July - Osuwinna School Libary
Osuwinna School recently got a library refurbishment thanks to Cate Thomas, her partner Ron Sidell and brother John Skutsch.
July - Sri Dewananda IT Donation
Pictured is MCTC Manager Tharindu and the IT teacher from Sri Dewananda collecting three central processing units (CPUs) for the school's IT lab.
This is one of the bigger schools in the area and we previously renovated and restocked its library back in 2015.
The school's Old Boys and Girls Association found the money for the hard disks, which the MCTC installed into the recycled CPUs, which HSBC donated.
July - Gamanapura School IT Donation
Pictured is Gamanapura's IT lab following the donation of three central processing units (CPUs) from HSBC's bulk donation.
Prior to this, the school only had three working computers among 30 students per class for a number of years. It was great being able to get a few more working again.
We have been involved with this school since the outset, having built its first IT lab back in 2007 and supplied a number of parts over the years.
June - Vidyartha School IT Donation
This June we donated 10 central processing units (CPUs), 10 monitors, 20 power cables and 10 VGA cables to Vidyartha School.
Pictured is the Principal with MCTC Manager Tharindu and two of the school's IT teachers.
The last time we made a donation to the school was in 2020, again thanks to HSBC's generosity recyling IT departments from its Colombo HQ.
June - Medawelana School IT Donation
This month we were able to donate five central processing units (CPUs) to Medawalena School as part of HSBC's bulk donation of recycled IT parts.
This is a medium-sized school midway between Debarawewa and Tissamaharama.
The Old Boys & Girls Association raised the funds for the hard disks, monitors, keyboards and mouse.
Prior to this, the school only had five working computers among 206 students.
May - Maha Ara School IT Donation
Thanks to HSBC donation of IT parts we were able to supply Maha Ara School with three central processing units (CPUs) for its IT lab.
This is the first time we have worked with the school, which is situated inland from Ambalantota, close to Sri Lanka's dry zone botanical gardens.
The school had a small IT lab with some furniture, but it only had two working computers being shared among 200 students.
May - Ranminithenna School IT Donation
Pictured are some of the students at Ranminithenna School using their reconfigured computers.
Thanks to HSBC donation of recycled computer parts we were able to donate and install an additional Central Processing Unit (CPU) and provide a new monitor.
This is a rural school, halfway between Tissa and Hambantota. Our most recent project was renovating a library in 2021 with CIMA.
April - Kids Class 13 Starts
The second of our three new Kids' Classes started in March.
There has been growing demand for these classes thanks to the pandemic and a better understanding among parents about the benefits of learning computing.
The class runs every Wednesday from 2pm with Nimeshika and Thushari teaching.
The students are from grade III and will learn the basics of computing including MS Paint and simple lettering.
April - Hambantota Primary School IT Donation
One of the biggest single donations from the batch of recyled HSBC computer parts has gone to Hambantota Primary School, which has 1,500 pupils.
The government had built an IT and Distance Learning Hub there, but the centre did not have enough computers to start running courses so the hub has been sitting empty for the past two years.
Thanks to our donation of 15 units, it has now been able to launch its first after-school Kids Course. This benefits many children from rural communities who do not have enough computers at their own schools.
April - Osuwinna School IT Donation
This school is one which SRI has a very longstanding connection with, as we built its first ever IT lab 16 years ago.
The lab was then upgraded by one of our donors, Cate Thomas and her family over the past decade.
Thanks to HSBC's donation of reycled computer parts, this very rural school now has a further six computers it can use.
March - Kids Class 12 Starts
The first of three new Kids' Class has begun in March with Nimeshika and Thushari as its two course leaders.
The six-month course runs after school every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm.
The students who are all from grade III will learning the basics of what a computer is, including how to draw using MS Paint and basic lettering.
Pictured are the students attending their first class, with many of their parents visiting the centre for the first time at the back.
March - Karambagalmulla School IT Donation
Pictured are Tharindu, Nuwan and Thushari handing over three recycled central processing units (CPUs) to the IT teacher at Karambagalmulla School.
We have been involved with this school, which is close to the port city of Hambantota since 2008 when we built and furnished its first-every computer lab.
March - Pustholamulla School IT Donation
Thanks to HSBC's donation of recycled Lenovo central processing units (CPUs) we were able to donate eight system units to Pustholamulla School.
As with all the donations from the HSBC batch, the school's Parents Association raised the funds to provide the hard disks.
Nuwan and his team of hardware students at the MCTC installed them as part of their practical course work.
March - Tissapura School IT Donation
Students at Tissapura School gain eight new computers thanks to HSBC's donation of six CPUs and power cables.
The school's Old Boys and Girls Association raised the funds for the monitors, hard disks, keyboards and mouse to create full computers.
