Counselling sessions to victims of alcohol and drug abuse in Jaffna

Published on 2020-02-24 @ 10:09:00 PM

Tamil Engineers Foundation made a donation of Rs280,000 (Approx. $2280) to Rev. Dr. David. V. Patrick of Jaffna (Change Charitable Trust) to organize Alcohol Counselling Sessions in North to address the current Alcohol & Drug Abuse among the young generation in our homeland.Read more...

Bushfire Crises Donation of $15000 to NSW RFS & Other Fire Authorities from various states

Published on 2020-02-09 @ 07:09:00 AM

Over the past couple of months, we have been witnessing the unprecedented catastrophic bushfires affecting significant parts of NSW, Victoria, ACT and SA.It is with regret that we note many firefighters have lost their lives and have been injured during their great community service. Many residents of the affected communities have lost their homes and belongings. Our sincere tributes, thoughts and prayers go to the affected families and friends during this difficult time.We are glad that the recent rain has eased the situation & brought normalcy to some parts of the affected area.We, Engineers Charity Fund (Tamil Engineers Foundation) recognized our moral responsibility to act and help our fellow Australians during this challenging time. Tamil Engineers Foundation has facilitated a total amount of $15,000 to RFS NSW, State Govt of Victoria and CFS of South Australia as detailed below.Read more...

Assistance to build a new elevated Water Tank for Swami Vipulanada Children's Home, Thiruppalugamam, Batticaloa

Published on 2020-02-02 @ 09:16:00 PM

Tamil Engineers Foundation donated a sum of Rs295,245 (Approx. $2435) to construct a new elevated water tank, pump, pipework etc. at the “Swami Vipulananda Children Home at Batticaloa”.There are 43 children being sheltered at this Orphanage. Most of them are from the families who have been affected by the recent ethnic conflict, natural disaster, family breakdown and sought refuge in the Orphanage for food and shelter. The funding request was to replace the corroded Iron water tank stand with concrete stand, relevant plumbing works and buying a new water pump as the current condition of the assets passed its lifetime.The committee thanks & pass on our gratitude to the above donors for their generous contributions to this worthy project.This project was implemented by “LIFT – Local Initiatives for Tomorrow” a Batticaloa based NGO. We thank Ms. Janu (General Secretary) of LIFT for her great work in completing the work in time and organizing an event to hand over the newly constructed assets to “Swami Vipulananda Children Home”. We are sure this project will benefit the children at this Orphanage for many years to come.Read more...

Scholarships to Batticaloa University Students

Published on 2020-01-27 @ 06:03:00 PM

TEF recently awarded scholarships to 14 undergraduates from Batticaloa University. These students have been selected based on their family financial situation and the recipients were recommended by the “Rotary Club of Batticaloa”.Tamil Engineers Foundation recently awarded scholarships to 14 students from Batticaloa University. These students have been selected based on their family financial situation and the recipients were recommended by “Rotary Club of Batticaloa”. A sum of LKR504,000 ($4150.00) was disbursed to Rotary Club of Batticaloa to award these scholarships (Rs3000 per month for 12 months period) to these 14 needy students. Please note that it has been decided to increase the monthly scholarship payment from Rs3000 to Rs4000 per student per month for all University Scholarship Schemes from 2020.In the selection process priority has been given to the children who lost their parents & the families who have financial difficulties for their children to continue their university education. Thanking letters from the individual students also attached. We are sure these letters will touch many hearts.The Scholarship Award Ceremony took place on Thursday 12th Dec, organized by Rotary Club of Batticaloa.TEF has provided Scholarships to students from 5 Universities for the last many years (Moratuwa, Batticaloa, Jaffna, Peradeniya & E’Fac Kilinochchi). 10 students in each Uni i.e. 50 students in total. In addition to this currently we are providing Scholarships to 10 students at St Johns Vocational Training College at Batticaloa from early 2019. Also, we are in the process of providing scholarships to 4 students at Kelaniya University and the details will be circulated in due course.The committee sincerely thanks all the student sponsors for their kind & generous commitment/contributions to help needy students.Please advise if you wish to sponsor the Uni students and become a SPONSOR in 2020. The commitment to become a sponsor is $30 per month i.e. $360 per year, which is Tax deductible. We are sure your contributions will help these students to accomplish their dream without the additional financial stress. Many of these students have lost their parents due to various reasons and getting supported by a single parent or relatives.The committee thanks Thananjeyan (E81) (TEF Vic Chapter) for coordinating this project with Batticaloa Rotary Club and Dr. K.E. Karunakaran & Vinoth Raj (from Batticaloa Rotary Club) for successfully implementing it.Read more...

Thaipongal Bajan and Lunch at Sydney Murugan Temple

Published on 2020-01-18 @ 09:21:00 PM

We are glad that many of you participated in the Thai Pongal Day activities at Sydney Murugan Temple on Wednesday 15th Jan 2020. The activities i.e. Bajan, lunch and evening prasatham progressed very well and were well coordinated. The lunch (Rice, 5 Vegetable Curries, Pappadam & Payasam) was served to approximately 1300 devotees and the evening prasatham (Kadalai & Pulichatham) also was served to more than 1000 devotees. It was indeed a great accomplishment.On Behalf of Tamil Engineers Foundation, I thank and pass on our sincere gratitude to all of you for your financial contributions and participation in this event to make it a a successful and memorable one.We thank TEF Committee Members, volunteers, well-wishers and their family and friends for their hard work and dedication which enabled us to accomplish this task successfully. Many of you helped us in purchasing, food preparation, serving etc. Great team work. We thank you all for your dedication and support. This event forms a platform for engineers, professionals, well-wishers and their families to meet and develop networking opportunities. We thank Sydney Murugan Temple management for their great help and support in organizing this event annuallyRead more...

