In recognition of civic-oriented welfare projects being carried out by the Army in Jaffna, “We Are One Sri Lanka”, an organization based in UK showed its solidarity by donating 18 computers to Security Force Jaffna (SF-J) on Sunday (09) morning. Mr. Mohan Samarasinghe representing the organization handed over the computers, each to the value of Rs. 80,000/=, to Major General Priyatha Jayasundara, General Officer Commanding 52 Division at the “Harmony Centre” at Thalayalai, Kokuvil East.
Computers will be used to give training to Jaffna children on Information Technology at the Harmony Centre established on concept of Commander SF-J Major General Udaya Perera with purpose of helping people of Jaffna on requirements in spheres of education, health, fisheries, women empowerment and so on.
The donation was coordinated by Commanding Officer 6th Sri Lanka Signal Corps Lieutenant Colonel Chandana Arangalla.
“We Are One Sri Lanka” is conducting many community projects in many areas in the North.
In another humanitarian assistance by Security Force Jaffna to needy people in the peninsula, 523 Brigade of Allarai, Chavakachcheri, made a donation of a new washing machine to Nivarthana Children’s home, Kaithady. The donation worth of Rs. 35000/= came in through a request made by the Commanding Officer 16th Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (16 VIR) Lieutenant Colonel Janith Bandara from a donor in the South.
The washing machine was handed over to Mr. Visbvaruban, Commissioner, Probation and Child Care Northern Province on 16th October 2014 by General Officer Commanding 52 Division Major General Priyanta Jayasundara.
Nivarthana Children’s home looks after 42 male and female children. Troops of 18th Gemunu Watch (18 GW) of Navatkuly, at the same time, gave away gift parcels to all of them on the same occasion.
Meanwhile, 18 GW organized an entertaining event with calypso music for 25 inmates at Kaithady Home for visually impaired. They were provided with lunch too.
The events were coordinated by Commander 523 Brigade Brigadier Athula Marasinghe.
Making a history in the field of football in Jaffna, a team of experienced coaches and players from the USA arrived in Jaffna to conduct coaching camps for youths and schoolchildren this week.
With coordination of Security Force Jaffna (SF – J), Mr. Gregg Davis, Mr. Evan Davis, Charles Johnson and Rodney Petersheim with their team leader Mr. Mathew Billman of Soccer Outreach Association, Pennsylvania conducted a three day coaching camp at Durayappah Stadium on 21st, 22nd and 23rd of July. Commander Security Force Jaffna Major General Udaya Pererra attended the inauguration ceremony on Monday (21).
About 375 youths from different leagues in Jaffna, Valikamam and Islands administrative divisions and schoolchildren took part in the programme. One motive of organizing this sports camp is to inculcate qualities such as patience, equality, courage and acceptance of victory and defeat alike. It helps eradicate war mentality and assist the process of reconciliation.
A similar programme which gives training to players in Thenmaratchci and Vadamaratchi administrative divisions will be held at St. Michael’s grounds in Nelliady from 25th to 27th instant.
President Sri Lanka Football Federation Mr. Ranjith Rodrigo assisted the Army to organize the coaching camp. Commander 553 Brigade Colonel Vijith Subasinghe coordinated it on behalf of the Security Force Jaffna.
Newly constructed Children Park and playground were inaugurated in Adampan, Mannar on 28 June 2014. S.Varaprakasam, Chairman, Manthai West Pradeshiya Sabha headed the event.Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council Justice C.V.Wigneswaran and Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen have participated as Chief Guests and declared opened the children park and the playground.
Subsequently trees were planted in the playground honouring guests participation. Then Northern Province Chief Minister inaugurated a football competition between Manthai West Divisional Secretariat team and Madhu Deputy Government Officer team. After this, Chief Guests have given away prizes and scholarships to School students, and Sportsmen.
Children Park and Sports playground built under NELSIP project for Rs. 9.1 Million and implemented by Manthai West Pradeshiya Sabha.
