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.
On 17th of May 2009, the family of Fr. Sarathjeevan received a text message from their beloved brother Fr. Sarathjeevan who lost his life on the last day of the war at Mullivaikal, that “MYSELF AND STEPHEN ARE OK”. It was around 4.00 p.m. Then they understood that Fr. Sara and other priests and children are still in Mullivaikal and did not come out. Therefore the family contacted Revd. Dr. N. Maria Xavier and told the message. He immediately contacted the Bishop of Mannar Rt. Revd. Rayappu Joseph. They fondly remember that the late Bishop of Mannar and late Revd. Dr. N. Maria Xavier helped the priests and the children with them to come out safely on the 18th of May 2009. May their souls rest in peace. May God grant them eternal bliss.
25 food packages were distributed by Rev. Fr. C.G. Jeyakumar to 25 families living in Poonakary. 35 food packages were distributed through HUDEC Vanni: 3 packages to Konavil, 20 packages to Thirunagar and 12 packages to Kilinochchi village. Rs 180,000.00 was spent for these food packages.
Rev. Fr. R. C. X. Nesarajah distributed Rs.25,000.00 worth Food Packages to poor families in Ariyalai in December 2020. Rs.25,000.00 worth food packages were distributed to widows in December 2020 through “ANPAHAM”. Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation expresses gratitude to Tamil Catholic New Life Good News Prayer Group, (Canada) and the team, Eric, Katherine, Theepan, Maria & Tanner (Canada) for their generous contribution.
One of the first batch students who received the help of Fr. Sarathjeevan Fund was selected to the University in 2020. Fr.Sarathjeevan Foundation awarded monthly education scholarship to a student from Jayanthi Nagar, Kilinochchi from March 2013 to 2019. She sat for the G.C.E.A/L examination in the year of 2019 and got 2C 1S in Math stream. She is selected for South Eastern University to study physical science. Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation wishes her all success.
Dry rations were provided to 100 poor families in Poonaryan with funding from Urani Foundation of Mr. Christy Arul. Because of the curfew imposed to prevent COVID-19 disease these poor families lost their income. On the request of Rev. Fr. C. G. Jeyakumar, the Parish Priest of the Poonaryan the director of Father Sarathjeevan Foundation, Mr. Christy Arul generously provided the funds to these dry rations from the Urani Foundation. Behalf of these poor families, Father Sarathjeevan Foundation thank the Urani Foundation and Mr. Christy Arul for their kindness and generosity.
Because of COVID-19 disease, 75 poor families in Sunamipuram in Poonaryan lost their income. Dry rations worth of Rs. 75,000 were provided by Father Sarathjeevan Foundation to these families because of generous donation from Mrs. Gobi Santhy. Behalf of these families, the Foundation thank Mrs. Gobi Shanthy for her care and generosity.
Urani Foundation of Mr. Christy Arul generously funding educational support to 5 students from January 2020. These students are studying at Iluppaikadavai, Tamil Mahavidyalaya (High School) in Mannar. A monthly stipend of Rs. 1,000 is provided to these students through the Principal of the school Mr. Luxdan by Father Sarathjeevan Foundation. This monthly stipend will be provided to these students until they complete their G. C. E. Advanced Level examination. Father Sarathjeevan Foundation is helping 97 students with monthly stipends.
Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation continues monthly educational assistance to 90 children. Also, Fr.Sarathjeevan Foundation has donated funds for the construction of house, toilet, purchase of land, medical assistance and bicycle for the needy people in April, June, July 2019.
The Foundation completed construction of a house at the cost of Rs. 136,785 for Thushanthini's family in Mallikaith Theevu, Puthu Kudiyiruppu. Doors, windows, flooring and finishing walls were completed with the support of the Foundation. Christi Arul in France and St. Patrick's College 1987 A\L Batch Old Boys generously provided funds for this work. We thank these donars behalf of Thushanthini and family.
Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation provided Rs.100,000 to Anoji in Achchuveli for purchasing land so that they could build a home. In July the Foundation provided Rs.100,000 to Mariyanayaki in Achchuveli to build a toilet at home. Victor Dominic in Pandaththarippu needed support for medical expenses. Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation provided Rs.40,000 for this medical need. Mr. Vadivel in London generously provided funds for these help. We thank Mr. Vadivel behalf of the needy recipients.
In July, Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation provided Rs. 25,000 to Jasmine Gilda in Puththoor for starting a small business to supporting her family. Mr. Christopher and family in Canada donated funds for this support. We thank Christopher family behalf of Jasmine Gilda.
