Shoes for the Students in Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya

Respecting the visitors
Respecting the visitors
Welcoming the visitors

A group of Sri Lankan children in Chicago, USA held their annual talent show with the help of their families in August, 2016. Having learnt about Horizon Lanka through a mutual friend, they donated a portion of the collection, 250 USD (38,267.50 LKR) to us.

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.

Last Sunday, the October 1, 2017 Mr. Nihal Jayawardhana and Mrs. Nayana Jayawardhana from Colombo visited Horizon Academy, Tantirimale and donated 20 vouchers to by DSI http://www.dsi.lk/ shoes for the students at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya. Each voucher has a value of 1,000 LKR (6.5 USD.) The children were very happy with this generous donation. They also received a bar of chocolate for each student from the visitors. Mr. and Mrs. Jayawardhana, Lieutenant Colonel Kanishka Jayawardhana and his son came to Tantirimale to make this donation.

Children at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya did some dancing items to entertain the visitors.

The funds for this donation were raised by “Chicago Sri Lankan Children’s Talent Show,” Co-organized by Nadun Gajapala, Ruchira Fernando and Sean Randunne. We thank you all for this kind gesture.

Before coming to Mahawilachchiya, they also donated 64 vouchers to buy DSI shoes.

Mr. Ranjan Rathnamala, the Manager of Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya and Mr. Nihal Jayawardana addressing the gathering
Mr. Ranjan Rathnamala, the Manager of Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya and Mr. Nihal Jayawardana addressing the gathering
Visitors from Colombo relaxing at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya
Visitors from Colombo relaxing at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya
Ashen Chandoopa, our videographer
Ashen Chandoopa, our videographer
Lieutenant Colonel Kanishka Jayawardhana and Ranjan Rathnamalala
Lieutenant Colonel Kanishka Jayawardhana and Ranjan Rathnamalala
Saying goodbye
Saying goodbye
Visitors getting ready to leave Mahawilachchiya
Visitors getting ready to leave Mahawilachchiya

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27uB5SZiJi4&feature=youtu.be

A Bicycle for Little Himaya Anjali

Himaya Anjali

Himaya Anjali

8-year-old Himaya Anjali is a student in Grade 3 at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya. She is a keen student of English and computers. She lives around 3 km away from the Academy at the edge of the Mahawilachchiya village bordering the Wilpattu National Wildlife Park. Her house is situated at a dangerous place where wild elephants are rampant at night. They come to her garden. Still her mother is keen on sending her to Horizon Academy without fail. Himaya has to go back to her house before darkness falls to the village.

The reason for Himaya’s mother for encouraging her to study hard against all odds is that the mother herself could only study up to Grade 6 as she had to work at a village shop with her mother (Himaya’s grandmother) to earn money to make a living. So, the mother now understands the importance of education and is encouraging her two children to study to better themselves in future. Himaya’s father is a laborer who sustains the family by doing odd jobs if and when they are found.

At Horizon Academy, we have 5 bicycles which we bought to be used by our volunteers and we allow the other students to use them when there are less or no volunteers. One day, little Himaya came to me and asked if she too could get a bicycle to ride to Horizon Academy. I said okay but she had a big question mark in her face. She could muster some courage and asked if she could get a smaller bicycle as she cannot ride a standard bicycle made for adults. I had no option but to share her request in our Facebook feed which was spotted by Tharaka Kahaduwa from Bahrain who was a former volunteer at Horizon Lanka. He wrote to me and said he would send the money for a bicycle. As a result, now little Himaya is a proud owner of the new bicycle that is shown in this page. She thanks Tharaka immensely for donating 15,000 LKR (98 USD) for her to buy the bicycle. Now she asks me to create her an email account so that she could write a thank you letter to Tharaka. A smart girl! Now she will learn both English and computers faster to communicate. This is what we at Horizon Lanka need.

Nanda Wanninayaka nanda@horizonlanka.org

Himaya Anjali with her new bicycle
Himaya Anjali with her new bicycle