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Dr. Walter J is a father, brother, doctor, entrepreneur, patriot, artist, humanitarian and at his very core, a friend to all. With a lifetime of accomplishments and involvement across many fields and sciences, came the need to establish an online presence across social media to recognize all he has done, and continues to do. And so friends began work on a presence project, to create and manage internet resources and social media platforms for any and all to learn more about, and keep up with, Dr. Walter Jayasinghe.

We invite you to explore the new Dr. Walter Jayasinghe website, Facebook page, YouTube page and Instagram page. Find one on one interviews with Dr. J on YouTube with stories from his early days as a physician, to stories of family and longtime friends. Follow the Dr. Walter Jayasinghe Facebook page for old photos and new updates, and to leave a message for Dr. J. Enjoy the brand new Dr. Walter Jayasinghe website for a brief biography on how he became the man he is today. Dr. J loves to hear from his friends and stay in touch with them, and looks forward to connecting with you on the following platforms now!





The City of Los Angeles Celebrates the 1st Annual Sri Lanka Day

On December 4th, 2019 history was created within the walls of the magnificent Los Angeles City council chambers on a rainy morning amidst a gathering of distinguished leaders, where a community came together to celebrate Dr. Walter Jayasinghe and his invaluable philanthropic services rendered to this beautiful city of Los Angeles and the Sri Lankan community declare Sri Lanka Day to be celebrated every year on August 17th.

Today, August 17th, 2020 around 1.30pm, the Sri Lanka Foundation, the Jayasinghe Family and the City of Los Angeles celebrated the first annual Sri Lanka Day, in honor of Sri Lankan culture and the remarkable contributions of Sri Lankan Americans in the City and beyond.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s celebration was held outdoors and was marked by a flag raising ceremony and cultural exposition near Los Angeles City Hall.

Honoring Dr Walter Jayasinghe, the Founder of SLF on his 83rd Birthday!! Coming Up on August 17th

Walter Jayasinghe, M.D, a Sri Lankan by birth and a U.S. citizen by naturalization, emigrated to the United States of America in 1972. Having completed his Rotating Internship at Kern County General Hospital in Bakersfield, California in 1973/1974, he served his Residency at the California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles from 1974 to 1977. Dr. Jayasinghe was the Assistant police surgeon in the city of Pasadena, California. He was in charge of Emergency Ambulance, first of its kind, prior to Paramedics and went from site to site performing Emergency treatment from 1972 to 1975. He also performed as the Medical Director, Health Systems, Inc., Los Angeles, which ran the “Physicians on call” program in Century City in 1972. He was registered by the General Medical Council of England as a General Practitioner performing locum practice in 1970.

Dr. Walter Jayasinghe’s talents were not confined to the practice of medicine alone. In 1957, at the age of 21, he was awarded Life Membership of the Ceylon Society of Arts for his achievement in designing and building his own home. In 1960 he was elected President of Medical Students Union, Colombo, Sri Lanka. In 1962 he was elected President of Ceylon University Student Federation and represented Sri Lanka at International Students’ Conference in Dartford College, New Hampshire and in Quebec, Canada.

He was a Lecturer at Ayurvedic School of Medicine from 1968 -1969. In 1968 he established a clinical practice in Dehiwela and within a short period, enhanced this facility to include a private hospital to serve the community in an area in which such medical facilities were few and far between. The Clinic and Hospital known as Medical Centre Limited, Dehiwela are currently in operation -the administration of which is by a Board of Directors, is responsible to Dr. Jayasinghe, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Company. This clinic is the first 24-hour private clinic in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Jayasinghe maintains his ties with the country of his origin, its culture and its religion. He is the Founder-President of the Institute of Buddha Dhamma Studies. He is a Founder trustee of the Los Angeles Buddhist Vihara of Pasadena and Sri Ratana Buddhist Center of Anaheim, California. He was awarded the Col. Henry Steel Olcott Award for Lifetime Achievement for his outstanding achievements as an Alumni of Ananda College, Colombo; for his accomplishments and contributions to his motherland; for his community and his Alma Mater, in October of 2003.

In June of 2003 Dr. Jayasinghe incorporated two non-profit organizations called Sri Lanka Foundation and Los Angeles Medical Center Foundation. The first Tsunami Relief Run/Walk was hosted in 2005 in the city of Pasadena with over 200 entrants. Another Tsunami Relief effort made by Sri Lanka Foundation was raising more than $100,000.00 as donations from well- wishers to construct 20 homes initially for the displaced survivors of the Tsunami and 6 more homes subsequently. The annual outdoor event called Sri Lanka Day Expo, showcasing Sri Lankan Musicians, Dancers, Food and Businesses, which attracts thousands of Sri Lankans and Americans from around the world to experience the Sri Lankan culture is hosted by Sri Lanka Foundation.

