Protect the exodus Sinhala population due to separatist terrorist threats and attacks.
 
 
 
 
Project Nuwaragalatenna
 
How could we Empower them to Protect the Motherland
These recommendations are suggested as a guide line for social service organizations or funding sources interested in such projects. Either one recommendation of several recommendations can be taken up by those interested. They could either implement these recommendations on their own or seek the assistance of the Thawalama Development Foundation for implantation process. The Thawalama Development Foundation will corporate with any funding source and will assist in the supervision of implementation and will account for the funding made available according to accepted accounting procedures. The Thawalama Development Foundation will also work in close consultation with the General Office Commanding the East and STF with regard to security and the Divisional Secretariat with regard to administrative matters.
The estimate mentioned below are on a vary rough basis if a funding source so requires more detailed estimate with plans and bills of quantities could be provided. Please therefore do not hesitate to request for same if required.
The upgrading of housing has been 50% completed. The cost to upgrade each house is Rs. 8,000/-. The balance 50 houses will need a further 400,000/- for up grading.
100 toilets will have to built in the village. Each toilet will cost 7,500/-. Therefore the cost of toilet construction is around 750,000/-. The construction of each drinking water well will be Rs. 15,000/-. Minimum of 10 or more drinking water wells are required. The total cost for all the drinking water wells would be Rs. 150,000/-.
The construction of another permanent building for the school may cost approximately Rs. 150,000/-. The library building now under construction by the STF needs a further 25,000/- for the purchase of roofing tiles. Construction of toilets for the school may cost Rs. 60,000/-. The drinking water well for the school need to be constructed on a priority basis.
The restoration of the village tank is perhaps the most important project that has to be undertaken in this village. Its restoration will make it possible to cultivate 200 acres of paddy under irrigation and will also enable the cultivators to support additional highland crops with the improvement in the ground water table. The future prosperity of this village therefore depends on the restoration of the village tank. The total cost of the village tank restoration work should be not exceed Rs. 300,000/-
Though many suitable sites with ancient ruins are available to construct a suitable temple in this village, a Buddhist monk who is willing to reside in the village must first be found and the basic building that is first required for him should be built in consultation with him.

How TDF assist them...
Location
District : Ampara,
Divisional Secretariate : Maha Oya
Village : Nuwaragalatenna
PROJECTS IMPLEMENTED
• Handing over of three hoses built with funds founded by Mr. P. B. Liyanage.
• Inspecting the restoration of Nuwaragalatenna Tank.
• Inspecting the restoration of Bathmittiyawa Tank.
• Inspecting the construction of school building at Bathmittiyawa.
• Organizing a trip for 40 children in Bathmittiyawa to Kandy and Colombo.

Project Value : Rs. 257,000/-
Date : 7, 8, 9th Aug. 1999

• Sramadhana to restore Peruwelithalawa Tank bund.
• Construction of 7 houses at Nuwaragaltenna.

Project Value : Rs. 206,500/-
Date : 8, 9th Jun. 1999

• Inspection on restoration work in progress on the tank.
• Construction of the school building at Bathmittiyawa.
• Inspection on restoration work in progress at the Nuwaragalatenna tank.

Project Value : Rs. 68,640/-
Date : 30, 31st Oct. 1999

• Handing over of dry rations and gifts to 25 families whose members had been killed by the LTTE terrorists.
• Inspection of the restoration work in progress at Nuwaragalatenna tank.

Project Value : Rs. 136,000/-
Date : 24th Sep. 1999

• Handing over of 5 houses built.
• Health camp with necessary medicine to the needy.

Project Value : Rs. 191,500/-
Date : 17th Feb. 1999

• Health Clinic
• Construction of 4 houses at Nuwaragalatenna
• Opening a first aid post at the STF Camp, Nuwaragalatena.
• Commissioning of a new well at Bubbula.

Project Value : Rs. 235,000/-
Date : 6th Dec. 1998

 

AVOID the intention of LTTE to destabilize the Maduru Oya river basin area by drive away Sinhala population...!

