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.
This is an account of a hopeful story from my friend Skanda Kumar Aruni. It is these acts of kindness and humaneness that raises hopes for our country.
Just back from Killinochchi (at 4 am Monday morning after having left at 8 am on Sunday)!! It was a rewarding trip that allowed a group of us to visit an orphanage of 330 children, and see the work that a retired GA in charge, Rasanayagam, is doing for them and for 6000 widows in that area. We also visited a Harmony Centre constructed by the army that will soon provide access to IT, English etc and also has a badminton court and modest gym facilities .
We then went to a village adopted by the Foundation of Goodness (a Kusils brainchild supported by Murali Sanga and Mahela) which has installed outdoor toilets and water facilities through wells for the people there. Met up with around 15 educated young women looking for opportunities to be self employed. I have returned with a proposal they have made to that which will require Rs 150,000 (in order to become a supplier to the many shops in consumer products in town) and once it is examined and approved by Kushils staff I will try and raise the funds and channel it through the foundation for monitoring purposes.
We saw for ourselves the interaction between the army and the civilian population that was reflected in the resurgence of perhaps the biggest town in the North that was devastated in the closing stages of the war.