Despite its proximity to the main road between Tissa and Hambantota, Tissapura is very much a rural school and had very few facilities when we first came across it. 

However, in common with other schools where we've invested a lot of our funds, it has a very active Principal in Mr Samansiri.

He is probably the most hands-on Principal of any we've come across.

In our early days, we'd often find outside his office conducting alfresco science experiments for the children. 

Thanks to a donation from the Yala Fund, he now has a proper science lab to do them in. 

Unsurprisingly, he was also the first Principal to request a school trip to broaden his students' horizons and make education fun.