Nuwaragalatenna village situated 11 miles from Maha Oya along the Maha Oya – Ampara road about 28 miles from Ampara. While the village of Arantalawa is situated before this village and Mangalagama is situated after this village en route from Maha Oya to Ampara. It is at Arantalawa that a bus load of Buddhist monks were brutally done to death by the LTTE. All three villages have been attacked several times by the LTTE. The LTTE needs to destabilize this area and drive away Sinhala population if they are to exert pressure on the Maduru Oya river basin which links the district of Trincomale with district of Batticoloa. This village which is situated in the Ampara district comes under the Maha Oya Divisional Secretariat.
HISTORY

The area of train and feed a victorious army that defeated the invaders from India by the able leadership of king Dutugemunu.

The area in which this village is situated is known as the Degamadulla basin. This basin was transformed into a granary by prince Sardhatissa to train and feed a victorious army that defeated the invaders from India to preserve the unity and the territorial integrity of our motherland for posterity under the able leadership of his brother king Dutugemunu. In the hill feature known as Nuwaragalakanda the ruins of prince Sardhatissa’s palace and many swimming pools are yet to be seen. With the passage of time and many enemy invasions the Sinhala population drifted towards the hills and the area was covered by the thick jungle until for the purpose of teak cultivation the government cleared area in 1962. The population that shifted into this area at this point of time was predominantly from the majority Sinhala race.

Restoration of the village tank is the priority

The ground troops of the Air Force were deployed to provide the security to this area against possible LTTE attacks in 1994. They tried to cultivate grass in order to encourage the villagers to take the diary farming. It was observed that there were as many as 18 village tanks in the area. Of these 4 villages tanks were along one waterway of which the first was situated in this village of Nuwaragalatenna. The tank however had breached over a thousand years ago and had never been restored. Though the Air Force tried to restore this tank before they could commence the restoration work they had been moved out of the area due to the troop requirement in the north and security of the area had been handed over to the Special Task Force of the Police who are now looking funding to restore this tank.
THE SITUATION AS AT OCTOBER 1998
Over 100 families live in this village. They are all cultivators. Forty (40) men have additional employment as Home Guards and assist the security forces in the village defence. Seven of these cultivators are also good masons while two are carpenters.
The housing is presently (as at Oct. 1998) being upgraded to more permanent structures with the roofing. 50% of the hoses have thus been upgraded by the STF with assistance from various social service organizations.
There are no toilets constructed for the housing units. 5 common drinking water wells provide all the water drinking, washing and bathing for these 100 families. The 5 tube wells constructed by the government are not functioning. The lack of toilets and adequate water is posing a very serious hazard to this village.
Though the village tank could be restored, no effort has been taken in this regad by the past government. Due to acute water shortages resulting from this situation the villagers are living a life far below the poverty line as no cultivation is possible other than with rain water during the monsoon which occurs between the months of October and February. Seasonal rains at times get delayed or even fail, causing sever hardship to the cultivators.
The village school consists of one permanent building and one temporary hut. About 200 children are educated in this school which has one principal and 10 teachers. Classes are conducted from year 1 to year 11. the school has one toilet and the drinking water well constructed by the Samurhi Movement has no water in it. A building be used as a library for the whole village is being constructed in the school premises by the STF.
The village with a population of around 125 males, 150 females and 500 children all Sinhala Buddhists have no temple in their village for their religious observations.
Though an effort had been made by the Air Force to introduce diary farming and the present cattle population is around 50 with approximately 30 cows and 20 bulls the animals are used more for ploughing and tilling the land than for milk production.
Though there is farmer organization which is known as “Atunodaya Tharuna Govi Samajaya” which is fairly active and has Rs. 4,000/- as saving in a fixed deposit account, they will take many more years to collect adequate funds to this account to this account purchase a hand tractor witch this organization is hoping to do in the future.