From small beginnings, the Peter Weerasekera Children's Home has today been recognized as one of the best-run children's homes in the country by the Department of Probation and Child Care.
The home in Dambuwa, Buthpitiya celebrated its 50th anniversary on March 5 with Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva being the chief guest on the occasion. The Commissioner of Probation and Childcare G.P.D. Somaratne and former Parliamentarians Lakshman Jayakody and Mangala Moonasinghe were also present.
The Home looks after 82 children, with a Toddlers' Home, Junior Girls' Home and Senior Girls' Home as well as nutrition centre caring for abandoned malnourished infants making up the large complex.
The ancestral home of Mudliyar and Mrs. Peter Weerasekera, the Dambuwa Walauwa was converted into an orphanage for destitute young ones by their only son Singha Weerasekera.
The Home was initially managed by the All Ceylon Women's Buddhist Association and is now run by the Peter Weerasekera Foundation. It is a government approved charity.
The home's inaugural newsletter giving details of their varied activities was also launched by the Chief Justice. For more information please see www.pwchildrenshome.org
Royalists’ 1962 Group reunion
Members of the Association of Old Royalists' 1962 Group will meet at the NCC for a Luncheon re-union on Sunday March 22. This batch of former students at Royal College, Colombo, who are nearing 60 years began their school life in 1956, entered Form 1 at Royal in January 1962, sat the GCE (O/L) in December 1966 and the GCE A/L in 1968.
As they have lost contact with most of their former teachers at Royal, they extend an open invitation to them to contact Johann Juriansz at the Royal 1962 Group Secretariat, 6C/ 16, Jayawadanagama, Battaramulla- tel: 0779942578.
Manel’s new creations
Well-known arts and crafts teacher Manel Gamage's exhibition presented along with her students is on today at the National Art Gallery. 'Titled Crafts in Action' the exhibition is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
New Embroidery techniques introduced by Ms. Gamage such as Ari work, Kashmiri work, Moshi, work, Chamankthi Embroidery and Kasoothi Embroidery will be on display.
Mrs. Gamage's latest book "Huck Embroidery” will be released at the exhibition and her other books too will be available at the venue.