God bless you.

Sure


Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>                                     16 luglio 2009 22.05
A: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>, vinoth lal dharme <vinomarath@yahoo.com>,
Alessandro Giberti <victorward4@msn.com>
Ccn: Margaret Kennedy <mags.kennedy@gmail.com>

 Hi Sure,

 thank you for your summary.

 I've red it carefully tonight I appreciate the level of detail you've put.

 Of course I do have things to ask you/tell you:

 You wrote that if the remaining 7 families will not occupy the houses by the 18th, which is tomorrow,
 you will hand over the house to some other families.

 These sounds good to me; the question is now: what is the situation like with these families?
 Did they occupy the houses in the meanwhile? Are the houses still to be occupied?
 If so, do you already know who else could occupy them?

 We need to move with anticipation, as it would be quite disappointing if 7 houses will be to be left
 empty.

 Can you please let me know something asap on this matter? If tomorrow you are going to change 7
 beneficiaries I want to be informed.

 Regarding our visit, I already have bought tickets for me and my mother, Renata Schisano.
 We will arrive in Colombo the morning of the 9th,and I can confirm you that we plan to visit Thirukkovil
 on the 12th.

 The idea is to stay st site from the morning to the evening, and then move. This program might be
 subject to my mother's conditions, as I wanna be sure that
 she'll be fine.

 We do not want to do anything spectacular, just a small ceremony with the beneficiaries and the
 authorities. Ideally we'd like the DS (and any other relevant authority) to be there with us, as he had a
 key role in this project, and to make this ceremony more official.
 If he won't be able to attend, we will visit him. Anyway, I want to meet him, so please help me with this
 matter.

 We might give a little simple speech, if my mother wants to prepare something, and then we might
 just stay there with the beneficiaries talking with them and listening to them. We could then have
 lunch all together there.

 We do not want or intend to do anything big, or exaggerated. We just want to meet the families, check
 the houses and enjoy the great job that was done.

 I still don't know whether we'll reach Thirukkovil via helicopter or car, it depends on some external
 factors. I will let you know.

 For the plate, Jimmy will take care of its making, and then he'll update you. You might try to think
 which could be its best position in the village.

 Ale and Carlotta should probably be there with us too, on the 12th.

 I still didn't have time to read carefully the expenses report, so for now I won't comment on that.I will
 follow up on this matter as soon as I manage to check all the expenses.

 So for now I'll wait to hear from you about the 7 remaining houses/families. As the deadline you gave
 is tomorrow, I expect to receive an update tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. Sorry if I ask it this
 way, but as you can imagine this is a really important matter for me, my family and my father's
 memory.

 Take care Sure, and God bless

 Gio

Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>                                         17 luglio 2009 09.55
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>

 Dear Gio,

 I have given my comments in green colour below, next to your concern.


 From: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
 To: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
 Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>; vinoth lal dharme <vinomarath@yahoo.com>;
 Alessandro Giberti <victorward4@msn.com>
 Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2009 2:05:01 PM
 Subject: Re: Fw: Report

 Hi Sure,

 thank you for your summary.

 I've red it carefully tonight I appreciate the level of detail you've put.
Of course I do have things to ask you/tell you:

You wrote that if the remaining 7 families will not occupy the houses by the 18th, which is
tomorrow, you will hand over the house to some other families.

These sounds good to me; the question is now: what is the situation like with these families?
Did they occupy the houses in the meanwhile? Are the houses still to be occupied?
If so, do you already know who else could occupy them?


All families collected their documents to occupy but it is a matter of interest and
attitude. What we found was the people who have the lowest income, who do not
have anything at all were very keen to contribute their labour and time for their
new shelter. Some have the attitude of staying at IDP (Internally Displaced
Persons Camps) for free benefits while staying in here.

To control this we took early measures.

When we assigned the houses we have obtained from these families a document
signed which was clearly explained top them with the consultation of DS nad
during presence that, in the event that they are unable occupy the house assigned
to them for whatever reason the DS will assign the house to another homeless
family.
This was further ellaborated to them that even if these families meet with any
difficulty perhaps personnel / or not if they do not occupy they must hand over the
house to DS and if they want to show up at the houses just to please the authorities
and us and later lock them up and get back to a refugee camp or a camp for the
Internally displaced persons for free benefits their houses will be re possesed by us
with the intervention of DS.

