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  Visit to PRDA Donors in Italy
  Mrs. Shanti Fernando, Chief Executive of PRDA visited Rome, Italy from 25th to 5th July 2007. Mrs. Fernando was invited by the Province of Ferrara in Italy, who supported the tsunami rehabilitation and reconstruction of houses in Mawella, a fishing village in the Hambantota district. The support and cooperation from Italy enabled PRDA to construct 35 houses for tsunami-affected families. The Province of Ferrara ( was the main supporter of this aid programme, while complimentary support has been provided by the people of Emilia-Romagna Region, the Province di Forlì-Cesena and Ravenna.
  The purpose of Mrs. Fernando’s mission to Rome was primarily to share PRDA’s experience in post-tsunami construction and development with donor agencies that patronized the work in Sri Lanka and several others who were interested in the work of PRDA.  During her visit, Mrs. Fernando was able to have several meetings and discussions with her counterparts and make presentations on the tsunami rehabilitation work of PRDA. The philanthropists from the Provinces of Ferrara, Ravenna, Forli, and Biella who made contributions to the post-tsunami rehabilitation work of Sri Lanka participated in the discussions with Mrs. Fernando. General public from Ferrara, Silverplates, Codigoro, Copparo, Goro, Lagosanto, Massafiscaglia, Ostellato, Ro, Renatico Hill, Portomaggiore, Tresigallo and Vigarano Mainarda also participated in the discussions held during the visit of Mrs. Fernando. .She also participated in joint press conferences held in connection with her visit.  PRDA extends its warm appreciation to the people of the above mentioned Provinces and Regions for their generous contributions and CIPSI (, which the main and the long-time partner of PRDA who facilitated this aid programme to Sri Lanka, vial PRDA.
Members of the Biella Province who funded the rain water harvesting tank project in the Puttalam district – Mrs. Shanti Fernando, Mr. Guido Barbera, CIPSI and President Mr. Sergio Scaramal, Biella Province & others. PRDA is the main partner of CIPSI in Italy (
Presentation to the members of the Ferrara Province and the Municipalities (co-financers) on the progress of 32 houses constructed in Moraketiara, Hambantota district (
Meeting with the President Mr. Sergio Scaramal, Mr. Guido Barbera,
CIPSI, Biella Province and representatives of the associations and institutions
that sustained Sri Lanka projects since 2005.
Mrs. Shanti Fernando with the City Council Member Mr.Sergio Golinelli
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