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Vijayadashami at 10, Hospital Lane, Kalmunai

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Vijayadashami, is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated in Srilanka. The day marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon. The Goddess fought with evils for nine nights and ten days. The name Vijayadashami is also derived from the Sanskrit words “Vijaya-dashami”, literally meaning the victory on the dashami (Dashmi being the tenth lunar day of the Hindu calendar month). The Ayudha Pooja ritual is also on Vijayadashami where the equipments and gears are kept for puja.
The staffs at Rose Charities Srilanka, Rose Lanka Microcredit and Rose Medicare have celebrated the day with joy.

Vidyarambham at Domino’s Preschool

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The ceremony of Vidyarambham (Vidya means “knowledge”, arambham means “beginning’) for children is held in schools, temples and in houses. It is common practice and today took place at the Domino’s Preschool. Two Kids were initiated into learning by Mr.Ngarajah, a well respected former Principal.

Give the right tools. A job well done!

Free books were given to Students of Vaharai Tamil Maha Vidyalayam. As a part of the G.C.E. Ordinary Level Enrichment Seminar program, Model and Past Question Books were given to students who will be sitting the G.C.E.(O/L) Exams this year. Books were donated by Mr.V.Thevasenathipathy (attorney-at-law) of Colombo Arul Study Circle.

Last month a team of teachers of Arul Study Circle presided by Mr.Thevasenathipathy has came to Kalmunai and conducted a three days seminar for G.C.E.(O/L) students. About 3500 students have benefited from this.

Vaharai and surrounding areas have been affected very badly by the past civil strife and the remnant of it was visible in the face of those students.

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Every great achievement was once considered impossible

Vigneswara Tamil Vidyalayam is located in Hopton, a “tea plantation” village in Lunugala town in the middle of a mountain range (about 150 km from Colombo and elevated about 750 m above the sea level).
This school was started during the British colonization period in 1938 with only one “shack” building. The persistent effort of the villagers made it possible to upgrade this school to a Secondary School (grade 1 to Grade 11) with 480 students and 30 teachers. Guided by the current principal Mr. S. Thiyagasundaram, this School became a “model School” with awards and achievements.
The Community around this school is very poor with the parents are mostly plantation labours. The main agricultural product of this community is tea. There are many beautiful tea estates in Lunugala. For generations, the majority of the villagers are labours in the tea estate. Additionally people cultivate pepper, cinnamon and cacao and do home based small business.
Presently there is awareness for education in this area. The villagers need help and support to find the resource for education. This was identified by Rose Charities Srilanka two years ago. For RCSL, it has been a new experience to work in the Hill Country.
For the last two years RCSL provides educational support. Since 2014 Rose Lanka Microcredit has also started a village group in Hopton, Lunugala with the support of AMDA. So far there are 52 active members from this village group.
This school became the main recipient of various types of support from Rose Charities Srilanka and Rose Lanka Microcredit pvt ltd. For the last two years education materials, books and other supports were given to this school
This year the volley ball team of Vigneswara Tamil Vidyalayam (under 15 age group) came third place in all island level. This is a milestone in the history of this school. Rose Charities Srilanka and Rose Lanka Microcredit gave volley ball, nets and shoes to those kids. Few of the boys who were achieved this were from the microcredit families of Rose Charities.
The story did not end here. Like the previous years, 8 Primary students have passed in the Grade 5 Scholarship Exams held this year. They were felicitated by Rose Charities Srilanka and Rose Lanka Microcredit. Medals were awarded to these kids.
The school community is grateful for what has been done and welcome the efforts of Rose Charities Srilanka and Rose Lanka Microcredit for future support.

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“Lawrence Preschool” – A New Bud of “Rose Preschools”!!

A new ‘English Medium’ preschool has been inaugurated in Mandur village of Vellavely division on the 18th of January, 2013. This is the 17th preschool of Rose Preschools.

As a result of a load of requests from the parents, teachers and officials of the area, this preschool was planted there as the Sister School of English Language Institute in Kalmunai.

In a rented house with a vast front yard, the preschool was established.

Almost after four months of starting, this preschool shows a promising future in the children’s education.

It has a long menu, with not only preschool education (for kids 3years – 5years of age) but also after school classes (grade 1 – O/Levels), English classes (for kids and adults), scholarship enrichment classes (for grade 4 students) and computer classes (for kids and adults).

At present there are 57 children attending this preschool in which of them 27 are boys and 30 are girls. There are about 60 students attending for the after school classes of English, Maths, Tamil and other necessary subjects.

In the month of March, this year, Lawrence Preschool has celebrated its 1st Annual Sports meet with all the students and parents. The fun has not stopped there. The children and teachers with some of the parents went on an excursion in April.

