Distribution of a herd of 100 dairy cows to selected 100 underprivileged families, 50 wheelchairs for the handicapped and to remote hospitals, 150 gift parcels of school books and accessories, each worth about Rs.1000/= to students, 150 mammoty blades for poor agrarian community and several other relief packs, took place during this huge event, supported by Thai and Singaporean philanthropists and other donors of the above-said Foundation.
In response to a request of Major General Dushyantha Rajaguru, Commander, Security Forces – Mullaittivu (SF-MLT), Ven (Dr) Omalpe Sobhitha Nayaka Thero in order to support ongoing healthy reconciliation gestures of the Army, all of which have been prioritized by the Commander of the Army under his visionary ‘Nation-Building’ concept, voluntarily come forward to offer his generosity by way of this mega donation, worth more than Rs. 5.5 million.
SFHQ-MLT, taking note of the most recent revelation that the Mullaittivu district is the worst poverty-affected one in the country has intensified its community-oriented roles in collaboration with the District Secretariat, Divisional Secretariats, State officials and Grama Niladhari officials at ground level.
Such welfare projects are carried out regularly by the troops in all formations under command to the SFHQ- MLT by way of conducting health clinics, distribution of nutrients, school accessories, clothes, medicine, push bicycles, scholarships, tree saplings, spectacles, vegetable and fruit seedlings, school uniforms, roof sheets, home utensils and suchlike in order to help overcome their economic burdens.
Selection of the recipients, coordination and the guidance for the donation were made by General Officers Commanding in 59, 64 and 68 Divisions of the SFHQ-MLT in close touch with respective state officials at village levels.
In addition, Mullaittivu troops are offering their unfailing assistance all the time to dig drinking water and agrarian wells for civilians on request since such work would cost them heavily if the private sector involvement were used for the purpose.Hon. Reginald Cooray, Governor for Northern Province attended the distribution ceremony as the Chief Guest in Mullaittivu.
Ven (Dr) Omalpe Sobhitha Nayaka Thero, Chief Sangha Nayak of the Sourthern Province in Sri Lanka Ramagnna Nikaya and Chief Sangha Nayaka of Singapore who is also the pioneering architect of Mullaittivu’s welfare initiative thanked the Army for all the support and its painstaking efforts for screening of the most wanted and all other related arrangements before those reliefs were given away.
Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic and Catholic religious dignitaries, Ms. Rupawathi Kethishwaran, District Secretary for Mullaittivu, Major General Dushyantha Rajaguru, Commander, Security Forces – Mullaittivu, Mr. Mahinda Gunaratne, Deputy Inspector General of Police for Killinochchi District, Mr. Wasantha Kandewatta, Mullaittivu District Superintendent of Police, representatives from Thailand and Singapore, donors to the project, senior officials of the Department of Education, Agriculture, Health, Veterinary Surgeons, senior officers of the Armed Forces, school students, parents and a gathering of civilians witnessed the mammoth welfare project.