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11.10.17   Austrian child-abductee Kampusch sets up Sri Lanka clinic

10.10.11   Church-run orphanage gives children hope

10.10.04   Embassy Seva Vanitha Unit in Kuwait donates Rs. 1 million toward

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Austrian child-abductee Kampusch sets up Sri Lanka clinic

(cp) Austrian kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch has financed a clinic for disadvantaged children in Sri Lanka, her spokesman confirmed Sunday. Kampusch survived more than eight years in the cellar of her tormentor near Vienna before she managed to escape in 2006, at the age of 18.

In captivity, she heard about the 2004 tsunami that also hit Sri Lanka on the radio, she said in an interview for the Sunday edition of the daily Kronen Zeitung.

She paid 50,000 euros (69,000 dollars) for the clinic in Uswetakeiyawa that has 25 beds and is run by the Salesians of Don Bosco, a Catholic order. It is part of a centre that caters to tsunami orphans, street children and victims of child prostitution.

Kampusch was in Sri Lanka in the past days to open the clinic, her spokesman Wolfgang Brunner said.



Church-run orphanage gives children hope

(ucan) A Church-run orphanage provides children from all faiths arts with crafts training, as well as technical and vocational skills to prepare them for the challenges of the modern world. Ladani is the name of the orphanage which stands for LAma DAya NIvasaya, or home of love and care for children.

Ladani’s first home was founded in 1985 in Katuneriya, about 60 kilometers north of Colombo, by Father Neville Coonghe. The Black July communal clashes between Sinhalese and Tamils in 1983 prompted him to establish the orphanage for unfortunate children.

As of October 2010, there are altogether six Ladani homes scattered nationwide. Twenty-five years after its inception, Ladani orphanages have trained over 300 children who grew up into mature adults and stepped proudly into the competitive world.

The orphanage is operated by a Board of Directors and a Catholic priest. The priest is assisted by mostly volunteers and some paid employees. Although it is open to children from any religion, most children who enter the home are Catholic boys and girls aged between 5 to 16 years old and are either orphans or from broken families.



Embassy Seva Vanitha Unit in Kuwait donates Rs. 01 million toward needy children

(il) The Seva Vanitha Unit of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Kuwait, out of funds raised through promotional events and charitable activities, has donated Rs. 01 million toward the welfare of the needy children in Sri Lanka.

At a simple ceremony held at the Embassy on 29th September 2010, Mrs. Ramanika Dissanayake, Chairperson of the Seva Vaitha Unit on behalf of its members handed over a bank draft to the value of Rs. 01 million and a letter addressed to Chairperson / Seva Vanitha Unit of the Ministry to Mr. Asoka Girihagama, Director General / OAD of the Ministry of External Affairs.

The members of the Unit over the 1½ years have undertaken various activities aimed at promoting Sri Lanka's culture, arts & dance, food, handicraft, fashion, etc. through which substantial funds have been raised for the benefit of deserving children, women and others. Part of the funds raised have been already directed to charitable endeavours.

The activities of the Seva Vanitha Unit have been patronized and supported by the members of the Ministry Seva Vanitha Unit and the Sri Lankan community and well-wishers in Kuwait. 




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