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112 new 'Api Wenuwen Api' Houses handed over to War Heroes - Colombo District

Under the fourteenth phase of the 'Api Wenuwen Api' housing project for war heroes, 112 houses constructed in the Colombo district were given ownership today (18th November) by His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The main event was held at Pitipana College in Homagama this morning. Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa was also present at the occasion.

H E the President ceremonially handed over the first house to Sergeant Kumara of the Sri Lanka Army with the presence of distinguished guests at Ridimudala, Homagama.

The Ministry of Defence has launched the Api Wenuwen Api housing project with the aim of uplifting the living standard of war heroes and their families by assisting them to build their own houses. This project is being conducted under the guidance and close supervision of Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Chairperson of the Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa to build new houses island wide for veteran war heroes or their families.

Under the fourteenth phase 69 Army, 26 Navy and 17 Air force war hero families received the keys of their new houses from the President. In addition gift parcels of household equipment, school stationery and school bags were also presented to the war hero families.

So far houses have been built covering Kandy, Kurunegala, Matara, Hambantota, Monaragala, Badulla, Galle, Ampara, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Kalutara, Kegalle, Polonnaruwa Gampaha ,Rathnapura , Mathale and Nuwareliya Districts .Sri Lanka Army and Maga Engineering had undertaken the task of constructing the houses in Colombo district.

During the function Rakna Araksaka Lanka Limited, handed over a cheque worth Rupees Ten Million to the President towards the 'Api Wenuwen Api' fund and another cheque worth Rupees One Million for the 'Sandahiru Seya' project in Anuradhapura.

Furthermore the children of Pitipana College were also distributed with school books and bags at the event.

Under the 'Api Wenuwen Api' project not only the war heroes but also the whole society in which he lives in gets benefited. Basic infrastructure facilities like roads, electricity, telecommunication, water and sanitation facilities are also upgraded within that society. Special attention is given to provide for the needs and urgent requirements of the local school.

Government Ministers including Hon Dinesh Gunawardana, Hon Susil Premajayantha, Hon Bandula Gunawardhana, Hon Wimal Weerawansa, Chief Minister of Western Province Hon Prasanna Ranathunga, Members of the Parliament, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weerathunga, Additional Secretary (Defence) Mr. S. Hettiarachchi ,Vice-President of the MOD Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Indu Rathnayake, Military Liaisons Officer Maj. Gen. (Retd) W.P.P. Fernando, Chief of Defence Staff, tri forces commanders, Inspector General of Police, members of the Seva Vanitha Units, government officials and a large number of people were present at the occasion.

Anyone who wishes to show their grateful appreciation to the services and sacrifices of the war heroes can do so by contributing generously towards this project. Contributions can be forwarded to the following Account Numbers. Every cent of your donation will go into providing these great souls and their families a better living facility.

Bank of Ceylon Ac No : 7040000

Sampath Bank Ac No : 7040000 and Ac No: 092960000600

Peoples Bank Ac No : 204-1-001-7-0000323

 

Donation for "Api Wenuwen Api" housing project

A donation towards the "Api Wenuwen Api" war hero housing project was made by Ajax Engineering at a function held at the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development (MoD&UD) today (04th November). The donation was handed over to Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa by the Managing Director of the company Mr. Sarath Karunarate.

Meanwhile another donation towards the War Hero housing project was made by Polytechnologies Company. The donation was handed over to the Chairperson of the MoD & UD Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa by Ms. Zhang Ze during the ceremony.

The 'Api Wenuwen Api' housing project aims at uplifting the living standards of war heroes and their families by assisting them to build their own houses.

So far housing projects have been completed in Gampaha, Kandy, Kurunegala, Matara, Hambantota, Monaragala, Badulla, Galle, Ampara, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Kalutara, Kegalle and Polonnaruwa districts.

 

'Api Wenuwen Api' - housing project phase 14 nearing completion

Chairperson of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development (MoD&UD) Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa made an inspection visit to the ongoing 'Api Wenuwen Api' housing project at Kaduwela yesterday (3rd Oct).

More than one hundred houses are being constructed under the 14th phase of the 'Api Wenuwen Api' project at Kaduwela. Mrs. Rajapaksa inspected the work in progress and gave necessary instructions to the officers entrusted with the construction work.

The 'Api Wenuwen Api' housing project for war heroes was initiated in 2009 under the patronage of His Excellency the president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Projects are carried out under the direction and close supervision of the Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The project is carried out covering most parts of the country. 'Api Wenuwen Api' housing project is aimed at uplifting the living standards of veteran war heroes and their families by assisting them to build their own houses on plots of lands owned by them. So far the project has completed thirteen phases covering Kandy, Kurunegala, Matara, Matale, Hambantota, Monaragala, Badulla, Galle, Ampara, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Kalutara, Kegalle, Polonnaruwa, Ratnapura and Gampaha districts.

Local and foreign well-wishers, business concerns and institutions have extended their supportive hands in strengthening the "Api Venuven Api" fund. Labour assistance for this noble concept is provided by the three armed forces.

Vice president MoD&UD Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Indu Rathnayake was also present during the inspection visit.

 

Chairperson of MoD Seva Vanitha Unit inspects 'Api Wenuwen Api' housing project - Nuwara Eliya

Chairperson of the MoD Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa made an inspection visit to 'Api Wenuwen Api' housing project in Rikillagaskada, Nuwara Eliya on 09th July 2013.

Under the project 100 houses will be constructed according to the close supervision of Mrs. Rajapaksa and under the directives of Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Mrs. Rajapaksa also bestowed the instruction to the respective officers regarding the constructions during her visit at the site.

After being constructed the houses will be donated to the war heroes. The Ministry of Defence has launched the 'Api Wenuwen Api' housing project with the aim of uplifting the living standard of war heroes and their families by assisting them to build their own houses. So far the project has completed twelve phases covering Kandy, Kurunegala, Matara, Mathale, Hambantota, Monaragala, Badulla, Galle, Ampara, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Kalutara, Kegalle Polonnaruwa and Gampaha districts.

Vice President of MoD SVU Mrs. Indu Rathnayaka, Ministry officials and a large gathering were present at the occasion.

 

Thirty new houses for war heroes from 'Api Wenuwen Api'

Another 30 houses constructed under 'Api Wenuwen Api' fund in Kegalle district were given ownership to war heroes today (17th March).

The main event was held under the patronage of H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Meeduma Sri Sumangala Vidyalaya in Kegalle district. Leading Transport Assistant of SL Navy, ATK Bandara received the keys to his new house from the Chief Guest the President.

Today, 26 war heroes of the Sri Lanka Army and 4 war heroes of the Sri Lanka Navy received keys of their new houses.

The "Api Wenuwen Api" housing project is a concept of HE the President Mahinda Rajapaksa and operates under the close guidance and instructions of Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The Sewa Vanitha Unit of the Ministry of Defence spearheaded by Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa closely supervises the implementation of the project.

So far, in 7 phases houses were handed over to war heroes by HE the President in 11 districts.

