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What SCOT is all about

Forty years of service to the community

1. SCOT - Background and History
  • SCOT is one of the older Tamil organisations in the UK, established in 1977 and a registered charity from 1978.
  • SCOT is resolutely non-political, and as a charity, its main aim is to provide support for relief and rehabilitation projects, help alleviate poverty amongst young and vulnerable people, and to work and campaign to protect and promote health education social welfare and the human rights of the Tamil-speaking people of Sri Lanka.
  • Main activities in the early days: Poverty alleviation and assistance to those affected by violence or natural disasters.
  • Always worked with partner organisations that are close to their local communities; this is so to the present day.
  • Funding policy: Always in keeping with the needs and priorities of the community in the NorthEast; Application of available resources to where the need is greatest, and on the basis of sound value for money.
  • The membership of SCOT is around two hundred.
  • SCOT sources of funds: Members' subscriptions, contributions by members and well wishers, and regular fund-raising events.
2. Devastation by civil war and Tsunami
  • From the mid-1980s the effects of a brutal ethnic war on the local communities were horrendous.
  • Loss of life and limb and destruction of property at a massive scale; displacement of whole communities was commonplace.
  • Arrest, torture and imprisonment without trial of Tamils occurred regularly in many areas of the NorthEast.
  • SCOT responded positively to regular pleas for help over the years and is continuing to do so.
  • Support to war affected families, widows and destitute children is continuing.
  • Desolation caused by the Dec 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka is well known. Some coastal regions of the NorthEast were among the most severely devastated areas.
  • Requests to SCOT for funding from its partners in Sri Lanka started arriving within twenty four hours of the tsunami.
  • SCOT responded to urgent requests for help by making funds available very promptly towards immediate needs.
  • This was followed soon afterwards by funds towards other necessities of life.
3. Uncertain peace and plight of vulnerable people
  • End of the war has undoubtedly brought about some improvements to life in the NorthEast.
  • These improvements over time include freedom of movement, enhanced road and rail transport.
  • On the political front, the establishment of Provincial Councils for the North and East was a welcome move.
  • However, tens of thousands of people displaced from their homes and villages are languishing in lOP camps, many for more than 25 years.
  • The military continues to occupy vast areas of private lands still, more than eight years after the end of the war.
  • Indefinite stay in lOP camps and being ejected and deprived of their own lands cause great suffering to the affected people.
  • SCOT looks to the leaders of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka to help achieve an early and just resolution of these problems.
4. Continuing attention to core activities
  • SCOT General Council was mindful not to let its war and tsunami relief initiatives adversely affect its regular funding activities.
  • Financial support for a range of activities and organisations in the NorthEast did go on without serious disruption. Assistance to Orphanages, Children's and Elders' Homes, nutrition and tuition programmes for children, counselling torture and trauma victims,healthcare initiatives and widows' income generation activities are examples of continuing care by SCOT to the disadvantaged in the NorthEast.
  • To address changing needs, SCOT is involved in a Model Farm initiative to disseminate information on modem farming methods and techniques in order to help peasant farmers increase their yield and productivity.
  • Majority of partner organisations supported by SCOT are small and work in rural areas helping communities that are often forgotten or overlooked by other NGOs.
  • SCOT recognizes that in many areas of the NorthEast, children are in need of greater support and intends to expand its nutrition and education programmes in these areas
  • To meet these challenges, SCOT needs the continuing support of its members, friends and well-wishers.
5. Management and decision making
  • The General Council (GC) decides strategy and manages the affairs of SCOT. It has thirty one members, including the President and eight other Officers, three elected Trustees, seventeen (General Council) Members, all elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), and two immediate past presidents. It convenes at least six times a year, usually every other month except during December and during the month when the AGM is held.
  • The task of implementing GC strategy and decisions rests primarily with the President, General Secretary, Treasurer and Projects officer. Members of this executive group together with other elected officers handle the administrative work of the GC too.
  • Details of income and expenditure are presented at every General Council Meeting (GCM) for scrutiny and approval. At end of each financial year, the year's AGM.
  • Similarly every application for funding received is considered and appropriate action is authorised at a GCM.
  • Members of the executive group and the three Trustees elected at AGM are Trustees of SCOT.
6. How friends and well wishers can help
  • The President and General Council acknowledge with gratitude the regular support of members and particularly the spontaneous and generous contributions from members, friends and well-wishers.
  • Friends and well-wishers are welcome to consider membership of SCOT.
  • Members who could spare a little time can consider joining the General Council to assist in the decision making.
  • If that is not feasible, attendance at our two regular fundraising events, the Tamil New Year Lunch and the Christmas Dinner Dance will be greatly appreciated.
  • For contacts and more information, please visit the SCOT website:
  • The President and members of his Team will be very happy to hear from anyone with offers of support, assistance or other proposals.
Ref. SP /.17.01
17 Sep 2017

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