This was founded in the year 1991 as an ‘All Religious Friendship Foundation’ without any publicity served the public with many highly appreciable projects. The Foundation officials were engaged in these projects visited 12 Districts for welfare services. The projects carried out in these Districts were distribution of Spectacles, presenting Wheel chairs and Crutches to persons with physical disabilities. In addition necessary equipment’s needed for supply projects too were distributed among for people in rural areas.
Witnessing these meritorious services many rallied around our Organization. When these actions were given publicity through media local and foreign Philanthropists too joined hands with our Foundation. With the time passing our Organization got the opportunity of laying the foundation to work with foreign Organizations. This situation prompted us to rename the Organization as International Social Services Organization. Though the name changed Foundation continued to carry out the projects in the same manner. Soon after the name change the management took steps to register the Organization as a Charitable Organization by publishing it through a Gazette notification according to the laws of the country. There onwards too our Organization continued to be engaged in International inter Religious activities.
Soon afterwards our very first action was to stage a protest march against the destroying one of the world heritages the Bahmian Buddha Statue by the Afghanistan’s Talaiban Terrorist Organization. This protest was attended by all religious dignitaries, which was held on 25th of March 2001. After the protest a rally too was held at the Vihara Maha Devi Park to educate the public of the importance of safe Guarding Places of Historical values.
During the same period ISSO got involved in finding a solution to settle the Sinhala-Muslim clashes that took place in Mawanella.
The uprising that was to occur after the killing of few Muslims in clashes between Sinhala-Muslim in Wattegama at Kandy was averted with the intervention of our Organization. This action received many accolades from all quarters
When a decision was taken to cut down the highly respected ‘Bo Tree’ at Punchi Borella Junction a protest was organized by ISSO which brought good results.
A project to the value Rs. 2.5 million (US $ 23,149) was carried out successfully in Yakkalamulla, Galle District to drinking water supply project for under privileged people.
A water pump costing Rs. 3,65,000 (US $ 3,380) was donated to benefit 1800 people from the area of Beliatte on 19th January 2007.
ISSO played vital role when the Ministry of Social Services organized the historic programme named as ‘Visiting Relatives’ which was to Vakarai. This was organized to mark the capturing of the Vakarai an area in the Eastern Province which was under the command of from LTTE. This progamme was given wide publicity through Print and Electronic Media. Our Organization conducted many projects specially to rehabilitate the people of these areas. These rehabilitation projects included rebuilding of damaged houses, School Buildings and donating necessary equipment and other needs to school children inclusive clothing for them. In addition the people engaged in the Fishing industry were supplied with nets and other equipment needed to engage in their fishing activities. For these projects the Organization spent a colossal sum of Rs.25million (US $ 2,336,645). The ISSO paying tribute to Servicemen decided to donate many things to servicemen for their benefit. These projects helped 21,827 displaced persons who were housed at Vakarai Central College to get back to former places and live a normal life. This is something our ISSO can really be happy about.
Soon after the most disastrous ‘Tsunami’ that caused grave damage especially in the Southern part of Sri Lanka on 26th December 2004 ISSO took steps to distribute dry rations to 1800 effected families in the Galle district to the value of Rs.1.8million (US $ 16,982).
Appreciating young heroes
Eleven year old student from Pitabeddara, Matara who saved his mother from drowning when she fell in to a 40 feet well was honored for his bravery by ISSO. This youngster who saw mother fall in to the well has jumped in to the well fearlessly forgetting the danger to his life and has successful in bringing back his mother to safety. His heroic act highly appreciated and the ISSO in 03rd May 2007 a felicitated him at Issipatana Vidyalaya at a grand ceremony. It was the first time a young hero was honor for a great achievement which was followed by many other Organizations thereafter.
With actions of this nature ISSO was highly commended by the Society. This commendation gave the opportunity for our Organization to form three new sectors for our projects as follows;
Education and Cultural Projects
Social and Financial projects