Districts

Handed over date

Kandy

07/01/2010

Kurunegala

09/05/2010

Matara

18/12/2010

Hambantota

18/12/2010

Monaragala

25/06/2011

Badulla

25/06/2011

Galle

20/08/2011

Ampara

19/10/2011

Baticoloe

19/10/2011

Trincomalee

19/10/2011

Kalutara

24/12/2011

Religious leaders,President Secretary Mr.Lalith Weerathunga, Chief Minister Sabaragamuwa Province Mahiepala Herath, Telecommunication and IT Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Secretary Defence Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Chairperson of the Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit, Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa and Governor of Sabaragamuva province Mr.V.J.M Lokubandara were also presented for the occasion.

The donation of houses under the "Api Wenuwen Api" fund will be a tribute to war heroes to appreciate their priceless services rendered towards the nation in ending terrorism. Anyone who wishes to contribute for this noble project can make their contributions to the following Account Numbers.

Bank of Ceylon Ac No: 704000, Sampath Bank Ac No. 704000 and Ac No: 092960000600 and Peoples Bank Ac No: 204-1-001-7-0000323.

 

One more disable GW War Hero receives SVAB's housing gift

The Seva Vanitha Army Branch (SVAB), tirelessly dedicated for construction of houses for disable War Heroes with the support of donors and Regimental Seva Vanitha Units completed one more project by building another new house to a disable Gemunu Watch (GW) War Hero in Dolahena, Udyanawatte, Ambalanwatte, Galle on Wednesday (Mar 7).

Mrs. Manjulika Jayasuriya, President, SVAB, accompanied by Mrs. Chintha Udumalagala, Chairperson of GW Seva Vanitha Unit, senior SVAB members and Army officers ceremonially opened the new house, built at Ambalanwatte, Galle to the disable War Hero, Corporal L.L.N Jayanath of GW Regiment.

Mrs. Jayasuriya as the Chief Guest after opening the new house gave away a special gift to the recipient. At the same time, Mrs. Jayasuriya distributed separate gift parcels to all GW fellow-soldiers who worked day and night to build this house.

The new house cost the SVAB Rs 6 lakhs and the recipient who sustained injuries in Kilaly is a father of two daughters, both still below the age of seven years. Soon after the ceremony Mrs. Jayasuriya made a tour to the 'Abimansala - 2' at Wilpitawatte, Kamburupitiya construction site and shared a couple of views with senior officers and soldiers working there. 

The proposed state of the art complex for lifetime rest and relaxation of 48 more South-based dependent War Heroes with much-needed physical and medical therapeutic needs, is the brainchild of Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander of the Army who succeeded in completing the pioneer project, 'Abimansala-1' at Anuradhapura to serve the same purpose.

 

Another 30 Houses built under "Api Wenuwen Api" project to be handed over to War Heroes in Kegalle

Thirty houses built under the "Api Wenuwen Api" fund will be handed over to war heroes on Saturday the17th March at 10.30 hrs. The official ceremony will be held at the Meeduma Sri Sumangala College Grounds.

HE the President is scheduled to handover the house built at Delgoda Junction, Deliwala, Rambukkana for LTA (Leading Transport Assistant) A.R.K.T. Bandara who is presently serving in the Sri Lanka Navy marking the event at Meeduma Sri Sumangala College Grounds.

The "Api Wenuwen Api" housing project is a concept of HE the President Mahinda Rajapaksa and operates under the close guidance and instructions of Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The Sewa Vanitha Unit of the Ministry of Defence spearheaded by Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa closely supervises the implementation of the project.

So far 7 phases of "Api Wenuwen Api" project has been completed and the constructed houses were handed over to war heroes by HE the President in 11 districts.

District

Handed over date

Kandy

07/01/2010

Kurunegala

09/05/2010

Matara

18/12/2010

Hambantota

18/12/2010

Monaragala

25/06/2011

Badulla

25/06/2011

Galle

20/08/2011

Ampara

19/10/2011

Batticaloa

19/10/2011

Trincomalee

19/10/2011

Kaluthara

24/12/2011

Accordingly, under the 8th Phase of the "Api Wenuwen Api" project 30 houses will be distributed to war heroes in security forces as follows.

District

Army

Navy

SLAF

Total

Kegalle

26

04

--

30

The donation of houses under the "Api Wenuwen Api" fund will be a tribute to war heroes to appreciate their priceless services rendered towards the nation in ending terrorism.

 

Army Sergeant receives house from the MOD Seva Vanitha Unit - Wattala

Chairperson of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa presented the keys to a newly constructed house for Sergeant P.C. Hettiarachchi of Sri Lanka Army today (March 14).

The house worth over Rs. 3,000,000/= was built at Hunupitiya, Wattala. The construction work was facilitated by the Sri Lanka Army's Engineering Corps.

Sergeant Hettiarachchi has been serving the Sri Lanka Army since 1996, and presently undergoing medical treatment due to a serious ailment.

Military Intelligence Corps Colonel Commandant Maj Gen Prasad Samarasinghe, MOD SVU Vice-President Mrs. Indu Rathnayake, MIC Seva Vanitha Unit Chairperson Mrs. Sepali Samarasinghe and Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Prasanna Ranaweera were also among the distinguished gathering present.

 

Navy war hero's family receives house

Mrs. W.T.M.S Wanninayake widowed wife of fallen naval war hero- Petty Officer IMSK Jayasinghe XS 16881, received the keys to a newly constructed house from the Chairperson of the Ministry of Defence Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa yesterday( Feb 21).

Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa was the Guest of Honor at the donation event held at Aluthmalkaduwa, Halpara - Kurunegala, organized by the Sri Lanka Navy SVU under the patronage of its Chairperson Mrs. Neluka Dissanayake.

The complete construction work was undertaken by the Sri Lanka Navy's Civil Engineering Department on instructions of the C-of-N Vice Admiral DWAS Dissanayake.

PO Jayasinghe made his supreme sacrifice to the nation, in a fierce gun battle with LTTE terrorists at the seas off PPD, while serving onboard P-416 Fast Attack Craft of the Navy's elite seaborne squadron FAF4.

Veteran Film Director Dr. Somarathne Dissanayake and Mrs. Renuka Balasooriya were also present at the occasion.

 

MoD SVU - Colombo Rotary Club donates house for war hero

Lance Corporal Sanjeewa Kumara of Sri Lanka Army received a house by the Ministry of Defence & Urban Development Seva Vanitha Unit yesterday (Jan 18) at an event at Padukka.

The house was build under the patronage of the Colombo Rotary Club also involving close supervision by the Seva Vanitha Unit Chairperson Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa.

Lance Corporal Kumara had sustained injuries in his valiant efforts against terrorists on 29th Jan, 2009 at Visuamadu area.

The keys to the newly build house was presented by Mrs. Ioma Rajapksa in the presence of a distinguished gathering: Seva Vanitha Unit Deputy Chairperson Mrs. Indu Rathnayake, Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment Seva Vanitha Unit President Mrs. Damayanthi Rathnayake and senior officers of the SLLI.

