Pahana Organization donates a server to Horizon Lanka

Horizon Lanka never had a server computer. It used regular computers as servers. But Pahana Organization donated an HP server to Horizon Lanka on August 23, 2014. Mr. Ranil Dissanayaka and his wife Mrs. Technica Hettiarachchi were instrumental in arranging the donation. They brought the server to Horizon Lanka with some of their friends and relatives when they visited Mahawilachchiya. They also brought the two PCs donated by LOLC and the projector donated by Manahara Mohotti with them.

Mrs. Technica Hettiarachchi donating the HP server to Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka
Mrs. Technica Hettiarachchi donating the HP server to Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka

The group reached Mahawilachchiya by the evening of August 23, 2014. The directors of Horizon Lanka board prepared the dinner for them. Before the dinner Siri Perakum children’s movie was shown to the visitors and the villagers with the help of the multimedia projector.
The following day, Master Anupama Dissanayaka donated his computer keyboard to Horizon Lanka. After the breakfast the group went to Mahawilachchiya reservoir and they were taken on rides with a canoe by an experienced fisherman, Morgan. The group had a good time bathing in the reservoir.

Thereafter the group visited Tantirimale, an ancient temple in Mahawilachchiya DS Division. After that the group left for Colombo by the evening.

Master Anupama Dissanayaka donating the keyboard to Nimanditha Dissanayaka
Master Anupama Dissanayaka donating the keyboard to Nimanditha Dissanayaka
Mahawilachchiya Reservoir
Mahawilachchiya Reservoir
Canoes in the reservoir
Canoes in the reservoir
Rowing in a canoe
Rowing in a canoe
Rowing in a canoe
Rowing in a canoe
Bathing
Bathing
The Buddha statue in Tantirimale
The Buddha statue in Tantirimale
The Buddha statue in Tantirimale
The Buddha statue in Tantirimale

Mr. Manahara Mohotti donates a multimedia projector to Horizon Lanka

Mr. Manahara Mohotti, a young software engineer visited Horizon Lanka, Mahawilachchiya with his friend Mr. Malitta Nanayakkara who brought us 2 PCs and some other equipment on August 2, 2014. Having spent a day at Horizon Lanka with the children, Manahara inquired what else Horizon Lanka needs as a priority. Our answer was a multimedia projector. He promised to donate one for us.

After going to Colombo Manahra bought a multimedia projector for us with his personal money. He sent it to Mahawilachchiya through a friend of Horizon Lanka yesterday. It was a very valuable brand new projector. We watched a Sinhala children’s movie, “Siri Perakum” with the projector yesterday. Both children and adults in the village gathered to watch the movie.
We have decided to show a good movie every Sunday at 7.00 pm at Horizon Lanka. We will welcome children and the villagers to watch the movie free of charge. We will mainly use the projector for English, science and ICT lessons.
We thank Mr. Manahara Mohotti for donating us the projector. This was something we could not buy as Horizon Lanka does not have funds yet. Now we can learn very happily at Horizon Lanka.

We would appreciate if anyone can donate us a multimedia screen too.

Watching Siri Perakum
Watching Siri Perakum
Watching Siri Perakum
Watching Siri Perakum
Watching Siri Perakum
Watching Siri Perakum

Two PCs to Horizon Lanka from Lanka Orix Leasing Company (LOLC)

Mr. Feizal Samath, the Business Editor of Sunday Times, made a request on behalf of Horizon Lanka from his corporate contacts asking to donate computer related equipment to Horizon Lanka. Lanka Orix Leasing Company (LOLC) was on Mr. Samath’s contact list. Having read Mr. Samath’s request, they donated two PCs to Horizon Lanka. The PCs reached us yesterday. Now Horizon Lanka students have two more PCs to learn ICT. We thank LOLC for donating us the two computers and wish them all the best in their business.

Nimanditha practicing an LOLC computer
Nimanditha practicing an LOLC computer
Boys practicing one of the computers donated by LOLC
Boys practicing one of the computers donated by LOLC

Horizon Lanka computer lab needs to be repaired

Horizon Lanka computer lab
Horizon Lanka computer lab

Horizon Lanka computer lab is more than 10 years old. Hence it needs some repairs. We have given the breakdown for the repair expenses below. If any of you can help funding the repair costs fully or partially, please contact us.

