Buddhist International successfully coordinated a massive social welfare program in Kanthale. It was a donation from a group of Buddhist professionals working abroad, lead by Mr. Malinda Wijekoon, and Mrs. Hiranthi Punchihewa from Australia and, Mrs. Chathurika Manjari, Mr. Sajeew Baddage from few other countries.
The donation was made for 100 school children selected from four villages in Kanthale divisional secretariat, in Trincomalee district. Mahawelipura Maha Viharaya was selected to be the local partner; the incumbent Ven. Lemasooriyagama Somananda Thero organized the event in coordination with headmasters of few schools of the area. In addition to books and other essential accessories for school children, each pack contained dry rations worth above 3,500 LKR including rice and sugar.
Mahawelipura is a newly established village, but an underprivileged area, situated in between Kanthale and Seruwavila. BI has made arrangements to implement an integrated community development project to change the destiny of the people. The project will be implemented through Mahawelipura Maha Vihara, and it will address the economic, socio-cultural, and natural resource management aspects of the area.
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