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February 02, 2017
Paris Charity Offers Scholarships to children of low income families
Sri Lanka Educational, Cultural and Welfare foundation, affiliated to the International Buddhist Centre ( Le Centre Bouddhique International) in Paris, France, has continued their welfare programme of providing scholarships to children from low income families in Sri Lanka.

Beginning of this year they provided scholarships and school supplies to children in Minuwangoda and Mahaoya a remote village in Ampara district.

Head of the Paris International Buddhist Centre Most Ven. Paravahera Chandarathana Nayaka Thera attended both these events.

Ai a simple gathering held at the International Buddhist Centre in Minuwangoda 14 children were offered scholarships and few more medical and engineering students were given financial assistance to continue their studies.

In addition to these under the project that Ven. Chandarathana has initiated a few years back, to encourage forming larger families, like the way it was in the past, families with 5 or more children were given financial assistance. The project is called " Pasawi Daru Diri". Ven. Balangoda Upashantha Nayaka Thera delivering the Anusaasana described the importance of Ven. Chandarathana's lond standing charitable work and gave a detailed account of the great benefits received by the recipients.

Head of the Minuwangoda International Buddhist Centre Ven. Muruddeniye Sujatha Thera also spoke about the long running charity.

Head of the Biyagama Punyawardhanaaraama Vihara Ven. Koralegama Piyarathana Thera handed over the documents related to the "Pasavi Daru Diri" financial assistance programme to the selected family.

Chandarathana Nayaka Thera wished all the recipients best of luck and asked the children to realise the true potentials of free education available in Sri Lanka and work hard to achieve higher goals that they desire.

The second programme was held at the Mahaoya Purana Vihara in Ampara district. At this occasion 7 children from low income families were given scholarships and a few other university students were given financial assistance.

A family with 6 children also received the financial assistance under the "Pasavi Daru Diri" project. All the scholarships and financial assistants under these projects will continue until the recipients education is completed.

Sponsored by a business personality from Kandy and an engineer Parakrama Wijemanna all the children were given needy school supplies.

Ven. Balangoda Upashantha thera and Neetha Moragoda worked as the Sri Lanka co-ordinators of these projects. In Mahaoya Piya Eranda helped with the ground work to select the suitable children and families.
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