Thaipongal Vizha 2020

Published on 2020-01-11 @ 08:44:00 PM

Thai Pongal 2020Tamil Engineers Foundation is organizing Bhajans on Thai Pongal Day (Wednesday 15th of Jan 2020) at Sydney Murugan Temple (SMT) followed by lunch and evening prasatham to the devotees.All food items will be prepared at the temple by Tamil Engineers & well-wishers, their families, and friends.Please feel free to volunteer and get involved in the Thai Pongal Day Bajans & food preparation activities at Sydney Murugan Temple.Read more...

NSW Bushfire Appeal

Published on 2020-01-09 @ 12:43:00 PM

Bushfire AppealOver the past few weeks, we have been witnessing the unprecedented catastrophic bushfires affecting significant parts of NSW, Victoria and SA.We, Engineers Charity Fund (Tamil Engineers Foundation) recognize our moral responsibility to act and help our fellow Australians during this challenging time.Read more...

Bush Fire Appeal

Published on 2019-12-18 @ 10:42:00 PM

Unprecedented bush fires of 'catastrophic' nature are affecting significant part of NSW. A state of emergency has been declared in the state of NSW. The damages to-date have exceeded fire-related damages in the last few decades in Australia.- Greater than 2.7M hectares of vegetation have been burnt- Greater than 700 homes and many more properties have been destroyed- 6 people have lost their livesThousands of people are displaced and living in temporary accommodationThe fires are continuing to burn, and worst conditions are forecasted in the coming weeks. More than 3000 firefighters and many more volunteers are at the forefront trying to fight this catastrophe and help the affected. We, the Tamil Engineers Foundation, recognize our moral responsibility to act and help our fellow Australians in such a challenging time. Tamil Engineers Foundation members have always been forthcoming with generous donations in supporting our fellow Australians in such times as we demonstrated with donations for Drought relief last year and earlier this year.Many organizations are raising funds to help the “RFS NSW & their volunteer firefighters”. We, the Tamil community living in Australia have a moral obligation/responsibility to act and help our fellow Australians in such a challenging time. Tamil Engineers Foundation has decided to donate $2000 from our existing funds and appeal to our members for any contributions to help the “RFS NSW & their volunteer firefighters”It is planned that this collection will be donated collectively in collaboration with other like-minded organizations to the Rural Fire services, who are in the front line of fighting the fire and helping the victims.We have already received voluntary contributions from our members towards this cause.Please advise if you wish to make a contribution of $50 or $100 towards the” NSW Bushfire Appeal” to help the NSW RFS & their volunteer firefighters.Since TEF is a registered Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) your donations would be tax-deductible. We thank you for your continuous support in our initiatives.Read more...

Scholarships to ten students from University of Peradeniya

Published on 2019-12-15 @ 09:54:00 PM

TEF recently awarded scholarships to 10 selected students at Peradeniya University. These students were chosen based on their family financial situation and the names have been recommended by “Peradeniya Tamil Society”.Tamil Engineers Foundation has provided Rs480,000 ($3895.00) to Peradeniya Tamil Society recently to award the scholarships (Rs.4000 per month for 12 months term) to these 10 deserving students. Please note that it has been decided to increase the monthly scholarship payment from Rs3000 to Rs4000 for all University Scholarship Schemes from Nov 2019.Read more...

University Admission from the TESLA 2017 scholarship program - Update

Published on 2019-12-14 @ 10:21:00 PM

University Admission from the TESLA 2017 scholarship program - UpdateTamil Engineers Foundation provided scholarships to 5 high achievers in Kilinochchi area based on their GCE O/L exam results to continue their GCE A/L. These scholarships were provided from late 2015 for more than 2 years.The Killinochchi region does not have enough qualified GCE A/L teachers in Science and Mathematics stream, and the scholarship helped the selected students to pay for tuition fees and travel costs to follow A/L private tuition classes in Jaffna during the weekends and school holidays.TEF provided Rs 390,000.00 (Approximately $3250) (Rs.3000 per student for 26 months) to fund these scholarships to the selected 5 students for more than 2 years until these students sat for their GCE A/L in 2017.We are glad to inform that one of the 5 students (Susmitha) got admission into Medical Faculty in 2018, refer attached the University admission letters.Another student Adchika sat for the exams again in Aug 2018, despite gaining admission into University based on her 2017 results. She has now gained admission to a program of her liking. (Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Kelaniya).Third student Suvethiga got better results in her second attempt in Aug 2018 and she has got admission to do Physical Science at the University of Jaffna.Kanakaseelan Nishanthan got decent results in his 2018 exams (good enough to gain admission to Universities), but due to family situation, he chose not to apply for any Universities. TESLA coordinators were unable to contact him for a very long time. Just got hold of him recently, it's too late to lodge in the application for Universities. He will sit for the exams again in Aug 2020 in hopes of getting into Med School.We are glad that the Scholarships (Rs 3000 per month for 26 months) provided by TEF has brought great benefits in uplifting the education standard of these students of remote area and helped them gaining University admission to continue their tertiary education. It is heart-warming to see the real outcome of our humanitarian services.We thank SJC 87 Committee & their volunteers/ Staff for coordinating this scholarship program for more than 3 years with keen interest. Also, we pass on our best wishes to these students to continue their tertiary education to achieve their life time goals.We thank you all for your great support.“Don’t look for big things, just do small things with great love…. The smaller the thing, the greater must be our love.” » Mahatma GandhiRead more...