1. Marissa Charles – The United Kingdom

1. Marissa Charles – The United Kingdom

Marissa Charles (1)

Marissa is the girl who turned the first page of the new chapter, volunteering, at Horizon Lanka. Fortune is the first word that should be attributed to the name of this girl. It is most applicable to mention that luck visited Horizon Lanka along with Marissa. That is how an ordinary layman could comment on Marissa. But this is not at all enough to sum up Marissa’s stature. Her organizational capabilities were much mature to her age. When she first visited HLF along with the onset of Tsunami most of Horizon Lanka work was in disarray. During her stay it is correct to say that she actually had no free time at all. She voluntarily looked for what could be done to rectify the mechanism at Horizon Lanka did what was necessary with more devotion than that could be found in a permanent local employee at Horizon Lanka.

Despite all this she had the courage to call a spade a spade. Her arguments were remarkably factual and humanness was always oozing from them. Her sense of humor was marvelous. She had a marvelous talent for teaching and she could befriend any incorrigible pupil much better than a local teacher. Fatigue by work was never a complaint in her character.” – Ranjith Pushpakumara, Former Headmaster, Horizon Lanka Academy

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Marissa Charles teaching dancing to the junior students
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Marissa Charles in Mahawilachchiya village
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Marissa Charles with Horizon Lanka girls in Mahawilachchiya
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Marissa Charles took Horizon Lanka students and the staff to Nuwara Eliya on her own expenses.
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Marissa and the girls in Nuwara Eliya
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Marissa Charles bathing in a waterfall in Nuwara Eliya
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Marissa Charles with the girls in the rest house in Nuwara Eliya
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Marissa Charles at the farewell party
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Marissa Charles at the farewell party in Mahawilachchiya
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Marissa Charles at the farewell ceremony
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Marissa Charles at just before the Sri Lankan folk dance she performed with the Horizon Lanka girls
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Marissa Charles practicing the Horizon Lanka anthem she penned – in UK
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Marissa Charles practicing the Horizon Lanka anthem she penned – in UK
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Marissa Charles recording the Horizon Lanka Anthem she penned – in UK