This was one of the first rural schools that SRI ever helped, building its computer lab in 2007. It is testament to how those opportunities helped the local community, that some are now financially able to help the next generation coming through.
February - Tissamaharama School IT Donation
Two teachers from Tissamaharama Central College came to the MCTC to pick up four donated computer processing units (CPUs) from the HSBC recycled batch..
The school's Old Boys and Girls Association raised the funds for the hard disks, monitors, keyboards and mouse.
Then Nuwan and his group of hardware students assembled full computers for them as part of the practical training for their course.
February - Beralihela School IT Donation
Thanks to HSBC's donation of three recyled computer processing units (CPUs) and monitors, Beralihela School has been able to more than double the computers in its IT lab.
The number has now gone from two to five benefitting the school's 143 students. This is one of the remotest schools that we try to help.
February - Gunalankara Temple IT Donation
Tharindu and Nuwan hand over six central processing units (CPUs) to the chief priest at Gunalankara Temple.
We have been involved with the priests' school at the temple since 2014 when we donated the first computers it had ever received.
These have helped the students, typically aged 12 to 16 to learn IT as part of their school curriculum.
February - DPPC School IT Donation
This is one of the largest schools in the area with 1,765 students in grades six to 11 sharing 12 computers between them.
Thanks to HSBC donated of recycled IT parts, the school has now been able to almost double its number of working computers through a donation of 10 central processing units and three monitors.
The school's Parents Association raised the funds for the other parts, which Nuwan and his hardware students installed at the MCTC.
February - Gangeyaya School IT Donation
We built and equipped Gangeyaya School's first IT lab 15 years ago in 2008.
It is wonderful to be able to continue supporting it, this time with the donation of two central processing units (CPUs) and two monitors from the big batch of recycled IT parts donated by HSBC.
Pictured is Tharindu with the school's IT teacher.
February - DCC School IT Donation
The biggest donation of recycled computer parts from the batch donated by HSBC has gone to Debarawewa Central College (DCC).
In total, we were able to give the school 40 central processing units (CPUs) and 10 monitors, which were installed by Nuwan and his hardware students at the MCTC.
DCC is the grammar school equivalent school for Tissamaharama, which takes the children who achieve the highest grade five exam marks.
Pictured is the school's IT lab.
February - Royal College IT Donation
Pictured are two teachers and a student from Royal College who came to the MCTC to pick up five system units and five monitors.
Nuwan and his students had assembled them from the HSBC batch donation of recyled computer parts, including central processing units (CPUs) and monitors.
The donation brings the school's total up to 20 between 700 students studying IT for their O-level and A-level exams.
February - Yatala Tissa School IT Donation
The addition of eight system units has made a big difference to Yatala Tissa junior school, which previously only had three computers.
The system units were assembled by Nuwan plus students from his hardware course using recycled IT parts donated by HSBC.
Pictured are Tharindu (left) then Nuwan and two teachers from the school including IT teacher, Nihal Katipearachchi.
February - Zonal Office IT Donation
One of the busiest hubs in the whole of the Hambantota region is the Zonal Department of Education.
It is always full of people, but less so of the equipment they need to do their jobs effectively.
We have made a number of donations to the Zonal Director over the years, the most recent being three system units from a batch donation of recycled computer parts from HSBC.
Pictured are Jaya, Tharindu and Nuwan with the Zonal Director of Education.
January - Kawantissapura School IT Donation
The principal of Kawantissapura School came to visit the MCTC to pick up two system units from Tharindu.
The units were part of a donation from HSBC and continue a long association between the charity and the school.
We built its first IT lab back in 2008. At the time, we also had to pay off a large electricity bill, which the school had not been able to afford, resulting in it being cut off.
January - Mahasenpura School IT Donation
Pictured is the IT teacher, Mrs Dinesha Ruwanthi, from Mahasenpura School and a student collecting three system units from Tharindu.
We work very closely with the school's IT lab since the MCTC is situated in the school's grounds.
We provide its student with practical training alongside the other courses we run for community members and other school children.
January - Uduwila School IT Donation
It was very gratifying being able to make a new IT donation to Uduwila School, since it was one of the first schools we built and furnished an IT lab for back in 2007.
This time we were able to provide two system units thanks to a donation of recycled Lenovo central processing units (CPUs) from HSBC.
Pictured are Tharindu and Nuwan with IT teacher Ishanka Sandamali and one of his students.
January - Installing Hard Disks
Thanks to a donation of recycled IT parts from HSBC, we have received 200 central processing units (CPUs), 60 LCD monitors, 260 power cables and 60 VGA cables to distribute to schools that we work with.
Pictured are some of the students from our hardware course installing the IT parts into system units provided by the individual schools.