120. Julie Desperiez – France

120.	Julie Desperiez – France

Julie Desperiez at Pemaduwa Bazar, Mahawilachchiya

Julie Desperiez from France volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in January and February, 2018.

Julie Desperiez with the students of Thakshila Public School
Julie Desperiez with the students of Thakshila Public School
Julie Desperiez in a sari at Thakshila Public School
Julie Desperiez in a sari at Thakshila Public School

119. Tali Motzkin – Israel

119. Tali Motzkin – Israel

Tali Motzkin, Israel

Tali Motzkin from Israel volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in January, 2018.

“My Volunteering at Horizon Academy – Anuradhapura

I would like to tell you about my volunteering experience. I arrived at the Horizon Academy at Thursday evening, straight to Ramanee and Udaya’s school, close to the Anuradhapura city. When I was at the bus station I called Ramanee and she sent her husband, Udaya to pick me with a tuk-tuk driver so I didn’t have any problems to find the place. At this day the students had a goodbye party for the formal volunteer (Susannah Horowitz) so it was very nice to see how they danced, laughed and shared respect for her and also for welcoming me. They prepared us a “queens feast” with a lot of fresh fruits and showed us a dance concert. Then, after this great welcome, my host family came to take me. There, I met my new sister: Hashini, her brother: Gihan, and my new parents: Anura and Kumari. At first it was so strange to walk into other people’s house but they made me feel like I am at my own house. They cook amazing food for me every day and treat me so nicely. During my stay, every day I have learned something new about them and about their traditions, they also took me to some really cool places like the washing reservoir, temple and the local market. Now, after one week with them I really feel like home and they are my new family.

In the matter of the Horizon Academy, I didn’t have much time with them because I arrived to the weekend and only for a one week, but with the time I had it was nice to see how Ramanee and Udaya teach the students with a lot of passion in all kinds of ways like through books, notebooks, movies, games, dance, etc. I was joining to Ramanee’s teaching class. At the class I was talking with the students, check their homework, teach them computer work and at breaks, I was playing and teaching them field games. At the beginning it was hard for me to let them know what I mean in my explanation (I don’t speak Sinhala), but then I found some ways to explain like with signs and drawings. Also, it takes time to get to know the students and how to approach them, but when I did and felt like I did teach them something new, it was a really good feeling. I also translated Horizon Lanka website into Hebrew as requested by Nanda, but I wished to contribute more with the kids like maybe teach them new dance moves and art, things which require a longer stay. Therefore, I think if someone want to volunteer here and really make some difference, at least stay one week and even more here as it is necessary for getting know the program, students and family.

For conclusion, I had a great time (my best Sri Lankan experience so far!!) and I want to thank to all people who welcomed me, I hope I will see you again soon.

Tali Motzkin, Israel”

Tali Motzkin with students at Horizon Academy - Anuradhapura
Tali Motzkin with students at Horizon Academy – Anuradhapura
Tali Motzkin with Gimhani, the host.
Tali Motzkin with Gimhani, the host.

118. Susannah Horowitz – The United Kingdom

118.	Susannah Horowitz – The United Kingdom

118.	Susannah Horowitz - The United Kingdom

Ms. Susannah Horowitz from The United Kingdom was the first volunteer in 2018. She volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in January, 2018.

Sri Lankan fruits spread at Susannah's farewell party.
Sri Lankan fruits spread at Susannah’s farewell party.

117. Nguyen Le Hoa – Vietnam

117.	Nguyen Le Hoa – Vietnam

117.	Nguyen Le Hoa – Vietnam Nguyen Le Hoa from Vietnam volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation during December 2017 and January 2018.

