In memory of Rev.Fr. Sarathjeevan who was martyred for his people in the last days of the Sri Lankan civil war, Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation was established by the members of his family in the year 2013. Initially the Foundation supported six students in the Uruthirapuram Parish of the Kilinochchi district, by providing each of them Rs.1,000 monthly. The Foundation started to function officially from June 10, 2014, with the patronage of the Bishop Emeritus of Jaffna, Rt. Rev.Dr. E. Thomas Sovundaranayagam, and the present Bishop, Rt. Rev. Dr.Justin B.Gnanaparagasam. The five member Board has Rev. Fr. C. G. Jeyakumar as the Director, Rev. Fr.T. Raviraj as the Treasurer, Ms. Nithila Mariampillai as the Secretary, Rev. Fr. T.J.Kirupaharan and Ms. Nicoline Saminathar.
With the benevolent donations from the multi-national contributors, the Foundation is now supporting sixty eight students on a monthly basis for their education. Students are selected basing on their interest in education, while being the victims of the civil war, and living under the poverty-line. These deserving students are from the Uruthirapuram, Iranaippaalai, Kumulamunai, Mullaiththeevu, Poonakary, Atchuveli and Jaffna parishes. The Foundation is also helping the poor who are disabled in the civil war.
We thank our donors and the Reverend Fathers who are supporting the Foundation.
A Sewing machine was donated to Mrs.K. Mary Ranjini of Semmankuntru by Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundaton on 10-10-2017. Mr.Vadivel, UK donated Rs.26,900 for this. 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.
Uruthirapuram, Selvanagar ‘Amaithiyin Arasi’ Church festival and unveiling the statue of former Parish Priest late Fr. Sarathjeevan was held on 22-08-2017. This is the Church late Fr.Sarathjeevan devoted to Our Lady in the name of Queen of Peace on 6th of August 2008 before the displacement
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. Mr. Jegatheesan said that there are another 25 victims with spinal injuries in North requested to join this home and Save Act Home was unable to assist them because of limitations in funds.
Sixty water bottles worth Rs.15,000 were donated by Mr. Sanjeeva Lokuge from Colombo for the Pallikudah Vidiyalayam in Poonagary division on 22nd Nov’2017. We thank him and the generous donors donated these bottles. Ms. Nithila Mariampillai handed over the water bottles to the Principal Mr. Arulanantham.
Rs.55,000 was donated to Mr.T.Robinson from Mavitapuram, Nallinakapuram for his child’s surgery in August 2017.
Rs.75,000 worth toilet was constructed for Mr. S. Arulanantham as he was bed ridden due to sickness and poverty in Siruvilan, Ilavalai in August 2017. Mr.Vadivel, UK donated the funds and we thank him. A commode facility was given to Mr. M. Grashiyan of Akkarayan on 10-10-2017. He has lost one leg in an accident. Mr.Vadivel, UK donated Rs.44,000 for this support.
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.