Dulika, German friend help tsunami affected
Dulika would never have thought that her mere acquaintance with
Natalie in Germany would one day lay the foundation for a social service
which would immensely benefit tsunami hit families as well as members of
low income communities in Sri Lanka.
Dulika, a Sri Lankan domiciled in Germany met Natalie at the IBTS
International College where their children were schooling.
A mother of two, Dulika still retains the traits of her youthful
exuberance. Her efforts to render assistance to her countrymen were
eagerly shared by her friend Natalie.
The December 2004 tsunami wreaked havoc in Sri Lanka. The raging
waves destroyed the lives and properties of thousands. The ripples of
the tsunami were felt across the world.
Aid poured into Sri Lanka from around the world including Germany.
Dulika with the help of her friends and well-wishers organised a
container-load of goods and brought it to Sri Lanka.
Accompanied by a group of bhikkus, including Ven. Bandagiriye
Somawansa Thera, director of the National Children’s Education
Foundation, Dulika and her friends distributed the goods among the
Having fulfilled her mission, she visited the National Children’s
Eduction Foundation at Mulleriyawa where she expressed her satisfaction
with the Foundation’s efforts to foster Children’s Education through
Buddhism and national unity.
A majority of Dulika’s beneficiaries were from tsunami-hit areas
including the East. Among the beneficiaries was an engineering student
from Ampara, now an undergraduate at the Moratuwa University and a
female medical student.
Dulika who met several children with their creations at the
Children’s Education Foundation, Mulleriyawa, appreciated their inborn
talents and pledged assistance.
Meanwhile, Dulika’s husband, Neil Peiris said that Sri Lankans
domiciled in Germany together with many German nationals have expressed
this satisfaction over the victories achieved by the Armed Forces
against the terrorists.
They also acknowledged the benign impact of Mahinda Chintanaya on the
country’s religious and cultural revival and the re-awakening villages.
Dulika’s interests were in fact diverse. When she was made aware of
the educational needs of the children including the disabled youth in
the villages of the North and East, she assured that on her a return to
Germany she would organise a special scholarship programme titled,
Luwana,’ a mix of the names of Natalie’s and Dulika’s daughters. Natalie
collaborated with her closely.
During her next visit to Sri Lanka Dulika visited a housing scheme
being constructed by the Jathika Hela Urumaya at Panadura. She undertook
to complete one such house out of her funds and promised to supply
furniture and other equipment for all the houses.
She also constructed a self-contained pre-school at the Ahangama
Rajamaha Viharaya to accommodate about 50 students from the tsunami-hit
Dulika is very grateful to Ven. Bandagiriye Somawansa Thera who took
the initiative to redress the grievances of tsunami victims.
Several undergraduates and students receiving higher education have
also become beneficiaries of her scholarship programme.
Dulika and Neil before their departure to Germany expressed the
desire to mobilize all their efforts to render every possible assistance
to Sri Lanka, their Motherland.