S. Sritharan, Member of Parliament, B.Deniswaran, Minister of Fisheries, Transport, Trade & Commerce and Rural Development, Provincial Council members, Secretary to the Chief Minister S.Thiruvakaran, Manthai West Pradeshiya Sabah Secretary and other officials were also present at this opening ceremony.
“English for Young learners” has been a successful program to promote use of English language among young generation.The teaching methods adopted in this program are very productive and user friendly, thus the students are able to understand the theory quickly.”
The students who have completed the “English for Young Learners” – A course conducted through CSR Project of Lanka IOC to the school children in Jaffna were awarded by Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri. A ceremony in this regard was held on 21st April 2014 at Veeramani Iyar Stadium, Kopay Teachers’ College. The Governor participated as chief guest and awarded the students.
Lanka OIC has organized this six – month English Course in partnership with ‘Glorious Jaffna Foundation’. 150 school children who completed this course were awarded with certificates.
Secretary to the Governor L.Ilaangovan, Managing Director of Lanka IOC Dakbala, The Director of Glorious Jaffna Foundation Tharindu Amunugama and The First Secretary of Indian Consulate, Jaffna Suresh Menan also participated at this ceremony.
Kinder Helper Sri Lanka, a Non Governmental Organization based in Kekirawa, Anuradhapura, on request of the Army donated school items and uniforms worth of Rs. 200,000/= to students of 553 Brigade area.
With coordination of Commanding Officer 19th Sri Lanka National Guard (19 SLNG), 39 students of Veththilaikerny Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed school and 25 students of Veththilaikerny Parameswaran Maha Vidyalaya were handed over the donation by the organization at a ceremony held recently at Veththilaikerny Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed school.
Parents who were present on the occasion were also given packs of dry ration during the function.
President Kinder Helper Sri Lanka Mr. I.O. Venkulan, General Officer Commanding 55 Division Brigadier A. Kariyakarawana, Commander 553 Brigade Colonel S.P.V.S. Subhasinghe, principal of Veththilaikerny Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed school Mr. P. Thiruganathan and students, teachers and parents participated in the event.
Pre-School Education Bureau is taking measures to raise awareness on ‘Importance of Sending Children to Pre-Schools’ through street dramas. In this regard, a street drama was staged on 25.11.2013 at public places in Nintavur and Akkaraipattu.
Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. U.L.A. Azeez officially inaugurated the event. Large amount of audiences and dignitaries of the area were present on the occasion.
Economic strengthening programme and distribution ceremony of supporting aids to disabled people was held at the main hall of Kilinochchi District Cooperative Board on 15th May 2013. Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda and Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri participated as chief guests.
Those who lost their limbs were provided with 2000 rupees at first stage. Minister Douglas Devananda , Governor G A Chandrasiri and parliamentarian M.Chandrakumar offered the cheques. Above all, every week 5 people with limb loss are going to receive assistances on priority basis. “An artificial limb producing factory is to be set in Kilinochchi at a cost of 12 million rupees very soon.” Minister said.
In his address Governor stated that a scholarship scheme will be introduced to the children from the family which lost their limbs during the war or natural cause. It is necessary to find disabled people from other districts of Northern Province and fulfill their needs. For this purpose large amount of fund is spent every year through Ministry of Social Services and other projects.
Govt. Agent of Kilinochchi District Roobavathy Ketheeswaran and Karachchi DS Division Secretary Nageswaran also took part at this event.
Amidst a number of meetings of Divisional Secretariat Reconciliation Committees in the North last week, I also had a number of interactions with children, and with persons working with children. Two instances were serendipitous, but I was privileged to participate actively – and indeed exhaustingly – on one occasion. This was when I conducted, in a small school near Nedunkerni, one of the games that the former combatants had delighted in, during my first visit to the Rehabilitation Centre for girls in Vavuniya three and a half years ago.
Cultural event by students
The laughter of the girls on that occasion still illuminates in presentations of the Rehabilitation Bureau, as I saw last month at the Officer Career Development Centre Seminar at Buttala. In Nedunkerni the children were younger, and even less inhibited.