Sri Lanka Army Seva Vanitha Unit

Mrs. Janaki Liyanage

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Welfare projects

'Brave Hearts' Project

The 'Brave Hearts' project was the brainchild of the former President and Commander-in- Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa and also the former Secretary of Defence, His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces with the noble aim of looking after those injured War Heroes during the remainder of their lives. Most of those War Heroes valiantly defended the motherland but received critical injuries in the battlefield, compelling them to seek the physical assistance of someone else for sustenance of their lives. This concept was mooted and launched on 17th September 2009 by the former Commander of the Army, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka.

The first project of this noble gesture with best of the facilities was implemented as the 'Abhimansala-1' in a 5- acre land, adjoining the banks of 'Nuwarawewa' in Anuradhapura on 26th July 2011, homing 52 differently able war heroes for the rest of their lives as their own respective homes find it difficult to manage their disability until the last breath of their lives. The Army Seva Vanitha Unit, conscious of the national obligation supported the construction of the 'Abhimansala II' at Kamburupitiya, Matara on 10th November 2012 in order to house 48 more permanently-injured War Heroes for the rest of their lives. The 'Brave Hearts' Project continued and inaugurated the 'Abhimansala III' at Pangolla, Ibbagamuwa on 25th April 2014 facilitating the stay of 52 more injured ones for the remainder of their lives.

Cash Donations made by the 'Brave Hearts' Project from 2015 to-date

DETAILS 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Housing Aids 750,000.00 101,830.00 1,1360,300.00 400,000.00 - - -
Land Aids - 750,000.00 500,000.00 - - - -
House Improvement Aids - - 500,000.00 - - - -
Aids for Abimansala 515,479.89 61,542.00 500,000.00 - 1,888,170.00 473,925.00 2,315,154.00
Other 3,235,000.00 1,000,000.00 739,000.00 - 430,000.00 1,780,000.00 312,000.00

Housing & Medical Assistance Projects

These projects have been launched to provide assistance to family members of deceased/ disabled war heroes as well as civil employees to own a house with essential facilities by way of donating lands, giving assistance for construction of new houses / completion of the construction of half-built houses and construction of bathrooms.

Wheelchairs, crutches, white canes, prostheses and other medical equipment are also provided to disabled war heroes by visiting them under recuperation in hospitals or Army-managed wellness resorts.

Further, family members of war heroes are also assisted during emergency surgeries, and natural disasters, and measures have been implemented to provide special education for children with special needs and to develop sports skills of the children. In addition, financial assistance is provided to solve personal problems. All contributions are generally made by respective regiments for effective conduct of these projects.

Different Grants/Donations Made by the Army Seva Vanitha Unit

Welfare Projects

Approved Amount

Due to Operational Matters

Due to Other Matters

On Service Officers /ORS

Civil Employees

Killed in Action
Officers / ORS

Wounded in Action and on service
Officers / ORS

Killed in Action
Officers / ORS

Wounded in Action and on service
Officers / ORS







Housing Aids 1,000,000.00 700,000.00 500,000.00 500,000.00 500,000.00 300,000.00
Houses under construction 700,000.00 500,000.00 350,000.00 350,000.00 350,000.00 200,000.00
House Improvements Aids (Bathroom Accessories) 100,000.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 50,000.00
Purchase of Lands 500,000.00 400,000.00 300,000.00 300,000.00 300,000.00 250,000.00
Medical Grants For  delivery of triplets – Rs 10,000/= per month (12 months)
For delivery of twins– Rs. 6000/= per month (12 months)
Medical expenses up to Rs. 150,000/=

Scholarship Project

Scholarship project is one more major welfare feature being managed regularly by the Army Seva Vanitha Unit in order to stimulate and support educational progress of the children of deceased / disabled war heroes and retired/ serving Army personnel and civil employees serving in the Sri Lanka Army.

This project was launched in the year 2009 and the Army Seva Vanitha Unit has to-date provided scholarships to a large number of children of War Heroes. Scholarships are also awarded to selected students for a limited period of time, and a total of 228 such scholarships have been awarded to this date since 2015.

Following Categories of Students are Eligible for Receipt of Scholarships:

1.Passed Grade 5 Scholarship Examination      -Rs. 15,000/-
2.Passed GCE Ordinary Level with 09 'A' passes  -Rs. 20,000/-
3.Passed GCE Advanced Level with 03 'A' passes -Rs. 25,000/-

Accordingly, a sum of Rs. 6,051,000.00 has been provided as scholarships to 275 students from September 2019 up to now.

