guidance to those who need it. All the agro farms at this development site will utilize organic fertilizer. Young people will be given vocational training in an extensive range of skills. Motor Mechanics and Electronics will be among the many vocations the recruits will be trained in. A state-of-the-art Vocational Training Centre will be a major segment of the project. While a livelihood is assured this way, an Indigenous Medical Centre will look after the health needs of the people. Osu Uyana, a garden of medicinal herbs will be established to yield both health and economic benefits. In association with this Medical Centre a series of rest cottages will be built. Patients and the aged can recuperate in these cottages, constructed on the banks of Sooriyawewa. Thus the community will receive both physical and spiritual healing, simultaneously. Furthermore a Meditation Centre will be established to take care of spiritual development of both local and foreign visitors.


A major cause of rural poverty is the lack of avenues for marketing the products of farmers. To counter this, an effective marketing network will be established. To eradicate post-harvest wastage and loss, a cold storage facility will be established.


An important section of the Development Project is the Community University. School dropouts who swell the ranks of the unemployed will be given a comprehensive education at this University.

 

Eventually, the whole complex will evolve into a much sought after tourist destination. The final outcome will be the creation of a self-sustaining settlement, inhabited by men, women and children, enjoying a highly satisfactory standard of living.


The sustainable development that will be represented by this project will eventually be replicated in various parts of the Island, contributing substantially towards national development.


We are happy to state that already many institutions and individuals have pledged their support towards this project at both local and international levels. We place this proposal before you with the hopes that you will be willing to be part of this worthy cause, as one of the greatest initiatives towards comprehensive national progress.


Please come on board and assist Sri Lanka to achieve prosperity today and tomorrow. May you all be well and happy.

 


Ven Dr Kirinde Assaji Thero

First and foremost, I wish to touch upon the highly esteemed initiative of Hon Namal Rajapaksa, the youngest Member of the present Parliament. From his early childhood he associated with Gangaramaya Temple where he acquired significant spiritual discipline and a praiseworthy inclination towards social welfare activities.

 

When he expressed his intentions to launch a development project of vast proportions, for the benefit of the people in the Sooriyawewa Region in the Hambantota District, Chief Incumbent of the Gangaramaya Temple, Ven Galaboda Gnanissara Thero, 'Podi Hamuduruwo', decided to extend his unbridled support to the proposal.

 

Podi Hamuduruwo is highly reputed for his unparalleled social service initiatives. He has garnered vast experience and expertise by implementing prestigious projects in collaboration with USAID, various foreign Governments, global institutions and a vast array of local organizations.

 

Podi Hamuduruwo has inspired Sri Lanka's most effective vocational training effort which has benefited thousands of youth by providing them with necessary skills to earn a satisfactory livelihood, through self-employment. He pioneered advanced language education systems that utilise sophisticated teaching equipment. The extensive array of facilities he has set up for the wellbeing of the elderly and the disabled benefit a large number of individuals who have no other means of gaining support.

 

His capacity and readiness to respond to national disasters has been proven over and over again. When the Tsunami dealt its disastrous blow, Podi Hamuduruwo was prompt to act engaging in urgent relief work. In light of this, it will be quite evident to all, that the Na Sevana Community Development Project at Sooriyawewa launched under the joint Patronage of Hon Namal Rajapaksa, MP and Podi Hamuduruwo will be a singular success.

 

The ultimate mission of the Sooriyawewa Na Sevana Community Development Project is to establish an area of total development, where the people will achieve a high and noble standard of living.


The core concept of providing this satisfactory livelihood will inititally be ensured by model agricultural and dairy farms. Visitors, especially school children can observe the organizational and functional aspects of these model farms, and thus replicate them in their own regions.

 

Instructors who provide extensive services will form part of the staff of these model farms and provide

Ven Galaboda Gnanissara Thero has successfully undertaken various social development programmes since prior to 1971. Commencing with the Sri Jinaratana Vocational Training Centre where youth are provided with employable skills free of charge, his commitment to helping the youth and people of Sri Lanka has grown in enormous proportions. Following the success of the Vocational Training Centre, Ven Galaboda Gnanissara Thero, fondly known as Podi Hamuduruwo branched out into challenging yet much-needed initiatives such as founding a home for disabled children and an elder's home in Kotte, Sri Lanka.


In another initiative, Podi Hamuduruwo made arrangements to provide free accommodation to pilgrims of all religions who visit Kataragama. The Seenigama Tsunami Rehabilitation Project is yet another undertaking by Podi Hamuduruwo. Under this project, over three thousand farmers were given the necessary direction and resources to cultivate rubber, banana, vanilla and other crops. The objective of this project was to help make the inhabitants of the village self- sufficient by utilizing the land in the area with unprecedented introduction of such crops as vanilla which have commercial value.


