The ‘83 Group’ of the Colombo Nalanda College in response to an initiative, taken by Major General Prabath Dematanpitiya, General Officer Commanding, 56 Division offered their generosity and distributed 54 push bicycles among needy students in 11 selected schools in remote Wanni areas whose continuation of education has been often hampered due to lack of public or private transport during an arrangement that took place on Friday (11) at the 56 Division Headquarters.
The distribution ceremony, presided by Major General Kumudu Perera, Commander, Security Forces - Wanni as the Chief Guest, together with Major General Dematanpitiya and donors gave away those riding aids after selecting the most-needed in Vavuniya District Educational Zones in close consultation with respective school authorities. Major General Prabath Dematanpitiya, himself an old Nalandian of the same '83 Group' initiated this mega welfare project, aimed at uplifting educational levels of poor students in distant remote areas in the Wanni region.
Old Nalandians of the '83 Group' in Nalanda College, Director, Education Zone Vavuniya South, Mr. Radha Krishnan, Director, Vavuniya Education Zone (North) Ms. Annamalar Surendan, Divisional Education Officer, Mr. R Wijesinghe, Principal at Vavuniya Agrabodhi School, Mr D.M.B Dissanayake, Deputy Principal at Vavuniya Kanagarayankulam School, Mr T Sugandan, 561 & 563 Brigade Commanders, a large number of students with their parents and leading civilians attended the occasion.
Meanwhile, the Security Force Headquarters - Wanni (SFHQ-W), which has launched a massive ongoing project for improvement of educational opportunities in the Wanni region with generous sponsorship, being extended by 'Hemas Outreach Foundation' gifted stocks of books and essential school accessories to hundreds of primary students, learning at 'Piyawara' pre-schools in Selalihinigama and Mahakachchakodiya during two separate arrangements at respective pre-schools on Thursday (10). 56 Division troops under the supervision of their General Officer Commanding, Major General Prabath Dematanpitiya organized those events.
Similarly, the 'Piyawara' pre-school project, founded by the generosity, extended by the same Hemas Outreach Foundation gave away a large stock of school accessories to the children at Piyawara pre-school in Diviya Uda, Bandawewa on Monday (7).
Mrs Shiromi Masakorala, General Manager Communication and Sustainable Development in Hemas Lanka Pvt Ltd and Executive Director for Hemas Outreach Foundation who has been distinctively engaged in the establishment of pre-schools in the Wanni, together with Mr Stephen Enderb, Chief Executive Officer at Hemas Holdings has coordinated the continuation of this project for the benefit of poor children in the Wanni.
'Piyawara' pre- school principal at Bandarawewa, teachers, parents, 212 Brigade Commander and students attended the arrangement.