Monthly Archives: September 2017

New Teaching Assistant

Posted on by Jackie

DSC_0214The CIMA- and Foundation of Goodness-sponsored special needs centre at Dehigahalanda School has been going from strength since it was opened in February 2017.

Increased students numbers led the government to appoint a second teacher to join Ms Udari and now CIMA has begun funding a teaching assistant, Rangeena Chamodi Warnasooriya (pictured) as well.DSC_0204

Student numbers have grown from 22 to 27 over the past six months. This means numbers are close to the classroom’s maximum capacity.

The centre has been possible thanks to CIMA’s Education Beyond Ability programme, which targets children with learning difficulties.

Human Elephant Conflict Seminar

Posted on by Jaya

Elephant 2, Pinawala Elephant OrphanageI conducted a seminar at Lunugamvehera National Park about human elephant conflict in association with the Park Warden, Mr Chintaka.

Mr Chintaka is creating an elephant corridor next to the park for the elephants so they can maintain their home range.

It is a big problem in this area because the population is growing and they want to increase  their cultivation across land the elephants use.

About 60% of Sri Lankan elephants are roaming wild and efforts to re-house them in national parks have not been successful as they break down the electric fences to get back to their home ranges.

The idea behind the seminar is to increase awareness among the local population so the two can co-exist side by side.

HSBC Sponsorship Students

Posted on by Jackie

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 global anniversary.

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.