Horizon Lanka Foundation started its third branch, this time in Anuradhapura City on September 01, 2017. At Horizon Academy we teach English, ICT and Robotics as our main subjects. In addition to these subjects, we also teach Fine Arts and Sports to break the monotony of the students.
We charge only 500 LKR (3.26 USD) per month for all these subjects. We have both local and foreign teachers to teach these subjects at the Academy. Students will be rewarded with stationary, school supplies, computer related equipment, etc. after evaluating their performances.
The parents of the students will be given free English and ICT training on Sundays from 8.00 am to 12.00 noon.
We have the basic infrastructure at the beginning and will add more with the progress of the institute.
Sweeping Changes at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya
The Founder and the Chairman of the Horizon Lanka Foundation, Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka is leaving Sri Lanka to volunteer in South America for a period of one year from next month. Hence, there are sweeping changes at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya these days. We appointed a new manager, Mr. Ranjan Prabhath Rathnamalala, an energetic young man in the village, also a counselor and the headmaster of the Sri Mihihindu Dhamma School in Mahawilachchiya. Miss Jeewani Shanika Dissanayaka was appointed as the accountant of the organization. We also appointed Miss Prarthana Sewwandi Wijerathna, a former student of Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya who just finished her High School in Biology stream as the ICT instructor of the Academy. Her dream is to become a computer instructor and also an English teacher. She hopes to graduate in both the subject areas in coming years.
We held a staff, parents’ and students’ meeting on September 24, 2017 and discussed the forthcoming changes and how to continue the academic activities in the absence of Mr. Wanninayaka. The new staff would assume their duties from October 01, 2017.
Mr. Rene Voss from the Netherlands met Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka, the Chairman of Horizon Lanka Foundation and both visited Horizon Academy, Tantirimale and Mahawilachchiya on June 19, 2017 on a fact-finding mission to see if the organization is suitable to be provided volunteer teachers of English and ICT from the Netherlands for the benefits of the children in the organization.
Having been impressed by the project, Mr. Voss decided to send Dutch volunteers from Sri Lanka Active, the volunteer organization founded by him to Horizon Lanka from December, 2017. The first batch of volunteers will arrive in Sri Lanka in December and will volunteer at Horizon Academies, Mahawilachchiya, Tantirimale and Anuradhapura.
We thank Mr. Voss for partnering with us to provide Dutch volunteers.
Mr. Rohan Prasanna Perera worked as the manager of the Horizon Lanka Foundation in 2006. Later he migrated to the United States.
Mr. Perera sent brand new USB pen drives to Horizon Lanka Foundation a month ago. There were 7 USB pens and a phone-to-USB connector altogether. The two 128 GB pen drives were retained with the staff to transport heavy files and the rest were distributed among the students.
Prarthana Sewwandi Wijerathna got a 64 GB pen drive while Tharani Madhara Rathnayaka and Pramodhya Umayangani Gunarathna received 32 GB pen drive each. Nimandathi Thathsarani Dissanayaka and Prabodha Sandeepani Kalotuwawa received 16 GB USB drives each.
The USB drives were distributed according to the performances of the students during August school vacation. All the senior students were asked to teach ICT to the students and the parents of the Gamini Public School in Mahawilachchiya and the students of the proposed Horizon Academy in Anuradhapura. The girls were far ahead compared to the boys in attending to teach the others on a daily basis. Boys also helped so they were given the used low capacity USB drives the girls already had. Horizon Lanka’s tagline is “A Network of Caring and Sharing” and the students will be rewarded according to how much they care and share.
Horizon Lanka Foundation thanks Mr. Rohan Prasanna Perera for this generous donation.
We at Horizon Lanka believe that all the students and the staff members have to get involved in aesthetic subjects and sports apart from the other academic subjects to have a balance in life. In this video, you can see the popular Hindi oldie “Ab To Hai Tumse Har Khushi Apni” sung by two Grade 9 students Prabodha Sandeepani and Nimanditha Thathsarani over the voice of the original song. Once we get used to the music well after a lot of practices, we will be singing these songs over instrumental music tracks. We also love to play music too. We have an old electronic organ and a box guitar. If any of you come and teach us how to play them, we would be very happy. Miss Diana Wong Yuen Sam the volunteer from Hong Kong taught us the basics of the electronic organ. We need to learn more. If you can teach music and dancing even during weekends, please contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org and arrange a comfortable date(s).
If we have better recording equipment, we can produce better quality songs. We thank Nuwan Samaranayake, Houston, Texas, USA for donating this sound equipment. Mrs. Sriyani Premadasa also sent us a box guitar.
Others also please send us musical instruments and recording equipment. We will put them into good use.
Please watch the video of “Ab To Hai Tumse Har Khushi Apni” below and comment.
Detais of the original song
Song Title: Ab To Hai Tumse Har Khushi Apni
Music Director: Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Movie: Abhimaan (1973)
Sylva Tillova from the Czech Republic volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in July and August, 2017.
In August 2017 my daughter Nikol and I went to Sri Lanka as volunteers to help the Horizon Lanka Foundation in Mahawilachchiya. Already on arrival, the head of the Foundation Nanda Wanninayaka welcomed us on the bus. We stayed with a family and met great people.
In the morning, we attended a public school, and we had fun with the younger pupils together with English. Through a variety of games, songs, movement activities and drawing pupils slowly learned and improved their English. They have improved in all aspects of the English language such as grammar, speaking, reading and writing. Pupils were very active and curious. These children are merry, modest, but also bold and brave. In return, we met the teachers and the director, who welcomed us very warmly at their school. Together with some pupils, teachers and parents, I went for a trip to the rain forest – Sinharaja Rain Forest, where, no wonder, it rained. We visited some wonderful places and temples, the ride was one great experience, I experienced the beautiful atmosphere of local songs and dances on the bus, I experienced how these people can have fun and enjoy themselves.
Horizon Academy work took place in the Horizon Lanka building in the afternoon, where we talked with older students not only about English, about our families and life, what they wanted to be, but we also danced, sang and painted. Students are very actionable, inquisitive and diligent, constantly learning something. The Foundation also organized a trip to the temple in Tantirimale and the Wilpattu National Park, where we and other volunteers enjoyed a beautiful day of bathing in the sea. We saw many interesting animals, such as eagles, crocodiles, turtles, deer, elephants and, of course, monkeys. Including a leopard posing in front of our cameras. The whole spectacular day ended with a dinner in nature and sleeping on a tree house or on a truck.
Hosting family was great. They immediately treated me as if I was a member of their family and provided me with all possible comfort. They showed me their life including the kitchen, they taught me how to cook some meals. They took me wherever they went or went by themselves.
Thank you for this experience and the wonderful experiences, Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka.
Thank you for all the care … to the family Yamuna and her sister and her child, Upul, Pramodhya, Kaushal, their grandmother Chandra and the people around them.
I thank you to the teachers, the director, and especially all the junior and senior children I met in the public school.