In December of 2019, the distinguished, Herb Wesson President of the LA City Council in recognition of Dr. Walter Jayasinghe’s extraordinary achievements and outstanding support to the community recognized the fact he was one of the first doctors to start a practice of a 24 hour clinic where everyone was welcomed to walk in and get diagnosed at any time, day or night. Apart from that Dr. Walter Jayasinghe is a visionary, entrepreneur, creator and also the founder of the Sri Lankan Foundation in Los Angeles, California which was founded in 2003.

Herb Wesson The President of the City of Los Angeles City Council celebrating diversity declared the official celebration of Sri Lanka Day in Los Angeles amidst a very hearty welcome to the lion nation, Sri Lankans gathered to witness this auspicious moment. His very patriotic words recognizing the lion in the flag which he stated symbolizes courage and represents pride, was definitely what every Sri Lankan present there felt in their hearts watching him speak.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR JAY!!!!!!
SLF Team

Click on the link below and ENJOY WATCHING THE VIDEO of DR JAY’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS!

https://youtu.be/nT9f-NoTGw4













The Founder of SLAASC, Jayam Rutnam Celebrated his 80th Birthday!!!

Jayam Rutnam celebrated his 80th birthday on June 23rd. A big party was planned and then cancelled due to Covid 19.

Jayam is the publisher of GOOD NEWS FROM JAYAM which goes to over 16,000 email recipients worldwide. He is the Founder President of the Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California, incorporated in 1973. Now retired from business, he spends his time writing articles for the San Gabriel Valley Examiner. He is married to Gina, his wife of 42 years.

Jayam was presented with the President’s Award (2014)”For philanthropic work” from Chairman of the Sri Lanka Foundation Dr. Walter Jayasinghe at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

Jayam and Gina have a daughter Aliki, and a son Jean-Louis. They have five grand daughters. Jayam and Gina live in Glendora, California. He migrated to the USA 55 years ago.

Sri Lanka Foundation team wants to wish you many more successful years ahead and to say you are a living inspiration, walking-talking treasure of experiences and a live example of perseverance.

Help Dinara!

Dinara Senarathne is a 17 year old brilliant, fierce, funny, unique, bold and one of most beloved Zoo Magnet students. She is passionate about animals and worked with the gorillas in the LA Zoo in Animal Husbandry. She is a Zoo Volunteer, co-captain of the North Hollywood High School archery team and a straight A student.

Dinara was in a serious car accident on Christmas Eve. A guy T-boned her and her car was totaled. She was bought into the hospital late and had lost a lot of blood. She suffered multiple fractures and had to have multiple surgeries. Dinara remains hospitalized as she recovers. She was moved out of the Pediatric ICU and is rehabilitating at Northridge Medical Center.

Her family and friends are asking for donations on behalf of Dinara and the Senarathne family to help with medical and care taking costs.

https://www.gofundme.com/godgivebackdinara?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_co_campmgmt_w&fbclid=IwAR1CbE8q8WE4ONJEYcVm1zsCkHZWtPiHMbDz0WcnmeI3ovVscxMM-hytC2M

Help Save Kumudu

Dr. Kumudu Wickramasinghe, a 38 year old leukemia patient, needs over $50,000 USD for his survival. An anesthesiologist from Colombo, Sri Lanka, Kumudu has valiantly fought Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) for over one year. He has braved numerous complications and extensive rounds of chemotherapy. Because Sri Lanka does not have transplant facilities, Kumudu has had to travel to India, away from his family. He is now isolated at a hospital in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, being resuscitated for life-threatening consequences of chemotherapy as he prepares for a stem cell transplant to take place mid-February 2019. Time is running out. Unfortunately, so are his savings, which have been totally depleted by chemotherapy, hospital stays and the cost of the stem cell transplant.

Prior to his diagnosis, Kumudu excelled in his medical practice, treating thousands of trauma patients. He was known as a dedicated doctor for the poor, having assisted in the development of a new hospital facility for rural patients in Nuwaraeliya. A graduate of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, University of Colombo, and an alumnus of Royal College, Kumudu earned praise from local communities and the Sri Lankan media for his philanthropy. He has led a noble life, both as a doctor and a parent.