So the position of these families We got find out through a visit after 18th.

If they are identified as " no interest / negative " we re posses the houses. If there
are acceptable difficulties we consult DS and with their consent hand over the
houses to another party so that occupying does not become another problem for
them.

The advantage we have here is that the Local Political Minister is in the same
thinking and during the last few weeks he have made continuous visits to the
village and have made the same remarks to people. We are informed by the people
that he is trying to do the remaining seven houses which from the original 30
which we had not re constructed and trying to upgrade the water well we
excavated. These could be political promises but at least it is good that someones
stay around this village to up lift hope of people.

If you can remenber in the list of DS we had nearly 40 families selected for
beneficiaries. It is not difficult to find them and assign a house and then it is only a
matter of exchanging few documents to include the new names in other
admin documents and to report to respective authorities.


We need to move with anticipation, as it would be quite disappointing if 7 houses will be to
be left empty.

Can you please let me know something asap on this matter? If tomorrow you are going to
change 7 beneficiaries I want to be informed.

Yes I will let you know


Regarding our visit, I already have bought tickets for me and my mother, Renata Schisano.
We will arrive in Colombo the morning of the 9th,and I can confirm you that we plan to visit
Thirukkovil on the 12th.

The idea is to stay st site from the morning to the evening, and then move. This program
might be subject to my mother's conditions, as I wanna be sure that
she'll be fine.

We do not want to do anything spectacular, just a small ceremony with the beneficiaries and
the authorities.. Ideally we'd like the DS (and any other relevant authority) to be there with
us, as he had a key role in this project, and to make this ceremony more official.
If he won't be able to attend, we will visit him. Anyway, I want to meet him, so please help
me with this matter.

This is great news.
I will draw some plans with the team. With this I am Able to contact DS and write
an official invitation to Him and keep the Minister Informed. Generally the Local
Minister will get together with the village / community during this kind of events.
As at today DS did not have any appointment. When I, as Project Coordinator
make an official request He should consider. I will keep you posted.

We might give a little simple speech, if my mother wants to prepare something, and then we
might just stay there with the beneficiaries talking with them and listening to them. We could
then have lunch all together there.
We do not want or intend to do anything big, or exaggerated. We just want to meet the
families, check the houses and enjoy the great job that was done.

Yes, this sound a simple plan and I am able to send this message to DS and
Minister so that they communicate with families.


I still don't know whether we'll reach Thirukkovil via helicopter or car, it depends on some
external factors. I will let you know.
I wonder if you are communicating to a local agent re the travel in helicopter. It is
time saving. The travel by road will take 10 to 12 hours at a low speed. The roads
are fine, except for appox 1 km or half a km the rest have been upgraded by the
government with carpetting. If your mother will feel comfortable travelling by
road perhaps with a break in between travelling by road through a comfortable
vehicle which could be hired easily and will be cost effective.

There are few logistics involved such as obtaining security permits when we exit
from the area which could be arranged without problem.

For the plate, Jimmy will take care of its making, and then he'll update you. You might try to
think which could be its best position in the village.

Ale and Carlotta should probably be there with us too, on the 12th.
Notorious ALE, Good to see him. I thought he is at LA -US busy after MJ s issue.
Give my Regards.
Who is Carlotta?

I still didn't have time to read carefully the expenses report, so for now I won't comment on
that.I will follow up on this matter as soon as I manage to check all the expenses.

Yes Gio, This ia something that I never expected to send you, but of course 4
months vs 10 months even our low Admin costs was difficult to be covered on my
own. I tried several organisations to involve them for community centre , water,
etc during the period so at least the admin costs are covered but they did not
respond. Some came to the site and went. Their agenda is totally different from
your fathers that is the reason.

At the moment all our guys are down trying to get some business.
In case you send something contact Vinoth cause my Account is freezed at the
moment. I have to send you details of another Account.
What to do its part of life. Ups and Downs. I gotta face them cos my way of doing
things have been different.
 So for now I'll wait to hear from you about the 7 remaining houses/families. As the deadline
 you gave is tomorrow, I expect to receive an update tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.
 Sorry if I ask it this way, but as you can imagine this is a really important matter for me, my
 family and my father's memory.