 

( Date: January, 24th January 2011)
 Source: www.defence.lk

 

57 blocks of land for war heroes under Ranaviru Pranama 2012 Project - Welikanda

Under "Ranaviru Pranama 2012" project initiated for war heroes, 57 blocks of land in Welikanda - Aselapura "Ranaviru Gammanaya" were given ownership Saturday (Jan 07) by Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa, Chairperson of Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit.

The land blocks were distributed among War Heroes, including 4 disable War Heroes and two woman soldiers, all of them living in the East.

The Ministry of Defence has launched the "Ranaviru Pranama 2012" project with the aim of uplifting the living standard of war heroes and their families by assisting them to build their own houses.

This project is being conducted under the guidance and close supervision of Secretary Defence Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Chairperson of the Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit, Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa.

Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasooriya, Commander SF HQ(East) Major General Lal Perera were also among the distinguished participants.

 

( Date: January, 24th January 2011)
 Source: www.defence.lk
 

 

Chairperson of MOD Seva Vanitha Unit inspects "Api Wenuwen Api" housing project - Kegalle district

 

Chairperson of MOD Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa inspected the ongoing construction works of "Api Wenuwen Api" Housing Project in Mawanella, Rambukkana and Kegalle on Thursday o5 January.

The Ministry of Defence and Urban Development has launched the "Api Wenuwen Api" Housing Project with the aim of uplifting the living standards of families of war heroes by assisting them to build their own house.

The housing project is conducted under the guidance and close supervision Secretary of the Defence and Urban Development Ministry Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit chairperson Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa.

Mrs. Indu Rathnayaka, vice chairperson of the Seva Vanitha Unit and several other officers of SVU participated in the inspection tour.

( Date: January, 24th January 2011)
 Source: www.defence.lk
 

 

29 houses for war heroes under 'Api Wenuwen Api' project - Kalutara

Under the seventh phase of the 'Api Wenuwen Api' project for war heroes, 29 houses completed in Kalutara district were given ownership today (24th December) in the presence of H.E. the President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The main event was held at Rajawatta ground in Kalutara district.

Beloved wife and the child of the soldier Sandaruwan KGR who sacrified his life in liberating our country from the terrorism lasted for three decades, received the keys of their house ceremonially from the Chief Guest of the event President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Ministry of Defence has launched the Api Wenuwen Api housing project with the aim of uplifting the living standard of war heroes and their families by assisting them to build their own houses. This project is being conducted under the guidance and close supervision of Secretary Defence Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Chairperson of the Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit, Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa to build 700 new houses island wide for veteran war heroes.

At the event 25 war heroes of the Army, 2 from the Navy and 2 war heroes from Air Force received keys from the President. Parcels of gifts including household  apparatus and school books and bags were also given to their family members by distinguish guests.

So far the project has completed six phases and under that six phases the following numbers of houses were completed and given ownership to war heroes in following districts.

District

Houses

Kandy

25

Kurunegala

27

Matara& Hambantota

36

Monaragala & Badulla

31

Galle

32

Ampara, Baticoloe & trincomalee

14

Construction works of the housing project in Kalutara district was also undertaken by the 4th Engineers Corps of Sri Lanka Army.

Coinciding to the event Rakna Araksaka Lanka Limited, a government owned security firm donated a cheque worth of Rs 10 million to the President for the welfare activities of injured war heroes. 200 school children in Kalutara Navodya Vidyalaya were given school books and bags by the President at the same event.

Western Province Governor Alevi Maulana, Minister Kumara Welgama, Rajitha Senarathna, Secretary to President Mr. Lalith Weerathunga, Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Chairperson of Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs Ioma Rajapaksa and Commanders of armed forces were also present at the occasion.

Moreover, the officials of the "Api Wenuwen Api" project said anyone who wishes to contribute for this noble project can make their contributions to the following Account Numbers.

Bank of Ceylon Ac No: 704000, Sampath Bank Ac No. 704000 and Ac No: 092960000600 and Peoples Bank Ac No: 204-1-001-7-0000323.

( Date: January, 24th January 2011)
 Source: www.defence.lk
 

 

Civil Security Department donate 26 houses to War Heroes

Paying tribute to the War Heroes of Civil Security Department, Civil Security Department Sava vanitha Branch donated 26 houses among 26 war Heroes who live in Morawewa /Gomarankadawala,Kebithigollewa, Vavuniya,Mahaoya, Wilpattu, Puttalam Horoupatana,Uhana , Polonnaruwa, Welioya, Anuradapura/Madawchchiya, Ampara, Yala/Kataragama Saruwawila and Kantale.

Under the guidance of the Director General of Civil Security Department Rear Admiral Ananda Peiris, those houses were built by the Civil Security Department's Seva Vanitha Unit and  handed over them to the war heroes in a ceremony held at the Head Quarters of Civil Security Department Bambalapitiya today (19th Dec. 2011).

As the chief guest of the function ,the Chairperson of Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha unit  Mrs Ioma Rajapaksa handed over the keys of the house to the war heroes. The Chairperson of Civil Security Department's Seva Vanitha branch Mrs. Kumuduni Peirise and some other distinguish guests were also present at the event .

( Date: January, 24th January 2011)
 Source: www.defence.lk
 

 

SVAB intensifies its welfare roles; more scholarships, housing grants & sanitary facilities awarded

The Seva Vanitha Army Branch (SVAB), unreservedly committed to serve the well-being of both disable War Heroes, their families and the serving, lent its helping hand once more to differently able War Heroes who safeguarded the country and their children on Monday (28).

Distribution of scholarships to 97 War Hero children, housing grants, plots of lands, 150 sanitary commode sets to disable War Heroes building or renovating houses, wheelchairs, stretches, walking sticks, all of them valued several millions, got underway this morning (28) during a ceremony at the Army Headquarters, headed by Mrs Ioma Rajapaksa, President, Seva Vanitha Unit at Ministry of Defence and Urban Development as the Chief Guest at the invitation of Mrs Manjulika Jayasuriya, President SVAB.

Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya graced the occasion as a distinguished invitee at the invitation of the SVAB.

One new house worth Rs 1 million, financial grants for twelve new houses and 82 partly built houses, 150 commode sets and a plot of land to a total value of over Rs. 21 million, were symbolically offered to the War Heroes on the occasion by distinguished invitees.

The SVAB, tirelessly engaged in assisting War Heroes and their families by way of construction of new houses or partly-built houses of disable War Heroes, award of scholarships to War Hero families, purchase of lands, supply of sanitary facilities, provision of life-time care in special places of rest and recreation, etc, has to-date successfully completed a number of such projects with the cooperation, extended by both local and foreign philanthropists and donors.

Monday's (28) ceremony at Army Headquarters gymnasium, as a major segment of the ongoing SVAB scholarship programme also, gave away 99 scholarships to clever children of War Hero families, each worth Rs 10,000/= and they were picked by a special SVAB panel. Six children during the ceremony symbolically accepted those scholarships on behalf of other recipients.

The Chief Guest, Mrs Rajapaksa, Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya and Mrs Manjulika Jayasuriya were associated with the award of those grants and items to the recipients on the occasion. Chairpersons in all Seva Vanitha Units at Regimental level too joined distributing those gestures of goodwill.

