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“Army Assists Jaffna People to Live a Better Life in Peaceful Environment” – Jaffna Commander
[Updated :: 2011-03-18 16:05:10 Hours]

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.

During 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.

Meanwhile, 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 Rs. 30000/=.

As 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.

At 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”.

Religious 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.

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