In April, Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation funded Rs. 17,210 to purcahse a bicycle for Ms. Vasanthi. Mr. Aravinthan provided this donation. We thank Mr. Aravinthan behalf of Ms. Vasanthi.
Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation has been supporting 89 war-affected and poor students for their education monthly from October 2018. Ten children from the war-affected families, living in Naranthanai, Jaffna District have been receiving Educational Assistance since October 2018. Mr.&Mrs. Anjana Justin, UK, supports these 10 children. They also support 6 children at Poonakary. We thank them. Website: http://fathersara.info/
Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation has been supporting 79 war-affected and poor students for their education monthly. Eleven children from the war-affected families, living in Mallavi, Mullaitivu District have been receiving Educational Assistance since September 2018. Mr. S. Ganeshkumar, UK, supports 10 children and Mrs. Thankamalar Rasa, living in Annaikoddai, supports one child. Monthly allowances for these students are being given through Rev. Fr. Skranraj, Parish Priest, St. Sebastian’s Church,Mallavi .
Further, 68 students from Uruthirapuram, Iranaipalai, Kumulamunai, Mullaithivu, Jaffna, Urumpirai, Poonakari and Atchuvelialso receive Educational Assistance. Monthly allowances for these children were given through Rev. Frs. S. Jude Amalathas, Suman Cherilnes, Jesuthasan Arulthasan, Shoban Rufus, Gnanaruban, A. Mac Mayooran and Mr. V. Ameeilton. Dr. J. C. P. Rajendra, Dr. Jaiman Emmanuel, Australia, Dr.P. Ratnakumari, UK, Mr.& Mrs. Marie & Logan, USA, Mr. Vadivel, UK, Mr.& Mrs. Justin & Anjana, UK, Mr. Sanjeeva Lokuge and Ms. Nithila Mariampillai have been giving financial support to these students. Three students have been assisted from the interest earned from the FSF Fixed Deposit. In general, the students of Grade 5 or above were selected, and, monthly, Rs. 1000.00 was given to each student.
Fr.Sara's 9th year anniversary was held on 18th May 2018 at Uruthirapuram Fatima's church. Holy mass was offered at 11.00 a.m. and after mass Floral tribute and candles were lit and a memorial service was conducted at his memorial statue.
Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation has donated Rs.50,000.00 to two families in Udayarkaddu for goat-rearing and poultry on the 10th January 2018. Mr. Vadivel, UK, and Mrs. Suganthy Family, Canada, donated this fund for LVH assistance.
Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation has supported Certified School, Department of Probation and Childcare Service, Jaffna, by providing towels and short-eats for the children on the 20th of December 2017. Towels were presented to 83 children during the Christmas Oli Vizha Celebration. Mr. Rex Christopher, Revd. Fr. C. G. Jeyakumar and the Carmelites Nuns participated in this function. Mr.Christopher Family donated Rs.63,000.00. We thank them for this support.
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.
Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation has donated a wheelchair for a 15 year old differently abled child living in Delft. It was handed over to the father of the child on 26th of March 2021 at late Fr. M.T. Sarathjeevan’s residence. Mr. Nimalakumar and Bamini (Canada) donated Rs. 23, 100.00 for the wheelchair and Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation thanks them.
One special-need child from Puthukudiyiruppu was supported for the construction of toilet. Since she is suffering from severe infection, she needs a private toilet. Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation supported her with Rs. 40,000.00 in November 2020, and the family bore the balance. Fr.Sarahtjeevan Foundation thanks Dr. Ratnakumary Pushparajah (UK) for the generous contribution.
Three children in the family of Mrs. Kavitha Sivakumar are suffering from the failure of kidney. Rs. 60,000.00 was given to the family as Medical Assistance for six months.
A student at Kayts was given Rs.60,000.00 for her medical expenses for six months. She is a diabetic patient. She has to travel to Colombo for treatment. Due to Covid-19 pandemic situation, she could not travel for treatment. Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation supported her financially to buy the injection in Jaffna.
A 12 year old child in Pallikudah who suffers from getting fits, was given Rs.15,000.00 for her medical treatment. Mr. Vadivel, UK, donated the funds for the medical assistance. 9 special need-children and one person with a disability were provided with Rs.29,830.00 worth nutritious packages on 10th of December 2020. They are from Mulankavil (1), Mudkompan (1), Palai (1), Kallaru (2), Punnaineeravi (2)and Valipunam (3). 09 special-need children and one person with disability were provided with Rs. 19,978.00 worth pampers on 10th of December 2020. They are from Mulankavil (2), Poonakary (1), Palai (1), Kalarru (1), Punnaineeravi (1) and Uddiyarkaddu (2) and Velipunam (2).