INDEX DESCRIPTION NUMBER AMOUNT TOTAL
1 Termite treatment 1        25,000    25,000
2 Piston set for commode 1          1,250      1,250
3 Bathroom mirror 1          1,350      1,350
4 Bathroom door 1          5,500      5,500
5 Angle holders 5             110         550
6 Pendant holders 12             110      1,320
7 Watt 5 bulbs 3               40         120
8 Watt 7 CFL bulbs 10             330      3,300
9 Watt 14 CFL bulbs 5             330      1,650
10 Putty (Skin coat) Kg 60               40      2,400
11 Paint (white) Liters 8             575      4,600
12 Paint (Orange) weather shield liters 4             815      3,260
13 Floor Paint liters 2             830      1,660
14 Filler liters 4             275      1,100
15 Anti-corrosive paint liter 2             600      1,200
16 Enamel liter 8             735      5,880
17 Thinner liter 8             200      1,600
18 Wire roll (1044) 1          1,500      1,500
19 Window hooks 4             225         900
20 Sandpapers 10               20         200
21 Door lock 1          2,300      2,300
22 13 ampere plug base 3             500      1,500
23 Labor cost 1        15,000    15,000
24 Unforeseen expenses 1        15,000    15,000
GRAND TOTAL   98,140

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Heavy rains in Mahawilachchiya

Life sprouting in Mahawilachchiya
Life sprouting in Mahawilachchiya
Ferns regaining life
Ferns regaining life

Heavy rains fell last week ending months-long drought in Mahawilachchiya. Though the drought hit the North Central Province badly, Mahawilachchiya escaped water shortages as there was ample water in the Mahawilachchiya Reservoir. Drinking water too was available as there is pipe borne water in the village built by community water projects. The cultivations also were not affected and the farmers reaped a good vegetable harvest.

Yet everyone was eagerly waiting for rains as they wanted to see greenery back in the village. It rains in the dawn than in the day time so that the farmers can continue harvesting rice cultivations during the day. Farmers mostly use combined harvesters for harvesting than the old way of manual labor now. Rains are welcome in Mahawilachchiya. If the rains fill Mahawilachchiya reservoir like in the last season, the farmers will be able to cultivate both Yala and Maha seasons this time too.

Horizon Lanka needs children’s movies

watching-movies

I copied some educational movies to Horizon Lanka’s two computers’ hard disks. Children watch those movies very eagerly when they get a break after practicing computers. I was surprised when a group of grade 6 students preferred “Earth – Making of a Planet” over Jurassic Park. This encourages me to find more educational movies. I can explain the movies which come with English subtitles to the students. We are to receive a multimedia projector very soon donated by a young software engineer called Manahara Mohotti from Colombo. Then we can watch more movies with a bigger audience to improve both their subject knowledge and English knowledge. We will be glad if you can send us any educational content or children’s movies to Horizon Lanka. They will definitely be put to some good use here. Even in the past, watching English movies helped improve children’s English knowledge a lot. – Nanda Wanninayaka

Horizon Lanka needs a laptop – හොරයිසන් ලංකා ආයතනයට ලැප්ටොප් පරිගණකයක් ඕනෑ කර තිබේ

laptop
Horizon Lanka is in need of a laptop for its lessons. Now that we have been promised a multimedia projector by a donor, we need a laptop to project lessons, movies, songs, etc. to a screen. Since we hope to use the multimedia projector for English, computers and science and the computer room itself is not spacious enough for three subjects, we need to use the laptop outside the computer lab. It is difficult to take the PCs outside and a laptop would be ideal for it. In addition to this, we can take the laptop, if we have one, on field trips, etc. to download the pictures from the digital camera.