 I will update you.

 Take Care, God Bless You.


Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>                                         18 luglio 2009 06.47
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>

 Dear Gio,

 Hope you have received the mail I had sent you yesterday.

 I will get in touch with the Minister Today and send you another mail. In
 the meantime could you let me know when the additional expense could
 be covered.

 It is important that we settle the dues to local hardware - Thanujey
 Stores and the skilled labour fees outstanding before we make a visit for
 final arrangements and complete all payments due to others.

 Send me a mail or txt Vinoth.

 Thanks & God Bless You.

 Sure.
Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>                                     18 luglio 2009 10.07
A: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>, vinoth lal dharme <vinomarath@yahoo.com>,
Alessandro Giberti <victorward4@msn.com>

 Hi Sure,

 I received your email.

 Let me know what happens with the 7 remaining beneficiaries, as this is the biggest urgency at the
 moment.

 For everything related to the expenses I need to finish to check your reports first, and then I'll let you
 know what is my opinion on the matter.

 I'll get back to you soon, in the meanwhile I'll be waiting for your updates on the actual situation at
 site.

 Ciao and take care,

 Gio

Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>                                         20 luglio 2009 06.06
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>

 Dear Gio,

 Thanks for your mail and the concerns clearly laid down.

 First, balance 7 families. - status;I am yet to receive an update from
 Local people and Minister, will send you the info soon. May be today
 evening. We do not have an office functioning there and depend only on
 phone calls received by Vinoth and my communication with DS.


 I am re sending the info I mailed yo on July 1st highlighting two
 sentences which explain you why there is a difference between the
 BRIEF EXPENSE REPORT AND THE DETAILED EXPENSE REPORT.
 I will also send you further clarifications which I understand that you may
 require to table them for the other benefactors and that those
 information shall be transparent.

 from mail of July 1st 2009.
 " Prior to reading your mail I collecetd the available info and made a
 brief expense report which include some expenses as cumilative
 totals and a summary of action points I want to follow up in consultation
 with DS and the Team.

 A detailed expense report which will include all valued inputs for the
 project will come to you after I sit down with the team and obtain all
 views and data."


 Baically we did not have a fully automated management system at
 Thirukkovil and Colombo linked to have every information updated as
soon as activities take place. Hence some details were obtained after
sitting down with the team.

My time - was calculated after discussing with the team whether my
inputs are valuable or not.
You will receive further details regarding this.


You had mentioned about funding in 2006 ? Perhaps it is a mistake, we
started communicating in mid 2008.

You had quoted the detail of my mail re my offer with discounted price
of 8 million from original 15 million and agreeing to do 23 houses from
30 with slight changes.. Yes I agree and this was an highly optimostic
figure which I had not realised that the status of houses were different
from each other. Anyway I had offered you a half price from the original
value without reducing the no of houses to half of 30.

When you were here last August you would have seen to your own eyes
that status of the houses. Only the foundation and block walls which was
also not in excellent shape to continueas it is. The trees grown within the
houses the damages etc.

It is my mistake and may be I have to pay the price. I do not know. But
let me understand, according to agreement in front of the lawyer / my
mails to you and most importantly with deep respect to my face value
and without going against my self conciousness I had completed the
part possible as an individual driving a small team. I am happy about it,
whether I receive bonus or not. Perhaps it is due to some respect I had
towards your father whom I had never seen and is precious quality of
"giving" and his son who step up to continue the kindness of thy father
which is very rare in todays world.


I am happy that with my small team here and with the minimum admin
expense possible I have managed to complete the project beyond limits
of a normal building contractor and perhaps that the previous
benefactors from 2005 too would be pleased that their donations have
not gone waste.
 I cannot gather from your last mail whether the benefactors from your
 side including your family is trying to consider covering the additional
 cost or not. Because it has nothing to do with agreements.

 I can send a further ellaborated report regarding expenses and other
 inputs to the level of verification you requested but again how
 transparent they would be remain a question.

 i.e accounts statements, bank statements, letters from banks, Payment
 Vouchers, bills from hardwares, payments made to local vendors who
 do not produce bills, any other expense details related to a project of this
 nature.

