65. Irina Ayutova – Russia

Irina Ayutova – Russia

Irina Ayutova – Russia

Miss Irina Ayutova from Russia volunteered at Horizon Lanka in March, 2017.

Мой опыт волонтерства в Horizon Lanka. Mahavilachchiya (http://www.horizonlanka.org/)

Все всегда начинается со смыслов. Если в том, что мы делаем есть глубина, нам всегда хочется быть в этом процессе. А еще лучше если есть глубина и идея, которая может поменять этот мир. Сделать этот мир лучше и добрее.

В этом случае я обеими руками за. Мне не хватало возможности быть полезной обществу в этом путешествии. Я честно старалась делиться, помогать окружающим, но было нечто большее внутри, что хотелось отразить в больших действиях.

Очень рада, что такая возможность появилась. Первый раз в жизни работала волонтеров в Казахстане, тогда мы устраняли последствия селевого потока. Это второй заграничный опыт работы волонтером. Очень приятные ощущения от работы в этом очень красивом и умиротворенном месте.

Об идеи. Идея на самом деле очень светлая. Появилась она более 10 лет назад в голове замечательного человека Nanda Wanninayaka https://www.facebook.com/nanda.wanninayaka.official. Появилась она потому что в Mahavilachchiya особо занятся не чем и возможности у детей получать хорошее образование, чтобы потом поступить в колледж не было.

Два варианта развития событий: армия для мальчиков, а потом возвращение в село и работа на швейных фабриках для девочек. Все. Он решил создать место в котором можно получать хорошее образование. И опыт показал, что этого достаточно, чтобы поступить в колледж. У Нанды очень много выпускников, которые получили образование и работают в разных отраслях.

То, что может быть полезно всем нам или как он нашел меня. Есть замечательный сайт https://www.workaway.info/. На этом сайте вы размешаете объявление о поиске человеческой силы. В замен на работу, которую они будут делать, вы предоставляете питание и проживание.

Это не рабство:) Чаще всего волонтеры работают несколько часов в день. А потом у них свободное время. Волонтеры выполняют разную работу. Можно работать учителем в школе, можно помогать строить дом. Вы сами можете поближе познакомиться с этим сайтом.

Так, Нанда находит волонтеров, которые могут обучать детей в его центре. Думаю, многим сельским школам России и не только можно взять это на заметку:) Кто-то обучает танцам, как я например. Кто-то английскому. Кто-то занимается с ними спортом. В любом случае это обучение с удовольствием. А самое главное, что все мы можем говорить с детьми только на английском. Это отличная возможность для детей начать говорить на английском.

И для нас волонтеров это очень хорошая практика. Если у вас появиться желание и возможность поработать здесь волонтером. То пишите напрямую моему хорошему другу Нанад (https://www.facebook.com/nanda.wanninayaka.official) Он будет рад любой помощи, тем более что сейчас у него много идей и планов как изменить это место и сделать здесь IT лагерь и не только. Уверенна помощь ему будет нужна.

Это очень классное место и отличная команда, которая готова менять это село и мир в целом. Хочу, чтобы все у него получилось!

Его координаты

nanda@horizonlanka.org

Mobile 01 Local: 077-7702678

Mobile 01 IDD : 0094-77-7702678

Mobile 02 Local: 071-8508537

Mobile 02 IDD: 0094-71-8508537

What up 0094-77-7702678
Skype : Wanninayaka
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/nanda.wanninayaka.official

Благодарю за возможность быть здесь!

#Аютова800 #волонтер #шриланка #творитьдобро #horizonlanka
Благодарю за эту возможность. И благодарю своих новых друзей.