4 wheel-chairs were provided to 4 persons with disabilities, 01 from Iranaimathanagar, 01 child from Mugavil, Palai, 01 from Tharmapuram and 01 from Piramanthanaru.
5 commode-chairs were provided to 5 persons with disabilities, 01 from Iranaimathanagar, 01 from Piramanthanaru, 01 from Uddiyarkaddu and 02 from Vallipunam.
Elbow-crutches were distributed at Kallaru for 02 persons with disabilities.
Rs. 110,500.00 worth medical equipment were donated to the needy persons. Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation expresses gratitude to Mrs. Ursula Dunstan (Canada), Tamil Catholic New Life Good News Prayer Group, (Canada) and Dr. Ratnakumary Pushparajah (UK) for their medical assistance.
Mr. and Mrs. Gobi Shanthi (Canada) family donated Rs. 27,200 for providing a water tank and pipeline to the family of an alternately empowered individual living in Palai. The Director of Father Sarathjeevan Foundation, Rev. Fr. C. G. Jeyakumar provided the water tank and pipline to the family in December 2020. The Foundation thank Mr. and Mrs. Gobi Shanthi for their generous help to the family.
Water tanks worth of Rs. 29,000 were provided to five poor families in Poonaryan by the director of Rev. Fr. Sarathjeevan Foundation Rev. Fr. C. G. Jeyakumar in August 2020. Mr. Newton in Canada generously funded this charitable contribution in the memory of his parents 60th wedding anniversary. The foundation thank Mr. Newton for his generosity to the poor families in Poonaryan.
Mr. Newton from Canada generously funded a table and a chair worth of Rs.6,000 to a poor student in Navanthurai. The student is studying for his G. C. E. Advanced Level examination. The table and chair were provided in August to this student by Father Sarathjeevan Foundation.
Fishing nets were provided by Father Sarathjeevan Foundation to 15 Pallikuda fishermen who lost their income because of curfew imposed to prevent COVID-19 disease. On June 25th 2020, fishing nets worth Rs. 106,200 were provided to these fishermen because of the generous funding of Dr. A. M. Sebestiampillai (Colombo) and Mr. Christy Arul (France). Parish Priest and the director of the Foundation Rev. Fr. C. G. Jeyakumar requested the donation and thank to the donors for their care and support.
Another bicycle was donated to an G.C.E.(A/L) student in December 2018 at Kokilai at a cost of Rs.18,000/-. He was studying at Semmalai School and going for his house at Kokilai. The fund was donated by Mr. Christy Arul Mariampillai, France through Christy Oorani Development Project. We give our thanks to him.
Rs.50,000.00 worth Dry rations were provided for the members of the Blind Association during Christmas season by Fr.Sarathjeevan Foundation. The fund was donated by Revd. Fr. Pilendran and Mrs. Shanthy Gobi, Canada.
Fr.Sarathjeevan Foundation has given Rs.100,000.00 to a family in Vasavilan in December 2018 to complete the construction of house. Five member women headed family was struggling to complete their house and Mr.Vadivel, UK donated fund to assist this family.
Christmas Oli Vizha of Sarathjeevan Tharisanam Preschool, Punkudutivu was celebrated on 5th December 2018. Rev.Fr. S. Sebajeevan, Parish Priest of St.Xavier’s Church Punkudutivu was the Chief Guest. This preschool was constructed by SUNBEAM FOUNDARTION and the running cost also funded by them. Mr.Ajit Johnpillai Director of Sunbeam Foundation and Mrs. Marian Ajit visit regularly and give trainings to the preschool teachers and preschool children. We are grateful to them and take this opportunity thank them for their generosity. May God bless them.
Fr.Sarathjeevan Foundation has donated three bicycles for the students in Atchchuveli. Rev. Fr. Jeban donated Rs.14,800/- for one bicycle and Mr.Vadivel, UK donated Rs.29,600/- for two bicycles. We thank them.
Exercise books were given to the children from the vulnerable families on 12th January 2018. Dr. Mrs. Ratnakumary Pushparajah Family has donated Rs. 43,000.00 for this support. 43 children were selected by the Jaffna District Secretariat. Revd. Fr. C. G. Jeyakumar handed over the exercise books to the children.
Exercise books were given to the children from the vulnerable families on 30th of December 2017. Dr. Mrs. Ratnakumary Pushparajah Family has donated Rs. 37,500.00 for this support. 30 children were selected by the Jaffna District Secretariat and Revd. Fr. C. G. Jeyakumar handed over the exercise books to the children.
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.