Mahakaruna Buddhist Society to help IDP children

by Irangika RANGE, Lanka Daily News, June 4, 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Mahakaruna Buddhist Society in Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple, Singapore has pledged to take care of 600 internally displaced children including 350 children who had lost their parents and 250 of university students in the Manik Farm transit village in Vavuniya.

Addressing a media briefing in Colombo, Religious Affairs Adviser to the Mahakaruna Buddhist Society Ven. Dr. Alawwe Gunarathana Thera said everyone who are against terrorism should come forward to help the IDPs as they have undergone a number of hardships due to war for 30 years.

Around 290,000 IDPs in the Manik Farm are expected to be provided with cash and kind donations worth over Rs.15million collected by philanthropists living in Singapore.