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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 106

With Love from Las Vegas, USA to orphans in Irupalai-Kopay in Sri Lanka

Daya Gamage – Asian Tribune US National Correspondent
Las Vegas, U.S.A. 08 December (

Gihan Perera and his wife Jayani were somewhat emotional when they announced at a recent Board meeting of Sri Lanka America Association of Las Vegas, the heartfelt warmth expressed to the Sri Lankan community here by the custodians of the Canaan Fellowship International Church in Irupalai, Kopay in northern Sri Lanka for remembering the children who were affected by the internal war in sending a consignment of school bags as supplementary assistance to further their educational endeavors.

In a letter addressed to the Sri Lanka America Association of Las Vegas – which is produced here – Sister Rachel Jeyarani highlighted that the war that engulfed the entire Jaffna Peninsula, especially during the most critical period from 2006 through 2009, most of the children, now under care, had lost their parents. The Canaan Fellowship International Church, in fact, feeds them, provides clothing and sent them to school.

The Las Vegas Sri Lankans sent a consignment of backpack school bags to facilitate these destitute children who were affected by the devastating war.

The Board Members of the Association noted that everyone is focusing on building roads, building houses, building hospitals after the war, significantly there is the lack of urgency to addressing “the collective trauma.” When the photographs of the children at the orphanage were shown to the membership gathering this writer sensed the emotion engulfed in the meeting room.

Sri Lankan research suggests the trauma is far worse in northern areas, where much of the fighting was concentrated. Studies around the war’s end found the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder among children as high as 30 percent.

It is this understanding and knowledge that Gihan Perera, the President of the Association and his wife Jayani took the leadership to be a part of those who comprehended the “collective trauma” and the plight of the children to facilitate the destitute school goers in this northern town of Irupalai in Kopay, a badly affected area during the war in the Jaffna Peninsula.

The Sri Lanka America Association of Las Vegas in the western state of Nevada contemplates to initiate and undertake humanitarian projects of this nature to facilitate those who were affected by Sri Lanka’s 26-year war which to some extent brought misunderstanding among the two main communities – the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils – to help erase it - which the members of the Association are fully aware will assist to bring about better conciliation among ethnic communities in the land of theirs – Sri Lanka.

- Asian Tribune -

A section of the orphaned children in Irupalai in Kopay with backpacks sent from the U.S
Gathering at the orphanage in Irupalai run by Canaan Fellowship International Church
With Love from Las Vegas, USA to orphans in Irupalai-Kopay in Sri Lanka
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