Assists Jaffna People to Live a Better Life in Peaceful Environment”
– Jaffna Commander
[Updated :: 2011-03-18
In another public welfare project initiated by the Security Forces
Headquarters – Jaffna (SF-J), donations worth over Rs. 800000/=
were distributed among students and adults in Manipay area on Thursday
(17). Troops serving in Jaffna in their Civil Military Coordination
(CIMIC) projects, with assistance of donor organizations and individuals,
have been extending assistance to civilians in the peninsula who
are found to be in need of a helping hand for a better living.
the ceremony in connection with this latest CIMIC programme arranged
by the 513 Brigade based in Uduvil, 640 uniform sets were distributed
among 320 children of 10 pre-schools in Vaddukkoddai, Araly, Sandilipay,
Alaveddy, Anakottai and Manipay. At the request of Civil Affairs
Office of 513 Brigade, the donation of clothes to the value of Rs.
500,000/= was sponsored by Brandix Garments at Seeduwa. In addition,
each child was given a pair of shoes. The Brigade got financial
support for this from Dr. Paul Perera of Lions’ Club Metropolitan
Branch, Colombo who spent Rs. 150,000/= on it.
soldiers of the 9th Battalion Sri Lanka National Guard (9 SLNG)
collectively contributed to purchase two wooden-cupboards and 200
books for the library of Sanguveli Government Mixed Tamil School.
The donation was handed over to the school on the same occasion
by the Commander SF-j Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, the Chief
Guest of the ceremony. The donation cost the 9 SLNG soldiers over
a continuation to the scholarship programme introduced by the Commander
SF-J, 10 students selected from schools in the 513 Brigade area
received scholarships from Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe on the same occasion.
Those students were initially given a passbook with Rs. 1500/= deposit
at the Bank of Ceylon and they will be getting this monthly allowance
for two years. Mr. Navaratnaraja, a leading businessman in Colombo
and Jaffna came forward to assist the Army in this scholarship programme.
the same time, as a part of SF-J’s backyard poultry project started
to back the economy and reduce malnutrition of poor families in
Jaffna, 250 chicks were distributed among 25 families. The donation
of about Rs. 50000/=was sponsored by Maheswari Foundation.
Addressing the large crowd gathered at Manipay Pradeshiya Sabha
hall, Commander SF-J reiterated in English and Tamil that Army is
always ready to assist Jaffna people to live a better life in a
peaceful environment. He further said “Let’s forget the past and
try to rise as one nation and one country”.
leaders, General Officer Commanding 51 Division Maj. Gen. Janaka
Walgama, Commander 513 Brigade Brigadier Pradeep Silva, Deputy Director
Animal Products and Health Mrs. V. Amirthalingam, Head of Business
Unit of Brandix Garments Mr. Samal Dissanayake, Divisional Secretaries
and senior Army officers were present.