TRO takes over Trinco Children's Shelter

[TamilNet, Saturday, 23 October 2004, 15:30 GMT]
The Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) headquartered in Killinochchi in Vanni region Saturday took over the administration of "Anbu Illam," a leading children home located along Central Road in the east port town on the orders of Trincomalee Magistrate Mr.M.Ganesharajah, Trinco sources said. Provincial Commissioner of Probation and Child Care earlier recommended to the Judge that Members of the Board of Directors appointed by the TRO to run the institution.

Anpu Illam transfer
TRO Children Homes' Division Director Mr.S.Ravi
Mr.S.Ravi, Director in charge of children homes in the northeast province under the TRO and members of the Board of Directors were present at the take over event, sources said.

Mr.V.Kandasamy, Trincomalee district Porbation and Child Care Officer officially handed over the administration of the institution to the TRO on behalf of the North East Provincial Department of Probation and Child Care.

Mr.Kandasamy addressing the new administration said that TRO should take immediate steps ensure that necessary conselling provided to the children so that any psychological impact of the conduct of the past adminstration's is identified and remedies sought. He also asked the administration to institute procedures so that healthy food and other necessary facilities are provided as a routine matter to children now staying in the home.

Mr.C.Kumarakuruparan, Treasurer of the newly formed administration of the Anbu Illam said the number of children in the institution has gone down to about 85 from 125.

Anpu Illam transfer
(L-R) Members of Abu Illam Board of Directors Ms Sithithevi Pathmanathan (President), Ms Rajeswari Thedchanamoorthy ( Secretary), Ms Baleswary Nallaretnasingham, Mr.Kumarakuruparan ( Treasurer), Mr.Ravi, Mr.K.Thurairasa
Members of the Board of Directors are: Ms Siththithevi Pathmanathan (President), Mr.K.Mathavarajah (Vice President), Ms Rajeswary Thedchanamoorthy (Secretary), Mr.A.Parasuraman (Assistant Secretary), Mr.C.Kumarakuruparan (Treasurer). Messrs K.Thurairajah, Mr.K.Nadarajah, Mr.M.Ravindrakumar, Ms. Baleswary Nallaretnasingham and Ms Subashini Chitravelu are the other members of the Board.

Trincomalee Anbu Illam is the seventeenth children home, which comes under the TRO. Kurukulam, Siruvar Illam, Punitha Poomi, Gandhi Nilayam and Kulanthaikal Illam in Killinochchi district, Barathi Nilayam, Iniya Vaalvu Illam in Mullaitivu district and Aravalee Illam, Navalar Illam, Kathiroli Illam, Vipulananda Illam, Manickavasagar Illam, Arumuga Navalar Illam, Vivekananda Illam, Thirugnanasambandar Illam and Swami Natarajanandar Illam of Batticaloa district are now run by the TRO, sources said.


Anpu Illam transfer
Trincomalee District Probation and Child Care Officer Mr.V.Kandasamy making handing over speech in the visitors hall of Anbu Illam (L-R) Board members Mr.A.Parasuraman and Mr.Nadarajah also seen



Anbu Illam was founded by Mr.S.Sutheralingam, a retired village level officer (Grama Niladhari) in 1985 to give shelter to orphans who have lost their parents in the military operation launched by the Sri Lanka Army in the Trincomalee district. He as a one-man mission rescued several children who sought refuge in the jungles in Muttur east villages to evade military persecution and brought them to Trincomalee town and founded the Anbu Illam. Mr.Suntheralingam ran the children home with the financial assistance provided by several local and international agencies and philanthropists.

However, in the middle part of 2004 he was arrested by the Trincomalee Police on complaints made by several children in the institution alleging sexual abuse. He is currently in remand on the orders of Trincomalee Magistrate. The Provincial Department of Probation and Child Care took immediate steps to hand over the administration to the TRO to avoid breakdown in the services provided to children now staying in the home, sources said.

 

Latest 15 Reports
14.07.20 22:14  
SL Navy ‘updates’ records of ex-LTTE members in Moothoor East
13.07.20 16:30  
Sonia-Rahul’s Congress advocates India strengthening US-led “Quad” alliance
12.07.20 10:04  
Sinhala Police OIC hit Tamil women with vehicle for opposing monks-led heritage ‘task force’
11.07.20 03:40   Photo
CBK, Kadirgamar condemned at Navaali genocidal massacre remembrance event
10.07.20 00:05   Photo
SL Police harasses Shivajilingam at 25th Remembrance of Navaali massacre in Jaffna
09.07.20 09:33  
SL Navy brutally assaults Tamil fishers in Mullaith-theevu
08.07.20 16:33   Photo
Sinhala colonists encroach into Kangku-veali, Mean-kamam reservoirs in Trincomalee
07.07.20 19:36   Photo
Colombo schemes to expand ilmenite scooping into North from Pulmoaddai in East
06.07.20 19:06  
Colombo transfers Tamil Political Prisoners to notorious Anuradhapura prison
05.07.20 23:06   Photo
University students, Shivajilingam brave SL harassment to commemorate fallen Black Tigers
04.07.20 22:28   Photo
Monk commanding Sinhala-Buddhicisation of North-East threatens Tamil villagers in Batticaloa
03.07.20 19:28   Photo
After Naavat-kuzhi, Colombo targets Poonakari for Sinhala colonisation across Jaffna lagoon
02.07.20 22:26  
Colombo imposes restrictions on Tamil valour related symbolism in schools of North
01.07.20 13:22  
New secret unit among four SL military and police squads competing to arrest Tamil youth in North
30.06.20 22:10  
Tamils blocked from accessing properties near SL Navy training base in Champoor, Trincomalee
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=13218