The Sri Lanka Army is planning to set up its second wellness resort at a cost of Rs.240 million to look after totally disabled war heroes before the end of the year after gathering the sufficient funds from the public and various other donors as a “Brave Hearts” fund project of the Army.
The resort is named Abhimansala-2 and it is to be built in ten acres in the Wilpitatawatta area in Udumulla, Matara. The first such wellness resort named ‘Abhimansala’ was set up in Nuwarawewa, Anuradhapura with a cost of Rs.150 million. It consisted of forty-eight beds and was equipped with all facilities plus medical care and counselling.
There are 228 totally disabled war heroes with multiple injuries such as brain damage and injuries to the spinal cord. They will be given life long care by the Army. The resort will be owned and managed by the Army.
“Most of them are youth and are married. Most of them live with their parents. So we have identified these heroes after looking at their medical records. When I assumed duties I promised to uplift and ensure the standards especially of the disabled war heroes,” Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya said.
During the war which went on for 30 years nearly 27,000 soldiers were disabled. “We invite especially the public to come forward and we invite the business community and other individual donors to contribute towards the success of the project,” he said.
“People are now engaged in their day to day activities and enjoying their lives as the war is over because of the sacrifices made by the brave war heroes,” he added.
“Therefore we have taken swift measures to start new projects to uplift the standards of the disabled war heroes with the help of the public,” Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya said today speaking about the army’s new project to look after the disabled soldiers.
The Army Seva Vanitha Unit will be organising various concerts with the participation of artists in the near future to generate funds for the project. The Army Commander said that the foundation stone for the Abhimansala will be laid in the coming month.
The resort consists of seven villas, five cottages, a special health room, a spa, gymnasium and a swimming pool. Each villa is Rs.5.2 million, each cottage is worth Rs.4 million and the swimming pool alone will cost around Rs.15 million. Private donors and institutions have already reserved the villas and the cottages.
It will be built by meeting the standards required to maintain and care for the disabled, the Army Commander said. The Sri Lanka Army plans to set up a few more such centres at regional level with the funds generated thereafter. (Supun Dias)
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