Monthly Archives: December 2006

Nadigamwila Water Tank

Posted on by Mark

One of SRI’s main aims is to provide equipment that schools need rather than takes a donor’s fancy. Therefore, we spent many of our early visits talking to the school principals to find out their top priorities.

For the principal at Nadigamwila School, this turned out to be a water tank.

Tissa is in one of the driest areas of Sri Lanka and the principal wanted to capture rain water during the monsoon season to get the school through the dry season.

We thought this was particularly important after we discovered that many children arrived at school without breakfast and only had water to get them through morning lessons.

The tank cost US$750.


Playground Equipment

Posted on by Jackie

Many Tissa schools have playground equipment. Sadly a large percentage of that equipment is old and rusting.

Replacing it with new equipment is the kind of project that’s quick and easy to execute and very popular with the children

Almost a year since we arrived in Tissa and playgrounds were complete at Andaragasaya School, Gangeyaya School, Nadigamwila School, Ranminithenna School and Debarawewa President’s Primary College – in the latter instance we re-painted all the equipment.

Each school got a new swing, roundabout, climbing frame and see-saw.


Uduwila and Ranminithenna Toilet Blocks

Posted on by Jackie

One of the first things, which struck us about local schools was the terrible state of the toilets – if, that is, there were any at all. Many children were often off with stomach bugs and the lack of sanitary toilet facilities was not helping the rest.

We felt this would be a fitting first project and the lessons we learnt have informed everything we have done since. And that key lesson is sustainability.

The two schools got identikit toilet blocks for boys and girls. However, when we visited them both, we discovered that while Uduwila’s new toilet blocks smelt of roses, the same could not be said of Ranminithenna.

The reason comes down to the dynamism of their respective principals. Where one principal had co-opted the children onto a daily cleaning rota, the other could not even show us one of the blocks because he had lost the key.

Since then, we have made sure we pay as much attention to what happens “after” the project as we do “during” and “before”.





Osuwinna Renovation

Posted on by Jackie

This school had very little in terms of new facilities beyond a toilet hut built with the principal’s own money. But it was Mr Disanayake’s dedication, which persuaded us that Osuwinna would be a good school to direct funds to.

The school’s rural location meant it was very badly served and there weren’t even enough desks and chairs, let alone books and equipment.

One of our first tasks was to partition the two school blocks so the children could have separate classrooms rather than shouting over one another in the long halls.

We did this by building permanent partitions in the junior school block, but we installed temporary partitions in the senior school block, so the space could be turned back into a hall for prize giving days and assemblies.

Our second job was to put metal grilles over all the open spaces where windows should be. Securing the rooms from animals and other intruders means the children can hang their art work and teachers can store equipment without fear of it being stolen.

The whole project, including making new desks and chairs, cost nearly US$6,000.