SLBFE officials , Gamini Senarath Yapa and Rasika Jayasinghe present the hearing aid to the undergraduate, left, whose father is working in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH- Riyadh Daily
The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) has donated a pair of hearing aid to a university student whose father is working as a domestic driver in the Kingdom

In new move to help the families of the Sri Lankan expatriate workers back home , the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE)  has donated a pair of hearing aid  to a university student whose father is working as a domestic driver in the Kingdom.
According to an official from the SLBFE, the donation was made in response to a request made by the undergraduate’s father who could not afford the hearing equipment.  
Abdul Raheem Mohamed Hussain, has been working in the Kingdom as a domestic aid for the past few years. He made an appeal to the SLBFE to consider giving a hearing aid to his youngest son who has been admitted to the university in Sri Lanka.
In his appeal , Hussain said that he could not afford to buy an hearing aid to his son because of financial constraints. He pointed out that his son found  it difficult to continue his higher studies because of the physical deformity.
Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment Bureau, which functions under the Ministry of Foreign Employment in Colombo, is a statutory body, which looks after the overseas workers of the island.
It is a statutory requirement that Sri Lankan workers who are working abroad should be registered with the SLBFE to keep track of the country’s overseas population.
Registration is done on a payment of a nominal fee to the SLBFE and the registrants are covered by an insurance policy and their interests are looked after by the Bureau.
Sri Lankan Ambassador Azmi Thassim told Riyadh Daily that this one of the welfare services rendered by the SLBFE to help their families back home. He recalled that educational scholarships are given to some outstanding students of the expatriate workers and even school books are also given to students, whose parents are working as domestic workers in foreign lands.
In case of deaths , the SLBFE repatriate the bodies home at its own expenses in the absence of a response from the sponsor.


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