Mahawilachchiya is a remote village with lack of proper means of transportation. The only public transport available here is the local bus with just a few trips a day (2-3 trips). Villagers depend mainly on their personal vehicles like three wheels, motorbikes, and bicycles for commuting.
This means we have to rely on the fluctuation of the public transport whenever we want to go to big cities or we have to have our own vehicle.
Unfortunately, we don’t have one now while our operation requires more long distance commute than an average villager. We have to go to Anuradhapura around 10 times a month to purchase school facilities and essentials which mostly are not available in the village. Sometimes, we travel as far as Colombo to pick up guests and volunteers. We also take volunteers around the country for sightseeing by bike. In addition to this, Horizon Lanka is starting three franchises in Vakarai (Eastern Sri Lanka,) Nuwara Eliya (Central Sri Lanka) and in Kilinochchi (Nothern Sri Lanka.) We need to travel to those locations. The distances to those three places from Horizon Lanka are 208 km, 250 km and 145 km respectively. Till now we travel by rented vans or privately owned motorbikes – which eat up our time and capital.
The transportation problem has not been addressed for a long time. We know that we cannot afford a car (obviously!). Motorbike seems like a reasonable choice for both short and long distance trips. Still, it is also over our budget.
That’s why we need your help to purchase a multipurpose motorbike for Horizon Lanka.
This new motorbike will help us be more flexible and productive in our operation by saving a lot of time and money on commuting. Also, our guests can now enjoy the peak of traveling by personal transport rather than hustling in public bus. The money we save can go into other uses which will benefits the whole Foundation. That we will deeply appreciate.
This is the bike model we want to buy. This costs 419,000 LKR (2888 USD / 2550 EUR.) We know this is expensive. But we cannot use a smaller bike for the needs we have. Hope our donors and well-wishers will understand this. You can donate in full or part. Contact us to send you bank details or you can simply donate us through our secure crowdfunding page at https://www.betterplace.org/en/projects/46068-help-give-students-in-mahawilachchiya-the-education-they-deserve.