Project 2016/17 …
“Produce a good-natured, socially responsible, wholesome, talented, versatile individual with a passion for independent thought and learning”
“Promoting the best habits of independent thought and learning in the pursuit of excellence; fostering self-confidence, enthusiasm, perseverance, tolerance and integrity”
Above are the two mission statements of two separate schools in the world; one situates thousands of miles apart from the other. Interestingly, one might find it hard to distinguish the difference between the two statement, because it means the same.
One of them is a world class secondary school, and you can consider yourself ‘special’ if you’d ever be privileged to step through the gates of this world-class educational institution; the best teachers in the world cultivating the wisdom in 1300 pupils from all over the world, with the help of state of the art facilities. A typical day of a student in this college starts with bit of sports activities, followed by putting on their school outfits after a hot shower, then uninterrupted studies which only gets interrupted by the college bell, evening drama or more sport practices and finally the modern boarding facilities to indulge the schoolchild after an eventful day before go to bed.
The next one, which is also a secondary school, is well known to the locals where it’s situated in, but surely has not been highlighted enough to become a popular school in its own country. It educates over 50 students from local villages every year, and its ‘facilities’ lacks the definition of the word.
A typical day of a student in this college starts with activities like milking the cows, watering the plants, helping their mother in the kitchen, taking homemade breakfast items to the nearby shop for money. It is essential these little heroes practice this ritual daily to keep the hunger away from their families just for another day. Putting on their school uniforms that has no gone from white to bluish (only Sri Lankan’s know what this means), one, which is not more than a handful, might also find themselves very fortunate and privileged to have shoes to wear to school. It is quite remarkable to appreciate how one’s essential is another’s luxury. All these are ‘just small fry’ compared to the deprivation the villagers in Dehiaththakanndiaya have to go through characteristically in their day-to-day lives.
We are a not for profit organisation operating from the UK, trying to build a bridge between rural schools in Sri Lanka with the expatriate Sri Lankan community here in the UK and elsewhere in the world. We have two specific aims;
From time to time we identify a needy school in Sri Lanka and aim to collect sufficient funds to support either the school activities or the children's welfare. Our volunteers in Sri Lanka visit the schools selected personally and identify the most pressing needs. We are surprised to find that some of the children in these schools do not even have the most basic necessities, things that are taken for granted by not just children here in the western world, but even from other parts of Sri Lanka. We aim to take a holistic approach in providing assistance to such schools, catering to both the school's as well as children's needs.
We also aim to provide a platform for potential expatriate benefactors to link up with needy school children in Sri Lanka through Scholarship schemes. Our projects page lists the current opportunities for such scholarships.
Our operations are carried by volunteers in Sri Lanka and it is our mission that all your donated money, in their entirety, reach the identified beneficiary with nothing lost in the form of salaries, commissions or other charges.