My Trip to New Delhi, India to do a Presentation on Sanitation

Sanduni Kaushika Jayathilaka

Sanduni Kaushika Jayathilaka

Mr. Prakash Nayak from Odisha, India is a good friend of the Founder of the Horizon Lanka Foundation, Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka. The former introduced Mr. Wanninayaka to Rupak Roy Choudhury, National Coordinator, Sulabh WASH in Schools Program of Sulabh International. Sulabh International invited one of the Horizon Lanka students, Miss Shanika Ishanthi Sudarshanage with a lady teacher of Horizon Lanka, Mrs. Ramanee Wanninayaka to participate in International Toilet Festival in November, 2014 in New Delhi, India.

Sulabh International extended an invitation to Horizon Lanka Foundation once again in September, 2016. This time I was the lucky girl to participate in the Sanitation and Hygiene Conclave  in New Delhi, India. I was selected to go to New Delhi, India after a rigid interview process held by Horizon Lanka staff. I was very happy about this as I had never been overseas in my life. I was to make a presentation at the Sulabh Foundation on hygiene. I prepared myself for my presentation at Horizon Lanka. We had a lot of cleaning activities and photo sessions for the presentation. Miss Bára Molnárová, our volunteer teacher from the Czech Republic trained me a lot. My friends also helped me to take photos and prepare for the presentation.

Miss Anupama, a Horizon Lanka teacher was my chaperon. My fellow student, Surendra also was with me as he was invited to visit New Delhi by one of our former volunteers, Meer Ali from India. On September 16, 2016 we left Katunayaka airport to Chennai at 1.45 a.m. then to New Delhi. Around 12.30 noon we arrived at New Delhi. Sulabh School organizers came to the airport to welcome us.

We were very comfortable at Galaxy hotel in New Delhi. It was my first overseas travel and stay aboard. First day, we slept in our hotel room more than 10 hours.

We started our work with an event of Sri Narendra Modi’s birthday party. It was a fun.

18.09.2016 there was small work shop at Galaxy auditorium. It was a group event. I was with Indians and Sri Lankans sharing experience. I did a presentation for them about our progress in water, sanitation and hygiene in Sri Lanka.

We went to see the Taj Mahal, in Agra on September 19, 2016. We left the hotel at 9.00 a.m. Taj Mahal was very beautifully built. It is a monument of love. Emperor Shah Jahan built it in the memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal. When we came back to hotel it was 12.30 p.m. It was my dream to visit the Taj Mahal. I am happy that I realized that dream thanks to Horizon Lanka and Sulabh School.

We went to the Sulabh School on September 20, 2016. We visited the different sections of the school. We again went to Sulabh on September 21, 2016. That was the day of the final presentation of the Sanitation and Hygiene Conclave. The event was attended by students from SAARC countries. I was the student selected from Sri Lanka. Nepali, Bhutan, Bangladeshi, Indian and Afghanistan girls were also made presentations on sanitation and hygiene. A Bhutan girl made a good presentation. I also did my best. Six girls were selected to go to the next level presentation in South Africa.

We received few gifts and we also shared gifts with others. We received souvenirs and financial gifts.

We all sang our national anthems. We sang Sri Lankan national anthem.

I thank Mr. Rupak Roy and Sulabh Foundation for this wonderful opportunity given to me and Horizon Lanka. Hope another girl from Horizon Lanka will be invited for the next event.

Next day we left the hotel and joined with our Indian friend, Meer Ali who volunteered at Horizon Lanka in August. Surendra also was with him.

Meer invited us for lunch and went to see Lotus Temple and India Gate. That was very beautiful. That day we stayed with Meer in a hotel. Four of us were there. We had good dinner.

Next day we went to Sarojini Nagar. We bought sarees and other gifts for our friends in Sri Lanka.

We came to New Delhi airport by 4.45 p.m. the same day. We boarded in to the flight at 6.00 p.m.  We came back to Colombo Airport by 1.45 a.m. My parents were there to receive me. I earned a lot of experiences in the trip. I want to start my own sanitation club at Horizon Lanka.  Horizon Lanka embarked on a project to Make Mahawilachchiya the Cleanest Village of Sri Lanka. We started it today (December 30, 2016) with starting cleaning the Sadasarna Reservoir in our village.