Kumudu’s wife, Nirosha Wijeratne, is also a doctor. She has supported him throughout his illness while also caring for their two daughters, Tavishi and Seyara. Both children are under 3 years old and they have missed seeing their father a lot this past year. They are being looked after by a maid now since Nirosha’s mother, who was helping raise the children, recently fell and fractured her hip. To make matters worse, Kumudu’s mother is being treated for breast cancer that has spread to her bones.

Kumudu has strenuously struggled to pay $61,000 towards the stem cell transplant cost. However, in total he needs well over $100,000 to cover his current chemotherapy treatment and the stem cell procedure that will give him a chance at a new lease on life.

We are pleading with you to help Kumudu and his family. Any donation amount, small or big, will make a tremendous difference to them. Thank you for opening your hearts and donations to help save Kumudu’s life.

Here’s How You Can Help

1. Donate any amount using the “Donate” button on this page OR if you want to donate directly to the family using paypal, use this link – http://savekumudu.org/

Donations collected through gofundme.com will be transferred to Kumudu’s wife’s bank account in mid-February.

2.Share this page with as many people as possible. A short email or social media share can help channel much needed funds to the Wickramasinghe family.

This page has been created by STEMM (Sri Lanka Towards Expanding Marrow Matches), an organization working to establish a stem cell registry in Sri Lanka. STEMM has been in close contact with Kumudu since July 2018, when he first reached out to Dr. Pathmarajah, a member of our team. Visit https://www.visionsglobalempowerment.org/stemm to learn more about STEMM.

New Cabinet Ministers sworn in

A new Cabinet consisting of a total of 29 ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, a short while ago.

New Cabinet:

1. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe: Minister of National Polices, Economic Affairs, Resettlement & Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development, Vocational Training & Skills Development & Youth Affairs

2. John Amaratunga: Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs

3. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera: Minister of Buddha Sasana and Wayamba Development

4. Mangala Samaraweera: Minister of Finance and Mass Media

5. Lakshman Kiriella: Minister of Public Enterprise, Kandyan Heritage & Kandy Development

6. Rauff Hakeem: Minister of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education

7. Thilak Janaka Marapana: Minister of Foreign Affairs

8. Rajitha Senaratna: Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine

9. Ravi Karunanayake: Minister of Power, Energy and Enterprise Development

10. Vajira Abeywardena: Minister of Internal and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils and Local Government

11. Abdul Rishad Bathiudeen: Minister of Industry & Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons & Co-operative Development

12. Patali Champika Ranawaka: Minister of Megapolis & Western Development

13. Navin Dissanayake : Minister of Plantation Industries

14. P. Harrison: Minister of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation and Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development

15. Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Kabir : Minister of Highways, Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development

16. Ranjith Maddumabandara: Minister of Public Administration & Disaster Management

17. Gayantha Karunatilake: Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms

18. Sajith Premadasa: Minister of Housing Construction and Cultural Affairs

19. Arjuna Ranatunga: Minister of Transport & Civil Aviation

20. Palani Thigambaram: Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure & Community Development

21. Chadrani Bandara: Minister of Women & Child Affairs and Dry Zone Development

22. Thalatha Atukorale: Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms

23. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam : Minister of Education

24. Abdul Haleem Mohamed Hasheem: Minister of Postal Services & Muslim Religious Affairs

25. Sagala Ratnayaka: Minister of Ports & Shipping and Southern Development

26. Harin Fernando: Minister of Telecommunications, Digital Infrastructure, Foreign Employment and Sports

27. Mano Ganesan: Minister of National Integration, Official Languages, Social Progress and Hindu Religious Affairs.

28. Daya Gamage: Minister of Labour, Trade Union Relations, and Social Empowerment.

29. Malik Samarawickrama: Minister of Development Strategies, International Trade and Science, Technology and Research.

Courtesy Adaderana

Live in Los Angeles, “THAWA EKA DAWASAK” Was Organized by Southern California Sri Lankan Cultural & Arts Foundation

“Thawa Eka Dawasak”Live in Concert- Sri Lankan Musical Show was organized by Southern California Sri Lankan Cultural and Arts Foundation (SCSLCAF) on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Historic Warner Grand Theater.

The Musical Show attracted over 500 music lovers and well wishers of different nationalities and cultures. The show was held to raise funds for the Buddhist Vihara in San Diego. The SCSLCAF also raised funds for underprivileged children all over the world. The fund ensures every child, is cared for and educated regardless of family’s ability to pay.

There were two experienced and famous artists from Sri Lanka which was the highlight of the show. The voice for all seasons, Mr Keerthi Pasquel and the voice that never withers Mr Anil Bharathi. The show was equally divided into two parts and each artists were given equal opportunity to entertain the audience. The main reason to bring these two artists was the demand for the songs of the 70’s and 80’s. However, their music was loved by all ages and everyone continued to enjoy their golden oldies.

