President Biden appoints SL-born Dr. Ashani Weerarathne to US National Cancer Board….

John Hopkins scientist Ashani Weerarathne, Ph.D., a leading cancer researcher who is specialized in melanoma and the effects of aging on cancer has been appointed by President Joe Biden to the National Cancer Advisory Board. Ashani Tanuja Weeraratna is a Sri Lankan-born American, a ground breaking cancer researcher and she is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor. She currently serves as a co-leader at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Centre at Johns Hopkins, and a professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

She was born Sri Lankan and was raised in Lesotho in Africa. She stepped on USA for the first time in 1988 to study biology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She earned her doctoral degree in Molecular and Cellular oncology at the Department of Pharmacology of George Washington University.

Currently, in the world Cancer has become leading cause of death despite progress in prevention, early diagnosis and breaking therapies. Dr. Ashani is one of the pioneering researchers to study how the aging microenvironment affects metastasis and therapy resistance. She is the President of the Society of Melanoma Research.

Succeeding in the competitive world of Science as women scientist is kind of inspiration to the women who are engaged in STEM and for Sri Lanka, she is a true gem who can improve the living standards of the human kind on the world.

“Heights by great men and women reach and kept were not attained by sudden flight but they, while their companions slept, toiling upward in the night”
-Henry Wordsworth-
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Professor Malik Peiris from Sri Lanka and Professor Yuen Kwok-Yung awarded the ‘Life Science Prize’ under the 2021 Future Science Prize….

Sri Lanka Foundation Intl, USA 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Hong Kong-based scientists Kwok-Yung Yuen and Sri Lanka’s Joseph Sriyal Malik Peiris won the prize in life sciences in the 2021 Future Science Prize, alias ‘China’s Nobel Prize’ for their major discoveries of SARS-CoV-1 as the causative agent of the global SARS outbreak in 2003 with impact on combating COVID-19 and emerging infectious diseases.

The Future Science Prize is a privately funded science honor established by a group of widely known and esteemed scientists and entrepreneurs in 2016, aiming at recognizing scientific breakthroughs and innovations in China with long-term significance to the world. The prize is given in three categories with $1 million for each award, namely the Life Science Prize, Physical Science Prize, and Mathematics and Computer Science Prize.

The science committee of the prizes consisted of 23 illustrious scientists, is at the heart of the award selection. Mau-Chung Frank Chang, chairman of the committee, said that the nomination and selection of the prize proceeded similarly to the Nobel Prize system, in which the committee invites international experts as nominators and then solicits evaluation letters from experts in relevant fields of the nominated work. Based on the evaluations, the committee then votes to select the final award winners.

As Sri Lankans, it is a proud moment for us as Professor Malik Peiris is a SL-born renowned Pathologist and virologist at the University of Hong Kong. He was graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, and was awarded the Commonwealth scholarship to pursue his Ph.D. at the University of Oxford. Mother Sri Lanka would definitely become proud of her gem Prof. Malik who is committed to making the lives of humans better on the earth and the world a better place.

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Congresswoman Dina Titus meets with Community Leaders in Nevada & California to discuss COVID Relief Efforts

On September 9th, 2021 the Hon Consul General, Dr Lalith Chandradasa, Sanje Sedara, The President of the Sri Lanka America Association of Las Vegas, Samantha Kurera, President of the Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California, Keshini Wijegoonaratna, the Director of Project Management and Public Relations of the Sri Lanka Foundation International, Lucky Rajasinghe, Daya Gamage, Dushyantha Kurera along with the staff of the Congressional District office of the Congresswoman Dina Titus met on a zoom meeting to discuss further details of COVID Relief efforts in Sri Lanka.

Congresswoman Dina Titus from Nevada’s 1st Congressional District is the strongest ally Sri Lankan Americans have in the Congress. As the Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus of Sri Lanka she always stood for the best interest of the people of Sri Lanka. As recently as last month, Congresswoman Titus was instrumental in getting 1.5 million doses of Covid -19 vaccines to Sri Lanka and currently advocating the US government to provide much needed medical aid to Sri Lanka.

