In memory of Rev.Fr. Sarathjeevan who martyred for his people in the last days for Sri Lankan civil war, Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation was established by his family members in the year of 2013. Initially the Foundation supported six students in Urithrapuram Parish of Kilinochchi district, by providing 1,000 Rupees monthly. The Foundation started to function officially from June 10, 2014 with the patronage of retired Bishop of Jaffna Rt. Rev. Thomas Soundaranayagam and the Jaffna Bishop Rt. Rev. Justin Gnanaparagasam. The five member Board has Rev. Fr. K. J. Jeyakumar as the director, Rev. Fr. Raviraj as Treasurer, Ms. Nithila as Secretary and Rev. Fr. Kirubakaran and Ms. Nicolin Saminathar as Board members.
With the benevolent donations from multi-national contributors the Foundation is now supporting twenty three students on monthly basis. Students were selected based on their interest in education while being victims of the civil war and living under the poverty-line. These student are living in Uruthrapuram, Iranaippaalai, Kumulamunai and Mullaiththeevu parishes. The Foundation is also helping the poor who were disabled in the civil war.
We thank our donors and Reverend Fathers and Board Members administrating the Foundation.
Fr.Sarathjeevan Foundation has donated a Sewing Machine and a motor to Rev. Sr. Selvarani for Uruthirapuram Holy Family Children Home on 10-07-2017. The donation Rs.29,000 was given by the sister of late Fr. Sara, Ms. Nithila Mariampillai.
Sarathjeevan Tharisanam Preschool at St. Xavier’s Church, Punkudutivu was ceremonially declared opened on 11th of February 2017 by Rt. Rev. Dr. Justin B. Gnanapragasam, Bishop of Jaffna. Rev. Fr. S. Eugene Francis, Director of HUDEC – Caritas Jaffna presided the event. More than 7 million was funded by Mr. Ajit Johnpillai, Director of Sun Beam Foundation for the construction works. Nutritional food and Educational Materials also will be provided for the preschool children by Sun Beam Foundation. Rev. Fr. Sebajeevan, Acting parish priest, Mr. Ajit Johnpillai, Mrs. Marianne Johnpillai, Mr. S. Easwaran, Mr.Rajan Asservathan, Sivakumaran kurukkal, other invitees, preschool children and parents were present on this occasion.
Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation helped securing support for war victim residents of Save Act Home in Kumrankulum, Vavunia. These victims are disabled because their spine was injured during the war. Medical accessories were provided to these brothers and sisters. Six air mattresses were provided to those who cannot get out of bed because of their injuries. Support for Air Mattresses was provided by Mr. Gnanaprakasam, Christopher family of Rev. Fr. Jeyakumar and members of Canadian Catholic Charismatic community. Also school stationary were provided to 50 children who lost their parents and living at Save Act Home and Lebara Wellness Centre. We thank the donors for these support. Rev. Fr. Jegatheesan said that there are another 25 victims with spinal injuries at Save Act Home but unable to assist them because of limitations in funds.
Fr.Sarathjeevan Foundation supports the differently abled persons living in Vanni through the Amathi Karankal, run by OMI Priests. Rev. Fr. Jeyakumar , Director of Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation handed over the advance payment to Rev. Fr. Anpurasa OMI, Director of Amathi Karankal on 9th of September 2015. Six differently abled persons receive funds for washrooms especially designed for them. Four differently abled persons receive funds for the self-employment. Funds were donated by generous donors living in UK. We take this opportunity to thank them.
Fr. Sarathjevan Foundation support financially to the women headed families to start poultry through Holy Family Sisters in Selvapuram, Kilinochchi. This fund was given to the women headed families engaged in “Bien Oottu Valum Industry” to start poultry on 9th of September 2016.
On September 9, 2015 Rev. Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation provided funds for self-employment project for women headed families in Selva Nagar, Kilinocchchi. Holy Family Sisters guide this project. Expatriate Tamils Mr. Vadivel and Mr. Pushparajah donated these funds. We thank the donors.
Rev. Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation is providing monthly stipend of Rs. 1000 to 15 students affected by war, living under poverty line and studying at St. Charles School. Inauguration of this project took place on 19th September 2016 and chaired by the Principal of the School Mrs. Christabel. Director of Rev. Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation Rev. Fr. Jeyakumar provided the funds. In his speech he requested the students to study well. Benefiting students, Foundation’s Secretary Ms. Nithila Mariampillai and teacher Hamilton took part in this event. Mr. Vadivel from London provided the donations. We thank the donor.
Additionally another 23 students in Vanni and 14 students of Urumpirai Saiva Tamil Vidyalayam recieve monthly stipend of Rs. 1000. Totally 52 students receive educational stipends. Resident and expatriate donors provide these funds. We thank the donors.