The show didn’t end with only entertainment, SCSLCAF was thankful for their donors generous contributions to support the event. These contributions also helped the organization to improve the education program of children that need help and launching of a new projects to better improve their services.

Inauguration of the first ever Stupa in Germany

The first ever Stupa was inaugurated at the Hamburg Maha Vihara on September 8 marking a significant landmark for the Buddhists in Germany. The Stupa was specially brought from Sri Lanka and set up under the guidance of Ven. Dr. Rathmale Punnaratana Thera of the Hamburg Maha Vihara assisted by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin.

Sacred Relics were enshrined in the Stupa at a special ceremony with the participation of the Maha Sangha, including Ven. Dr. Wijayarajapura Seelawansa Thera, the Chief Patron of the Austrian Buddhist (Theravada) Association in Salzburg. Ambassador of Sri Lanka Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Mayor of Schneverdingen Meike Steffens and Consul General of Sri Lanka to Hamburg & Schleswig-Holstein Olav C. Ellerbrock participated. Many Sri Lankan and German devotees also attended and helped make this event a success.

Addressing the gathering, Ambassador Hettiarachchi emphasized the importance of this historic occasion, which would enable and facilitate the people to reflect on and instill the teachings of the Great Teacher, Lord Buddha. At a time when Sri Lanka and Germany mark their 65 years of diplomatic relations, this could be seen as an initiative that further strengthens the religious and cultural relations between the two countries.

For more photos click here Courtesy of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin

Lentil as Anything: How one Sri Lankan man created a community

Imagine a restaurant where individuals of different heritage, age, ethical food preference, religion and income can all enjoy a meal together without having to worry about how they are going to afford it? Too good to be true? It should be, but one man has done absolutely that – Shanaka Fernando, a Sri Lankan that has been living in Melbourne since leaving Sri Lanka many years ago.

With a catchy restaurant title “Lentil As Anything” (a play on words of the famous Aussie band “Mental As Anything”) and four locations across Australia, the premise of the restaurant is “Food Without Borders” – meaning that everyone should have access to a healthy meal, in a safe, warm environment with the added bonus of getting to know others in your community that you may not normally come into contact with.



Over the last 18 years Shanaka has certainly achieved this. Lentil As Anything has provided 41 million meals to people from an ever changing a la carte menu or a lunch buffet with all the food being vegetarian/vegan in keeping with the ethos of taking care of everyone, including animals and the environment.

Lentil As Anything doesn’t market itself as a vegetarian restaurant so as to appeal to a wide array of people who are usually very surprised that they sat down to such a filling, delicious meal that was all veg! There are handy guides located in the restaurants to explain the payment structure with the suggested amount you can contribute and how your money will fund the restaurant. Even if you are unable to contribute financially there are many other ways to pay for your meal such as volunteering. The Daily Mirror spoke to the brains behind the restaurants, Shanaka, about what inspired him to start such a venture.

“I was most provoked by the people of Sri Lanka during my growing up years. An unconditional form of generosity that cut through the class divides stood out against the backdrop of war and social injustice. People smiled, gave warmth and love despite everything indicating a state of impoverishment” he advised. “After three years of living in Australia, I spent six years with tribal societies in the forest experiencing the happiness that a simple life of feeling brings. This is why I came back to Melbourne and started a pay as you feel restaurant,” he said.

Considering that 60% of restaurants in Australia close within the first year, it’s a testament to Shanaka and the team that they’ve created a sustainable business model that’s successful. One of the issues they face is dishonesty among visitors. If restaurant goers follow the price guidelines it should balance out, the person at the table next to you may only be able to contribute $2, but if you can afford $20 then your small gesture of kindness has funded someone less fortunate and that is sure to make you feel good inside (and not just from the yummy food!).

Lentil as Anything also has a strong volunteer component with at least some 1000 volunteers helping out per year. Many people help out in the kitchen to pay for their meal due to limited income. Asylum seekers without English skills are able to get an opportunity for work experience and to learn English and Lentil as Anything has had volunteers from all over the world. Sufferers of mental and physical conditions who may be prevented from working full time are able to work in supportive environment, free from judgement. It’s not just the vulnerable, there are many young people volunteering who just want to get experience in the hospitality industry in an environment that’s positive and friendly. Although each outlet can serve thousands of meals a day, interviews with the staff show they really enjoy their work and the friendships and support systems they form with each other. The restaurants also serve as a space for local artists, musicians, and writers to express themselves through performances and exhibitions.

Courtesy of http://www.dailymirror.lk