Nguyen Le Hoa  with the French volunteer Thaïs de Gail and the students of horizon Academy - Ralapanawa
Nguyen Le Hoa with the French volunteer Thaïs de Gail and the students of horizon Academy – Ralapanawa
Nguyen Le Hoa at Ralapanawa Public School
Nguyen Le Hoa at Ralapanawa Public School
Nguyen Le Hoa and Nadeeka Kumarasingha practising dancing with the students.
Nguyen Le Hoa and Nadeeka Kumarasingha practising dancing with the students.
Nguyen Le Hoa and. Thaïs de Gail with Nadeeka's family
Nguyen Le Hoa and. Thaïs de Gail with Nadeeka’s family

EK ONG KAR MALOGA Yoga School from Spain Donates 90,000 LKR (500 EUR) to the Students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya

EK ONG KAR MALOGA Yoga School from Spain Donates 90,000 LKR (500 EUR) to the Students of Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya
Saying goodbye is never easy.
Saying goodbye is never easy.

Mr. Qurro Lopez from Spain volunteered at Horizon Lanka in October, 2017. He taught Spanish language to the students and the students were very fast in learning this totally new language. In addition to teaching, he brought a lot of gifts to the students at Horizon Academy – Mahawilachchiya. Tharushika Rathnayaka and Pramodhya Gunarathna received one tab each and the junior students got toys from him. Before he left Sri Lanka, he donated 90,000 LKR (500 EUR) raised by EK ONG KAR MALOGA Yoga School in Spain to be distributed among the students. This donation covers the academic and healthcare expenses of the students for the year 2017. (2017 was a bad year for the whole village as their parents’ farms did not yield any crops due to the drought. So, this financial assistance means a lot to them. It is the same for this year also since the village did not get sufficient rains for the third consecutive year.)

When asked to whom the credit should go for this generous donation, a delighted Mr. Lopez said, “Consider it came from God.”

The students, the parents and the Horizon Lanka Foundation appreciate Mr. Lopez and EK ONG KAR MALOGA Yoga School in Spain for assisting the students in a big way. Thank You.

“A Rainbow of Cultures” – Horizon Lanka Mega Concert – 2016 on DVD for the Donors

“A Rainbow of Cultures” – Horizon Lanka Mega Concert – 2016 on DVD for the Donors

ThrillerHappy New Year to all friends and supporters of the Horizon Lanka Foundation! 2017 was a great year for us. We were able to open new schools (four branches of Horizon Academies in Anuradhapura district, Sri Lanka) and expand our reach to help even more kids improve their English and computer skills. Last year, we hosted more volunteers than any other year in Horizon Lanka’s nineteen-year history. Our success last year was due to the hard work of the various volunteers, both local and foreign, that gave their time and energy to helping the students. Of course, our success was also dependent on the generous donations of various supporters of Horizon Lanka.

Now that the New Year is upon us, we are looking to start things of right with a fund-raising campaign. We encourage anyone and everyone to please give what they can so we may continue to give rural kids equal educational opportunities. Until March, every donation of $50 or more will receive a copy of professionally edited annual concert of 2016 “A Rainbow of Cultures” – Horizon Lanka Mega Concert – 2016 on DVD and personal thank you letter from a student letting you know how your donation has made a difference in their lives. Of course, Horizon Lanka also welcomes all volunteers and visitors to their locations to teach, work or just have a friendly chat. You can donate us through our Crowdfunding Campaign at https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/empowering-children-in-rural-sri-lanka or donating us through our bank account. (Drop an email to info@horizonlankaorg to get our bank details.

You can see images and unedited raw footage of the dancing items of the “A Rainbow of Cultures” – Horizon Lanka Mega Concert – 2016 in this link. http://www.horizonlanka.org/en/blog/2017/12/22/rainbow-cultures-horizon-lanka-mega-concert-2016/

102. Thaïs de Gail – France

102. Thaïs de Gail – France

Thaïs de GailMiss Thaïs de Gail from France volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation from December, 2016 to January 2017.

Miss Thaïs de Gail with the students of Horizon Academy - Ralapanawa
Miss Thaïs de Gail with the students of Horizon Academy – Ralapanawa
Miss Thaïs de Gail teaching the adult students at Horizon Academy - Ralapanawa
Miss Thaïs de Gail teaching the adult students at Horizon Academy – Ralapanawa
Miss Thaïs de Gail and Nguyen Le Hoa at Ralapanawa Public School
Miss Thaïs de Gail and Nguyen Le Hoa at Ralapanawa Public School