Horizon Lanka Foundation is in need of financial support. HLF is very grateful for the kindness of our donors and will never forget the immense support that brought us this far.
Our journey however is still not complete. Your belief and support for our goals are invaluable. Our aim is to make HLF a fully sustainable institution that can support the students to give them the best future possible so they can provide better incomes for their families.
Since the war in Sri Lanka is now over, foreign volunteers are ready to work at Horizon Lanka like in the past. From July/August 2009, the school hopes to accommodate foreign volunteers to teach English and ICT at Horizon Lanka. Already a volunteer from China is teaching computers at Horizon Lanka. Horizon Lanka is in need of an experienced volunteer to do a SWOT analysis followed by a comprehensive business plan and implement it to make Horizon Lanka self sustainable within a specific period of time.
Your contribution to living expenses of these young volunteers is highly appreciated.
HLF has accrued debts during the difficult times it faced which need to be cleared as soon as possible. We need your help to do this so that we can push Horizon Lanka forward and continue its good work.
Your support today, however small will be a priceless contribution towards giving our students a better education and a better future.
Thank you and we wish you peace, happiness and success.
"If you are interested in volunteering here then waste no time! Horizon Lanka is in need of manpower, people with skills of many kinds to help build it back up to its former glory. The students here are eager to improve their English and computer skills but they love to play sports and learn about practically anything! Living in this village is amazing, you will be greeted with friendly smiles everywhere you go, there’s no shortage of helpful hands and the food is fantastic.
There’s lots of work to be done but in Sri Lanka people always make time to just enjoy life and talk to each other so you can be sure to make many good friends and learn about the truly unique values of this beautiful country." - Gavinash Sirisena, the United Kingdom
Gavinash with some students of Horizon Lanka at Tantirimale
LankaCom team testing mesh signals at a student’s house … …
Horizon Lanka Foundation secured a grant to provide Internet access to the village of Mahavilachchiya using mesh technology. The preliminary work has already begun and the project will be completed within coming weeks.
In 2006 also Horizon Lanka provided internet access to the Mahavilachchiya village through mesh technology by providing Internet access to 30 users. That covered 1/4th of the geographical area of the village and this time around the network will be extended to rest of the village as well.
More details of the project will be made available through Horizon Lanka website www.horizonlanka.org as and when they are available. (Due credits to the relevant parties who support us will be attributed in our next newsletter once the project is completed.)
We expect you will help us by providing new or used PCs and laptops to us so that we can distribute them among the children of Mahavilachchiya, public schools, dhamma schools, community centers, etc. so that more people from the village could use Internet productively. You can donate us through this website (Global Giving http://www.globalgiving.com/pr/1700/proj1657a.html?RF=widget_large1657 ) to donate us money to buy PCs and laptops.
We hope to provide Internet access to more than 100 users through this project. There are already more than 50 PCs available in the village and we need your support to provide more PCs to the villagers.
Miss Nicky from China visited Mahavilachchiya on the 26th of January and spent the whole day at Horizon Lanka with the students the following day. She taught students web 2.0 related tools and English. She taught both the youth and junior students at Horizon Lanka. Students enjoyed her teaching a lot. They are very excited about volunteers starting to come back to Horizon Lanka after the peace is established by the government during last year. More volunteers are waiting to visit Mahavilachchiya in the coming months.
Some of the students who joined Horizon Lanka in January 2009
Academic activities for the year 2009 were resumed at Horizon Lanka Academy since mid December last year. Horizon Lanka has obtained the services of two experienced teachers, Mr Mahendra Illangasinghe for English and Mr Sisira Rajapaksha for ICT teaching. New students are joining every week for the new classes. Horizon Lanka also expects to receive local and foreign volunteers to support ICT and English teaching at Horizon Lanka like in the past.
The students are taught English and IT at Horizon Lanka. Once the mesh network is repaired we hope to resume e-learning as well.
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