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Architects for Humanity draw up a helping hand

Cassie Neu from AFH While most Minnesotans were trying to keep cool last weekend, 18 architects and landscape architects gathered to design a community center for a village half a world away. They were looking for a project and heard about a Minnesota foundation's plans to help build a village for Sri Lankans displaced by December's tsunami. (Linda Mack, Start Tribune July 24,2005) (ASL Photo)
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Gift from the People of Minnesota to the People of Sri Lanka

MnSLFF Sign

 

July 6th 2005 - Reporting from Hikkaduwa, SriLanka by Jayani Adikarama. 

The construction at the site is very much satisfactory. The builders are ahead of the time line that’s been given by REDECO.The foundation has been laid on all houses. The contactors have started building the walls. 4 of the houses are almost to the point of completion.

REDECO management- REDECO has appointed a new GM, Mr.Sujeewa Vitharana.>Also a new site engineer has been appointed from July 4th. He will start working with us shortly.Mr. Sujeewa Vitharana touched based with us on the 4th July regarding our project and the on going problems we had regarding the housing plan. 

MnSLFF will build 50 houses and a community center for the surviving families of the December 26, 2004 tsunami. Each two bedroom house, will have a full domestic infrastructure with clean water, electricity and a small garden for vegetables. The community center (4000 square feet, two story building) will accommodate a preschool, medical center in the lower level and a library in the upper level. MnSLFF received its largest donation of $274,000.00 from the Wave of Hope fund-raising activities conducted by the Shimek family and Apple Valley Foundation. More on progress of the construction work..

 

Foundation Laying Ceremony marks the beginning of construction

Becky Guneratne MnSLFF representative Becky Guneratne at the foundation laying ceremony dressed in a traditional Sri Lankan sari, serving the guests. During her stay in Sri Lanka  Becky met the Sri Lanka President Mrs. Chandrika Kumaranathunga regarding land allocation. She also worked with the officials from Task Force To Rebuild The Nation (TAFREN). 

 

On May 19, 2005 at 12:21 pm. a small ceremony took place to mark the laying of the foundation stone for the Village Rebuilding project by MnSLFF in Hikkaduwa, SriLanka. 

The ceremony was officiated by guest of honor, Mr. Yadamini Gunewardena, representing the Minister of Urban Development and Water Supply and Mr. Granville Perera, past president of Federation for Chamber of Commerce and Industries in Sri Lanka, Mrs. Shayama Gunewardena the General Manger Land Reclamation and Development Company. Also present were MnSLFF chartered members, Mrs.Becky Guneratne and Mr.Jayantha Atukorala (Minnesota, USA) and Miss. Jayani Adikarama the Project Manager in Sri Lanka and Mr. Thilak Ratnayake (Sri Lanka). 

MnSLFF will build 50 houses and a community center for the surviving families of the December 26, 2004 tsunami. Each two bedroom house, will have a full domestic infrastructure with clean water, electricity and a small garden for vegetables. The community center (4000 square feet, two story building) will accommodate a preschool, medical center in the lower level and a library in the upper level. MnSLFF received its largest donation of $274,000.00 from the Wave of Hope fund-raising activities conducted by the Shimek family and Apple Valley Foundation. More on Foundation Laying Ceremony

 

WAVE OF HOPE DONOR FUNDS ARE PLEDGED TO THE MnSLFF TO REBUILD A VILLAGE

MnSLFF received the first disbursement David Gaskill, Chairman of the Board of The Apple Valley Foundation, Jim Friend, Vice President of Anchor Bank, along with Kay and Jessica Shimek, were present at Anchor Bank in Apple Valley to direct the transfer of funds to MnSLFF. Ananda S. Liyanapathiranage (Lal), Udi Perera, Virendra Ratnayake and Nevanka Goonewardena were present at the meeting to accept the funds on behalf of MnSLFF

The Minnesota-Sri Lanka Friendship Foundation (“MnSLFF”) received the first disbursement of $60,000 from the Apple Valley Foundation’s donor designated Tsunami Relief Fund on April 29, 2005. This was given to MnSLFF to commence the housing construction project in Galle District, Sri Lanka. More....

MnSLFF signed the Memorandum of Understanding

MnSLFF signed the Memorandum of Understanding
 Sri Lal Liyanapthiranage and Mithula Perera met with Mr. Dinesh Gunewardena the Hon. Minister of Urban Development and Water Supply  on the 15th of March 2005 in Colombo Sri Lanka  

 
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