The Country Music Foundation Donates Musical Instruments to Gamini Public School, Mahawilachchiya

Musical Instruments

Feizal SamathMr. Feizal Samath is a singer and a guitarist. His passion is country music. He organizes a “Country Roads Concert for Children” annually through the Country Music Foundation he founded 30 years ago. Last year’s concert was the 29th version of his untiring efforts. The concert was held on March 19, 2017 at Mount Lavinia Hotel with the participation of both local and overseas country musicians before a big crowd of country music fans.

The Country Music Foundation donates the proceeds of the show to charitable organizations and public schools in Sri Lanka. On the request of the parents and the children of Horizon Lanka Foundation, Mr. Samath donated oriental musical instruments that cost over 160,000 LKR (1,030 USD) to the Gamini Public School in Mahawilachchiya. The instruments were donated on February 05, 2018 at a simple ceremony in the school.

The students, teachers and the Principal Mr. Pathmasiri Wanninayaka appreciated the donation a lot. The dancing teacher has already started creating a school band and the school is waiting for a music teacher too to join the school soon. The main reason for the donation was the principal’s dedication and commitment to improve the quality of education in this small school.

The Foundation also donated 5 Dialog WinPad tabs to Horizon Lanka Foundation in May, 2017.

Feizal Samath
Mr. Feizal Samath ceremonially handing over the musical instruments.
Pathmasiri Wanninayaka ceremonially handing over the musical instruments to the students.
Pathmasiri Wanninayaka ceremonially handing over the musical instruments to the students.
Musical Instruments from the Country Music Foundation
Musical Instruments from the Country Music Foundation
Mr. Pathmasiri Wanninayaka, Mr. Feizal Samath and Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka
Mr. Pathmasiri Wanninayaka, Mr. Feizal Samath and Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka
Students of Gamini School, Mahawilachchiya
Students of Gamini School, Mahawilachchiya

117. Julie Desperiez – France

Julie Desperiez at Pemaduwa Bazar, Mahawilachchiya

Julie Desperiez at Pemaduwa Bazar, Mahawilachchiya

Julie Desperiez from France volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in January and February, 2018.

Julie Desperiez with the students of Thakshila Public School
Julie Desperiez with the students of Thakshila Public School
Julie Desperiez in a sari at Thakshila Public School
Julie Desperiez in a sari at Thakshila Public School

116. Tali Motzkin – Israel

Tali Motzkin, Israel

Tali Motzkin, Israel

Tali Motzkin from Israel volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in January, 2018.

“My Volunteering at Horizon Academy – Anuradhapura

I would like to tell you about my volunteering experience. I arrived at the Horizon Academy at Thursday evening, straight to Ramanee and Udaya’s school, close to the Anuradhapura city. When I was at the bus station I called Ramanee and she sent her husband, Udaya to pick me with a tuk-tuk driver so I didn’t have any problems to find the place. At this day the students had a goodbye party for the formal volunteer (Susannah Horowitz) so it was very nice to see how they danced, laughed and shared respect for her and also for welcoming me. They prepared us a “queens feast” with a lot of fresh fruits and showed us a dance concert. Then, after this great welcome, my host family came to take me. There, I met my new sister: Hashini, her brother: Gihan, and my new parents: Anura and Kumari. At first it was so strange to walk into other people’s house but they made me feel like I am at my own house. They cook amazing food for me every day and treat me so nicely. During my stay, every day I have learned something new about them and about their traditions, they also took me to some really cool places like the washing reservoir, temple and the local market. Now, after one week with them I really feel like home and they are my new family.

In the matter of the Horizon Academy, I didn’t have much time with them because I arrived to the weekend and only for a one week, but with the time I had it was nice to see how Ramanee and Udaya teach the students with a lot of passion in all kinds of ways like through books, notebooks, movies, games, dance, etc. I was joining to Ramanee’s teaching class. At the class I was talking with the students, check their homework, teach them computer work and at breaks, I was playing and teaching them field games. At the beginning it was hard for me to let them know what I mean in my explanation (I don’t speak Sinhala), but then I found some ways to explain like with signs and drawings. Also, it takes time to get to know the students and how to approach them, but when I did and felt like I did teach them something new, it was a really good feeling. I also translated Horizon Lanka website into Hebrew as requested by Nanda, but I wished to contribute more with the kids like maybe teach them new dance moves and art, things which require a longer stay. Therefore, I think if someone want to volunteer here and really make some difference, at least stay one week and even more here as it is necessary for getting know the program, students and family.

For conclusion, I had a great time (my best Sri Lankan experience so far!!) and I want to thank to all people who welcomed me, I hope I will see you again soon.

Tali Motzkin, Israel”

Tali Motzkin with students at Horizon Academy - Anuradhapura
Tali Motzkin with students at Horizon Academy – Anuradhapura
Tali Motzkin with Gimhani, the host.
Tali Motzkin with Gimhani, the host.

115. Susan Horrowitz – The United Kingdom

118. Susannah Horowitz - The United Kingdom

118. Susannah Horowitz - The United Kingdom

Ms. Susan Horrowitz from The United Kingdom was the first volunteer in 2018. She volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in January, 2018.

Sri Lankan fruits spread at Susannah's farewell party.
Sri Lankan fruits spread at Susan’s farewell party.

114. Nguyen Le Hoa – Vietnam

Nguyen Le Hoa at Ralapanawa Public School

117. Nguyen Le Hoa – Vietnam Nguyen Le Hoa from Vietnam volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation during December 2017 and January 2018.

Nguyen Le Hoa with the French volunteer Thaïs de Gail and the students of horizon Academy - Ralapanawa
Nguyen Le Hoa with the French volunteer Thaïs de Gail and the students of horizon Academy – Ralapanawa
Nguyen Le Hoa at Ralapanawa Public School
Nguyen Le Hoa at Ralapanawa Public School
Nguyen Le Hoa and Nadeeka Kumarasingha practising dancing with the students.
Nguyen Le Hoa and Nadeeka Kumarasingha practising dancing with the students.
Nguyen Le Hoa and. Thaïs de Gail with Nadeeka's family
Nguyen Le Hoa and. Thaïs de Gail with Nadeeka’s family