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Teaching Assistant

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Montessori pre schoolThanks to a donation from Cate Thomas and her brother John Skutsch, we were able to continue sponsoring a teaching assistant at the Sumudu pre-school in Lunugamvehera.

Cate and John both previously lived in Sri Lanka and have raised funds for a number of schools over the years, including Sumudu where the renovated and fitted out the school classroom.

The current donation will fund the teaching assistant, Dasani Esha, for a second year.

An assistant was needed given how much the numbers have grown since the Montessori pre-school opened in 2009 with 17 students. Some 41 pre-school children are currently registered.

 

Programming seminar

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The Mahasenpura Community Computer Centre (MCCC) held a weekend programming seminar in mid-September.Programming seminar

We would like to thank Dilan Anushka and Amil Kanchana, the two software engineers who volunteered their time to come to Tissa from Colombo and teach the students who are studying for our one-year diploma course.

Dilan conducted a Java session and Amil UI/UX.

Pictured right are Dilan and Amil with some of the students, plus centre manager, Tharindu and teacher, Nuwan.

The plan to return to Tissa once a month to complete the programming module for the students. In the meantime, they will give the students practical sessions over the internet.

HSBC Sponsorship Students

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Dilini and HSBC sponsorship students (1)We  took a group of four university students studying in Colombo to meet Dilini Fernando (left), HSBC’s Corporate Sustainability Manager in late August.

Over the past two years, the bank has sponsored nearly 250 students to mark its 150th anniversary in the country.

All four thanked HSBC for their grants, which are being used to pay for food and study materials.

The quartet all originally come from around Tissamahara where the charity is based.

Shangri La Garage Sale

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Nipunda Shangri LaThe Shangri-La Golf Resort and Spa in Hambantota held its second garage sale in late July/early August to raise funds for a joint library development programme with SRI.

A total of Rs75,930 was raised over a two-day period from the sale of lost and found items, plus donations from hotel staff.

We were delighted with the fundraising effort as it was more than double the amount raised from the first garage sale in April.

The intention is to hold a sale once every quarter and build up a fund to renovate and re-stock libraries across the educational district around Hambantota.

The hotel also has an 2% employment target for people with disabilities and SRI was extremely pleased when two of our former deaf students from Debarawewa President’s Primary College  - Nipuna and Owinda – were given jobs there late last year.

Nipuna is pictured top row, second from left at the Shangri-La’s recent international housekeeping week event at the hotel.

 

Community classes LI and LII

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Community classes LI and LII began after the completion of O-level exams in December while students were waiting for their results.Community_Class_LI-768x512

However, a number of other students also joined including two adults who put in a special request.

A total of 12 students sat for the final exam in the second week of July 2017 and all passed.

The highest mark of 72% was recorded by Binuri Kavishka Achinthi from Debarawewa Central Collage. She is in the science stream.

All the other students recorded more than 50%.

Flood relief

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Flood damage (1)Students at the computer centre joined together to help collect food and other necessary essentials for people affected by the devastating floods, which killed more than 100 people and wrecked nearly 2,000 homes in May.

Our computer centre manager, Tharindu, led the initiative with help from the Mahasenpura Old Students Association.

Among the items collected were: food, stationary, school bags, soap, toothpaste, nappies, clothes, water, pillows and sleeping mats.

We distributed the items to families in the Deniyaya area close to Matara in Southern Province as this was particularly badly affected.

Thanks to the generosity of our local community, we were able to help about 300 families. Many of the people who donated items have very little themselves.

Our efforts were further aided by the principal of Mahasenpura School, where the computer centre is based. His wife comes from one of the most badly affected towns, so was able to direct us to the areas, which needed most help.

Nisansala’s job

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We were very pleased when we were able to help our intern, Nisansala, find a job.Nisnasala_Piyasiri_electronics-300x200

She is now working at an electronics shop in Tissamaharama as a computer operator.

Before that, she was with us as an intern for a couple of years, giving the students practical advice and help alongside our MCCC teachers.

We chose her because she had shown great aptitude when she first came to the centre as part of community batch XXIII after she finished her A-levels.

 

HSBC student sponsorship

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Students of Dcc.Sscholership program (12)We recently marked the second anniversary of our most recent partnership with HSBC, which has been sponsoring over 240 students through their education.

The programme covers O-level, A-level and university or vocational level students.

This older age group was selected as the most effective way to incentivize talented but disadvantaged students to continue their studies rather than leave school and find a job to support their families.

The students nearly all come from the Hambantota, Ambalantota and Galle educational zones in Southern province, although the university and vocational level students are based at institutions all over the country.

The Bank is helping to improve their educational qualifications and equip them with the skills they will need to meet potential job opportunities at the end of their formal education.

Pictured above are some of the A-level sponsorship students from Debarawewa Central College.

Shangri-La Garage Sale

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Hambantota garage sale (1)The Shangri-La Hotel in Hambantota held its first garage sale in early April to raise funds for a joint library development programme with SRI.

The hotel, which opened in 2016, has very committed CSR principles and funds from the garage sale are being directed towards its Embrace projects, which target children’s health or education programmes.

A total of Rs31,630 was raised over a two-day period from the sale of lost and found items, plus donations from hotel staff.

The intention is to hold a sale once every quarter and build up a fund to renovate and re-stock libraries across the educational district around Hambantota.

The hotel also has an 2% employment target for people with disabilities and SRI was extremely pleased when two of our former deaf students from Debarawewa President’s Primary College  - Nipuna and Owinda – were given jobs there late last year.

This was a wonderful opening for both of them given the lack of job opportunities in the area, particularly for differently-abled people.

 

 

Dehigahalanda Special Needs Unit

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Dehigahalanda opening ceramony 2017.02.12 (1)Thanks to a donation from CIMA Students Society and the Foundation of Goodness, Dehigahalanda School got a refurbished special needs unit in mid-February.

Much of the effort raising the money was thanks to two of the society’s board members Abdul Qadeer and Amjad  Rahim from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants’ Colombo branch.

They enlisted the help of Sri Lankan NGO, the Foundation of Goodness, and held a number of fundraising events for their newly established programme: Education Beyond Ability, which targets special needs children across the country.

Abdul speech (1)It is a very worthwhile project helping special needs children, many of whom do not even go to school.

The Department of Education estimates that only 5% are able to get to a local school.

The unit at Dehigahalanda School was established by the principal, Mr Dharmasiri, when he first arrived a few years ago.

However, the classroom was not in a very good condition and there was little equipment.

CIMA’s donation enabled a complete refurbishment including tiling the floor, re-plastering the walls and installing electricity.

IMG_0242 (1)The society’s members also concluded a range of equipment from Colombo for the children and their teacher, Ms Udari Ranaweera.

In total there are about 20 children in the class with a range of disabilities including autism, Down’s syndrome.

One deaf student is also getting a proper hearing test and a digital hearing aid thanks to CIMA’s help.

The opening ceremony was held on Sunday 12th February and featured a lot of colourful dancing, as well as speeches from a number of guests including CIMA’s Abdul Qadeer above.

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