Mrs Rajapaksa welcomed by Mrs Jayasuriya on arrival at the venue was conducted to the main auditorium in a colourful procession, accompanied by Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, SVAB officials and other senior Army officers. The inauguration of the day's proceedings started with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp.

The SVAB, well aware of the varying nature of disability, prevalent among Army War Heroes, was instrumental in getting specially manufactured commode sets for the use of those War Heroes. The occasion saw symbolic distribution of those sanitary sets among War Heroes.

Today's complete donation, valued more than Rs 24 million has been earned by the SVAB exclusively through their multiple fund raising projects like pre-schools, island-wide welfare shops, bakeries, beauty saloons, new year fairs, Lakviru Sevana, tailor shops, sale of stickers, etc. In addition, the Commander of the Army, highly taken up by impressive mega SVAB projects has set apart a considerable allocation from his welfare votes. Several private donors have also contributed to the cause.

Richard Peiris Company (Pvt) Ltd donated 150 commode sets to be given to the War Heroes while Ms Suvinitha Kotelawala, a philanthropist gifted two artificial legs to the War Heroes. Lieutenant General Jayasuriya in response to a request made, provided the War Heroes with 10 specially designed wheelchairs that can be used by them for sport training.

Senior SVAB officials and a large gathering of parents, children, spouses of War Heroes and invitees participated in the ceremony, coloured by entertaining artistes in the popular 'Kopi Kade' tele programme and several other leading vocalists as day's proceedings continued.

( Date: Wednesday, 30th November 2011)
 Source: www.defence.lk
 

"Api Wenuwen Api" 6th phase hands over 14 houses to war heroes in the East

Under the 6th stage of the "Api Wenuwen Api" housing project for war heroes, 14 houses completed in Ampara, Batticaloa and Trincomalee Districts were given ownership on Wednesday (Oct 19), by H.E President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The main event was held at Divulana Maha Vidyalaya in Ampara.

Sergeant KMR Jayarathne of Piyangala, Rajagalathenna - Ampara received the keys from the Chief Guest of the event, President Mahinda Rajapaksa .

Eastern province Governor Rear Admiral(Retd) Mohan Wijewickrama, senior MP Hon. P Dayarathne, MP Sarath Weerasekara, Secretary to President Mr. Lalith Weerathunga, Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Chairperson of the Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs Ioma Rajapaksa and Commanders of armed forces were also present at the occasion.

The key note address was delivered by Secretary to President Mr. Lalith Weerathunga.

At the event, 13 war heroes of the Sri Lanka Army and a war hero from Sri Lankan Navy received keys from the President.

According to Api Wenuwen Api official, under last five phases of the project following number of houses were completed and given ownership to war heroes in 7 districts.

District

Houses

Kandy

25

Kurunegala

27

Matara & Hambantota

36

Monaragala & Badulla

31

Galle

32

 

 

 

The housing project is being conducted under the guidance and close supervision of the Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Chairperson of the Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit, Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa to build 700 new houses island wide for veteran war heroes.

Moreover, the officials of the "Api Wenuwen Api" project said anyone who wishes to contribute for this noble project can make their contributions to the following Account Numbers.

Bank of Ceylon Ac No: 704000, Sampath Bank Ac No. 704000 and Ac No: 092960000600 and Peoples Bank Ac No: 204-1-001-7-0000323.

( Date: Tuesday, 25th October 2011)
 Source: www.defence.lk
 

Warm gratitude to "Api Wenuwen Api"

Dinushika Sewwandi, a grade nine school girl has expressed her deep sense of gratitude to "Api Wenuwen Api" project and Chairperson of Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit, Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa for the house they received.

She has penned a letter in her own words, thanking Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa for the house their family received under the "Api Wenuwen Api" project on 11 July 2010. In her letter she said " the house we received from HE the President and Defence Secretary is a Taj Mahal for us, and dear madam, you had made all arrangements to donate this house to our family; you are an eternal treasure for us".

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"I have a brother and two sisters, now we live in our own home, we never forget our government that always helped us when we are in need" she continued.

She went on to say "Each and every day, we remember you. 11th July 2010 is the happiest day of our lives, on that day we saw your presence together with HE the president and the Secretary Defence in our own eyes"

She is the daughter of Sgt Rajamanthree URKS (11 SLE), who received the house in the first phase of the "Api Wenuwen Api" project launched in Senarathgama, Kandy on 11 July 2010.

( Date: Friday, 13th October 2011)
 Source: www.defence.lk
 

Chairperson of MOD Seva Vanitha Unit inspects "Api Wenuwen Api" Housing Project - Batticalloa

Chairperson of MOD Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa inspected the ongoing construction works of the 6th phase of "Api Wenuwen Api" Housing Project in Batticalloa on Wednesday, 06 October.

The Ministry of Defence has launched the "Api Wenuwen Api" Housing Project with the aim of uplifting the living standards of families of war heroes by assisting them to build their own house. The housing project is conducted under the guidance and close supervision of the Defence Secretary Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit chairperson Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa.

So far, the project has completed five phases, and the construction works in Ampara district now is nearing completion. Mrs. Indu Rathnayaka, vice chairperson of the Seva Vanitha Unit and several other officers of SVU participated in the inspection tour.

( Date: Friday, 07th October 2011)
 Source: www.defence.lk
 

40 students receive Ranaviru Doo-daru scholarships

40 children of valiant war heroes of the Sri Lanka Armed Services and Police on Sep 29, 2011 received educational assistance scholarships.

The scholarships' award initiated under the 'Ranaviru Dudaru' scholarship programme by the Ministry of Defence Seva Vanitha Unit(SVU) was held for the 9th successive session at the Minsitry of Defence.

 

The event was held under the patronage of Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa this morning. Awarding of scholarships was made considering three categories of educational levels: students from grade-1 to 5, grade-6 to 9 and grade 10 to 13. Hence, the selected students were eligible for scholarships worth of Rs. 20,000/=, Rs. 30,000/= and Rs. 50,000/= respectively.

The scholarship progarmme came to light under the direction of MOD Seva Vanitha Unit Chairperson Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa in 2009 with assistance from the Bank of Ceylon, initially facilitating 14 Ranaviru children with scholarships. Since, its inception the 'Ranaviru Dudaru Scholarship' program has blossomed providing educational assistance to over 1000 such students, SVU sources said.

Deputy Chairperson of the MOD SVU Mrs. Indu Rathnayake, and Chairpersons of the Tri-Services and Police were also among the distinguished gathering present along with parents and students.

 

( Date: Friday, 30th September 2011)

 Source: www.defence.lk

 

 

32 houses for war heroes under APi Wenuwen Api project- Galle

Under the 5th stage of the Api Wenuwen Api housing project for war heroes, 32 houses completed in the Galle District were given ownership on Saturday (Aug 20), in the presence of H.E President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The main event was held at the Kapuhenpola Nandimithra Maha Vidyalaya. Corporal BPM Gunasekara at Ampitiwatta , Kapuhenpola- Akmeemana received the keys ceremonially from the Chief Guest of the event President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody, Ministers Piyasena Gamage and Gunaratne Weerakoon, Southern Province Governor Kumari Balasuriya, Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva, MPs Nishantha Muthuhettigama, Manusha Nanayakkara, Romesh Pathirana, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge, Secretary Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa,  , Defence Ministry Seva Vanitha Unit chairperson Ioma Rajapaksa, schoolchildren and family members of the tri-forces service personnel also participated.

