Educational and Vocational centre in Navkatadu

A local village, Navatkadu, has been recognized by the local authority as impoverished, with families living under the poverty line and children having difficulties without proper access to education.

We were informed about an existing multi-purpose building in the village that was originally built for the benefit of the people, but which was expropriated for military use during the war and used as a military camp until very recently.  The building has now been released by the military and is now available for its original purpose of providing social service activities for the community. The intention is to set up a pre-school in the building for children aged between 3-5 years and to open it up in the evening for Grade 11 children to study mathematics, English and science.

The building is a large structure consisting of several rooms and can accommodate other activities such as vocational training and other programmes to help build up employment skills for the poor in Navaktadu.

We have agreed to pay for the repair work to the building and for the various furniture and fittings that are required to equip it to commence its pre and post- school activities (total cost c£1200).   We have also agreed to meet the monthly costs of the pre-school and specialist mathematics, English and science teachers at a cost of c£125 per month.

The village, of Navatkadu, close to Akkaraipattu, has been recognized by the local authority as impoverished, with families living under the poverty line and children having difficulties with proper access to education. HELP was informed in late 2017 about an existing multi-purpose building in the village that was originally built for the benefit of the people, but which was expropriated for military use during the war and used as a military camp until very recently.  The building has since been released by the military and is available for its original purpose of providing social service activities for the community.

The intention is to set up a pre-school in the building for children aged between 3-5 years and to open it up in the evening for Grade 11 children to study mathematics, English and science. The building is a large structure consisting of several rooms and can accommodate other activities such as vocational training and other programmes to help build up employment skills for the poor in Navaktadu. HELP financed the necessary repair work to the building and for the various furniture and fittings that were required to equip it to commence its pre and post- school activities. We also meet the monthly costs of the pre-school and specialist mathematics, English and science teachers at a cost of c£125 per month. 

 

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March 2018

The trustees agreed to fund an exciting new project in the village of Navtakadu. It involves the refurbishment of an old military barracks to provide the village with a pre- and post-school educational facility and a vocational centre for women looking to learn sewing and other skills.

February 2018

As in previous years, we were delighted to buy the girls in the Amman Mahaleer Home new clothes an school equipment for the year ahead. we also bougt new bed covers for them.

August 2017

Amy Anfilogoff and friends visited the Home and spent a wonderful day with the young girls.

April 2017

At the request of the Amman Mahaleer Orphanage, we provided funds to buy a new generator for the Home. In February, we provided funds for the girls to buy new clothes and school equipment.

June 2016

Following their visit to Sri Lanka last year to see our projects, two of our keenest supporters, Ros and Malcolm Nattrass, have kindly offered to open up their (stunning) gardens to friends and family to raise money for HELP. We'll post photos after the event and hope the weather is kind on the day...

March 2016

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have arranged to fund the bank accounts of 19 of the young girls at the Amman Mahaleer girls home to provide them with a start in life when they leave at the age of 18. The donors have agreed to provide Rps50,000 to each of the girls (c£250) over a period of up to three years. We have informed the Principal of the Home that we are keen to provide similar support to any new girls who join the home.

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