Благодарю Нанду, Васанту, Нэги, Лио и Принца за возможность быть с ними. http://www.horizonlanka.org/hi

Irina Ayutova with Horizon Lanka students
Irina Ayutova with Horizon Lanka students
Miss Irina Ayutova with the Horizon Lanka students.
Miss Irina Ayutova with the Horizon Lanka students.
Miss Irina Ayutova with the Horizon Lanka students.
Miss Irina Ayutova with the Horizon Lanka students.
Miss Irina Ayutova with the Horizon Lanka students.
Miss Irina Ayutova with the Horizon Lanka students.
Miss Irina Ayutova teaching dacing to the Horizon Lanka students.
Miss Irina Ayutova teaching dacing to the Horizon Lanka students.
Miss Irina Ayutova teaching dacing to the Horizon Lanka students.
Miss Irina Ayutova teaching dacing to the Horizon Lanka students.
Miss Irina Ayutova teaching dacing to the Horizon Lanka students.
Miss Irina Ayutova teaching dacing to the Horizon Lanka students.

50. Chandler Meek-Owens – The United States of America

50. Chandler Meek-Owens – The United States of America

Mr. Chandler Meek-Owens from the United States of America volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in October and November in 2016. See his tour report below.

Never having left the U.S. one would think I would have a small culture shock, going to a third world  country, but it was just the opposite. I felt as if I had been there before, like returning to a place I hadn’t been in years. I don’t know if it was the unbelievably kind people who would give their shoes to a stranger, or the organic food that cured me of IBS, but I felt at home; like my mother was just around the corner. When going to Mahawilachchiya in Anuradhapura, where it was much more rural, it became clear as to why I was needed out there. Not just to teach English but to exchange culture and art.

No matter where humans dwell, curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge is a part of the human spirit. I realized I’ve been taking my life for granted, because the children that I met truly wanted for what I thought was my right to receive. English is the world’s trade language. I was born with privilege that I can take anywhere. I was not only able to teach, but I learned more about the infinite potential we westerners forgot. For example when it was time for a snack, one of the boys would just walk outside, climb a tree and pick a fruit. No money involved. And like the tree, speaking English is nothing to me, so to teach it, in exchange to experience an organic lifestyle, is a cycle that should be standard in the current human condition.

I believe that Horizon Lanka is the type of program that will lead the globalized world into a new era of education. Mainly because using creative arts, culture, sports (unique to the volunteer) to communicate that infinite potential sparks original ideas and interests that keeps our world engaged in each other. Yes, science and math are important but to independently think for oneself requires the creative mind. As they say, “give a man a fish feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.”

Chandler Meek-Owens – The United States of America

The dance items Chandler Meek-Owens choreographed and take part in at the Rainbow of Cultures” – Horizon Lanka Mega Concert – 2016.

Horizon Lanka Received a Brand New Sub-woofer Sound System

Ran Pokunen Dance Practice

Ran Pokunen Dance Practice

Our old subwoofer sound system became unusable after it was struck by a lightning during a rainy night. We were practicing a dance when this happened and luckily no one was hurt. So, we were desperate to find another sound system as we wanted to continue practice dance items, listen to songs and watch movies. But we did not have the money needed to buy a new one. So, we published a post asking for a new subwoofer in our Facebook page. We did not expect a speedy answer for our request.

But an ex employee of Horizon Lanka sent a message saying he was going to transfer money immediately for us to buy a new subwoofer sound system. He kept the promise and donated us 5,000 LKR (33.99 USD) to Horizon Lanka and we bought a brand new sound system the same day. We thankthis donor for helping us to continue our lessons and entertainment. We are very happy to use the new sound system. These are some pictures of the dance practices we did with the sound system. You can also see a dance practice we did with the subwoofer in the YouTube video below. This is just a practice session. We trained the junior girls to dance with us.