 Please note that I have not demanded anything from you but have sent
 you and your benefactors some information to understand we met this
 additional expense and made a request.

 So let me please understand clearly in black/white so I keep the team
 updated and find solutions and different directions to set up our future
 while recovering.

 You will receive a detailed clarification soon but copies of invoices, bills
 you may have to come here and see and beleive in someone who may
 translate them to you.

 Hope to recieve clear info to conclude my understanding.

 God bless you

 Sure.
Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>                                      18 luglio 2009 17.18
A: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
Cc: vinoth lal dharme <vinomarath@yahoo.com>
Ccn: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>, Alessandro Giberti <victorward4@msn.com>,
Margaret Kennedy <mags.kennedy@gmail.com>, r.schisano@tiscali.it

 Hi Sure,

 here are my considerations on the 2 expenses reports that I received on July 1st and 14th, and my
 answer to your latest request for money to be sent to you for the coverage of outstanding expenses.
Considerations and Reports analysis

On July 9th, 2008 you committed to the following (as per the email that you sent to me):

"We will complete 23 houses at a minimum price of Local Rupees 8 million with the
following changes from our previous offer (Which was of 15,982,180 Rupees).

Changes –
1.The total houses to be completed -23 nos from 30 houses.
2. The ceiling for houses will be excluded
3. We have excluded the pavement around the house
4. Finishes for Door windows will be normal enamel paint instead of Spray Painting Finish.

These changes will not affect the functional value of the houses."

On August 15th, 2008 in Colombo at the presence of Mr. A.Gangatharan, Attorney
at law and Notary Public, Alessandro, Jimmy and Tilak we agreed that the job would
have been completed under the above conditions, at the price of 8 million Rupees
(49.400 €), and we all signed a written agreement.
This means that, being the team leader in charge of the project, one of your duties was to keep
expenditures within the agreed allocated amount.

Given your final report, the total amount that my family gave to you was 8.833.106,7 Rupees (54.544
€), which is to say 833.106,7 Rupees (5.144 Euro) more than the initial price.

This amount was donated even if there's been a 6 months delay (not completely justified) in the
original deadline that you provided me with in August, which was December 31st, and even if you
didn't always stick to the commitment (also stated in the above agreement) of keeping constant
contact with me.

In our last conversation on the phone on this matter in May, I explained you that my family couldn't
afford to cover other expenses, because the total amount of donations that we made since the
beginning in 2006 was way way higher than the 8.8 million Rupees that we gave to you.

Had you to cover other expenses in addition to the 8.83 million Rupees, you should have asked me in
advance, so that I could have taken a decision and eventually given you the green light to proceed.

Having clarified that we cannot afford to make other donations, and the reasons behind this
communication, I anyway want to analyze with you the reports that you sent me.

Firstly, these reports that you are providing are extensive and detailed, and provide a good overview
of the expenses that were covered.

Nevertheless these reports are not crystal clear (for the reasons that I will explain below), nor
transparent enough, as all original receipts/invoices are still missing, or at least have not been
attached to your reports as a Proof of Payment.

Until all original receipts/invoices will not be presented, all costs and expenses included in the 2
reports can't be checked and matched:I would have no other way to check this payments but to trust
your word.

Having said this, going through these 2 reports there's a total difference of 756.754 Rupees between
the first and the second report, and which has been added to the first report that you sent.

Reading through the notes of the report that you sent on July 1st, there might be a partial explanation
of the new expenses that is summarized in the following statement:

"We have not accounted for the time and cost incurred for the total coordination activity of this proect
whichIncludes the following travel of team members to Divisional Secretary , District Secretariat
Ampara, Electricity Board, Water Board, Survey Department, Security Councils, Local Ministries Time
of Project Leader and monthly cost of Team LeaderThe Labour days related to these coordination
activities are not included in the labour total of above summary"
(Highlighted in red at the bottom of the right hand side of the file that I attached you)

This means that the following costs can be explained with the previous statement:
(All values in Rupees)

450.000 for Team Leader
20.000 for Meals & Refreshment during travel

Given these assumptions, in the final report there are costs that have been added and that still don't
have a clear explanation.

