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.
Eight young entrepreneurs and five staff in their 20s have commenced a business to provide computer services to underpin development in Mannar District, stalled as a result of 30 years of war. The business outlet offers graphic and web design services, computer repairs and maintenance, printing and photocopying facilities and spare parts sales. Recently ITP has established two outposts under the Computerizing Mannar Villages program. Diaspora Lanka assists with financial support, sourcing business and technical mentors and funding training and professional development.
Activities summary from last visit to Sri Lanka
• ITP continues to improve its profit margins and shoulder an increasing share of the costs.
• Currently Diaspora Lanka’s contribution has decreased to 50% of staff/operational expenses.
• Some staff changes occurred due to other enticing employment and training opportunities.
• To meet a dire need for “motherboard” training, DL provided Rs 60,000 (AU$525) for a five day intensive training course for three ITP entrepreneurs.
• ITP provided back-up IT and printing services to all 15 Australian and international volunteers, supporting them in their town planning, tourism and English language programs.
• During December volunteers from Vietnam and Estonia conducted weekly English language and activity programs for over 60 youngsters, culminating in a showcase event.
• Find cost-effective transport solutions to provide services to far-flung areas of the district.
• Raise funds ($500) for motherboard tools to repair failed computer motherboards.
• Review existing contract for financial support and negotiate a new contract in March 2014.
How you can help
• Assist ITP to develop its financial management, reporting capacity and a business plan.
• Contribute towards the AU$800 per month financial contribution to ITP.
• Raise AU$2,000 to purchase motherboard repair tools and a motorbike for distance travel.