FM hands over foreign donations for the Neganehira Navodaya Programme

(May 28, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, ceremonially handed over donations to the value of Rs. 78 Mn. received through our Missions and Honorary Consulates abroad for the Neganehira Navodaya Programme to the President at Temple Trees yesterday (May 27).

The collection of donations through Sri Lanka Missions Overseas was undertaken in keeping with the people friendly foreign policy enunciated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Donations received included Rs. 13 Mn. in cash and donations in-kind amounting to Rs. 65 Mn. Water Pumps, Computers, School Equipment, Medical Equipment and Hospital Beds were among the items collected for distribution. Donations of over Rs.18 Mn. are also in the pipeline. During the Ceremony, Foreign Minister Bogollagama also informed the President that the Seva Vanitha Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be building two wards for women and children for the Seruwila Rural Hospital in the Trincomalee District.

The Ceremony was attended by Minister of Nation Building in charge of the Eastern Province, Susantha Punchinilame, Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama, Governor of the Eastern Province, Dr. Palitha T.B. Kohona, Secretary/Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Senior Officials of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, and Nation Building and the Presidential Secretariat. A unique feature of this donation was that the transportation and insurance charges of the consignments were borne by the donors themselves. The donations received are to be used for the benefit of the people of the Eastern Province as part of the Neganahira Navodaya Programme.
- Sri Lanka Guardian