The ADT, which was registered with the Ministry of Social Services in 2005, has served the people of Sri Lanka for many years, striving to bring about social peace, public justice and economic sufficiency to a nation torn by war and natural disasters. The impoverished, marginalised and rural communities of the country have especially benefited from the various projects conducted by the ADT throughout the past years. The ADT has contributed immensely towards empowering war-affected persons and communities through its work in rehabilitating ex-combatants, caring for the internally displaced and equipping those who lost breadwinners, limbs, homes and livelihoods to return to normalcy. Over the years, the ADT has touched thousands of lives as it constructed houses, built latrines and wells, distributed prosthetic limbs for amputees and livelihoods amongst war widows. The ADT also conducted several programmes to promote engagement and understanding between the different communities in Sri Lanka in a bid to ensure lasting peace and co-existence.
The Sri Lanka Police recently appreciated the ADT for the services rendered to the country, especially in fostering peace, unity and reconciliation amongst the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities in the Vanni range. The ADT’s services were recognised at a ceremony held on the 08th of June 2017 at Irattaperiyakulam in Vavuniya. It was graced by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Pujith Jayasundara, the Deputy Inspector General of Police for the Vanni Range, Deshabandu Thennakoon, the ADT’s Regional Manager for the North, Abraham Ragulan and the ADT’s Training and Development Executive, Andrew Rajkumar.
Following the ceremony, a new name board donated by the ADT was unveiled at the premises of the Vavuniya Police Headquarters. This name board which was unveiled by the IGP, informs the general public of the telephone hotline numbers with which they could make their complaints in their mother tongue. This service has been introduced for the welfare of Tamil communities who, in the past, have faced difficulties in lodging complaints. This information board was part of a campaign conducted by the ADT to promote this police hotline service. The campaign also included the distribution of handbills and the installation of smaller information boards in public places in Vavuniya.