Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC Provides gifts to Tsunami Affected Families

Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC, a leading ceramic ware producer in Sri Lanka has provided a ceramic gift pack each to two hundred and forty eight (248) Tsunami affected families from Moratuwa, Dehiwala and Ratmalana in the Colombo District. These families have relocated themselves in the hinterland of the Kalutara District and are constructing their homes under the CRRP Programme with a grant of Rs. 591,000/= provided by the Japanese Red Cross Society through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

This gift pack containing four ceramic mugs and plates was a generous grant by Mr. Sunil Wijesinghe, Chairman of the Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC, at the request of the UN-Habitat National Project Manager of the CRRP Project.

The first community to receive this gift was the 14 families in Kahawitagehena in the Mahagonaduwa Grama Niladhari Division, who had now completed the construction of their houses. The gifts were distributed before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year to these families who lived in Egoda Uyana South in Moratuwa before the Tsunami. They had lost their houses and all their belongings in the Tsunami of December 2004 and had lived in transit camps for almost two years, before commencing the construction of their houses at Kahawitagehena. The other relocated communities will receive their gifts as they complete the construction of their houses at various locations in the Kalutara District.

The UN-Habitat and the CRRP staff are grateful to Mr. Sunil Wijesinghe, Chairman and the staff of the Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC for their gracious gesture.