Horizon Academy – Nanu Oya, Nuwara Eliya Needs Your Support

Horizon Academy – Nanu Oya, Nuwara Eliya Needs Your Support

Horizon Lanka Foundation started its fourth Horizon Academy in Nanu Oya, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka in May, 2018. This was started due to the untiring efforts of a teacher named Mr. Ponniah Gunasegaran from a small village called Kirimetiya in Nanu Oya. 

The general belief of rest of the country is that the children here in tea estates in the Up Country are not ready to learn and they dropout from schools at a young age and directly join the work at tea estates or elsewhere. But, what I saw was totally different. The kids and the parents here pay a great attention to education and some kids even speak some basic English.

Since we cannot afford to pay the teachers, we depend on local and foreign volunteers to teach English and ICT here. So far, three foreign volunteers have taught the children in this area. They were Mr. Alain Horst and Ms. Laura Horst from Switzerland in May and Ms. Balbina Gramespacher from Germany in July. We expect more local and foreign volunteers to join us soon.

The running cost of the Horizon Academy here per month is around 25,000 LKR | 156.68 USD | 133.90 EUR. This cannot be recovered from the students as their parents get a very low salary. One estate worker gets only an average salary of 650 LKR | 4.07 USD | 3.48 EUR per day. Still, if education is provided totally free of charge, they would not understand the value of it. So, we decided to charge 100 LKR | 0.63 USD | 0.54 EUR per month. If we get 100 students per month, we would be able to get only 10,000 LKR | 62.67 USD | 53.56 USD. We cannot expect that many students initially. Our aim is to attract that number of students by December, 2018.

The foreign volunteers teach English free of charge in the public schools in the mornings and this is totally free of charge for all the students in those schools. The students come to Horizon Academy in the evenings. Foreign volunteers teach throughout the week days and local volunteers can help teach these students English, ICT, science, mathematics, fine arts and sports during weekends. For the local volunteers, the villagers will provide food and accommodation free of charge. (Foreign volunteers pay the host families for their food and accommodation.)

The students have to pay the above fee for attending Horizon Academy as there are some costs involved in the Academy such as electricity, Internet, telephone, stationary, transport, entertaining guests, etc. So, if any of you could could help us with these expenses, please email us on info@horizonlanka.org. (All contributions and expenses will be recorded, audited and shared with the donors and other stakeholders.)

Nanda Wanninayaka – Chairman of Horizon Lanka Foundation

The students of Horizon Academy - Nanu Oya with the staff members
The students of Horizon Academy – Nanu Oya with the staff members
Students of Horizon Academy -Nanu Oya
Students of Horizon Academy -Nanu Oya
Mr. Ponniah Gunasegaran
Mr. Ponniah Gunasegaran
Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka with the students
Mr. Nanda Wanninayaka with the students
Desford School, Nanu Oya
Desford School, Nanu Oya

 

135. Chiara Fürst – Germany

135.	Chiara Fürst – Germany

Chiara Fürst – Germany Miss Chiara Fürst from Germany volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in March, 2018.

Teresa and Chiara Fürst with the students
Teresa and Chiara Fürst with the students
Chiara Fürst in Ranpathvila
Chiara Fürst in Ranpathvila
Teresa and Chiara Fürst in Anuradhapura
Teresa and Chiara Fürst in Anuradhapura
Chiara Fürst and other volunteers interviewing students at Horizon Academy - Ranpathvila
Chiara Fürst and other volunteers interviewing students at Horizon Academy – Ranpathvila
Chiara Fürst with other volunteers in Tantirimale
Chiara Fürst with other volunteers in Tantirimale
Chiara and Teresa Fürst in saris with Namal Thissa
Chiara and Teresa Fürst in saris with Namal Thissa
Chiara Fürst iwith other volunteers and Namal Thissa
Chiara Fürst iwith other volunteers and Namal Thissa

128. Ana Sitges Carmona – Spain

128.	Ana Sitges Carmona – Spain

Ana Sitges Carmona – Spain

Miss Ana Sitges Carmona from Spain volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation during February and March, 2018.

