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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 110

Completion Ceremony – Norway’s Tsunami Temples Reconstruction Project

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 28 March, A Completion Ceremony for the reconstruction of 32 Buddhist temples on Norway aid is to take place in Dodanduwa, Galle, 29 March 2007. This is part of a Rs. 200 million Norwegian funded programme to reconstruct various religious buildings affected by the Tsunami.

“ We are pleased to see that the reconstruction of these Buddhist Temples in the South has been successfully completed. It is our sincere hope that this project will contribute towards healing some of the many wounds the Tsunami has left,” says Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brattskar.

The project, supporting the rehabilitation of Buddhist temples in Southern Sri Lanka affected by the Tsunami, was initiated by Norway’s Minister for International Development - Mr. Erik Solheim - after meetings with several Venerable monks in April 2005.

Religious institutions all over Sri Lanka played an important role in providing shelter and support for the tsunami-affected population, and offered solace and comfort to those in grief.

For these reasons, and as part of Norway’s continued support to the people who suffered grave losses during the Tsunami, Norway also granted support for the reconstruction of an additional 35 religious buildings in Eastern Sri Lanka - including Buddhist temples, Hindu kovils, mosques and churches. Also the reconstruction of these buildings is now reaching its completion.

- Asian Tribune -

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