Prabodha Sandeepani Kalotuwawa prabodha@horizonlanka.org Grade 8, Horizon Lanka

Horizon Lanka students practicing a dance item.
Horizon Lanka students practicing a dance item.
Horizon Lanka students practicing a dance item.
Horizon Lanka students practicing a dance item.
Horizon Lanka students practicing a dance item.
Horizon Lanka students practicing a dance item.
Horizon Lanka students practicing a dance item.
Horizon Lanka students practicing a dance item.
Horizon Lanka students practicing a dance item.
Horizon Lanka students practicing a dance item.
Horizon Lanka students practicing a dance item.
Horizon Lanka students practicing a dance item.
Horizon Lanka students practicing a dance item.
Horizon Lanka students practicing a dance item.
Horizon Lanka students practicing a dance item.
Horizon Lanka students practicing a dance item.
Horizon Lanka students practicing a dance item.
Horizon Lanka students practicing a dance item.

Please Help Pay Our Internet Bill This Year

Facebook Chat

Facebook Chat

Zachary Grenzowski (Zach) was the first foreign volunteer to visit Horizon Lanka this year. He volunteered at Horizon Lanka from January to February over here. He taught us English, computers and American football. We loved his teaching as he was very kind and effective teacher for us.

While we were doing a night English class with Mr. Nanda few days ago (on May 12, 2016), Mr. Nanda said, “Zach is online. Would you like to talk to him?” We were overjoyed to hear our beloved teacher Mr. Zach’s voice. But Facebook offered us more than the voice. We saw him on our big multimedia screen through  live video chat too. It was an exciting moment for us. We talked to him for a long time and he promised to talk to us on every Thursday. From that day we were in love with Facebook. We started creating each of us a Facebook account. We love to use Facebook for good things. People say Facebook is bad but our teachers help us using it under their supervision. Each of us has an email ID too and we communicate with our friends, former volunteers, donors, etc. through emails. It helps improve our English and communication skills.

The problem we have here is that there is only two internet dongles and two smart phones we can log on to Internet only with one PC at a time. We already pay around 14,500 LKR (100 USD) per month as our Internet bill to use our emails, update our website, update our individual  Facebook pages, update our Flickr stream and YouTube stream and all our other needs. Our annual expense on the Internet is 180,000 LKR (1230 USD.) It would be great if someone who reads this post can donate that amount for our organization so that we can learn more English by using Internet more. If we have Internet constantly, we can talk to our former volunteers and the other people our staff introduce us. You can donate to us through https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/empowering-children-in-rural-sri-lanka.

Mr. Nanda said that each of us can have our own webpage, blog and a lot more if we have a sponsor for our Internet bill. We love to use Internet more. When we use Internet, we can learn English and computers fast. So, we hope you would help us.

Aruni Apsara Wewalage, aruni@horizonlanka.org Grade 08, Horizon Lanka

Zachary Grenzowski
Zachary Grenzowski on multimedia screen at Horizon Lanka

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A Protest March and a Hunger Strike in Mahawilachchiya to Force the Government to Repair a Road in Mahawilachchiya

Anura Bandara in hunger strike
Anura Bandara in hunger strike

Nanda Wanninayaka, the Founder of Horizon Lanka Foundation, Mahawilachchiya.

The road from Anuradhapura to Mahawilachchiya was repaired well during the rule of the previous government. According to the sources from the Mahawilachchiya Divisional Secretariat, the previous government also had allocated money to extend the road repairs from Mahawilachchiya Tract 4 Junction up to Helambewa through Sooriyadamana. But after the change of the government in January this year the new government canceled the repairing of this very important road.

The road from Tract 4 junction to Buruthagas Handiya was not repaired well for a very long time. What they did was just flattening the road with an excavator from time to time. It wasn’t a lasting solution to the problem. The soil became a muddy road during the monsoon rains and most of the flattened soil was washed away with the rain and traveling became a nightmare. This part of the road wasn’t repaired after it was built before 1957. Mahawilachchiya settlement was handed over to the people in 1957.

