A Farmer’s Son Becomes a Qualified Accountant

Tharanga Sampath Senavirathna

Tharanga Sampath Senavirathna
My name is Tharanga Sampath Senavirathna. I am a graduate of commerce in the University of Sri Jayewardenepura – the best university in Sri Lanka for Management and Commerce studies. In 2010, I finished Advanced Level Examination with 3 A-passes. I also completed a couple of other professional qualifications to advance in my career path. Now I have been working as Junior Executive of Demand Planning in Sunshine Healthcare Lanka Ltd. This is one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in Sri Lanka.

I grew up in a rural village named Mahawilachchiya as a son of a farmer and a housewife. If not for the education I received from Horizon Lanka, maybe I would have ended up as yet another farmer by taking over my father’s field. My first encounter with a computer was at Horizon Lanka. No word could describe the magical feeling I got while I was drawing my first painting on MS Paint program that day. I then learnt about the Internet, Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, etc. I could even be able to create web pages which were a huge deal at the time. 5 years spent at Horizon Lanka had changed my life and my attitudes towards life forever. Not only education, Horizon Lanka also gave me financial support, a used computer and then a brand new laptop to ease my education.

Thanks to Horizon Lanka, I started thinking big. Not only it opened our world to the modern world outside, it equipped us with the skills and the knowledge needed to join that world. And I am deeply grateful for that.

Now I am able to fulfill my parents’ dream. They always want us to have a better life than they had. They dream of us being successful in whatever profession we choose.

Now I am working in Supply Chain and moving to Finance. I have completed CAD II Level at the Institute of Chartered Accountants. With this degree, I hope to join MAS Holdings, Brandix or Unilever to get more experience in this field. My next dream is to finish an MBA and have my own business.

Life has changed so much since I was that little boy who saw the computer for the first time at Horizon Lanka. I will never forget that thanks to those early days, I am now able to see my dream more clearly and work my way to achieve it.

I am thankful for Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka, the Founder of Horizon Lanka.

Tharanga Sampath Senavirathna at the University of Sri Jayawardenepura
Tharanga Sampath Senavirathna at the University of Sri Jayawardenepura
Tharanga Sampath Senavirathna at his university
Tharanga Sampath Senavirathna at his university

 

Brand new laptop for village blogger – Financial Times – Sunday Times – October 7, 2007

Tharanga Sampath
Tharanga Sampath
Tharanga Sampath

Seventeen year old Tharanga Sampath is the proud owner of a brand new laptop for being the best blogger at Horizon Lanka Academy in Mahavilachchiya village in north-central Sri Lanka.

The laptop was donated by Dr. Ing. E. Leuthold from Switzerland in coordination with the Lak Saviya Foundation after contacting the Horizon Lanka Foundation in April, Horizon said. Leuthod has already promised to send two more laptops for the next two best students.

What began as an after school club providing children further education in English and computers, Horizon Lanka has branched out, providing an all round education to the village children.

It has expanded into the information age and now services the entire community with computer labs with 24 hour Internet access. Staff at the Foundation describes Tharanga as ‘showing a keen interest in Horizon affairs for the past few months since he joined the Foundation.’

He has recently been given the responsibility of handling lessons for juniors and ‘has the good quality of fulfilling whatever duty is assigned to him with a great deal of preparation and devotion.’ (NG)