11. Alisha Bhagat – The United States

Alisha Bhagat

Alisha Bhagat

Alisha came to Horizon Lanka Foundation mainly to do a survey on HLF in the fulfillment of a project of the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka. She was an excellent researcher and was able to befriend almost everybody that she met on her visit to HLF. She was a good fiend to our students as well as to the staff. Her academic background was marvelous and the discussions she held with the staff and students were well-planned and very educative. Her manners were as charming as her figure and her neat work was able to grasp the attention of every body around. She was an extremely intelligent girl with a good sense of humour as well. Above of all, her sociability was significant through out her stay during which she took part in games and other community work with students. I wish her best of luck!” -Ranjith Pushpakumara, Head Master, Horizon Lanka Academy

Alisha Bhagat volunteered in Horizon Lanka in January, 2007.

Radhika’s Report About Alisha

On 2nd of January, 2007 I went to Anuradhapura Railway Station to collect a girl called Alisha. When I went to the railway station saw a girl in a Punjabi dress. Then we introduced each other and came to Horizon Lanka first. Later, I came to my place with Alisha for lunch and she stayed 4 nights in my house.

Alisha was born in India and came to work with the ICTA. She visited Horizon Lanka to do a research. After having lunch, we talked a lot and went for a wash in the little canal near my house. We came back and did some work with the laptops. She liked braiding. I was so wondering what she was doing. After she finished that we had dinner and then she spent some time with the laptop and I studied my lessons before we went to bed.

The second day, 3rd of January was a Poya day and there was no school. My friends came to my place and all of us went to Horizon by bicycles after having breakfast. Alisha did some reporting work and talked with the Manager of Horizon Lanka. After having lunch we came back home. Then we went for a wash to the canal and came home looking for a hot tea. We got ready to go to the temple at about 6.00 pm. We walked to the temple and we worshipped. We met my friends and we described the stories about the Lord Buddha to Alisha. We came home watching the bright full moon. Then we sat together to have dinner and we watched TV while we were eating. She was busy with some work and I studied. Having finished our work, we two went to bed.

The morning of the third day was so good. But I had to go school. My father and Alisha went to Horizon. After I came home, Alisha also came. One of my friends, Chamila, came and talked with her and we took some pictures together with Alisha’s camera. She had designed a survey questionnaire for the Horizon students. She showed it to me. There were some questions for students. Alisha asked me to answer the questions first to check whether the questions were too difficult. I decided to do it with Iresha. We walked to Iresha’s house and answered the survey questions. Then she decided to give them to students. When we came back some of my relations had come. Alisha talked with them. She showed me and my relations some pictures of her. We had dinner, did some work and slept.

The next day I had to go school and Alisha went to Horizon. After we two came home she said that she met Mr. Ranjith, the Headmaster of Horizon Lanka Academy and talked with him. We went for a wash as usual. We came back and Alisha packed her bags as she was scheduled to leave the next day. I was so sad about her leaving. We watched TV, had dinner, did some work with the laptops and slept.

We woke up early in the morning and got ready to go to Horizon. That was a Saturday. Alisha, my parents and I took some snaps together and she said goodbye to my parents. We went by bus to Horizon. After the morning assembly Alisha, my friends and I conducted the survey. After the students finished it Alisha taught us how to play Chess. We had lunch and it was the time for us to say goodbye to Alisha. Alisha said goodbye to all at Horizons and my father and I went with her to the railway station. We met Chamila and Anusha (Horizon seniors) on the way. We all went to the railway station. We all sat there waiting for the train. We talked about the train service in India and Sri Lanka. As the train came and we all felt sad about her leaving. She gave me a hug and said goodbye to me. We were waving to her till the train disappeared. I came home with the nice memories of the time I spent with her and a sad feeling about her leaving.

Alisha is a good young woman. She looks very familiar and friendly. I learnt a lot from her. I wish to see her again and work with her again.

Radhika Nilupulee Rajapaksha

Explorers Foundation Awards 2004-2006 – Explorers Foundation – 2007

Explorers Foundation awards are intended to recognize and advance the work of individuals who through their vision and action contribute to a world fit for explorers. These awards have ranged from $5,000 to $500 U.S. dollars. During 2007 we expect to make another twenty awards. Eventually, we expect the evolving pattern of awards to reveal the importance of this question: How can we build and sustain a world fit for explorers and fit ourselves to inhabit such a world? Through our investments we expect to learn to answer this question with ever better vision, logic, and wisdom. If you share our belief that the character of the curious adventurer whose quests are governed by strong integrity is the heart of all possible civilizations, then please contact us about becoming a fellow investor. —Leif Smith, President, Explorers Foundation

Nanda Wanninayaka “Wanni”, Sri Lanka, Horizon Lanka

Wanni decided that the children of his rural village needed good education. He began with a few students, using a single bench as a classroom. After a few years the school had come to the point where it could make good use of full-time high-speed connection to the internet. The village is far from such a connection. A radio tower needed to be built. We helped fund it. The tower has been providing good service for a few years now.

Horizon Lanka Foundation – website
Horizon Lanka Academy – website
The High-Speed Internet Connection Tower – photo

Henry Okiria, Soroti, Uganda, Learning Empowers Uganda

Henry Okiria and Steve Elliott (board member) developed a plan to offer twenty farmers near Soroti a class on how to become bee keepers and to help them get started. We funded the class, the construction of hives, and the purchase of some initial supplies. Steve designed, printed and shipped labels for the honey jars. The bees worked pro-bono, happy to have new hives.
Graduates of the Bee-Keeping Class – photo
Teso’s All Natural Honey – Jar Labels – illustration
James C. Bennett, The Anglosphere Institute, Lyons, Colorado

Jim wrote a book, The Anglosphere Challenge, 2004, about the evolution and maintenance of boundaries among individuals and groups. Shortly after the publication of the book, a weblog, “Albion’s Seedlings”, was begun by Jim’s Anglosphere Institute. Our award recognizes the quality of this weblog.
“An Anglosphere Primer – Explorers Foundation glyph
“An Anglosphere Primer” – pdf file
Albion’s Seedlings – weblog
Bibliography accompanying The Anglosphere Challenge – pdf file
Mark Frazier, Openworld, Inc., Washington, D.C.

For many years Mark Frazier has pioneered the concept of free zones and has been involved in their development all over the world. Inspired by the work of Hernando de Soto, author of The Mystery of Capital, Mark devised a GPS & video camera enabled land registration system that could develop from the grass roots upward until inert capital latent in untitled property in land and structures could be brought to life as working assets.
Openworld, Inc. – website
Suggested Reading – webpage
Jeff Rubin & Joni Sievert, Alliance for Holistic Aging, Denver, Colorado

We are interested in inter-generational exchange of ideas and visions of use to explorers in many fields. Jeff & Joni are building an organization that can make a contribution.
Alliance for Holistic Aging – website
Yasuhiko Genku Kimura, Vision in Action, San Pedro, California

Yasuhiko Genku Kimura presented a lecture in Denver, November 8, 2006, “Authenic Thinking: The Basis for a Life of Passion”. This theme, in many forms and ways of speaking, goes to the heart of the emergence of freeorder, and will be the reason for many of our future investments. Yasuhiko generously spent a few days with us, during which time his presence provoked fascinating discussions.

Description of the Lecture – webpage
Vision in Action – website
Articles by Yasuhiko Genku Kimura – webpage