Today, (November 10, 2015) there was a protest march led by Mr. Anura Bandara, a farmer in the village to force the government to repair this road from Tract 4 junction to Buruthagas Handiya (only 5 kilometers.) Mr. Bandara started a hunger strike after the protest march till the government promises to repair the road. A few years ago, he led another protest with a large number of villagers to force the then government to repair the road from Anuradhapura to Mahawilachchiya. He was even put in the remand prison for seven days as he defied the court order given to him ordering him not to block the road. However, after some time, the road was repaired and now it is in a good condition to travel. The road from Pemaduwa (the small town in Mahawilachchiya village) to Mannar junction was repaired and carpeted after former president Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa experienced how bad the road was when he travelled to Mannar Junction in a car to declare open cooperative rice storage. So he ordered the officials to repair and carpet that distance. Now that road is well repaired and carpeted. But there is nobody to repair this last 5 kilometers in the Left Bank of Mahawilachchiya. Hope Mr.  Bandara’s hunger strike ends with a positive response from the government. He represents everyone in the village.

Villagers led by Anura Bandara at the protest march
Villagers led by Anura Bandara at the protest march

 

Villagers led by Anura Bandara at the protest march
Villagers led by Anura Bandara at the protest march
Villagers led by Anura Bandara at the protest march
Villagers led by Anura Bandara at the protest march
Villagers led by Anura Bandara at the protest
Villagers led by Anura Bandara at the protest
A vociferous village woman talking to a TV camera
A vociferous village woman talking to a TV camera

 

A van finding it difficult to travel in the damaged road
A van finding it difficult to travel in the damaged road
A part of the damaged road
A part of the damaged road
A part of the damaged road
A part of the damaged road

Miss Klára Gebhartová’s tour report of Horizon Lanka and Sri Lanka

Klára Gebhartová with the Horizon Lanka children
Klára Gebhartová with the Horizon Lanka children

My Experiences at Horizon Lanka, Mahawilachchiya, Sri Lanka

Spending almost five weeks in an environment where time flows without stress and where you can feel how living in the present moment is the right essence of life is an experience absolutely priceless.

Horizon Lanka was founded by Wanni.  A son of parents that worked very hard to give him and his siblings the very important thing in these days, education. English and computers are for Wanni, very important to get connected with other people in the world and how to get an opportunity of a better job in this village. His effort is to give this opportunity also to others. So that is what Wanni offers to children in Mahawilachchiya. The same as he got. And I am very honoured that I could be a part of it. A lot of people are still trying to find there sense of life. Wanni can be a beautiful and simple inspiration for everyone.

Read more in this link. http://www.horizonlanka.org/volunteering/klara-gebhartova/

Yan Hao from China Volunteers at Horizon Lanka

Yan Hao from China
Yan Hao from China

Horizon Lanka Foundation has been maintaining a healthy relationship with AIESEC Sri Lanka Chapter for a long time. We have got foreign undergraduates from various countries to teach English and ICT at Horizon Lanka from July 20, 2009 with the arrival of our first AIESEC volunteer Miss Xin Li from China.

Yan Hao from China with a student at Horizon Lanka
Yan Hao from China with a student at Horizon Lanka

Yan Hao (Harry,) a male university undergraduate from China volunteered at Horizon Lanka in February, 2015 and stayed in Mahawilachchiya village for a month. He taught English to the students of Thakshila School, a public school in the village, during morning sessions and at Horizon Lanka Foundation after school. Since he came during the sports season of the public schools, we could not get as many students as we used to for after school classes in the evenings but he was kept fully occupied in the morning sessions at the public school. Yan Hao rendered an admirable service to the students in both Horizon Lanka and Thakshila School. We thank him and AEISEC for making this possible.

Yan Hao from China with Horizon Lanka students
Yan Hao from China with Horizon Lanka students

We invite both local and foreign volunteers to visit us and teach English and ICT to the students. We can provide food and lodging for you totally free of charge during your full stay in the village. If university undergraduates want to come through AEISEC, you can contact them and other volunteers can directly contact us through wanni@horizonlanka.org or nanda.wanninayaka@gmail.com.