The humanitarian initiatives do not end there; a "Tree Bank" was established, growing rare and valuable plants and medicinal herbs which are distributed to be planted on the road-side or distributed to the people. These are but a few of the successful and flourishing humanitarian initiatives by the far-sighted Podi Hamuduruwo who is adept at initiating projects that benefit multitudes.


The inimitable fusion of two personalities whose dedication and commitment towards the empowerment of the youth of Sri Lanka and preserving Sri Lanka's rich culture through pragmatic means, promise the success of any future undertaking aimed at social development and the enhancement of the land.

 

The inimitable fusion of two personalities whose dedication and commitment to the empowerment of the youth of Sri Lanka

PROJECT PATRONAGE

 

The Na Sevana Community Development Project officially inaugurated on June 25, 2010 under the joint-patronage of Hon Namal Rajapaksa, MP and Ven Galaboda Gnanissara Thero, Chief Incumbent of Gangaramaya Temple, was initiated primarily for promoting social and economic wellbeing of the people in the Hambantota District.


Having successfully contributed to social and community development programmes since the early age of 16, Namal Rajapaksa was elected by the people of Hambantota as the youngest Parliamentarian of Sri Lanka. Namal Rajapaksa has triumphed in many social development programmes, namely, as the Chairman of the Tharunyata Hetak movement, the "Oba Venuwen Api" (We Stand for You) – an Infrastructure development project in the North & East of Sri Lanka and "Haritha Pirunu Ratak" (Nature Friendly country) – a programme initiated to ensure that the youth of Sri Lanka work towards a nature-friendly Sri Lanka, all of which have been exceedingly successful. His initiatives have encompassed areas such as training & development, sports, environment, health, community service and charity. His unique ability to conclude successful projects such as the Carlton Super Cross 2008 racing meet organized for the purpose of raising funds for a swimming pool in Jaffna the University shows his dedication to capacitating the youth and working for the people.


Namal Rajapaksa's development philosophy is to create a younger generation in Sri Lanka that will be able to progress into the 21st Century unscathed by poverty or loss of spiritual stability. Therefore, the envisioned development is two- fold; both physical and spiritual, where viable employment opportunities will be made available along with spiritual development, recreation and entertainment.


COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF NA SEVANA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

       
 

Mr Yoshita Rajapaksa
Vice Chairman

"Tharunyata Hetak"


Mr Ranjit Pandithage
Chairman

DIMO


Mr Mohan Pandithage
Chairman & CEO

Hayley's Group of Companies


Mr Roshan Kulasuriya
Director

Human Resources Fonterra


Mr Nimal Welgama
Chairman

SLT & Mobitel


Mr Suren Amarasekera
CEO

Mobitel

Mr Dinesh Dharmadasa
Director

Ceylon Tobacco


Mr Satish Navaratne
Chairman

Sadaharitha Plantations Ltd


Mr Nimal Lokuge
CEO

Sierra Constructions Ltd


Mr Upali Wijayasiri
Chairman

Solex Engineering (Pvt) Ltd


Mr Ruwan Gunaratne
Project Officer

Na Sevana Community Development Project


All members of Sri Jinaratana Adhyapana Ayathana Palaka Sabhawa – Gangaramaya

 
INTRODUCTION

Hambantota, situated in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka has long remained under-developed. However, since the 2004 Tsunami that severely affected the population, Hambantota has received significant international investment particularly for construction of highways, harbour, international airport, convention hall and the cricket stadium. With the infrastructure development, Hambantota is proving to be a sound investment. However, investments that would directly benefit the community are essential to ensure that the
people throughout the district benefit from the aforementioned infrastructural developments.


Although there are massive infrastructure development projects underway, it has been observed that the people are unable to reap benefits. If the people themselves do not develop alongside infrastructure development they would be unable to benefit from the opportunities in the future. Therefore development projects in the region should be able to absorb its local community in providing them with jobs and methods of income, provided that the community is equipped with the necessary capabilities acqaired through training and education.


For instance the youth can be trained as warf clerks to work in the new harbour. In terms of tourism, tourist guides can be trained from the local community and consequently training programmes should be developed so that individuals can enroll in them. Facilities such as a community university are deemed necessary with the understanding that major development projects should go hand in hand with empowering people so that they too can enhance their day-to-day lives.

 

Consequently the concept of the Na Sevana Community Development Project took root as a community oriented programme to directly impact the people, mainly targeted at school children and youth who ultimately mould the future.


Thus, the clergy of Gangaramaya Temple auspiciously inaugurated the Na Sevana Community Development Project on June 25, 2010. Its expected date of completion is targeted at December 2012.

LOCATION

 

The proposed project site comes under the jurisdiction of the Hambantota District of the Southern Province. Territories of Sooriyawewa border the site and is a fertile ground adjoining a natural body of water. The whole land extent available for the project is approximately 52 acres.


Water and drainage management for the site will be provided by Solex Limited.

 

 

 

Success is ensured due to the designated location of the sooriyawewa Zone