Horizon Lanka Foundation started its second branch of Horizon Academy in Tantirimale, a village in Mahawilachchiya Divisional Secretariat Division in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka on May 01, 2017 (3 ½ months ago.) We started it with the minimum facilities. We rented the building space for 10,000 LKR (6 USD) per month and moved 5 PCs and the furniture from the Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya as a short-term loan facility. (Now Horizon Academy in Mahawilachchiya has only 5 PCs as a result of this loan a number which is not sufficient at all for its 50 students.)
The next challenge was to get internet access to the Horizon Academy, Tantirimale. We did not have the funds necessary. But then, Joe and Sarah Campbell, two British volunteers who volunteered at Horizon Academy, Tantirimale from July to August, 2017 donated 6,000 LKR (40 USD) for the cause of getting internet connectivity to the Academy. With that money, we could buy the equipment needed for ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) internet connection. We could also network the 5 computers within that budget. Now the children can use internet with all 5 PCs we have here. We thank Joe and Sarah Campbell for this generous donation.
Now that we have internet access, we will line up a range of activities to utilize the facility for the students’ and the villagers’ benefits. Every student will have an email ID, a webpage, a blog, a Skype account, a Twitter and a Facebook account. We will adhere to the global standards of age limits for each of these tools and monitor the way the students use them and guide them properly.
The total monthly cost of the internet bill is around 2,000 LKR (13 USD) and we hope someone who reads this post would help us with the cost. Once we attain full financial sustainability, we hope that the expenses for internet can be paid with the students’ course fees. But it is too early to reach that goal. If you are ready to donate for the monthly internet bill, please contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org. or call us through the telephone numbers in Contact Us page.