another exceptional humanitarian assistance extended for Jaffna
low income families by the Sri Lanka Army, the 511 Brigade of
Atchely serving under Security Forces – Jaffna (SF-J) distributed
livestock and other material aid among 30 women-headed families
on Friday, 31st May 2013.
worth over Rs. 1 million included 16 cows, 7 goats, 100 chicks,
11 sewing machines and 2 water pumps. With coordination of Additional
Secretary of Ministry of Defence Mr. S. Hettiarachchi and the
Commanding Officer 5th Sri Lanka Light Infantry (5 SLLI) Lieutenant
Colonel G.A.L. Kithsiri, Netherland Alumni Association of Lanka
(NALL) sponsored this valuable donation which was given to 30
widows whose husbands died during the war.
Out of the
herd, 6 cattle were donated by Ven Ananda thero of Wellawatte
Sri Vijayaramaya. Meanwhile, parcels of gifts given by Mr. Wasantha
Jayalath living in Australia, a friend of 511 Brigade Commander
Colonel Priyanka Fernando were also given to small children present
on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering at the end of the function organized
at Atchuvely Central College, President NAAL Mr. S.P.C. Kumarasinghe
expressed his pleasure for getting opportunity to help those innocent
and needy families in Jaffna.
SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe conveyed his profuse
thanks to Mr. S. Hettiarachchi and members of NAAL for their gesture
of goodwill extended to the Army presently committed to creating
self employments for destitute families in Jaffna to improve their
economy and life standard. He further said that all citizens irrespective
their ethnicity were happy to see an end to the war full if miserable
experience and now they know value of peace they are enjoying.
Religious leaders, senior officers of SF-J, members of NAAL, senior
citizens of the area and villagers participated in the event.