See links below letters written to the Department of State and the response from the Department of State.

Letter to Sec. Blinken on COVID in Sri Lanka (3)

Response from State to Sri Lanka COVID letter 9-2-21 (2)

See links below to recent articles published in Island News Paper about the Congresswoman’s involvement with Sri Lanka. .

Key Information for Travelers to Sri Lanka

* Avoid travel to Sri Lanka
* If you must need to travel to Sri Lanka, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.
*Because of the current situation in Sri Lanka even fully vaccinated travelers maybe at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.
*Travelers should follow recommendations or requirements in Sri Lanka, including wearing a mask and staying 6 feet apart from others.
*Quick guide for travelers.

SLF Intl, Other Non Profits, School Organizations and Individuals in Southern California Community Join Hands to Provide urgent Medical Equipment to SAVE LIVES!!!

Sri Lanka Foundation Intl USA, Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California, Ananda College Old Boys Association, St Joseph’s College Old Boys Association and Holy Family Convent Past Pupils Association with many individuals in Southern California have come together to raise funds to provide most urgently needed Medical Equipment to the Hospitals in the Rural Areas.

Donations started to pour in and within less than a week the collection exceeded over $120,000. The following hospitals in the rural areas have been identified such as Dickoya, Maskeliya, Tricomalee, Dankotuwa, Meeghatanna, Peradeniya, Karapitiya and Tellapillai to deliver 3 to 4 Oxygen Concentrator’s which includes a two year warranty, installation and servicing. This is scheduled to go out in the next 24 to 48 hours.

After the completion of this project, we have over 15 other hospitals identified in the rural areas to deliver Oxygen Concentrator’s which awaits the next shipment to arrive.

We are extremely thankful to all the donors for their generous donations. All developments of the project will be posted on the website.

Sri Lanka Day Expo & Parade, Aura Lanka Platinum Sponsor, Thank You For Your Support!!

Sri Lanka has a rich agricultural history dating back more than 2500 years. From ancient times, Sri Lanka was introduced as a self-sufficient country. Agriculture is the most important sector of the Sri Lankan economy. Even though its contribution to the gross domestic product declined substantially during the past 3 decades, it is the most important source of employment for the majority of the Sri Lankan workforce. As a proud agricultural country in the past, we have exported our agricultural products to foreign countries. But unfortunately, we are currently a nation of importers of food, clothing, medicine and everything from overseas. Besides, foreign exchange flows to our country up to some extent only by selling of labor to foreign countries other than tea, rubber, coconut, spices and garments. And also, every year there is no program to increase the production of the country except borrowing tomeet the budget deficit. In the face of this situation, foreign indebtedness is increasing from year to year.

But in present days, we do not consider about the such valuable species of plants. And also our “Hela Wedakama” or indigenous medicine is getting destroyed day by day. Therefore, we came with a brilliant idea of developing the economy of Sri Lanka while uplifting the indigenous medicines through innovating productions form the Aloe Vera plants. We are expected to promote our traditional technics and indigenous medicine to the international market by Aloe Vera cultivation in Anuradhapura district.

Thank You to our Media Platinum Sponsor, Start Up Derana 2021 and Rural Enterprise Network


The Rural Enterprise Network (REN) store is scheduled to be launched to both Sri Lankan and international consumers on the 21st of August 2021 online. A social enterprise that focuses on the development of rural micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by supplying them with extensive marketing support, the REN Store strives to be the future of MSMEs. Backed by a group of well-experienced professionals, REN is a social marketing organization of its kind in Sri Lanka. Since 2002, they have helped numerous aspiring entrepreneurs and producers to improve their business performance and product quality.

