ICT Teaching Starts at Horizon Academy – Maniyanthoddam, Jaffna

ICT Teaching Starts at Horizon Academy – Maniyanthoddam, Jaffna

Horizon Academy – Maniyanthoddam was ceremonially opened on May 20, 2018. Since then, many foreign volunteers taught English to the children here. What it was lacking was the ICT education.

When three female students, Nimanditha Disanayaka, Prabodha Kalotuwawa, and Pramodhya Gunarathna from Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya came for the Opening Ceremony of the Maniyanthoddam branch of the Horizon Academy, they immediately became the best of friends of the kids in here and felt very sorry to see that the kids here did not have computers. So, they proposed that the 5 Dialog WinPad computers donated to the Horizon Lanka Foundation by the Country Music Foundation some time ago be sent to the kids here for them to learn computers.

But then came the problem of repairing the WinPad tabs. Since all 5 of them needed some repair work, it cost somewhere around a total of 10,000 LKR. So, they were at the repairers for more than a year. But when this was disclosed over the social media of the Horizon Lanka Foundation, within less than 10 minutes, two generous donors from the United States of America, Mr. Lalith (Asela) Ratnayake and Mr. Buddika Gajapala, both Sri Lankan Americans donated 100 USD and 60 USD respectively to the Foundation. The money was sufficient for repairing all 5 tabs and also repair some more PCs of the Foundation that need to be repaired.

Kids using repaired laptops

Mr. Leo Wishmasinha, a Sri Lankan working in Hong Kong committed to pay a salary for the Foundation to hire an IT teacher for six months starting from January 2020. We hired a young IT instructor, Mr. Suntharalingam Rameskanth from January 2020. So, Horizon Academy – Maniyanthoddam started teaching ICT from Sunday, 05, 2020. Thanks to all three of you for chipping in this new venture for the kids in and around Maniyanthoddam, Nallur, Jaffna. These kids are very lucky to get these facilities for them. You can see their happiness from the pictures on this page.

Mr. Suntharalingam Rameskanth teaching ICT to the children at Horizon Academy – Maniyanthoddam

Gifts from Chicago, USA for Horizon Lanka students and the villagers

Buddhika Gajapala

Buddhika Gajapala

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.

Tharani Madhara Rathnayaka tharani@horizonlanka.org

Stuff Mr. Buddika Gajapala brought
Stuff Mr. Buddika Gajapala brought

Mr. Buddika Gajapala family with Horizon Academy students
Mr. Buddika Gajapala family with Horizon Academy students

Mr. Buddika Gajapala family with Horizon Academy students
Mr. Buddika Gajapala family with Horizon Academy students

Mr. Buddika Gajapala and the family at Tharani's house
Mr. Buddika Gajapala and the family at Tharani’s house

Mr. Buddika Gajapala and the family at Tharani's house
Mr. Buddika Gajapala and the family at Tharani’s house