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Re-settlers Gifted with Army-Built 17 New Houses

Seventeen new houses, erected with a Rs 5.1 million sponsorship from Australia for the benefit of resettled families in Bogaswewa, Namalgama, Nandamithragama, Sapumalgaskada and Veheratenna in Vavuniya, were vested in the villagers during a ceremony on Nawam Poya Day (14).

The project completed with labour support of troops, serving the Security Force Headquarters - Wanni (SFHQ-W), cost each house about Rs 3 lakhs and funds for the entire project from his retirement wages were donated by Prof D.T Gamage, formerly of the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Prof Gamage after having read a newspaper article on the need of houses for those people, has contacted the SFHQ-W and its Commander, Major General Boniface Perera before the project was launched.

Impressed with how the soldiers with their engineering and technical expertise, cut down the general labour cost, Prof Gamage has volunteered to build these houses, each at a cost of Rs 3 lakhs, thereby saving a lot of money.

The project coordinated by Ven Kotapola Mangala Thero, Coordinator to HE the President was completed within a few months.

Prof D.T Gamage, the donor as the Chief Guest, along with Major General Boniface Perera, Commander, SFHQ-W, graced the distribution ceremony on Friday (14) where a large number of civilians, officers and invitees were present. A fellow-lunch, led by the Chief Guest and the SFHQ-W Commander with all the re-settlers brought the handover ceremony to an end.

General Officers Commanding, 56 and 62 Divisions who supervised the project closely were also present at the ceremony, together with officers and other ranks who contributed to its success.

Meanwhile, another Australia - resident, Mrs Perera bought two new push bicycles for two students at Halambewewa village. The donor was present to gift the bicycles, together with the Brigade Commander in the area.