Spearheaded by President, Mr. Roshan Fernando, the REN Store was established with the vision of ‘Eradicating poverty in Sri Lanka through the development of rural MSME producers’. Mr. Roshan Fernando too is no stranger to the struggle of MSMEs as the most immediate Past President of SLIM. Following his successful tenure, he has an in depth understanding of the struggles of MSMEs and has taken the initiative to establish a platform across which they can trade their products. With product categories ranging from Home & Lifestyle to Personal to Food & Beverages, the REN Store facilitates accessibility to Sri Lankan Homeware, Sri Lankan Living and Sri Lankan Cuisine. The product portfolio promises to represent traditional industries suitable for today, fulfilling the tagline of “Rural freshness to urban life”.

Speaking to the President of REN, Mr. Roshan Fernando on the impact of the REN Store he commented, “The REN Store is a cause that impacts the economy and the living standards of the rural community. By providing rural MSMEs with the necessary resources inclusive of a platform via which to sell their products online, we strive to enable these MSMEs to access both local and international markets. Understanding the toils of many rural families during COVID-19, we have recognized the necessity for supporting our fellow Sri Lankans and empowering them to achieve self-sufficiency by carrying out their business online. We will continue to strive to support MSMEs and expand so as to ensure that more rural communities have access to the benefits of a common network.”

The REN Store will be launched virtually at Sri Lanka Day in Los Angeles. When the annual Sri Lanka Day was celebrated in the historic city of Pasadena in 2019, thousands of visitors watched mesmerized by a miniature Kandy Perahera with decorated elephants on rollers and traditional Sri Lankan dancers that paraded the streets of Los Angeles. That day, Sri Lanka took its rightful place among the ethnic festivals held in America. This year, Sri Lanka Day 2021 will reach millions of viewers across the globe virtually via live shows. An elaborate public celebration that will highlight historical heritage, culture, and traditions of Sri Lanka to the world, it is the ideal platform for the launch of the REN Store. All Sri Lankans across the globe are invited and encouraged to visit the website to experience and celebrate Sri Lanka while supporting an MSME producer on


Rural Enterprise Network (REN) is a social enterprise operating with the vision of ‘Eradicating poverty in Sri Lanka through the development of rural MSME producers’, a cause that impacts the economy and the living standards of the rural community. Its main tasks are developing the Rural MSMEs and supplying extensive marketing support to them.
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Watch Video!! Medical Equipment was delivered to the HDU in Kalubowila and Gampaha Hospitals Donated by SLF International, USA

Watch Video of the Donation of the Medical Equipment telecasted by the Ethara Methara Program on Rupavahini TV.


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Sri Lanka to receive over 720,000 AstraZeneca vaccines from Japan today

Sri Lanka will be receiving a consignment of 728,460 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine donated by Japan under the COVAX facility this evening (July 31), says the State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals.

Thereby, the shipment is scheduled to be airfreighted from Japan on SriLankan Airlines flight UL455 today.

This vaccine consignment has been made available by Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Tokyo, Sanjiv Gunasekara and his staff of the mission, who made numerous appeals and met with many Government Bureaucrats as well as politicians to convince the necessity.
In the meantime, a similar amount of coronavirus jabs of the same brand is expected to arrive in the country next Saturday (August 07), Prof. Channa Jayasumana said further.

When rolling out these vaccines, the priority will be given to those who have already received the first dose of AstraZeneca’s Covishield vaccine.

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Father’s John Loving Kindness Meditation Society donated to Venerable Thanlangama Devananda to Practice Buddhism

This former Methodist church was built in 1895 in Bryan, Ohio then re-built in 2013. It has 12,011 sq ft of service areas. The house of worship was designed by architect R.C. Loos of Philadelphia, Pa., and was described as “severely gothic” in design. Its cornerstone was laid July 18, 1895, and the church was formally dedicated February 23, 1896. The building was constructed by local contractors Parcher, Crawford and Kensinger at a cost of $14,000. The congregation met in the structure until the new Wesley United Methodist Church on Center Street was completed in 1969. The First Baptist congregation worshiped in the facility from 1970 to 2005.