Yan Hao from China with Horizon Lanka students
Yan Hao from China with Horizon Lanka students
Yan Hao from China with Horizon Lanka students
Yan Hao from China with Horizon Lanka students

27. Yan Hao – China

27. Yan Hao – China

Yan Hao

Horizon Lanka Foundation has been maintaining a healthy relationship with AIESEC Sri Lanka Chapter for a long time. We have got foreign undergraduates from various countries to teach English and ICT at Horizon Lanka from July 20, 2009 with the arrival of our first AIESEC volunteer Miss Xin Li from China. Yan Hao was the last in the list. We hope to continue our partnership with AIESEC.

Yan Hao (Harry,) a university undergraduate from China volunteered at Horizon Lanka in February, 2015 and stayed in Mahawilachchiya village for a month. He taught English to the students of Thakshila School, a public school in the village, during morning sessions and at Horizon Lanka Foundation after school. Since he came during the sports season of the public schools, we could not get as many students as we used to for after school classes in the evenings but he was kept fully occupied in the morning sessions at the public school. Yan Hao rendered an admirable service to the students in both Horizon Lanka and Thakshila School. We thank him and AIESEC for making this possible.

Yan Hao from China with a student at Horizon Lanka
Yan Hao from China with a student at Horizon Lanka

We invite both local and foreign volunteers to visit us and teach English and ICT to the students. We can provide food and lodging for you totally free of charge during your full stay in the village. If university undergraduates want to come through AEISEC, you can contact them and other volunteers can directly contact us through wanni@horizonlanka.org or nanda.wanninayaka@gmail.com.

Yan Hao from China with Horizon Lanka students
Yan Hao from China with Horizon Lanka students
Yan Hao from China with Horizon Lanka students
Yan Hao from China with Horizon Lanka students

Mr. Manahara Mohotti donates a multimedia projector to Horizon Lanka

Mr. Manahara Mohotti, a young software engineer visited Horizon Lanka, Mahawilachchiya with his friend Mr. Malitta Nanayakkara who brought us 2 PCs and some other equipment on August 2, 2014. Having spent a day at Horizon Lanka with the children, Manahara inquired what else Horizon Lanka needs as a priority. Our answer was a multimedia projector. He promised to donate one for us.

After going to Colombo Manahra bought a multimedia projector for us with his personal money. He sent it to Mahawilachchiya through a friend of Horizon Lanka yesterday. It was a very valuable brand new projector. We watched a Sinhala children’s movie, “Siri Perakum” with the projector yesterday. Both children and adults in the village gathered to watch the movie.
We have decided to show a good movie every Sunday at 7.00 pm at Horizon Lanka. We will welcome children and the villagers to watch the movie free of charge. We will mainly use the projector for English, science and ICT lessons.
We thank Mr. Manahara Mohotti for donating us the projector. This was something we could not buy as Horizon Lanka does not have funds yet. Now we can learn very happily at Horizon Lanka.

We would appreciate if anyone can donate us a multimedia screen too.

Watching Siri Perakum
Watching Siri Perakum
Watching Siri Perakum
Watching Siri Perakum
Watching Siri Perakum
Watching Siri Perakum

Two PCs to Horizon Lanka from Lanka Orix Leasing Company (LOLC)

Mr. Feizal Samath, the Business Editor of Sunday Times, made a request on behalf of Horizon Lanka from his corporate contacts asking to donate computer related equipment to Horizon Lanka. Lanka Orix Leasing Company (LOLC) was on Mr. Samath’s contact list. Having read Mr. Samath’s request, they donated two PCs to Horizon Lanka. The PCs reached us yesterday. Now Horizon Lanka students have two more PCs to learn ICT. We thank LOLC for donating us the two computers and wish them all the best in their business.

Nimanditha practicing an LOLC computer
Nimanditha practicing an LOLC computer
Boys practicing one of the computers donated by LOLC
Boys practicing one of the computers donated by LOLC