The key note address was delivered by Southern Provincial Governor Mrs. Kumari Balasooriya. Keys to 26 completed houses were presented to war heroes of the Sri Lanka Army, 02 to Sri Lankan Navy and 02 houses to SLAF. 198 school bags were also distributed among students of the Kapuhenpola Maha Vidyalaya corresponding with the main event. Construction work of the housing project in the Galle District was undertaken by the 4th Engineers Corps of SLA. According to Api Wenuwen Api officials, following number of houses were completed and given ownership to war heroes in 6 Districts.

District

Houses       

Kandy

 25

Kurunegala

 27

Matara & Hambantota

 36

Monaragala & Badulla

 31

 

 

 

The Api Wenuwen Api Fund is a collaboration between the Ministry of Defence and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to build 50,000 houses for the serving Tri-Service personnel as promised in the Mahinda Chinthanaya. The housing project is conducted under the guidance and close supervision of the Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit chairperson Ioma Rajapaksa.

Contributions can be made to the Api Wenuwen Api fund to the following Account Numbers.

Bank of Ceylon Ac No: 704000, Sampath Bank Ac No. 704000 and Ac No: 092960000600 and Peoples Bank Ac No: 204-1-001-7-0000323.

( Date: Tuesday, 30th August 2011)

 Source: www.defence.lk

 

MoD SVU hands over newly constructed house for a war hero

Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit which has initiated numerous projects for the welfare of the war heroes donated another new house to Sergeant Priyantha W.G.U.K. (8 GR) in Aluthwewa, Galewela.

Chairperson of the Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa handed over the keys of the new house to Sergeant Priyantha yesterday at a function held at his new residence.

The vice president of the Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Indu Rathnayaka, Col. Ranjan Lamahewa Commandant Gajaba Regiment, Commanding Officer Lt. Col M.G.W.W.W.M.C.B. Wikramasinghe and Commanding Officer of 4ESR Col G.P.N. Chandrarathna were also present at the event.

( Date: Thursday, 18th August 2011)

 Source: www.defence.lk

 

Disabled war hero receives new house from MoD SVU

Seva Vanitha Unit of the Ministry of Defence handed over a newly constructed house to a war hero of the 8th Battalion of Sri Lanka Light Infantry (8 SLLI) who lost his vision while serving in the battlefront.

Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa, Chairperson of Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit, handed over the keys of the newly constructed house to Sgt A. N. D. Jayarathna at a function held at Wewagedara in Hindagolla, Kurunegala yesterday (15 Aug).

Sergeant Jayarathna is a farther of two kids and lost his vision due to LTTE attack in Achchuweli, Jaffna on 21st October in 1995. Since then he has not been in a position to complete the construction work that he had started earliar.

Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit which has initiated numerous projects to uplift the living standards of war heroes took over the responsibility of completing the construction under its leadership Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa, the Chairperson. 4 Engineers Service Regiment (4ESR) has done the construction work under the directives of the MoD SVU.

Vice president of MoD SVU Mrs. Indu Rathnayake, Col GPN Chandrarathna Commanding Officer of 4ESR, and a large gathering were also present at the event.

( Date: Thursday, 18th August 2011)

 Source: www.defence.lk

 

War hero's family gets a new house from Seva Vanitha Unit of MoD

Seva Vanitha Unit of the Ministry of Defence handed over a newly built house to another war hero's family on 03rd August 2011.

Chairperson of MOD Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa handed over the keys of this new house to the wife of Sapper K P Ravindra who scarified his life during the humanitarian operation, at a special function held at Galpothtegoda , Tangalle.

Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit gave the financial support to build this new house and the construction work was done by the 4th Engineering Regiment of Sri Lanka Army.

Maj. General E M M Ambanpola, Vice Chairperson of the SVU of MOD Mrs. Indu Rathnayaka, members of SVU and the relations of K P Ravindra were also present at the event .

 

( Date: Friday, 05th August 2011)

 Source: www.defence.lk

 

 

Anuradhapura 'Abimansala' for Dependent War Heroes Opened

'One of the most valuable qualities of a commander is a flair for putting himself in the right place at the vital time' - Field Marshal Viscount Slim.

The state of the art, 'Abimansala' (wellness resort), on the banks of the ancient Nuwara Wewa in Anuradhapura, exclusively designed to house dependent Army War Heroes for the rest of their life-span, was ceremonially vested in disable warriors by His Excellency, the President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning (26) at the request of the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces whole-heartedly supported the need for establishment of such wellness resorts for rest and recreation of those permanently disable War Heroes, as projected by the Secretary Defence Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Commander of the Army, and swiftly allocated this picturesque 5 acre state land, adjoining the Anuradhapura, Nuwarawewa for this noble cause.

Equipped with the best of most modern technology that suit physical and psychological needs and well-being of 52 disable War Heroes whose untiring battlefield sacrifices, saw an end to the country's three-decade long terrorism, the mega 'Abimansala' complex at Anuradhapura, serves a fitting tribute, conceptualized by Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander of the Army. The Army's, 'Brave Hearts' theme fund-raiser, vigorously executed by the Seva Vanitha Army Branch (SVAB), presided by Mrs Manjulika Jayasuriya found necessary resources for its completion.

The Anuradhapura wellness centre, quite identical to the recently-opened sanatorium-type 'Mihindu Seth Medura', the first of its kind in Asia or perhaps in the whole world, initiated by Secretary Defence on Attidiya Road for the same purpose of accommodating permanently disable tri-service War Heroes, is comprised of separate wings and units for hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, psychology, medical laboratory testing, X-Ray facility, recreation, sports, spa, internet facility, religious faiths, indoor games, entertainment, library, medical and clinical counseling, film watching, rehabilitation, swimming, dining, residential purposes, administration and outdoor activities, etc, in addition to five separate large residential quarters, reserved for family members of the inmates at 'Abimansala' and cost the Army about Rs 200 million, though the original estimated expenditure was reduced by nearly Rs 23 million on completion.

President Rajapaksa, received warmly by the brainchild of the project, Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander of the Army and Mrs Manjulika Jayasuriya, President SVAB, was conducted to the entrance to the complex to unveil the plaque that symbolizes the brief history, surrounding the birth of the 'Abimansala'. At the end of the welcome procession, the Commandant and the Chief Medical Officer, expected to serve at the new 'Abimansala' were introduced to the visiting President cum Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces by the Commander of the Army. As the auspicious minute struck, the President as Chief Guest on the occasion unveiled the plaque on the main building and cut a ribbon as a token of inauguration of the project amidst Pirith chanting of the Maha Sangha. The Chief Guest's opening of the main building coincided simultaneously with the inauguration of all other new villas, cottages and wings, sponsored or constructed by different donors after boiling milk and traditional oil-lamp lighting. Many representative donors and sponsors took part in the ritual at the same time as Pirith chanting was in progress, headed by Ven Pallegama Siri Sumana Dhammarakkitha Siri Nivasa Thero, Chief Incumbent for Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Atamasthanaya.

