Mr. Buddika Gajapala and his family visited Horizon Lanka on June 11, 2017. They are a Sri Lankan American family that lives in Chicago, the United States of America. They brought us stationary, USB pen drives, a lot of good quality reading glasses, a robotic unit and an Amazon Kindle Fire e-book reader.
We shared the equipment we got from Mr. Buddhika among the students of Horizon Academies in Mahawilachchiya and Tantirimale. Mr. Buddika said that his family friends also collected the items to be sent to us.
The reading glasses they brought were immensely helpful to the children and the adults in the village. They want to thank those who donated to them. Here good quality reading glasses are quite expensive and the villagers got them free of charge from the heap of glasses brought by the visitors.
We like Mr. Buddika’s family as they were very down to earth people. We became friendly with their children, Sithara and Nandun. They had lunch at my house. We are eagerly waiting to communicate with them electronically.
Alex Gray from Australia taught English, ICT and sports at Horizon Lanka Foundation as a volunteer in May, 2017.
I had a great experience volunteering with the Horizon Lanka Foundation. Unfortunately it was not as long as I had hoped as I had a leg injury I had to go back to Colombo for. But I still took a lot away from it. I met Nanda as I hopped off the bus and he showed me around and explained everything to me. I stayed the night and then the next day we got on his bike and drove to the next town over. He was starting up a new program in a new village called Tantirimale.
The students were a bit shy at first but once we got into it they were happy to get involved with games and we had some fun. Their level of English was very basic so had to start very slow but the kids were very eager to learn and we learnt about body parts, the students started taking down notes without even being told to. I was very impressed. All these kids need is an opportunity so this program is so important for them.
After class I was taken to my host family, who didn’t speak to much English but were some of the nicest and most welcoming people I have ever met. I was given my own room and every day breakfast lunch and dinner was made for me. I had a lot of fun with these guys even though we couldn’t really speak much to each other. I taught them some new English words and they taught me some new Sri Lankan words.
We received another micro:bit unit for coding and programming from Microbit Sri Lanka User Group (MicrobitSLUG) . They donated us a micro:bit device on May 30, 2017 in Colombo. Mr. Prabhath Mannapperuma and Mr. Avishka Laknath donated the microbit device to Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka, Founder of Horizon Lanka. They also donated a micro:bit device earlier too.
Mr. Prabhath Mannapperuma and Mr. Avishka Laknath are volunteers of MicrobitSLUG. They work hard to spread knowledge about micro:bit and donate micro:bit devices.
We thank Microbit Sri Lanka User Group for this generous support. We will do our best with these units. We also like to invite volunteers who can come to Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya and teach us basic programming.