Welcome to a Farming Revolution
“My name is Jegan Kristilan and I am 43 years old. I was born in Colombo and settled as a refugee in Kilinochchi in 1983 due to the July riots. My life took a radical turn when I was conscripted to join the LTTE Sea Tigers during the war and surrendered to the Sri Lanka Army in the end of the war in 2009. From 2009 – 2011 I was a prisoner of war in Pusa and Welikada prisons and was released at the end of 2011.
After liberation I suffered many hardships without a permanent job and my wife lost her eyesight due to the war. Raising my two children was also difficult but today my livelihood has improved. SK farms provided me a permanent job with a permanent salary, accommodation, and three meals a day. Thanks to the farm my family & I have found a stability and my life has been reborn through SK farms. A wide variety of people work here, and everyone interacts with joy and brotherhood. My sincere thanks to Mr. Kamilton, His Partner Ms Schroder, and SK farms for reviving my life and giving me a second chance”.
“I’m Anusuya (Usha) 31 years old. I was born, raised, and live in Aliyavala. I have a daughter who is 16 years old. I suffered from heart disease at 21 and my husband left my child and myself on or own as he could not handle the heart surgery and other hardships. Abandoned, I was forced to live on scraps. Without a stable source of income for my child and myself to survive and to continue my daughter’s education, I was compelled to send my daughter to a children’s home to study. It is very painful decision to be separated from her but one I had to make for her wellbeing at this dark time.
I was fortunate to gain employment at SK farms and at present am getting enough salary. Since I began working here, I have learnt to drive agricultural vehicles and other aspects of farming and I feel that my future will be good. Thanks to the owners and management of SK farms for giving me permanent job and mental courage to work towards a future where my daughter and I can once again be together”.
“My name is Lalita, aged 43. I am a mother of three girls, the eldest is 16, the next 14, and the youngest is 12. I was born into a very poor family and experienced many hardships and tragedies in life. I lost my two-and-a-half-year-old son to the 2004 tsunami and barely survived after being near death. The grief of losing my son for many years has not compensated for the loss even today. The civil ware also took its toll on my family and myself.
Financially we were in a very bad situation, I was the sole breadwinner, working at the salt flats carrying 60-70KG bags of salt and loading them into vehicles as my husband suffered from oral cancer. His medical expenses also required several lakhs and he sadly passed away in 2011 due to insufficient funds and medical assistance.
I was very affected and mentally in a very bad place when I managed to secure employment as a cook at SK Farms. Thanks to Mr. Kamilton and Ms. Schroder, who have given me a stable source of income, I don’t have to worry about my children’s future anymore. SK farms has given me a new lease on life and shown me I can be happy when I had almost given up on the thought of ever being happy again, for which I am eternally grateful”.
“My name is Indika, and at present I work at SK farms in the capacity of Driver/Bodyguard and Friend to the Family. I was born and raised in Vavuniya in a family of 10, and joined the Army in 1995, as a commando after I finished my A/levels. My story is different to most others at SK Farms in that this land holds a special and significant place in my heart.
The land that SK farms is now situated on, was once the battleground I served in. I am privileged to have witnessed the rebirth and rejuvenation of this land and its residents from impoverished and war ravaged, to a happy people working on cultivating and transforming this blood-soaked battle-scarred land into fertile and prosperous ground.
Having met Mr. Kamilton and Ms. Schroder earlier this year, the bond we share has grown deeper and I am eternally grateful to SK farms for achieving such a miraculous transformation in this area and on the land, I hold so dear”.
“My name is Abhilasha and I am 29 years of age, I am born and domiciled in Uduthura Maruthangeni. I did my primary education at Maruthangeni School. Despite displacements due to civil war, I continued my education without interruption. I passed my GCE O/L examination in 2009 from Vavuniya Refugee Camp. After that, I cleared the GCE A/L exam at Uduthura Maha Vidyalaya (National School). Then I went to Vavuniya and learned Computer MS Office, English, Sewing, etc. My father died in 2013. I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters. After my father’s death, due to family circumstances, I worked as a rural bank manager in 2014 and learned make-up part-time. With insufficient income, I tried other jobs. I came to know about SK Farms through the Grama Sevakar and then considering my educational qualifications, I was hired for the job of Administrator at SK farm. I say with happiness and contentment that I will strive for the development of SK farms. Thanks.
My name is Munaffer and I am 28 years old and from Pulmottai, Trincomalee. I did my education at Pulmottai Central College and then I did GCE A/L at Kalmunai Sahira College in Bioscience and then at the College of Agriculture (Kundagasalai). And studied Bsc. Agriculture on the European campus. After GCE A/L I worked as a teacher at Hafil academy Pulmottai then trainee supervisor at Kurunagal Boiler Farm then visiting lecturer at NYSC Awisavalai. Then I worked as a hatchery in charge at Gayan breeder farm then worked as assistant manager at feed mill LG Farm then worked as farm manager at Sandalanka poultry breeder farm and then joined SK Farm I started the work date as I am working for the development of the farm and I will give my tireless work to grow the farm.