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.