President Rajapaksa after offer of 'Pirikara' to members of the Maha Sangha next, symbolically registered the first resident dependent War Hero to be admitted to the wellness resort, selected from the Anuradhapura region. Later on, the President, Ministers, Secretary to President, Secretary Defence and other VIPs at the invitation of the Commander of the Army, made a walking tour in the premises, enabling the President and other distinguished invitees to receive a broader view of the entire compound. A brief spectacle, supplemented with a special display of Water Ballet skills and other cultural feats brought the day's opening ceremony to an end.

Statistics show that approximately 300 War Heroes in the Army turned totally dependent and disable due to multiple injuries sustained during fighting against separatist terrorists. Those incurable injuries range from brain damage or paralysis, spinal cord, amputations, impaired hearing, vision and speech defects, psychological imbalance, loss of legs and limbs, yet ambulant with assistance, vertigo, loss of memory and suchlike and warrant 24 hour surveillance. Commander of the Army, well aware of the limited opportunities available at their home-fronts for such caring and therapy took an enormous interest in realization of the arduous task with determination and dedication.

Receiving overwhelming financial and material support from island-wide and international philanthropists, donors and all the Army Regiments, the project was successfully completed, earlier than planned, thanks to the unstinted backing received for infrastructure, planning and construction by hundreds of War Heroes of 2 Engineer Services Regiment, Corps of Engineers and all other Regiments in the Army.

Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Forces Headquarters, Security Forces Headquarters - Jaffna, 23 Division Headquarters, Sri Lanka Armoured Corps, Sri Lanka Artillery Regiment, Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment, Gajaba Regiment, Special Force Regiment, Sri Lanka Army General Service Corps, Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, Mechanized Infantry Regiment, Sri Lanka Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Regiment, Engineer Service Regiment, Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police Regiment, Sri Lanka Military Academy and Sri Lanka Army Disabled Sports Committee were among Army establishments that donated more than Rs 1 million, each towards the success story of the project.

Private sector donors, David Peiris Motor Company Limited, Diesel & Motor Engineering Company Limited, Lanka Ashok Leyland Limited, MAS Holdings, Mobitel Private Limited, ORIT, Wickramarathne Private Limited, Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC, Etisalat Lanka Private Limited, Hatton National Bank - Head Office, Mr K.K.N Jayathilaka, Hemas Hospital, International Construction Private Limited, Seylan Bank and SWP Vanitha Ekamuthuwa - Kandy, offered more than Rs 1 million, each to the 'Abimansala' project, impressed with the noble objective of it. In addition, various individual groups and donors, patriots and well-wishers did their part silently towards realization of the unprecedented project of our times, but wanted to remain anonymous at all times.

The Seva Vanitha Army Branch (SVAB) on the instructions of its President Mrs Manjulika Jayasuriya since initial planning threw its full weight behind through the most vital 'Brave Hearts' fund-raising project until its completion and expects to expand the project to other areas as well in the future, considering needs of some 300 dependent disable War Heroes living in different districts. To this effect, the SVAB conducted a string of fund-raising programmes, including musical shows, fashion shows, public fairs, sale of T-shirts, caps, wrist bands and the like throughout the past one year after and before the auspicious ground-breaking began in late May, last year.

The 'Abimansala' to be run, headed by a Commandant and 8 senior officers and 111 other ranks (administrative section) will have another group of 8 officers and 84 other ranks and 40 medical assistants exclusively for the service at the medical and rehabilitation section in the wellness resort and is expected to be facilitated with two ambulances, three vans, one car, one bus, one lorry, one tractor and one motorbike. The centre, depicting architecture of the highest standards, done by the architect, Mr Vinod Jayasinghe, also offers a multitude of facilities such as religious tours, entertainment, computer learning, etc to War Hero families and their children who would be visiting their beloved disable inmates for a specific period of time.

A large gathering of religious dignitaries, Ministers, diplomats, Governor for north central province, Chief Minister, donors, sponsors, artistes, well-wishers, parents and family members of disable War Heroes, senior Army officers and other invitees attended the inaugural ceremony. (Ends)  Watch Video

( Date: Wednesday, 27th July 2011)

 Source: www.defence.lk

 

 

SVU Chairperson meets with "Api Wenuwen Api" house bearers

War heroes who received houses under "Api Wenuwen Api" housing scheme in Badulla and Moneragala districts met with Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa, the chairperson of Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit on 25th July.

The meeting was organized by the Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit facilitating the house bearers to bring forward their comments on recently completed housing project.

Also the meeting was enabled them to forward their difficulties to the relevant authorities. Few house bearers tabled difficulties faced when obtaining electricity connection for their houses, and chairperson agreed to involve personally solving those difficulties.

Participants presented a memento to the Chairperson appreciating her service rendered to welfare of war heroes who made sacrifices to defend motherland.

( Date: Wednesday, 27th July 2011)

 Source: www.defence.lk

 

 

Countdown Begins to 'Abimansala' Opening

The countdown to the ceremonial opening of the 'Abimansala', the wellness resort for totally dependent disable War Heroes at Anuradhapura where they are provided a lifeline during the rest of their lifetime, has begun with its inauguration fixed for 26 July 2011, headed by His Excellency, the President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The mammoth construction, conceptualized by Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander of the Army who formally as the Commander, Security Forces, Wanni himself went through the traumas of atrocities, perpetrated by terrorists on valiant fellow-soldiers in the battlefield, cost a little over Rs 200 million, and was extensively sponsored by the Army's theme project, 'Brave Hearts' spearheaded by the Seva Vanitha Army Branch, chaired by Mrs Manjulika Jayasuriya.

Secretary to President Mr Lalith Weerathunga, Secretary Defence Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in addition to Ministers, diplomats, dignitaries and a host of invitees are expected to grace the occasion along with President Rajapaksa.

The 'Abimansala', equipped with state of the art modern therapeutic technological aids, much-needed by those disable War Heroes, the unsung valiant men of our times, is to house 52 dependent soldiers in the company of their family members, chosen from the Anuradhapura district as the first of its kind in this region.

Photos display a view of the picturesque landscape and the complex as on Saturday (23) after all construction work was completed, thanks to marvellous gestures of world-wide donors, philanthropists and not least, infrastructure and labour provided by Engineer troops and all other soldiers of the Army.

( Date: Wednesday, 27th July 2011)

 Source: www.defence.lk

 

 

31 houses hand over to war heroes completing "Api Wenuwen Api" 4th phase

Completing the fourth phase of the "Api Wenuwen Api" housing project launched by the Ministry of Defence, 31 houses were handed over among the war heroes and their families in Badulla and Hambantota districts under the patronage of Commander-In-Chief His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa on 25th June.

Inaugurating the function, His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the house built at Athiliwewa for war hero Corporal J.K Vipula Kumara while the main function was held at the Athiliwewa primary school at Thelulla in Wellawaya, Monaragala district.

