British volunteer Kath McGuire visits Horizon Lanka

Mrs Lisba Yesudas,  Dr Johnson Jament and Kath McGuire
Mrs Lisba Yesudas, Dr Johnson Jament and Kath McGuire

British volunteer teacher Kath McGuire visited Horizon Lanka Foundation on the request of its founder, Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka on September 18, 2014. She came along with two of her colleagues, Dr. Johnson Jament and his wife Mrs. Lisba Yesudas from Poonthura, Trivandrum district, Kerala, India. Dr. Jament is the founder of VESS (Venad Education and Social Services), an organization committed to education and social services.

The visitors first visited Siddhartha Public School with Mahesh Dharmasena, a teacher of the school. They spent few hours with the students there.

After that they were taken to Horizon Lanka. After the lunch, the visitors spent time with the students at Horizon Lanka. Students were very happy to talk to the visitors.

Kath promised to send new British volunteers to Horizon Lanka in the future. She also will volunteer here in the future. This will benefit Horizon Lanka students immensely. Even in the past, foreign volunteers have contributed a lot to Horizon Lanka.

Kath has volunteered in Sri Lanka several times in the past.

Visitors with the Horizon Lanka students
Visitors with the Horizon Lanka students
Visitors with the Horizon Lanka students
Visitors with the Horizon Lanka students
Visitors with the Horizon Lanka students
Visitors with the Horizon Lanka students

A new hut for Horizon Lanka – Update 1

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The number of students at Horizon Lanka is on the increase. The computer lab is not spacious enough to accommodate all the classes in it now. Having heard about this, the village youth promised us to build a hut for us. Yesterday they started it with cutting trees to be used as poles. Next they will set them up behind Horizon Lank building to build a new hut. Once the hut is complete, science and mathematics classes can be shifted from the computer room to the new hut.

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Dhananjaya Wijewickrama of Horizon Lanka selected to university

Dhananjaya Wijewickrama
Dhananjaya Wijewickrama

Dhananjaya Wijewickrama (23) is a past Horizon Lanka student who sat for the university entrance exam (Advanced Level) as his second shy last year from the science stream. He sat for the exam as a student of Siddhartha College, Mahawilachchiya. He was successful this year and has been able to enter University of Uva – Wellassa, Badulla. He has selected Export Agriculture as his main subject area in the university.

Dhananjaya entered Horizon Lanka at Grade 8 and obtained an A pass for his English at Ordinary Level and mastered computers as well. He was a bright student at Horizon Lanka and took part in extracurricular activities also.

Laksaviya Foundation (LSF), Australia was introduced to Dhananjaya through Horizon Lanka. LSF has been helping him financially though an ongoing scholarship to support his academic expenses. It was a godsend to Dhananjaya as his father is a retired Grama Sewaka (village headman) and he has to sustain the expenses of the family of four with his meager pension.

Horizon Lanka wishes Dhananjaya a bright future with his academic career.

Mahawilachchiya – Kondachchiya road being repaired

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Mahawilachchiya – Kondachchiya road (From Google Earth)

The road from Mahawilachchiya to Silawathura in Kondachchi road was in a dilapidated state throughout the civil war in the country. But the road usage increased remarkably after the dawn of the peace. Now more people use this road. Especially, the Civil Security Force use this road as they daily travel to the government cashew farms in Kondachchi. The villagers requested the provincial government to repair the road. Under a directive of Mr. S. M. Ranjith, the Chief Minister of the North Central Province, the road repaired started yesterday. The villagers also helped repair the road. Since the road runs through Wilpattu National Park, the road cannot be carpeted and has to be maintained only as a gravel road.

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Life flourishes in Mahawilachchiya after the rains

After the heavy rains that broke in Mahawilachchiya a few weeks back, the environment has become lively and pleasant. Everywhere is green and tropical plants are bearing flowers. Rain stopped for few days after the first heavy rains. It was a blessing for the farmers as they were able to harvest the rice cultivation on time. They receive good price for rice in the market too.

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Computer tables from SriLankan Cares

SriLankan Cares is the SriLankan Airline’s CSR Arm. Having learnt about Horizon Lanka’s struggle to acquire the basic ICT infrastructure to resume its ICT education, SriLankan Cares contacted Horizon Lanka and promised they would donate 8 used computer tables. We were very happy to receive them today morning. Now we have proper furniture to keep our 4 PCs and the server. We thank SriLankan Cares a lot for this generous donation.

Pahana Organization donated the money needed for the transportation of furniture from Katunayaka to Mahawilachchiya.

Horizon Lanka students of Grade 7 arranged the computer room with the furniture from SriLankan Cares and set up the computers as well very enthusiastically.

Computer tables that came from SriLankan Cares
Computer tables that came from SriLankan Cares
Boys arranging the computer tables
Boys arranging the computer tables
Boys after setting up a PC
Boys after setting up a PC
Boys after setting up a PC
Boys after setting up a PC
Horizon Lanka children at the computer lab
Horizon Lanka children at the computer lab