Gayani Sandamali Koswaththa was a cute little public speaker since she was a kid. The confidence, the style and the verbiage of the 10 year old Gayani used to make public speeches could not be expected even from a high school student. I didn’t know much about her till she did this speech at a morning meeting at Horizon Lanka on a routine Saturday morning meeting. I was mesmerized with the ease and the eloquence of this little girl’s speech.
I used to be absent or leave the school early pretending I was ill whenever I was forcibly included in the school literary association to make a speech. I was that scared and lacked confidence in doing a speech in front of a crowd at such events. I was extremely successful in this (avoiding such a disaster) till I ended up high school. I wish if I had the guts like the pintsized Gayani had.
Yesterday I saw in Facebook that Gayani was graduated as a lawyer and I am very happy for her. Her success was largely based on her own talents as Horizon Lanka could not do much for her betterment. She had to be just content with the average attention she got at Horizon Lanka as a result of me having to leave Horizon Lanka for 10 years just after I recognized her talents. If I stayed further with her, we should have given enormous opportunities for her just like we did with her seniors. But that was not to be for Gayani.
But I am very happy now that she speaks very good English (much better than I do) and now a qualified lawyer. I would have loved to take her to the Board of Horizon Lanka as a Director and a legal advisor for our affairs but her plans to stay in Colombo would not let us have such a privilege. I am not an enthusiast of going through our legal affairs as it is not my cup of tea. Let’s hope that Gayani will join us some day.
We at Horizon Lanka wish her success in all her future endeavors.
My name is Tharanga Sampath Senavirathna. I am a graduate of commerce in the University of Sri Jayewardenepura – the best university in Sri Lanka for Management and Commerce studies. In 2010, I finished Advanced Level Examination with 3 A-passes. I also completed a couple of other professional qualifications to advance in my career path. Now I have been working as Junior Executive of Demand Planning in Sunshine Healthcare Lanka Ltd. This is one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in Sri Lanka.
I grew up in a rural village named Mahawilachchiya as a son of a farmer and a housewife. If not for the education I received from Horizon Lanka, maybe I would have ended up as yet another farmer by taking over my father’s field. My first encounter with a computer was at Horizon Lanka. No word could describe the magical feeling I got while I was drawing my first painting on MS Paint program that day. I then learnt about the Internet, Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, etc. I could even be able to create web pages which were a huge deal at the time. 5 years spent at Horizon Lanka had changed my life and my attitudes towards life forever. Not only education, Horizon Lanka also gave me financial support, a used computer and then a brand new laptop to ease my education.
Thanks to Horizon Lanka, I started thinking big. Not only it opened our world to the modern world outside, it equipped us with the skills and the knowledge needed to join that world. And I am deeply grateful for that.
Now I am able to fulfill my parents’ dream. They always want us to have a better life than they had. They dream of us being successful in whatever profession we choose.
Now I am working in Supply Chain and moving to Finance. I have completed CAD II Level at the Institute of Chartered Accountants. With this degree, I hope to join MAS Holdings, Brandix or Unilever to get more experience in this field. My next dream is to finish an MBA and have my own business.
Life has changed so much since I was that little boy who saw the computer for the first time at Horizon Lanka. I will never forget that thanks to those early days, I am now able to see my dream more clearly and work my way to achieve it.
I am thankful for Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka, the Founder of Horizon Lanka.