Sanduni Kaushika Jayathilaka sanduni@horizonlanka.org Grade 8, Horizon Lanka Academy

On the eve of leaving for India, at Galee Face Green, Colombo
On the eve of leaving for India, at Galle Face Green, Colombo
With our parents at Galle Face Green, Colombo
With our parents at Galle Face Green, Colombo
At Colombo Airport, Katunayake
At Colombo Airport, Katunayake
Our aeroplne
Our aeroplne
From the window seat
From the window seat
Doing the presentation at Sulabh Foundation
Doing the presentation at Sulabh Foundation
With Miss Anupama in New Delhi
With Miss Anupama in New Delhi
Birthday celebrations at Sulabh School for Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Birthday celebrations at Sulabh School for Prime Minister Narendra Modi
With the rst of the delegations at Sulabh School
With the rst of the delegations at Sulabh School
With my best friends
With my best friends
At Sulabh School
At Sulabh School
At Sulabh School
At Sulabh School
At Sulabh School
At Sulabh School
With my friends
With my friends
The comfortable hotel room we were given
The comfortable hotel room we were given
Students of Sulabh Public School
Students of Sulabh Public School
The Sulabh Public School
The Sulabh Public School
The Sulabh Public School
The Sulabh Public School
At one of the gates to Taj Mahal
At one of the gates to Taj Mahal
At one of the gates to Taj Mahal
At one of the gates to Taj Mahal
At one of the gates to Taj Mahal
At one of the gates to Taj Mahal
One of the gates to Taj Mahal
One of the gates to Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
With the delegation at Taj Mahal
With the delegation at Taj Mahal
in New Delhi
in New Delhi
A horse carriage in New Delhi
A horse carriage in New Delhi
Autowalahs in New Delhi
Autowalahs in New Delhi
New Delhi
New Delhi
New Delhi
New Delhi
On the way back
On the way back

Road Repair in Mahawilachchiya Begins

Divisional Secretary of Mahawilachchiya Mr. E. R. Thilakarathna

Ceremonial StartMahawilachchiya farming settlement was established in the year 1957. After the government built the roads and colony houses in the village there was not any permanent rehabilitation of the roads inside the village. Previous government repaired the road from Anuradhapura to Mahawilachchiya but the roads within the village remained uncared for. During the dry season roads become very dusty. Our clothes get dirty. During the rainy season the roads become muddy. Near the bridge of the Lunu Ela River we can’t travel as it floods every year.

Today the new government ceremonially started the road renovation from Tract Four Junction in Mahawilachchiya to Helambewa Junction. It will be carpeted according to the politicians and the officials. The Minister of Highways & Higher Education Honorable Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Rural Economic Affairs Honorable P. Harrison and the Divisional Secretary of Mahawilachchiya Mr. E. R. Thilakarathna graced the occasion. The two ministers promised that all the other byroads in Mahawilachchiya also will be renovated during this Road Construction Week. But I believe that the other roads will be given just a touch up, not a fully repair.

Tharani Madhara Rathnayaka – Grade 8 – Horizon Lanka Academy tharani@horizonlanka.org

The Minister of Highways & Higher Education Honorable Lakshman Kiriella
Minister of Highways & Higher Education Honorable Lakshman Kiriella
Minister of Rural Economic Affairs Honorable P. Harrison
Minister of Rural Economic Affairs Honorable P. Harrison
Divisional Secretary of Mahawilachchiya Mr. E. R. Thilakarathna
Divisional Secretary of Mahawilachchiya Mr. E. R. Thilakarathna
a section of people attended the event
a section of people attended the event
a section of people attended the event
a section of people attended the event
a section of people attended the event
a section of people attended the event

HNB ATM in Mahawilachchiya

HNB ATM in Mahawilachchiya

HNB ATM in Mahawilachchiya

There are three government banks in Mahawilachchiya. They are Bank of Ceylon, People’s Bank and Rural Bank. But it was privately owned Hatton National Bank (HNB) that installed the first ATM in our village. We can withdraw money from any bank from this ATM.

We were happy to get the HNB ATM machine in Pemaduwa, Mahawilachchiya. It is located five kilometers away from my home. Now it is easy for us to do our banking 24 hours a day and 365 days of the year. It is very much use for our parents to withdraw their money.  If this is not available, we have to go to Anuradhapura city. It is 45 kilometers away from our village. We are glad for your banking service.  Thank you Hatton National Bank.