Here is the detail:

12.000 for Stationary Costs
12.000 for Electricity Costs
+112.130 (compared to the first report) for Diesel/Fuel (322.457-210.327)
17.500 for Bus Fare for Team Members
+100.000 for Cement - Concrete/plaster/floor/finishing (636.375 - 536.375)
5.500 for Tube Well and Transport
+99.304 for the category Food/Welfare expenses at site (1.039.800 - 940.496)

There is also one voice - Vehicle Hire - which amount is lower than in the first report:

- 71.680 (1.300.000 - 1.228.320)

These calculations lead to a non explained difference in costs between the 2 reports that is as
following:

10.406.329,5 (total cost as per final report)
- 9.649.575,5 (total cost as per first report)
- 470.000 (total expenses added in the final report as an adjustment for the coordination activity)

= 286.754

I kindly ask you to clarify the nature of these expenditures, and why these have not been included in
the first report, or explained in the second.

Other Comments

As you know, and as I've already said, my family went through massive donations to make this
project possible.
  We firmly believe that we've been more than fair to you and all the team, trying to provide you with all
  the donations and the assistance possible (given the fact that we're so far away from Sri Lanka).
  Nevertheless, as I mentioned to you in previous emails and conversations I intend to give bonuses
  and "awards" to the key figures that made this project possible, which is to say You, Jimmy and
  Vinoth. This is because in spite of the problems and delays that it went through, I want to show our
  appreciation to the 3 persons that more than anyone made this possible.
  Conditions, time and terms and of the above bonuses are subject to mine and my family's decision,
  capability and will only, and their assignation will happen when the project will be finished (all houses
  will be occupied).

  Having exposed you my considerations on this matter, I remind you to please keep me informed of
  how the situation evolves in regards to the houses that still have to be occupied.

  I'm waiting to hear back from you soon,

  until then take care.

  Ciao,

  Gio

Here is the detail:

12.000 for Stationary Costs - Costs incurred for paper/ boards/ photo copies/ letters to authorities
/ beneficiaries / pens/ pencils/ markers/ pins/ tape/ etc etc required for record keeping and
maintenance of bills / details re works, files, cd's, batteries, calculator, note books averaged to
1200/= per month/
12.000 for Electricity Costs - electricity cost for machinery used for fabrication of door /window
frames & sashes, palining of timber, routering, glazing etc - 3 months averaged at 4000/= a
month
+112.130 (compared to the first report) for Diesel/Fuel (322.457-210.327) as stated the costs
incurred for purchasing, fuel for water pump, for lamps, travel costs are not included for the rate
of meals per day, we have computed the bills received
17.500 for Bus Fare for Team Members - There was no vehicle given to coordinators for travel,
this is an averaged figure for the ten months for the three members
+100.000 for Cement - Concrete/plaster/floor/finishing (636.375 - 536.375) actual bill calculated
once site details were received
5.500 for Tube Well and Transport This tube well was made in colombo and transported within
three days to ensure people have water at site when we leave them this is what they use now as
no authority have come forward to help.
+99.304 for the category Food/Welfare expenses at site (1.039.800 - 940.496) we
have included an averaged rate in first repoert but isolated the expenses at site - thirukkovil and
at colombo workshop

There is also one voice - Vehicle Hire - which amount is lower than in the first report:

- 71.680 (1.300.000 - 1.228.320) - The actual receipts calculated hence the figure comes down.
These calculations lead to a non explained difference in costs between the 2 reports that is as
following:

10.406.329,5 (total cost as per final report)
- 9.649.575,5 (total cost as per first report)
- 470..000 (total expenses added in the final report as an adjustment for the coordination
activity)


Hi Sure,

thanks for your emails.

I appreciate that you are explaining me the discrepancies between the two reports.
On the other side, there is still no evidence for each of these expenses.This is a problem, but it is not the
biggest:more important is what i wrote below.

