Mr. Qurro Lopez from Spain volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in October, 2017. Mr. Lopez taught both English and Spanish to the children. Though there had been volunteers from Spain before, it was Mr. Lopez who started teaching the children Spanish first. The students, especially the younger students caught the language very fast. Mr. Lopez and his friends and his students in his yoga school in Spain collectively donated 90,000 LKR (585.70 USD) to be distributed among the students as scholarships money for their expenses in 2017. Prabodha Kalotuwawa got 20,000 LKR (130 USD) while others will get the rest of the money depending on their achievements by December 31, 2017. Mr. Lopez also donated two used tabs to be used by two of the students, Pramodhya Gunarathna and Tharushika Rathnayaka of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya.
Cristina Medina is our first Spanish volunteer. She volunteered at Horizon Lanka in February, 2017. Read Cristina’s story below.
“This project is located in Mahawilachchiya, a privileged place away from the noise of the city so you can breathe a lot of peace that together with the hospitality of the local people make it a special place.
I was surprised by the work that Horizon Lanka is doing in this village, given the opportunity for children to learn English, information and communication technology and important life skills. But also it is a place to share and have fun together staff, children and volunteer in a great atmosphere.
I’m very happy to be part of this project and to be able to teach English and dance classes in my short time here.
They get you involved in the daily life of the village and show you place around. I went to bathe in nearby lake and visit a temple (Tantirimale Rock Temple) where the locals go on Sundays to pray, was very interesting.
The best thing of all was to live with Tharani’s family, a smart and charming girl of 14 years old with whom I shared many good moments and laughter. The family made me feels like at home and thanks to them I learnt about culture and customs of Sri Lanka because they are happy to share their daily life with me and make me part of the family.
I came to Horizon Lanka alone and here I found a family.”