We welcome even a used laptop. Contact Mr. Wanni on 077-7702678 or 071-9184005 or email at wanni@horizonlanka.org or nanda.wanninayaka@gmail.com

පාඩම් සඳහා පාවිච්චි කිරීමට හොරයිසන් ලංකා ආයතනයට ලැප්ටොප් පරිගණකයක් ඕනෑ කරලා තියෙනවා. අපිට දැනටමත් මල්ටිමීඩියා ප්‍රොජෙක්ටරයක් ලබා දෙන්න අයෙක් පොරොන්දු වෙලා තියෙනවා. ලැප්ටොප් පරිගණකයක් තිබුණොත් පහසුවෙන්ම පාඩම්, චිත්‍රපට, ගීත ආදිය මල්ටිමීඩියා තීරයකට ප්‍රක්ෂේපණය කරන්න පුළුවන්. දැනට තියෙන පරිගණක කාමරයේ ඉගැන්විය හැක්කේ පරිගණක විෂය පමණයි. එහෙත් අපිට ඉංග්‍රිසි සහ විද්‍යාව ඉගැන්වීමට ලැප්ටොප් පරිගණකයක් තිබුණොත් පහසුවෙන්ම පරිගණක කාමරයෙන් එළියේ මඩුවක සිට අනෙක් විෂයයන්ට මල්ටිමීඩියා ප්‍රොජෙක්ටරය පාවිච්චි කරන්න පුළුවන්.

අපි පාවිච්චි කළ ලැප්ටොප් පරිගණකයක් වුණත් සාදරයෙන් පිලිගන්නවා. පරිත්‍යාග කළ හැකි අයෙක් වෙතොත් 077-7702678 හෝ 071-9184005 ඔස්සේ වන්නිනායක මහතා අමතන්න. නැත්නම් wanni@horizonlanka.org හෝ nanda.wanninayaka@gmail.com ඔස්සේ ඊමේල් පණිවිඩයක් එවන්න.

Computer and photography training start at Horizon Lanka

From yesterday, the Horizon Lanka students started practicing the two PCs and the camera donated by Malitta Nanayakkara of Rajagiriya, Colombo. They were all excited to use the PCs which started with Typing Tutor software to improve the typing speed. Then they started learning how to use the digital camera. From tomorrow onwards all the children in the village will have free access to the computer lab till the end of their school vacation. Horizon Lanka has only two PCs by now and we expect you will help us by donating more PCs and the related peripherals.

Practicing the computers
Practicing the computers
Sumudu Dilshan learning how to use the digital camera
Sumudu Dilshan learning how to use the digital camera
Nimanditha of Grade 6 taking pictures with a digital camera for the first time
Nimanditha Thathsarani of Grade 6 taking pictures with a digital camera for the first time
A photo taken by Sampath Pethumsiri
A photo taken by Sampath Pethumsiri
A photo taken by Sumudu Dilshan
A photo taken by Sumudu Dilshan
A photo taken by Pramod Deshan
A photo taken by Pramod Deshan

Malitta Nanayakkara donates computer equipment to Horizon Lanka

Malitta setting up the PCs at Horizon Lanka
Malitta setting up the PCs at Horizon Lanka

Malitta Nanayakkara is a young software engineer from Rajagiriya, Colombo. Having been inspired by a tweet about resumption of Horizon Lanka academic activities last July 23 by veteran science writer Nalaka Gunawardene, Malitta contacted Nanda Wanninayaka, the Founder of Horizon Lanka and promised to donate two computers and other necessary equipment.

Nalaka Gunawardene's tweet about Horizon Lanka
Nalaka Gunawardene’s tweet about Horizon Lanka

Malitta visited Mahawilachchiya today with his friend Manahara Mohotti, another young software engineer from Colombo. Malitta donated two PCs, a digital camera, a sub-woofer, a pen drive, networking equipment and some software to Horizon Lanka Foundation. This is the first ever donation after the resumption of the institute. Horizon Lanka will start teaching ICT as soon as necessary software are installed with the donated equipment. We thank Malitta for visiting and donating most needed equipment to Horizon Lanka.

We request you to chip in helping Horizon Lanka to have a fully pledged ICT institute once again with your generous support. We still need more PCs, a laptop, computer chairs and a professional digital video camera.

Malitta with Horizon Lanka staff and students
Malitta with Horizon Lanka staff and students
Malitta with students
Malitta with students
Manahara with the staff and students of Horizon Lanka
Manahara with the staff and students of Horizon Lanka