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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2589

Sri Lanka: Daya Group donates 50 houses to ‘have-nots’ in Ampara

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Ampara

Colombo, 12 October, (Asiantribune.com): A local leading entrepreneur Mr.Daya D.K. Gamage, Chairman of Daya Group of Companies has constructed fifty houses to provide shelter for the ‘have-nots’ in the Ampara district.Daya. Gamage also plans to construct another 50 houses, with the assistance of the Lions Clubs International initiated by the Lions Club of Ampara.Daya. Gamage also plans to construct another 50 houses, with the assistance of the Lions Clubs International initiated by the Lions Club of Ampara.

The housing scheme is located at close proximity of the Ampara town and occupants of this housing scheme are now happy and have begun their self employment projects with more confidence. This housing scheme is called "Dayapura". Mr. Gamage also plans to construct another 50 houses, with the assistance of the Lions Clubs International initiated by the Lions Club of Ampara.

Mrs. W.A.Chandralatha, one of the occupants of "Dayapura" said that she was in a pathetic living condition on the pavement when she was gifted with this newly built house. "I have three little ones when we received this house. Providing shelter is a great Pinkama," she said. Her husband is still fishing in Ampara tanks and she said that Mr.Gamage always assists the poorest masses in the rural areas.

Mr.Gamage personally selected occupants for this housing scheme with the assistance of his company officials.

Dayapura Houses: Each house is built in a 15 perch land and the company had provided building materials and construction costs for each occupant to construct their dream home.Dayapura Houses: Each house is built in a 15 perch land and the company had provided building materials and construction costs for each occupant to construct their dream home.
Mr.Gamage had ordered to construct these houses within 45 days and the occupants had accepted his challenge to complete the project.

Each house is equipped with drinking water, electricity and sanitary facilities .The Company hopes to develop the "Dayapura" as a model village.

Responding to queries another occupant of the "Dayapura" said Mr.Gamage did a yeoman service for the poorest in the Ampara district, but he said that the government has a responsibility to look after the poor masses, providing shelters and other basic facilities.

"Dayapura"consists of attractive houses and each cost around five hundred thousand rupees and the occupants are now ready to honor Mr.Gamage as a great philanthropist of the area.

"We want to respect him due to his courageous act .He also helps poor students of the area," said W.A.Sirisena, a resident of Ampara.
According to the residents of the "Dayapura"-Ampara, Mr.Gamage has assisted a number of poor families to become self-sufficient. "He provides jobs for poor families and assists them in various ways," they said.

- Asian Tribune -

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