Pasindu Dhananjaya Wanninayaka – Grade 7 – Horizon Lanka Academy pasindu@horizonlanka.org

HNB ATM in Mahawilachchiya
HNB ATM in Mahawilachchiya

Horizon Lanka Needs a Color Laser Printer

Horizon Lanka Junior Students

 

Horizon Lanka Junior StudentsA good number of new students join Horizon Lanka these days. This was mostly as a result of the good work done by our local and foreign volunteers and the hard work of the Horizon Lanka staff members. Without doing any publicity campaigns, we get a couple of new students every week. Most of the new students are junior students from Grade 1 to 5. We use the multimedia projector and the computers for them to have a colorful experience in their ICT and English lessons. We need to give them prints of their lessons in color copies. At the moment we have only a black and white printer. A color laser printer costs an amount we cannot afford right now. Hope any of you can donate the money to buy a color printer for Horizon Lanka. These are the prices of two laser color printers available in Anuradhapura.

  1. HP LaserJet Pro CP1025 Color Printer – 33,500 LKR (230 USD)
  2. Samsung C43 Color Printer – 29,000 LKR (200 USD)
  3. Color toner 7,500 LKR – (50 USD)
  4. Interbank charges for online donation for Generosity.com transfer – 25 USD

So, the average price of a color printer and a color toner will be around 250 – 300 USD. Please donate the money through this secure link using your credit card or use the following banking information. For more information contact info@horizonlanka.org.

Account Name: Horizon Lanka Foundation

Account: 76639179

SWIFT BCEYLKLX

Branch code 152

Bank code 7010

Bank Address: Bank of Ceylon, Pemaduwa, Sri Lanka

LaserJet Pro CP1025 Color Printer
LaserJet Pro CP1025 Color Printer

Sri Lankan Public School Girls’ Uniforms

Sri Lankan Public School Girls’ Uniforms

Sri Lankan Public School Girls’ UniformsWe in Sri Lanka have a beautiful school uniform for girls. It has two parts sewn together. The top part is like a shirt. The bottom part is like a skirt. It is pure white in color. So, we have to wear all undies also white. We have been assigned to wear white uniforms because we are living in a tropical island. Tropical countries are hotter.

We also wear a necktie with our uniform. The color of the necktie differs from school to school. We in Thakshila Public School wear red neckties. When we wear the school uniform we arrange our hair in two plaits.  That hair style is amazing.

We clean our uniforms every day. Because it becomes dirty due to the dust in our part of the country. I can do the washing, drying and pressing by myself. The bottom part has a lot of creases.

We get money from the government to buy one set of uniforms. But we have to buy another one or two. It is good to have an equal uniform for all of us schooling in Sri Lanka. But the private schools have different uniforms. We have seen schools in some countries have no uniforms and the girls wear what they are comfortable in.

Tharani Madhara Rathnayaka – Grade 8 Horizon Lanka Academy – tharani@horizonlanka.org

Sri Lankan Public School Girls’ Uniforms
Sri Lankan Public School Girls’ Uniforms
Sri Lankan Public School Girls’ Uniforms
Sri Lankan Public School Girls’ Uniforms
Sri Lankan Public School Girls’ Uniforms
Sri Lankan Public School Girls’ Uniforms

Dancing at Horizon Lanka – Dancing in Our Way

Dancing girls

Dancing girlsSince the beginning of the Horizon Lanka Foundation, we have been doing sports, dancing and music as a part of our holistic education.

We had a dancing teacher for few months. But due to the economic constraints of the school, we cannot pay her any longer. We have no other options.

But we love dancing. We watch different YouTube dance clips and train ourselves according to those steps and our ways also. We create new dances. Since we do not have a regular dancing teacher now, I teach dancing to my friends. We have many different dances. They are folk, Indian, Western, Arabic, Spanish, etc. and free style.

For day today dancing we don’t wear dancing costumes. But for the concerts we need them. Whenever a foreign volunteer leaves Sri Lanka, we organize a concert to say goodbye to him or her. We look for new dancing clothes for such concerts. But we cannot afford most of them. If anyone is interested to help us please contact us at info@horizonlanka.org.

Prabodha Sandeepani Kalotuwawa

Grade 8 Horizon Lanka Academy

prabodha@horizonlanka.org

Dancing girls
Dancing girls
Dancing girls
Dancing girls
Dancing girls
Dancing girls
Dancing girls
Dancing girls

Saliya Wijesinghe Does Two ICT Workshops at Horizon Lanka

Saliya Wijesinghe teaching the children

Saliya Wijesinghe

Mr. Saliya Wijesinghe, an experienced ICT teacher who teaches ICT as a hobby visited Horizon Lanka last Saturday (September 17, 2016.) He came with his wife and two children. They came Saturday afternoon and did two workshops for us. (He works at TekMaz, a web designing company he co-founded.)

