In order to serve more victims efficiently, the AMATHIKARANKAL sets up outreach programs in rotation, in more than nine centers. Thanks to the hospitality of government and private institutions the clinic at Mankulam packs up necessary equipment and travel by bus to set up outreach clinics at Divisional Hospital, Mannar; Fisheries Cooperation, Mullivaikal; Jeyapuram School, Kilinochchi; Varod Centre, Mulliavalai; etc.
There are more than 30,000 people who lost their limbs during the war. With the help of LEBARA Foundation a modern rehabilitation centre “Amathikarankal” was established in May 2014 at Panikamkulam, Mankulam. A senior rehabilitation physician, Dr. Bandara Panagamuwa, who retired from a substantive consultant post in the UK and a senior Prosthetist, supervises the work of the local team. Two local physiotherapy graduates are being retrained in prosthetics and orthotics to ensure continuity of premier service. This project is financed by LEBARA Foundation and is coordinated by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Province of Jaffna.
One hundred students attending the coaching classes at Annai Illam, Kilinochchi, will be sitting for their Advance Level exams in August 2015. Hundred more students are being coached for the O-Level exams in December 2015. These classes were spearheaded by Fr. Ramesh, who faithfully shuttles from Jaffna every weekend to coach up these students. The community of Oblates at Annai illam are hopeful that their labor of love will yield a hundred fold.
Annai Illam, an Education Resource Centre, caters to students who are affected by the civil war: displaced persons, orphans, etc. It is equipped with a library, halls, class rooms, computers and other facilities; for teaching as well as for research. We are grateful to LEBARA Foundation for financing this project. Annai Illam also has a bus, donated by MIVA, Austria, to transport students.
Our special thanks go to Fr. Saveripillai Edmund Reginald OMI,who channels donations from the Jaffna Tamils in Bergen, Norway, to defray the running expenses of the coaching classes.
Fr. Lucas Regini Jude Avalin OMI was ordained on the 28th of May 2015 as the 91st priest for the Province of Jaffna. He was ordained by Bishop Thomas Saundaranayagam, at St.Mary’s Cathedral, with six other priests for the Diocese of Jaffna. Fr. Avalin’s companions Fr. Manuelpillai Patrick Prashanth omi and Fr. Seemanpillai Alstan Roche omi were already ordained on April 8, 2015 at St. Sebastian’s Cathedral, Mannar, by Bishop Rayappu joseph. Since Fr. Avlin has lost his mother, his eldest sister assumed the role of mother and presented her “son” to the Oblate community.
From the 18th to the 23rd of May 2015 the Province of Jaffna was blessed with the visit of Mr. Cor Schouten and Ms. Sieni who are the Directors of HAVONOS (Hart Voor Noo[r]d Oost Sri Lanka). As the name suggests it is an NGO that is custom designed to rehabilitate victims of war in North-East of Sri Lanka. Their main target was to visit the three projects they are generously financing: OBTEC at Kilinochchi, Amala Arivi at Mullikulam (Thachana Madhu) and the newly constructed Community Centre at Kokilai. They also encountered the administration of Jaffna Province to ascertain accountability and transparency. They were very considerate and wished good-bye with a sense of prospective cooperation.
Deacons Seemanpillai Alstan Roche OMI & Manuelpillai Patrick Prashanth OMI were ordained on the 8th of April 2015 for the Province of Jaffna. They were ordained together with eight other priests by Bishop Rayappu Joseph atSebastian’s Cathedral, Mannar. Thus the Diocese of Mannar is blessed with six diocesan priests, and the religious orders blessed with two Oblates and two Claretians. While looking at the parents and relatives in the photos, one cannot miss the fact that the parents are enthusiastic in promoting vocations to consecrated life. Truly they foster first-formation and ongoing-formation of their sons and daughters. Sri Lankan is blessed with a monastic culture where vocations to consecrated life thrive; both Buddhism and Hinduism, the majority religions in Sri Lanka, understand and value the role of consecrated life in society.