Ministry of Defence launched the "Api Wenuwen Api" housing project to construct 700 housing units island-wide for the war heroes and it is notable that, many Sri Lankans living in here and abroad, showing their gesture on security forces, have contributed to the "Api Wenuwen Api" housing fund at the request of HE President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The Api Wenuwen Api Fund was a concept of President Rajapaksa, and after years of hard work and dedication by Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the President's brainchild now has become a tangible reality and so far succeeded in providing hundreds of houses to war heroes across the country while catering for many other social welfare matters of service personnel in combined forces and Police.

The "Api Wenuwen Api" housing project was supervised by defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit under its leadership of Chairperson Mrs Ioma Rajapaksa.

Vice President of Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs Indu Rathnayake speaking to defence.lk said that this project will continue to build houses for war heroes covering all districts of the country. "So far 88 houses were given to service personnel in Kandy, Kurunegala, Matara and Hambantota districts in the first, second and third phase of the project", she added.

"In the fourth phase of the project 28 army personnel, one navy sailor and two air forces personnel received houses" she further said.

Governor of Uva Province Nanda Mathiw, Ministers Nimal Siripala De Silva, Sumedha G Jayasena, Luxman Senevirathna, Jagath Pushpakumara, Uva chief minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa, deputy minister secretary to the president Lalith Weerathunga, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, parliamentarians representing Badulla and Moneragala districts, members of provincial council, additional secretaries and senior officials of ministry of defence, senior officers of armed services and police, family members of war heroes received houses and public in the area also participated at the event.

 

( Date: Thursday, 28th July 2011)

 Source: www.defence.lk

 

Commander in Chief hands over houses for war heroes

Commander in Chief His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning (18) participated in a ceremony in Matara to hand over houses built for war heroes.

President Rajapaksa handed over 36 houses built in matara and Hambanthota districts to war heroes as the third phase of housing project carried out through "Api Venuven Api" fund.

Symbolizing the occasion, the President handed over the keys of a house to Private W. L. Ariyadasa of the Mechanized Infantry Regiment and other keys were handed over to 24 service personnel of SL Army, 5 personnel of SL Navy and 6 personnel of SL Air Force by the president later in the ceremony held at Kirilipana Primary school in Deniyaya, Matara.

The "api wenuwen api" fund was a concept of President Rajapaksa, and after years of hard work and dedication by secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the President's brainchild now has become a tangible reality and so far succeeded in providing hundreds of houses to war heroes across the country while catering for many other social welfare matters of service personnel in combined forces and Police.

Addressing the gathering, Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasized that all must thankful to President Mahinda Rajapaksa for introducing "Api Venuven Api" concept not only for looking at the welfare of war heroes but also to uplift social status of war heroes who made their fullest contribution to safeguard the motherland.

The Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit supervises the "Api Venuven Api" housing project spearheaded by Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa under the guidance of The Secretary Defence.

This project will continue to build houses for war heroes covering all districts of the country. So far 52 houses were given to service personnel in Kandy and Kurunegala districts in the first and second phases of the project.

Governor of Southern Province Kumari Balasuriya, Ministers including Dullas Alahapperuma, Commanders of the tri-forces, Police Chief, and other senior government officers were also present.

( Date: Monday, 20th December 2010)

 Source: www.defence.lk

 

 

"Api Wenuwen Api" third phase to hand over 36 houses among war heroes

The third phase of Api Wenuwen Api programme will give away 36 houses to needy war heroes in Matara and Hambantota districts under the patronage of His Excellency the President, Mahinda Rajapaksa on 18 December.

The President will hand over keys to war heroes at a special function organized by the Ministry of Defence at Marakirilipana Primary School in Deniyaya Matara.

The Api Wenuwen Api Fund was a concept of President Rajapaksa, and after years of hard work and dedication by Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the President's brainchild now has become a tangible reality and so far succeeded in providing hundreds of houses to war heroes across the country while catering for many other social welfare matters of service personnel in combined forces and Police.

The objective of the project is to uplift the living standards of families of war heroes by assisting them to build their own houses on plots of lands owned by them.

Accordingly, this project will continue to build houses for war heroes covering all districts of the country. So far 52 houses were given to service personnel in Kandy and Kurunegala districts in the first and second phase of the project.

( Date: Wednesday, 17th December 2010)

 Source: www.defence.lk

 

'David-Peiris Motors' presents 33Mn for 'Ranaviru Home' constructions

A donation worth of Rs. 33million was presented Thursday (Sep 23), facilitating ongoing construction work at the Aththidiya 'Ranaviru Nikethanaya' by the David Peiris Motor Company.

The cash cheque was presented to Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapksa this morning by the company President Mr. David Peiris.

David Peiris Motors Director Mr. Jagath Kulathunge was also present at the occasion.

 

( Date: Wednesday, 05th October 2010)

 Source: www.defence.lk

 

 

Second phase of "Api Wenuwen Api" housing project completed: 27 houses handed over to war heroes

Twenty seven houses constructed at Thorayaya, Kurunegala as the second phase of the "Api Wenuwen Api " housing project, were ceremonially handed over to the war heroes and their families by Commander-in-Chief, HE President Mahinda Rajapaksa today, 5th September.

The President handed over the fist key of those houses to the widow and children of a fallen war hero Petty Officer TMRK Tennakoon of Sri Lanka Navy who made his utmost sacrifice for defending the motherland while serving in the battle front in 2007.

Ministry of Defence launched the "Api Wenuwen Api" housing project to construct 700 housing units island-wide for the war heroes. Completing its first phase, 25 houses built at Senarathgama, Kandy were handed over to the war heroes under the patronage of HE President Mahinda Rajapaksa in last July. It is notable that, many Sri Lankans living in here and abroad, showing their gesture on security forces, have contributed to the "Api Wenuwen Api" housing fund at the request of HE President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

During the ceremony held to handing over the keys of the newly built houses, packs of school items were also distributed among the school children of those war heroes' families.

North Western province Governor Mr Tissa R Balalla, North Western Chief Minister Mr Athula Wijesinghe, Defence Secretary Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Chairperson of the Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs Ioma Rajapaksa, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Air Force Air Chief Marcel Roshan Gunathilake, Commander of the Army Lt General Jagath Jayasooriya, Commander of the Navy Vise Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe were also participated at the event. The objective of the "Api Wenuwen Api" project is to uplift the living standards of families of war heroes by assisting them to build their own house. The housing project is conducted under the guidance and close supervision of the Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit chairperson Ioma Rajapaksa.

( Date: Sunday, 06th September 2010)

 Source: www.defence.lk

 

War heroes receive new houses from the President

His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa handed over the keys of 25 houses this morning (11) in Senarathgama, Kandy built under the first phase of the programme launched to construct  700 housing units for war heroes under the 'Api Wenuwen Api' concept.

The beneficiaries were the war heroes who were killed or become disabled while serving in the battlefront to defend the motherland. Also several war heroes currently in service were among the beneficiaries. Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was also present at the ceremony. The housing project is nearing completion under the able guidance and close supervision of the Defence Secretary. The Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit made the financial contribution and supervised the implementation of the project while three forces contributing the manpower. 

