American NGO funded pre-school opened in Kallady

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 October 2005, 05:53 GMT]
A pre-school constructed with the funding of 'Room to Read', a US based non-governmental organization at a cost of 1.6 million rupees was declared open at Kallady, a remote fishing hamlet in the Eachchilampathu division in Trincomalee district. Newly constructed Kalaimagal pre-school is to cater to the educational needs of about 150 children under the age five. The implementing partner of the project is Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO).

Operation USA, another NGO based in America has been implementing a livelihood project "Back to Sea" for the victims of war and tsunami in the Kallady village.

Mr.Semmanan, Trincomalee district deputy political head unveiled the name board of the institution and Mr.Umamaheswaran, Assistant Government Agent of Eachchilampathu division declared open the school.

Room to Read project.
Eachchilampathu AGA Mr.Umamaheswaran speaking at the event . Mr.Semmanan, Mr.Vijekumar, Mr.Kumarakuruparan, Mr.Puthiyavan and Mr.Kalaivarnan presiding
Room to Read project.
A section of pre-school students and parents participating in the event.


Mr.Puthiavan, Trincomalee district head of the LTTE Administrative Section hoisted the Thamileelam national flag, sources said.

Mr.V.Kalaivarnan, Project Director of the TRO Trincomalee district office presided. Mr.Vijekumar, TRO Trinco District Director and his deputy Mr.C.Kumarakuruparan participated in the event.

About 200 families live in Kallady village. Ther main occupation is fishing. Due to war and tsunami entire fishing industry was destroyed.

Room to Read project.
Pre-school children with new school bags donated to them by TRO.
Room to Read project.
Newly constructed pre-school in Kallady.
Mr.Umamaheswaran said Eachchilampathu division has been neglected in the spheres of development, education, health and medical facilities. Providing relief and rehabilitation to the affected cannot be said as development. Development is meant to raise the standard of living of people thus providing infrastructure facilities to the village and not providing relief to the affected, he said

He said 14 graduates have been appointed to various government departments in the Eachchilampathu division. Except one other thirteen have got themselves transferred to other areas, as they are unable to travel or stay due to lack of infrastructure facilities in the area.

Mr.Semmanan said only two AGA division in Sri Lanka that are not provided with electricity- one Eachchilampathu in Trincomalee and the other Vakarai in Batticaloa district.
Room to Read project.
Pre-school children playing after the opening event.

 

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