Seva Vanitha Pre-School and Day Care Centre Projects

Pre-schools and Day Care Centers are managed by the Army Seva Vanitha Unit for the benefit of children of the Armed Forces / Police and civilians at minimal cost in various parts of the island.

This pre-school project which was started at a very early stage has now been upgraded to include 08 pre-schools and 06-day care centers. Currently, 96 qualified teachers are performing their duties under this project and about 1200 children are being educated.

Island-wide Pre-schools and Day Care Centers

Welfare Shop Project

Welfare shops, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities have been set up in the suburbs of Colombo to purchase essential items at concessionary prices for the families of officers / other civil employees.

1. Welfare Shop - Wattala
2. Welfare Shop - Kandalanda
3. Welfare Shop - Maningtown
4. Welfare Shop - Jawatte

Uniforms / Exercise Clothing and Stationery Stores for Sale

Under the guidance of the Commander of the Army and the then President of the Army Seva Vanitha Unit, "KIOSK Shop" was established inside the Army Headquarters premises on 29 October 2020 as a welfare facility that could sell quality garments, men’s and women’s wear for Army personnel.
Launching of the SHOP OF THE GARRISON Multipurpose Shopping Complex in Diyatalawa town centre on 24.04.2021 was another milestone of the Army Seva Vanitha Unit, and this facility continues to provide uniforms/exercise kits and stationery at subsidized rates for the welfare of Army personnel. It also includes a salon, grocery store and a snack bar.

Bakery and Restaurant Project

Under the direction of the then President of the Seva Vanitha Unit, a state-of-the-art Seva Vanitha Bakery Division was established on 03 January 2013 at the Manning town Marriage Quarters premises to provide food and beverages for special occasions of regiments, units and civilians at concessionary rate .

People's Restaurant was established at the Kotelawala Defence University Hospital premises on 10 December 2020 on a concept of the President.

Sewing Project

The Seva Vanitha Tailor Shop is maintained at the Army Headquarters to cater to the needs of the members on duty.

Salon Project

The Seva Vanitha Unit Salon was established by the then President of the Army Seva Vanitha on 17 August 2005 to cater to the needs of the soldiers serving at the Army Headquarters premises.

Beauty Salon Project

The then President of the Seva Vanitha Unit opened a beauty salon on 31 March 2009 to cater to the needs of lady officers/other ranks and civilians in the Panagoda Army Cantontment. With the increase in the demand for services, it was renovated and installed in a new building on 17 February 2017.

Paper Recycling Project

This project was started to recycle discarded paper used in Army camps as an eco-friendly project, for which used paper and other natural materials are processed to produce required paper and artifacts, etc. It was founded at ‘Abhimansala 3’ premises in Pangolla on 07 October 2011 by the then President of the Army Seva Vanitha Unit.

Ranaviru Yogurt Project

This project was initiated to provide quality and nutritious yoghurt to all members of the Army and is being carried out at the following locations:

Army Cantontment Panagoda (1 SLASC)  - From 29.03.2012
Anuradhapura (3 SLASC)   - From 21.06.2012
Jaffna (5 SLASC)  - From 18.07.2020

Also, to expand its services throughout the island, under the direction of the present Commander of the Army and the President of the Seva Vanitha Unit, two new buildinga for yoghurt projects are being constructed at 8 SLASC in Diyatalawa and 4 SLASC in Hingurakgoda.

Welfare Food Project

With the commencement of the construction work of the Tri-Forces Headquarters at Sri Jayawardenapura in the year 2014, the Food Project at Sri Jayawardanapura was established by the Army Seva Vanitha Unit to cater to the needs of the Tri-Forces.

Furthermore, on the advice of the present President of the Seva Vanitha Unit, a new food project has beem currently functional at Sunflower Village, Mulleriyawa since 14 May 2021 to provide lunch and dinner for Army personnel serving at the Army Headquarters at concessionary rates. It is expected to be futher expanded to the following locations:

1. Kotelawala Defence University Hospital   - Werahera
2. Army Hospital   - Narahenpita
3. Married Quarters   - Manning Town
4. Other Accommodation   - Wattala
5. Other orders received daily

• Approximately 2000 food parcels are distributed daily.


Renovated Welfare Shop at the Army Married Quarters Complex, Manning Town was converted to be a more luxurious shopping complex and named as 'SEVA VANITHA BUDGET CENTRE'.

  Wellness Project

  Sponser a hero's child

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