Sangha to spearhead IDP relief
The Maha Sangha will soon launch the largest ever humanitarian
assistance program for the welfare of civilians living in IDP camps and
villages in the Vavuniya district. This program titled Dakunen Uthurata
Sarana is conducted by the Samasthalanka Shashanarakshaka Bala Mandalaya
in coordination with the Ministry of Defence and the Department of
Over 10,000 Buddhist temples island-wide will start collecting new
garments for adults and children, foot wear, stationary, sanitary ware
and essential food items be distributed among the civilians living in
the welfare camps and villages after the Vesak Full Moon Day.
The Chief Incumbents of the Buddhist temples are now in the process
of educating the laity in the respective area on the importance of this
program and seek their donation to make it a success.
The Maha Sangha has been directed by the Pradeshiya Shasanarakshaka
Mandalaya on how these donations could be collected and channelled to
the Shashanarakshaka Bala Mandalaya through the district collecting
Over 500 members of the Maha Sangha will visit the welfare camps in
the Vavuniya district to distribute these donation and invoke the
blessings of the Noble Triple Gem on them. The public are also requested
to channel funds meant for the Vesak Danselas and Pandols to make this
program a reality.
This is one of the first organisations of Buddhist Priests that came
to the fore to assist the thousands of people who were displaced by the
Boxing Day tragedy in 2004.