Under the patronage of its President Mrs. Shalika Perera, the Navy Seva Vanitha Unit (NSVU) organized a special function in view of the International Women’s Day on 06th March 2015. The Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera was the Chief Guest at the event, which was held at the auditorium of SLNS Parakrama. Senior naval officers and the members of the NSVU were also present on the occasion.
A special loan scheme was introduced for the wives of naval personnel, lady officers and women naval personnel at the function. It provides loans which amount to Rs.100, 000/= each, payable in 18 installments at a low interest of three percent. The loan facility is provided to the applicants to utilize for self-employment and children's education etc. A sum of 15 million rupees has been allocated for the loan scheme which aims to extend its benefits to 150 women personnel for uplifting their socio-economic status.
Five children of naval war heroes who had sacrificed their lives whilst defending the motherland were also presented with scholarships. The scholarships valued at Rs.15, 000/= each were provided by the members of the Ex-servicemen Association who are residents in New Zealand.
The winners of the poster completion titled "the Woman and Management” also received their prices at the event. They included those who secured the first, second, and third places as well as twelve others who received consolation prizes for painting to capture the role of women engaged in many spheres, associated with womanhood and women's contribution to the family wellbeing and the society at large.
Letters of appreciation and special mementos were also presented to the Director and the General Manager of the Open Systems Integrated Limited for providing volunteer instructors and the directors of the Lanka Communication Systems Limited for providing free internet services to the computer centers functioning under the NSVU’s Computer Awareness Project aimed at providing training in a range of computer applications suited for education and career qualifications to women naval personnel and the children of the naval families.
A book written by Lieutenant Commander Nalika Perera titled "Sieladeba" was also launched at the event, and the first copy was presented to the Commander of the Navy by the author.
A special lecture was delivered by the head of the Sinhala department of the University of Colombo Professor Sarath Wijesuriya on the theme of "Woman and Management". The learned professor highlighted the importance of the contribution made by women at home as well as at the work place, utilizing their managerial skills. He drew attention to how a perfect balance can be maintained by women when fulfilling the multi-faceted tasks at hand to ensure a happy family life and a productive career while being a caring mother, a beloved wife and a loving daughter.
A check for four million rupees was also handed over to the Naval Hospital to fulfill a long-felt need of purchasing medical equipment for its Maternity and Pediatric Unit. The substantial financial donation reflects the NSVU's concern for the wellbeing of mothers and children, whose welfare takes priority in all the welfare measures initiated under the guidance of its President.