President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday (05th July) handed over 104 houses constructed under the "Api Wenuwen Api" project in Anuradhapura District to the families of security forces during a function held at Ruwanweli Central College grounds in Horowpatana.
President symbolically handed over two houses to the families of Corporal late U. D. D. Amerasooriya and to Lance Corporal K. C. Karunaratne.
A total of 104 houses constructed in the Anuradhapura District were handed over among 68 army, 23 navy and 13 air force families during the event. The total value of each house is Rs. 4.5 million. Construction of the 104 houses in the Anuradhapura District was carried out by Army and Air Force engineering units with the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission providing financial contribution for the construction of 100 houses.
Speaking at the occasion secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga said the government will continue to look after the families of war heroes who rescued the country from the menace of terrorism.
The government under President Rajapaksa has carried out many welfare measures to provide a better life for Security Forces personnel, the Secretary added.
The Api Wenuwen Api project is aimed at providing houses to security personnel and their families who own land but face financial difficulties to build houses on their own. The 'Api Wenuwen Api' Fund, supported by local and foreign donors provides financial support for the project.
Houses have been built under 15 phases covering 18 Districts including Kandy, Matara, Hambantota, Monaragala, Badulla, Galle, Ampara, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Kalutara, Kegalle, Polonnaruwa, Gampaha, Ratnapura, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Colombo and Kurunegala District Stage I & II.
In parallel to the housing project a special programme is implemented to upgrade facilities in schools in rural areas. Under this programme measures have been taken to develop Horowpatana Model Primary Vidyalaya, Morawewa Vidyalaya and Ruwanweli Central College.
Furthermore President Rajapaksa also declared open the Mahindodaya Technical Laboratory at the Ruwanweli Central College in Horowpatana. The laboratory is comprised of a mathematic centre, a computer center, a language centre and a distance learning centre.