The first workshop was on how to use HTML in web designing. The second workshop was on Adobe Photoshop. Now we are using both those lessons to do our work. We will start designing our own webpages inside Horizon Lanka website and will use both HTML and Photoshop knowledge for them.

We thank Mr. Wijesinghe and the family for volunteering to come and teach us. We hope he and his friends will continue teaching us like this.

Nimesh Chaminda Disanayaka

Grade 8, Horizon Lanka Academy

nimesh@horizonlanka.org

Saliya Wijesinghe teaching the children
Saliya Wijesinghe teaching the children
Saliya Wijesinghe teaching the children
Saliya Wijesinghe teaching the children

A New Bicycle from Himadri

Tharani Madara bicycle

Tharani Madara bicycle

My name is Tharani Madara. I am 13 years old and I study at Horizon Lanka Academy. This is my new bicycle. It is a gift from Himadri Gunarathna, my friend from the Houston, Texas, United States, who is sponsoring me.

I go to Thakshila public school every day at 7.30 am and to Horizon Lanka at 3pm. I like going to school and to Horizon Lanka but I didn’t like the long distance I had to walk there. My bicycle was broken, so I had to walk every day because my family couldn’t afford a new bicycle for me. Walking everywhere was not easy in the hot weather we have here.

But now everything is better, because I have this beautiful new bicycle!It is silver and white color and so beautiful! Now I can ride fast everywhere I want to.

I would like to thank you, Miss Himadri, for helping me. It was a great day for me when I went to the Pemaduwa town for my bicycle. I was so excited and happy!

Now we can go to school by bicycle together with Aruni, I like that. Now all my four female classmates have bicycles. But the other boys – Gihan, Ashen, Kavindu, Nimesh and Surendra can’t. I hope that soon they can join us. Maybe they will, with your help.

Tharani Madara – Grade 8 – Horizon Lanka Academy tharani@horizonlanka.org

My bicycle and me

 

 

Dian Gomes and Horizon Lanka

Dian Gomes

Dian GomesMr. Dian Gomes was a former group director of MAS Holding, a reputed garment chain that produced world class garments to big markets. He invited our founder Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka to work at Slimline, a subsidiary of MAS in 2000. Ever since Mr. Gomes has been helping Horizon Lanka a lot. This is how he has helped us in the past.

  1. He donated computers to Horizon Lanka.
  2. He donated clothes to Horizon Lanka children and parents.
  3. He sponsored one of our trip to Colombo to participate in e-Society Exhibition in Colombo by paying us all the expenses.
  4. He paid the salary of Mr. Ranjith Pushpakumara, the former Headmaster of Horizon Lanka Academy for few years.

In this program with Sirasa TV he mentions about us also. Please watch this. This is a program that covers his corporate and personal life. It is an honor he mentions us here.

Mr. Gomes has retired from MAS Holding last December and has now started his own garments chain called Hela Clothing. We wish him all the best with his new venture.

Sanduni Kaushika Jayathilaka sanduni@horizonlanka.org

Grade 09 – Horizon Lanka Academy

Introducing American Football to Mahawilachchiya

Zachary Grenzowski

Zachary Grenzowski Mr. Zachary Grenzowski from Canada was the first foreign volunteer to come to Horizon Lanka in 2016. Before coming, he asked what he should bring to Horizon Lanka. Since we had already watched the movie “Remember the Titans” – which is about American football – we wanted him to bring an American football. He brought few of them for us to practice and play. Volunteers who came to Horizon Lanka after Zach also taught us the game further.

Zachary taught us the basic rules of the game. We love to play that game. It needs a lot of energy. It is very dangerous too. It would be great if any American school or a sports club donate us American football gear and clothing. Please contact us through info@horizonlanka.org.

Zachary Grenzowski with the students
Zachary Grenzowski
Zachary Grenzowski with the students
Zachary Grenzowski with the students

 

 

Zachary Grenzowski with the students
Zachary Grenzowski with the students

 

Zachary Grenzowski with the students
Zachary Grenzowski with the students
Zachary Grenzowski with the students
Zachary Grenzowski with the students
Kristýna Blažková with the students
Kristýna Blažková with the students
Honza Jan Kučera with the students
Honza Jan Kučera with the students
Mohamed Nagy
Mohamed Nagy