Miss Ana Sitges Carmona teaching at Horizon Academy, Sri Lanka
Miss Ana Sitges Carmona teaching at Horizon Academy, Sri Lanka
Miss Ana Sitges Carmona in Ritigala, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Miss Ana Sitges Carmona in Ritigala, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

 

124. Aaron Friedrich – Germany

124.	Aaron Friedrich – Germany

Aaron Friedrich from Germany

Mr. Aaron Friedrich from Germany volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in February, 2018.

Aaron Friedrich with the students and the staff
Mr. Aaron Friedrich with the students and the staff
Aaron Friedrich with Dilani, another foreign volunteer
Aaron Friedrich with Dilani, another foreign volunteer
Aaron Friedrich saying goodbye to Horizon Lanka
Aaron Friedrich saying goodbye to Horizon Lanka

122. Bảo Nguyễn – Vietnam

122.	Bảo Nguyễn – Vietnam

Nguyen Hoang Bao Mr. Bảo Nguyễn from Vietnam volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in January and February, 2018.

Mr. Nguyen Bao with two students of Horizon Academy - Tantirimale
Mr. Nguyen Bao with two students of Horizon Academy – Tantirimale
Mr. Nguyen Bao with two students of Horizon Academy - Tantirimale
Mr. Nguyen Bao with two students of Horizon Academy – Tantirimale
A Buddha statue in Tantirimale Rock Temple
A Buddha statue in Tantirimale Rock Temple
Bảo Nguyễn with the host family
Bảo Nguyễn with the host family
Bảo Nguyễn with the students of Horizon Academy - Tantirimale
Bảo Nguyễn with the students of Horizon Academy – Tantirimale

Mini Concert to Say Goodbye to Foreign Volunteers Diana, Eagle, Sona and Monika – July 13, 2017

Mini Concert to Say Goodbye to Foreign Volunteers Diana, Eagle, Sona and Monika – July 13, 2017

Horizon Lanka VolunteersThe students of Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka held a Mini Concert, the first of its kind for 2017, on July 13, 2017 at the Academy to say goodbye to four of our foreign volunteers, namely, Diana Wong Yuen Sam and Eagle Man Ho Tin from Hong Kong and Sona Forstlova and Monika Salfická from the Czech Republic. They volunteered in July, 2017 and did a lot to educate the students both at Horizon Academy and Gamini Public School in Mahawilachchiya.

All the volunteers also took part in the concert by performing along with the students of Horizon Academy and Gamini Public School in Mahawilachchiya.

See the pictures and videos of the concert items below.

Primary students at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya
Primary students at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya
Senior students at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya dancing with volunteers
Senior students at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya dancing with volunteers
Senior students at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya dancing
Senior students at Horizon Academy, Mahawilachchiya dancing
Man Ho Tin Eagle at the Concert
Man Ho Tin Eagle at the Concert
Horizon Lanka Volunteers after the concert
Horizon Lanka Volunteers after the concert
Diana Wong Yuen Sam with the kids after the concert
Diana Wong Yuen Sam with the kids after the concert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

120. Lisanna Stevens – The Netherlands

120.	Lisanna Stevens – The Netherlands

120.	Lisanna Stevens - The Netherlands

Miss Lisanna Stevens from The Netherlands volunteered at Horizon Lanka Foundation in January, 2018.

Lisanna Stevens at Horizon Academy, Ranpathvila
Lisanna Stevens at Horizon Academy, Ranpathvila
Miss Lisanna Stevens with her host Kalani Niwarthana Disanayaka and her sisters
Miss Lisanna Stevens with her host Kalani Niwarthana Disanayaka and her sisters
Lisanna-Stevens at the host family
Lisanna-Stevens at the host family
Lisanna-Stevens at the nursery
Lisanna-Stevens at the nursery
Miss Lisanna Stevens at Rambewa Central College
Miss Lisanna Stevens at Rambewa Central College
Lisanna-Stevens with students in Ranpathvila
Lisanna-Stevens with students in Ranpathvila

116. Tali Motzkin – Israel

116. 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.