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Sumithro, Friend in Need in a Friend in Deed - Unsung Volunteers Helping Mentally distressed.

The Island: 26th August 1991 was a memorable day for Sri Lanka Sumithrayo as they inaugurated their fourth branch in Panadura. At that time, being the only branch south of Colombo, it attracted people from Ratnapura, Balangoda, Embilipitiya and even from the Deep South as far as Matara.

Initially with only thirteen trained volunteers forming the core group, the Panadura Branch began its humanitarian work from a small annexe of an ancestral house by the side of Galle Road. In 1999, the owner of this ancestral property—who was herself a volunteer—generously donated a plot of her land so that the Panadura Branch may build their own Centre. Initially, the difficulties in securing funds made this seem to be a mammoth undertaking. Fortunately, by this time, the volunteer strength had increased considerably, and with their untiring dedication and determination, the necessary funds were raised, and the new Centre constructed. The building is equipped with rooms for befriending, and an auditorium where volunteer training sessions, group meetings and awareness programmes are held. The Centre is spacious and provides a calm, serene and comfortable environment for people with desperately troubled emotions to talk in confidence. They may even choose to remain anonymous.
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