The Siva Poomi school for special needs children has been serving the Jaffna, Sri Lanka community for the past eight years. Currently 220 students have enrolled in that school from ages five to eighteen. It is a day school which starts at eight o’clock, serves lunch and stops at two thirty. The school owns two buses, and most of the kids are picked up from home and dropped off. Without this school, these children would be confined to their homes, their learning would suffer, and the parents would not have a break, or perhaps be unable to pursue their job.
The concept is that when the children graduate from the school, the centre will provide training and employment for their future. Last month the school opened a vocational training centre for the graduating students. A large plot of land along with the building next to the school has been purchased by Mr & Mrs V. Kailasapillai for this purpose. Also, Manitha Neyam Trust purchased and donated to the school a machine for the production of camphor. There is a great demand for camphor in our temples which will make this a successful industry for our centre. Future plans for the centre include facilities for making envelopes and a large plant nursery so that the students can grow their own plants and sell them.
Our sincere thanks to Mr & Mrs V. Kailasapillai and the Manitha Neyam Trust for their generosity towards the special needs children of Jaffna. Also, our congratulations to Dr. Aru Thirumurugan and the Principal, Mrs. K. Kugathasan and the teachers for their tireless efforts on behalf of the special needs children of Jaffna. My sincere thanks, too, go to Mr. V. Jeyasingam who is the coordinator for Manitha Neyam Trust – because of his efforts the centre has come to life.