Savings accounts for war heroes’ children
The Seva Vanitha Unit of the Defence Ministry presented savings pass
books with Rs. 20,000 deposits - a gift from Bank of Ceylon to 14
children of war heroes at the Defence Ministry yesterday.
H. P. Nadhuni Imelka (7), is born without legs and confined
to a wheelchair until she was given artificial limbs by Seva
Vanitha Chairperson Ayoma Rajapaksa. Picture by Saman Sri
Seva Vanitha Deputy Chairperson Indhu Ratnayake said the Seva Vanitha
Unit could reach out to support the education of war heroes’ children
who had laid down their lives to protect the motherland. “We have
planned from the beginning of this year to help war heroes’ children
educationally to ensure a bright future for them. The idea of supporting
these children had come true with the assistance of the BoC,” she added.
Ratnayake asserted that the Seva Vanitha has contributed to a large
number of projects to support war heroes’ families. “We are successfully
continuing housing schemes for the war heroes’ families. In addition we
provide them with healthcare, welfare centres to address their
grievances and wheelchairs and trishaws for the disabled soldiers,” she
“This pass book is not just a token of scholarship but this will
recognise them in society as long as they carry it with them,” Ratnayake
BoC General Manager, B. A. C. Fernando said while all are celebrating
the victory; it was the duty of all citizens to support children of the
war heroes who sacrificed their lives in the battlefield to free the
country from terrorism.
“We were at home with our children and families while the Security
Forces were fighting in the battlefield to liberate our nation, leaving
their families behind. Some of them sacrificed their lives and some
others were disabled in action. Without them our children could not have
a country free of terrorism. Therefore, it is the duty of all citizens
to look after the war heroes’ children considering them as their own
children,” he added.
Retired staff of the BoC have donated Rs. 500,000 to add to the
savings accounts of the children of Ranaviru parents while the Atlas
Company donated Rs. 600,000.