So, let me start from this:
"You had quoted the detail of my mail re my offer with discounted price of 8 million from
original 15 million and agreeing to do 23 houses from 30 with slight changes.. Yes I
agree and this was an highly optimostic figure which I had not realised that the status of
houses were different from each other. Anyway I had offered you a half price from the
original value without reducing the no of houses to half of 30."
Firstly, If you remember last July I asked you to provide me with another proposal that was half the
original price that you proposed, and so you did.
I asked to receive such a proposal because our budget couldn't allow us to pay 15 million rupees on top
of what we already paid in 2005 (not to you, but we paid it anyway to the previous team lead). We signed
an agreement where you accepted to finish the project at the price of 8 million rupees, not 10.5 million.If
you knew that 8 million wasn't realistic you shouldn't had told me so, because 2.5 million rupees is an
amount that does make a difference.
When you sent me the proposed price of 8 million rupees I assumed that you had done an accurate
check of the conditions of the houses, and that the proposal was realistic.
After this, and after all the problems that we and you went through this year, we sent 5.400 Euro more in
different instalments, because we wanted to put you in the best conditions to work and finish the job.This
5.400 Euro were already on top of the 8 millions upon which we agreed last year.

I have to ask you: If you knew that you had to spend 1.7 million rupees more than the allocated budget (8
million+833.000 rupees) why didn't you ask me in advance? I've been asking you for an expense report
since May 11th, which is to say a week after my last bank transfer to you.You ignored my requests, and I
received a report only in July.Why didn't you tell me in May that you still needed 1.6 million rupees?
I'm really sorry Sure, but unfortunately my family is not a bank and we can't afford to produce another 1.6
million rupees on top of what we already paid.

Secondly I would like to point out the fact that it's true that you completed 23 houses instead of 30 for half
the first price that you offered, but the quality of materials and the level of accuracy of the job has been
different, as you specified in your proposal when you said:
1.The total houses to be completed -23 nos from 30 houses.
2. The ceiling for houses will be excluded
3. We have excluded the pavement around the house
4. Finishes for Door windows will be normal enamel paint instead of Spray Painting Finish.
This is the state of things as for now.

Anyway, I will be down in Sri Lanka quite soon, as I'll be there on August 9th.

Should you have any further question,we can discuss them then, or feel free to write me.

Beside the expenses issue, do you have any update about the non occupied houses? It is important that
we clear it as soon as possible.

Let me know, and take care

Gio


Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>                                     22 luglio 2009 13.34
A: Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>

  Thanks Gio,

  Its clear now that you are unable to provide funds to cover this.

  So I will make the total value of this project, and detail the contribution
  from , 3 parties. Stella & Family, Sri Lankan Government, Surrendra
  Wijerathne which will included to my final report.
  You may have to obtain services of a local quantity surveyor to analyse
  the cost.

  We may have to change the name of this village as it will not be fair for
  one party to take credit and you may advise jimmy to do so in the plaque
  or whatever he will put up.

  According to your previous mails you have to satisfy the previous
  benefactors who had been a part of this when your father started the
  project. So your team now have the outcomes to show them do not
  worry.

  One thing should be clearly mentioned

  The quality of material & the level of accuracy - this must be corrected
  as we have not used low quality material for any work - in -accuracy has
  been only in terms of time. We have not put your money to learn or test
  construction methods. The intelectual property inputs for this project has
  not been valued as in the case of many things.
 So until my next mail,with answers to the points you have raised, which
 will be the last to you,

 All the best.
 God bless you.
 Sure.


Giovanni Stella <giostella@google.com>                                              22 luglio 2009 14.31
A: Surendra Wijerathne <surenwijerathne@yahoo.com>
Cc: jimmy marathy <jimmymarathy@yahoo.com>

 Hi Sure,

 first of all: you have not answered my questions to explain me why you never told that you couldn't
 finish the job within the allocated budget.

 Please answer all the question that i made you in my previous email.

 Then:
 you don't know what is the total value of the contribution of my family,as you don't know how much
 we donated in 2005 to the previous constructor, so I don't see how you intend to detail my family's
 contribution? Could you clarify?

 Second: what does this mean?"Youmay have to obtain services of a local quantity
 surveyor to analyse the cost". Please clarify
 Third:my family is by far the main benefactor behind this,and we have bank transfers since 2005 to
 prove this. So beware when you say that it wouldn't be fair for us to take credit, and beware when you
 say that somebody else should be taking as much as credit as my father.

 Fourth: I never intended to say that you used low quality materials, read my email with attention.
 What I said is that for 8 million rupees you explained us that you couldn't finish some details, which
 you wrote down in the email. I never thought that you were making any kind of test with those houses.

 Please let me know asap,

 and Take care.

 Gio

								
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