Published on - 10/14/2003
The Seva Vanitha Army Branch (SVAB) of the Sri Lanka Army at a function held at Army Headquarters on Tuesday (14) morning awarded scholarships to twenty children of differently-able soldiers and one dead soldier.
SVAB instrumental in welfare work of Army soldiers and their next of kin has hitherto offered several thousands of scholarships to children of Army personnel who became disabled or lost their lives.
SVAB's President Mrs. Gnana Balagalle received function's Chief Guest Lt. Gen. L. P Balagalle, Commander of the Army on arrival at the venue before the brief function got underway.
Nineteen children of disabled soldiers and one child of a dead soldier, accompanied by a representative of the respective Regiment, in which their fathers served, received these scholarships from the Army Commander at this function, organized by SVAB.
Eleven students from Year 1-5 are to receive a monthly grant of Rs.500 until they complete five years of learning. Nine children from year 6-13 are entitled to receive a monthly grant of Rs. 750 from SVAB for a period of two years, to begin with.
SVAB raised funds for this scholarship programme through various fund-raising projects launched during recent times. Deputy Chief of Staff Major Gen. S. H. S Kottegoda, several Senior Officers and a representative gathering of SVAB members took part in the function.