Minnesota-Sri Lanka Friendship Foundation "Rebuilding a Village For Tsunami Survivors"


Mithula Perera joined Ananda S. Liyanapathiranage
on March 20 2005 in Sri Lanka. We met the Minister
after signing the Memorandum of Understanding between the
Government of Sri Lanka and Minnesota Sri Lanka Friendship Foundation.
UDA will provide the land to to build 50 houses and the
community center for tsunami survivors and also UDA will build the road,
supply water and the power to the houses and the community center
March 21 2005 is a landmark in the history of MnSLFF.

The process we had to follow and the agony we went through
to get land was overwhelming. Having enough experience working
in the Sri Lankan bureaucracy and with the understanding of the
tsunami devastation and its aftermath we had lot of patience and
sympathy. It was very hard for us to manage the day to day
project activities in Sri Lanka we being 14,000 miles away.
Becky and Jayani Adikarama was very instrumental in getting the land.
MnSLFF is extremely thankful for the Minister of UDA for his commitment
and leadership and Becky and Jayani for their relentless support.


Mithula Perera, Hon. Mr. Dinesh Gunewardena, Ananda S. Liyanapathiranage