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April 20, 2018
SRI LANKA WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION IN THE UK
The Sri Lanka Women's Association in the UK (SLWA) held it's 69th Annual General Meeting on the 24th of March 2018 at the Sri Lanka High Commission. It was attended by Her Excellency Mrs Amari Wijewardene, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka (Patron) and Mem-bers.


The following appointments were made:

Ex-Officio Members
President of Honour: Dr Miss Nalini Ekanayake
Vice Presidents of Honour: Dr Mrs Seetha Siriwardena

President: atalie Layman
Secretary: Fathima Muhammed
Treasurer: Sue Clarke
Education Officer: Chitra Jayasooriya
Vice President: Mona Swaris
Immediate Past President: Kumari Ratnayake
Membership Secretary: Luckshanthi Goonawardena
                                         Minoli Weeraman

Executive Committee
Calista Jayasinghe, Swarna Athauda, Ranee Thuraisingham, Kamali De Soyza, Ruvenie de Alwis Jayasinghe, Vajira Zegli, Indira Wimalasena, Sarasa Siriwardana, Malini Perera, Chitra Fernando, Manel Fernando, Devi Wijeyewickrema, Dammi Holbourne and Sujaths Herath Ratnayake.

Trustees of the Education Scheme
Chitra Jayasooriya, Mona Swaris, Indira Wimalasena, Kamali De Soyza, Sarasa Siriwardana.

The Sri Lanka Women's Association was formed in 1949 and was a pioneer in the field of providing a forum for women to meet in a social environment to exchange views and provide mutual support. Since then the Association has evolved over the last 69 years. The Education Scheme is a registered Charity in the UK and over the years has invested in the education of women and young girls in Sri Lanka to help them to gain economic emancipation and empower them.

The Association has raised funds in recent years for the following charitable projects: A drought stricken village in Kululkatuwa near Wilpattu National Park, Grants to 29 secondary school children and 3 University students. through the Education Scheme, Ceylon Fellowship of Service Prithipura Home for differently disabled young adults for the refurbishment of the Activity Room, Anuradhapura Kidney Chronic Hospital, "Heart to Heart Trust Fund" to provide cardiac surgery free of charge to impoverished people, and the provision of a water purification system in a school in the North Central Province in collaboration with the "Inner Wheel" Colombo.

Regular donations are also given to the Save the Children Fund, the Greater London Fund for the Blind, LEPRA, the Buddhist Vihare in Chiswick and the Mulleriyawa Hospital in Sri Lanka.

The SLWA is also proud to be affiliated to international and national organisations such as the In-ternational Alliance of Women, the Women's Council in the UK, the Commonwealth Countries League and the Sri Lanka Women's Conference.
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