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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.