COMPUTER ROOM DREAM COMING TRUE
By Nanda Wanninayaka, Mahawilachchiya, Sri Lanka – May 28, 2002
May 28, Mahawilachchiya, Anuradhapura: When we put the story about our ‘Dream Computer Room’ on our website, we never imagined that the dream would come true as early as this. The story was uploaded to the Net in February this year and there wasn’t much response except for some encouraging emails from well-wishers. But things changed dramatically when a feature about our site appeared on the LankaPage news site. The hits to the website went up sky high with more than 100,000 hits only in April.
After the feature appeared, Kumara Badhuge from Qatar contributed US$ 1500/= and promised he would contribute more if necessary. The building work resumed with that money and now it has gone up to the roof level.
Prabhath Dasanayaka, a construction engineer in the USA, contributed Rs. 10,000 when he visited the village and met the kids and the parents two weeks ago. He was greatly impressed and promised he would convince the Sri Lankan expatriate community in the USA and Canada once he goes back.
Harsha Perera of Oracle sent A$ 100/=. Initially Thushara Wijerathna from Microsoft, USA, had contributed Rs. 15,000/=. A Lion’s Club in Colombo had given Rs. 25,000 and Mr. and Mrs. Gaminitilake had contributed Rs. 20,000/= before the story went to the Net. Thus we have so far received around Rs. 225,000/= for the construction work.
According to the estimates, we may still need another Rs. 250,000/= to 300,000/= to finish the computer room. Original estimates had to be changed as the building material prices were changed drastically since 75 houses are being built in the village under a government project. This resulted in a price hike in materials like sand, metal and bricks and in the mason’s fees.
The budget of the room will be put online as soon as we finish the Horizon Annual Concert. All in the Horizon are very busy with organizing the Horizon kids’ annual concert these days. Building work also is going simultaneously.
Chula Bandara of the USA sent Rs. 10,000/= to Isuru, a promising student of the Horizon, after seeing a story about him on our website.
Ashraf Ahamat of Wattala, Sri Lanka, donated his laptop computer to the Horizon. Nuwan Samaranayake of the USA also sent a new multimedia computer with a UPS and some software to the Horizon kids. Even a floppy diskette is a luxury for these kids who cannot afford to buy them.
The kids are thrilled with the recent developments and working harder than ever as they see a glimpse of light about their future now. I thank all of you on behalf of the kids for contributing to Horizon.