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Poor Mother of Two Gets New Shelter from the Army

[2012-07-20 18:33:14]

An innocent mother of two who was living in a small hut with her children at Atchelu was gifted a new permanent shelter by the soldiers serving under the 511 Brigade of Atchelu during a function held on Friday (20).

Mrs. Premalatha Sivapalan (32) whose husband deserted the family some times back is feeding her two children with a little money earned by labour on daily wage. Commander 511 Brigade Colonel Wijendra Goonathilake who saw the miserable life the family is living immediately started construction work of a new house for the family on the same location where their former hut stood. All Officers and Other Ranks of the Brigade and the two battalions, 5th Sri Lanka Light Infantry (5 SLLI) and 3rd Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (3 VIR) contributed to this noble course with their own money. Although the estimated expense to complete the construction was Rs. 250,000/=, labaour of the soldiers of 3 VIR could finish the work with Rs. 75000/=.

Commander Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe who handed over the key of the house to Mrs. Sivapalan, addressing the gathering said that these types of social work by the soldiers give the right answer to some groups who voice against the Army’s presence in Jaffna.

“Army has so far built over 1700 houses for poor families in Jaffna. I would like to ask those groups how many houses they have made for needy families in Jaffna. Irrespective worthless comments of such small groups, I assure that soldiers would continue their community welfare projects in the peninsula in future too”, SF-J Commander said.

General Officer Commanding 51 Division Brigadier Piyal Wickramarathne, Divisional Secretary Kopay Mr. M. Pradeepan, Commander 511 Brigade Col. Wijendra Goonathilake, Commander 3 VIR Lieutenant Colonel W.P. Panditharatne, Commander 5 SLLI Lieutenant Colonel G.A.L. Kithsiri, Grama Niladhari of Atchelu Mr. Shanmugavelu were also present.

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