The original 1867 wooden Methodist church was replaced in 1895 with a “modern” and beautifully grandiose brick church filled with spectacular stained-glass windows and a custom-built pipe organ. Housing the Methodist church and later a Baptist church, the historic stately structure stood empty as both congregations outgrew their spiritual home. Not wanting to leave the magnificent building to fall into ruin and abandonment, a retired surgeon purchased the aged icon and immediately replaced the failing roof and halted the deterioration of the once great building. This however left him with one fundamental question…”What am I going to do with this?” The answer came in the form of a quote from a dear friend “First do what’s necessary, then do what possible. Soon you will be doing the impossible.” He kept the main worship area as a historic piece for people to see. Wanting to serve the masses and the community that helped bring the old church to life in the first place, he decided to resurrect the old building.

The owner has a strong desire to make a historical place for the greater good of society. In 2018, he visited Indiana Buddhist Temple for the sand mandala event. When he met Bhante Devananda and learned about Bhante’s teaching in Loving Kindness and meditation classes, he immediately found the destiny for this place. He knew to whom he would donate this place. He reached out to Bhante several times throughout the year expressing his desire for donating this house of worship to be a permanent Buddhist Temple. So on Esala Full Moon when the Buddha delivered his first teaching, the owner with firm determination officially offered this house of worship to the Sangha under the guidance of Bhante Devananda.


Church Hall will be used for one or more of the following: Meditation Lecture Hall for daily, weekly and annual events. Monks will chant and share short Dhamma Talk on daily basis.

Chanting Hall.

International Tipitaka Chanting: we host all denominations of Buddhism to chant selective sutra for 15 days. Bhante Devananda delivered Dharma Sermon and chanted at the closing ceremony in Bodhgaya India in 2019. Bhante has been requested to lead and host the events for North America East Coast. It will be a minimum of 150 monks chanting the selective sutra for 15 consecutive days. Full Moon chanting, meditation, and drum circle.

Meditation Retreat Hall for practicing Loving Kindness and Insight Meditation. It will be opened to all faiths and backgrounds. We will host ten day and 30-day meditation retreats. Ordination Hall for temporary and permanent monks and eight or ten preceptors. Bhante has received numerous requests to ordain. The hall will allow Bhante Devananda to give these ordination services. Eight or ten preceptors can stay temporarily or permanently upon Bhante’s approval. We will also be able to ordain Samaneras or Samaneris. A samanera or samaneri is a novice monk or nun who observes ten percepts while fully ordained monks observe 227 vinaya rules.

Annual Buddhist Events: Vesak and Kathina.
Host Sand Mandala and a variety of Buddhist cultural events.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Blessings where we will invite religious leaders to share gratitude and blessings to all.
Interfaith community events such as: Interfaith Wedding Blessings.

Loving Kindness Services to the community and beyond:
Meditation Training Center for Health Care Workers
Indiana University Fort Wayne Nursing Department has regular meditation classes at Indiana Buddhist Temple.

Bhante conducts meditation sessions for University of Saint Francis Nursing Department. Bhante teaches meditation at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne to increase awareness of end-of-life care.

Bhante gives lectures in Caring with Compassion for healthcare workers at the Lutheran Hospital Network.

Children’s Meditation Training Center.
Meditation training and counseling for Stress Management, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and grievance counseling.

Bhante has conducted meditation retreats for US Army active and veterans and police force who struggling with PTSD and Sleep Disorder.

Bhante has given meditation retreats at Pendleton Correction facility. He started with minimum security inmates, and he was quickly requested to add meditation classes for inmates in maximum security to deal with anxiety, guilt and end-of-life crisis.

Separation or grievance counseling for surviving spouses.
Forgiveness counseling for domestic violence victims.

Sleep Management:
There are eleven benefits of practicing Loving Kindness Meditation. Three of them are related to sleeping. Bhante trains US army soldiers to manage their sleeping disorders and handle nightmares.

Stoned Goat Inn five private rooms: Moments, Believe, Inspire, Follow Your Dreams will be for hosting monks, nuns, ten or eight preceptors, meditation retreat yogis and visitors.

Buddhist artifact museum to display rich Buddhist cultures and raise diversity awareness to visitors.