H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa who arrived at the site handed over the keys of the first house to the widow and the child of Sergeant Karunawansha of the Sri Lanka Army. Thereafter President Rajapaksa ceremonially cut the ribbon and entered the house. The late sergeant Karunawansha had paid the supreme sacrifice in the patriotic war against terrorism. Later, President Rajapaksa who participated at the ceremony donated the other 24 houses to the respective beneficiaries symbolically by handing over the keys.

Beneficiaries also received sets of cutlery and crockery and various gifts to children. Mr. Lakshman Hulugalle Director General of Media Centre for National Security explained to the audience the objectives of the 'Api Wenuwen Api' fund and its implementation.

Central Province governor Tikiri Kobbakaduwa, Minister of Mass Media Keheliya Rambukwella,  Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake, Parlimentarians, Chairperson of Defence Ministry's Seva Vaqnitha Unit Mrs Ioma Rajapakse, three forces commanders and Inspector General of Police also participated to grace  the occasion.

( Date: Sunday, 12th July 2010)

 Source: www.defence.lk

 

A place they can call their own

Under the second phase of the 'Api Wenuwen Api' programme, houses are being built for soldiers and war widows, who have land but no means to build.

Sgt. Major W.P. Ariyaratne is a happy man. He is eagerly looking forward to moving into his newly built house with his wife and three children, at the end of this month after long years of roughing it out with parents and in rented housing, while serving at the warfront. Since 1996, Sgt. Major Ariyaratne has served in the operation areas of Jaffna, Mannar, Vavuniya, Kalmunai and Akkaraipattu. He was in all the Riviresa operations in the Special Operations Platoon. With the end of the war, his dedication has been rewarded. In this second stage of the Api Wenuwen Api programme, houses are being built for soldiers of the Army, Navy and Air Force, who have a land of their own but no means to build a house.

Ariyaratne said he had purchased the land using his savings together with the sale of a small property he had and a loan from his sister. He also took a loan from the People's Bank for levelling the property which was on a hillock. The house, built by Army Engineers is now in its final stages. Work started on March 18 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of June. Ariyaratne has been granted permission to be in Kandy to see the final stages of construction. It is a comfortable house with three bedrooms, a spacious sitting and dining area, kitchen, a tiled, fitted bathroom inside, an outside toilet and a carport.

Having lived with his parents, Ariyaratne and his family moved to Gurudeniya in Kandy to admit his children to school. His eight-year-old daughter has gained admission to Kandy Girls' High School and he hopes to get his sons aged three and two also into schools in Kandy. In Senarathgama, Katugastota, Sujeewa Udayangani, 30, and her 4 1/2 year-old daughter Amaya, are also preparing to move into the house built for them through the 'Api Wenuwen Api' programme. The Army Engineers unit was hard at work to finish the house by the end of the month.

Although relieved to have the house, Sujeewa is mourning the death of her husband. Staff Sergeant M.D.S.K.Karunawansa of the Special Forces, was killed in action on May 18, last year, in the final day of battle at Puthumathalan. Married for four years, Udayangani said her husband, who counted 14 years in the army, worked mostly in the north even after marriage. "I wrote to the Defence Secretary and Army Commander, through his Regiment, appealing for a house," Udayangani said. They had lived in a rented house and when the lease ran out, she moved to her mother's house in Senarathgama. Her mother had written a plot of land in her name. As it was on a slope and not suitable for building, her brother obligingly exchanged his land for hers. "I am so happy to have this home, close to my family," Udayangani said. Speaking to the Sunday Times, Major General Prasad Samarasinghe, Military Spokesman, said when Defence Secretary Col (Retd) Gotabhaya Rajapaksa took over, he found that the first task was to boost the morale of the service personnel. The strength of the forces was increased and many youths from the villages were recruited. The burning issue among the forces he said was a lack of housing. Thus the project Api Wenuwen Api was proposed and inaugurated through the Ministry of Defence and the Mahinda Chinthanaya, with the aim of providing 50,000 houses for Army, Navy and Air Force personnel who fought in the war to wipe out terrorism from the country.

In the first phase of the project, 1509 houses were constructed at Ipalogama, Anuradhapura for war heroes of the three forces, who had no houses of their own. 'Rana Jayapura Housing Village was declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in November 2009. Spread over 180 acres, it is a large cantonment, equipped with facilities for education, health, banking, a supermarket etc. While the cost of each house was Rs.1.4 million, the cost of infrastructure was around Rs. 2.1 million. The recipients were the families of Army, Navy and Air Force personnel. It included those in service as well as those who are disabled, missing or killed in action. Phase 2 of the project has now been launched to construct 700 houses, under the Seva Vanitha branch of the Defence Ministry, led by Ms. Ioma Rajapaksa. Maj. Gen. Samarasinghe says the Ministry has found that there are many soldiers who have some land but no money to build a house. The beneficiaries have been identified and construction was inaugurated with 30 houses in Kandy and Kurunegala districts in March this year. Each house is estimated to cost Rs. one million, excluding the labour which is provided by the Engineer regiments of the three forces. Construction is supervised by the Seva Vanitha.

In the Kurunegala district, the construction is being handled by the Navy engineers, and recipients are from both Army and Navy. At Thoreyaya in Kurunegala, the wife of Petty Officer T.M.R.K. Tennekoon is one of the recipients. Her husband has been missing in action since December 2007, when the Dvora he was serving on was blasted by the terrorists. Her daughter Methma is five years old. "Neither my husband nor I owned a house," said Indu Jayani Jayasuriya. She lived with her husband's father in Galigamuwa and when her daughter was admitted to Maliyadeva, moved to Kurunegala. "When I heard about the 'Api Wenuwen Api' programme, I somehow managed to purchase 16 perches of land by taking a loan. I suffered a lot after my husband's death," she says grateful to the Navy Welfare for making it possible for her to get this house. Another recipient S.P.J. Senarath who has served 16 years in the Navy is now posted in Mankulam. His wife Deepani said she had land in her parents' property in Alawwa but could not think of building with two small children of 3 1/2 years and six months old, as her husband was away most of the time. "We are grateful to the President, the Defence Secretary and the Navy Commander for giving us this opportunity," Deepani said. "Construction started on March 18, and we have had no expenses at all as it is being done by the Navy engineers." During the war, there were many contributions to the fund, Maj. Gen. Samarasinghe said. "We had a good response from Sri Lankans here as well as those living abroad, particularly in the UK, US, Italy and the Middle East." It is hoped that contributions would continue to come in so that more war heroes could be looked after. Those who wish to build houses in memory of a loved one could contribute to the fund. Various organisations also could participate by donating the cost of one or more houses, he said adding that the Ministry has the mechanism to support the project which has been approved by Parliament and functions under a Board of Trustees. The fund is in a Bank of Ceylon account. "It is the duty of Sri Lankans to look after the soldiers who have fought for the country," he added. "Sri Lankans living abroad could also make their contribution to the nation."

( Date: Tuesday, 22nd July 2010)

 Source: www.defence.lk

 

 

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