PS: About the photo, year ago a devotee in Malaysia donated 2 cows to our Sivapoomi Elderly Home. The milk of these cows serves all the elders at the home. Our heartfelt thanks go to the Malaysian donor for such generosity.
Bas Baskaran USA
On Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 1:23 PM, Bas Baskaran
Greetings, Forty-Four year old Srikanthan was living with his wife and 3 children in Kilinochchi. Three years ago, when the war forced him out of his home, he and his family moved from place to place as refugees. And in May of last year, during a period of heavy fighting in the war, he was wounded and lost his leg in a landmine. After living in a refugee camp in Vavuniya for a period of time, he and his family moved to Jaffna where they live with relatives. Last month, when I was in Sri Lanka, I met Srikanthan. He and his family accompanied me to Kilinochchi. When we visited his old home, we saw that his house had been completely destroyed and his land was overgrown with the bushes. It was sad for his family to see. Despite the adversity he had faced, Srikanthan was determined to rebuild his life. He considered ways that he could might be able to this through self-employment. Recently he approached an American NGO for assistance to purchase a cow. Now, he is the proud owner of one dairy cow. According to him, through the sale of milk, he can receive 215 rupees a day which provides him a monthly income of 6450 rupees (after expenses). As you know, cows are seasonal (won't produce milk all year along), so hopes to purchase one more cow so that he can support his family all year-round. If any one knows of any organization who can help with these types of projects, please let me know. We can use their help. Even relatively small acts of generosity can have a signigicant impact on people back in Sri Lanka like Srikanthan who wish to rebuild their lifes back home.
Aum Shanthi, Rishi Thondunathan PS:
About the photo, year ago a devotee in Malaysia donated 2 cows to our Sivapoomi Elderly Home. The milk of these cows serves all the elders at the home. Our heartfelt thanks go to the Malaysian donor for such generosity.