Today, a Computer Lab has been opened in the school for the use of kids and adults.

We hope for the best in providing the education for the community.

Still More Microcredit Stories: Education a Top Priority for These Mothers

Today’s stories come from the village of Ranamadu 6. Here, we meet T. Rukmanithevi, a single mother of three, who has tended her small rice paddy for more than 20 years. Her three children are now reaching university-age, and Ms. Rukmanithevi is determined they continue to receive the best education they possibly can. To support them, she needs to expand her business and increase her income. She applied for and received two loans from Rose Microcredit, with which she purchased an additional plot of paddy land. She now has four acres of land for rice production, which has led to a big increase in her monthly income, allowing her to begin saving for her children’s university careers.

K. Ranjithamalar is also from Ranamadu 6 and runs a small rice paddy and home garden. With loans from Rose Microcredit she was able to invest in top-quality seed and fertilizers that have effectively doubled her yield of rice. She and her husband have begun to save their extra income in hopes of buying more space for their home garden. Ms. Ranjithamalar’s dream is for her four young children to receive a proper education and to make the most of any opportunities their dedication and hard work may bring them.

Rose Charities commends these mothers for the value they place on their children’s education. We will do our best to support them, as they in turn support their children!

More Microcredit Success Stories

Today we have two stories of successful young entrepreneurs from the village of Veppayadi.

Our first is Ms. R.  Vijitha, who runs two seasonal businesses out of her home and has greatly benefitted from microcredit loans from Rose Charities. In the dry season, Ms. Vijitha works as a seamstress and dressmaker, while in the wet season, runs a small vegetable garden. Before receiving assistance from Rose Microcredit, the combined income from these two businesses was about 5,000Rs per month. Her small garden plot provided enough fresh produce for the family to eat, while money earned from sewing was enough to add rice, eggs and meat to the family’s table. This was purely subsistence living. There was no real possibility of saving, and there was nothing to fall back on should a crop fail. Ms. Vijitha received three loans from Rose Microcredit of 20,000, 30,000 and 40,000Rs, respectively. With this money, she was able to purchase a larger plot for her garden and quickly began producing a wider variety and greater number of vegetables that could be sold at market. She also used some of the money to give her dressmaking business a kickstart by purchasing better equipment and fabrics. In short order, the family’s income tripled to 15,000Rs per month. Vijitha can begin to put the extra money into savings, which finally brings some financial security for the family, and propels her towards her future goal of opening her own grocery store and dressmaking shop.

In the same village, we find K. Nalini, a wife and mother of three. Ms. Nalini has run a small cattle farm and vegetable garden for the last 5 years. Until this year, the farm yielded only enough milk and vegetables to feed her family. Again, there was no possibility of saving money and thus no safety net should disaster strike. With two loans from Rose, the first, a trial loan of 30,000Rs, followed by a second more substantial loan of 200,000Rs, Ms. Nalini was able to buy two more cows and begin producing enough milk to sell. She also expanded her garden, adding long beans, eggplants and squash, all of which she could sell at market. She’s now producing enough income to feed her family and pay back her loans, with still plenty to put away as savings. For Ms. Nalini, this injection of capital has been enough to set her on a stable financial course. She has no need or desire to borrow any further. Her focus now is on saving, making smart financial decisions, and building towards a prosperous future.

Microcredit Success Stories

We at Rose Sri Lanka would like to take an opportunity to share with you some stories of the successes that small business owners have had this year as a result of microcredit loans from Rose Charities.


Our first success story comes from the village Thumbankerni, where Suthakaran Ajantha, a local grocer, has set up a small shop to sell fresh produce and household goods. Intially, Ajantha and her husband invested 20,000Rs of their own savings to pay for shop space and stock. This provided a modest income of 1,500Rs per week, which, between keeping the shelves stocked and putting food on the family’s table, was simply not enough. Ajantha decided to apply to Rose Charities for a microcredit loan. From Rose, she received two loan installments; a first one of 25,000Rs and later a second loan of 50,000Rs.. With her loans, Ajantha and her husband have been able to expand their shop space and fill the shelves with a wide range of merchandise. In addition, they have now gained access to wholesale goods from the Rose Charities Community Shop. Previously, Ajantha had to undertake long bus trips to Kalmunai or Batticaloa in order to buy stock at wholesale prices. This kept her away from the shop and away from her husband and children for hours each week. Now she can keep her store well-stocked from right in her own community at even cheaper prices than the big Batticaloa wholesalers. Income quickly rose from 1,500Rs to 5,000Rs per week and has remained there. This is great news for the family as it allows them enough keep the shop running, repay their loans on time, and perhaps most importantly, it allows Ajantha to spend time working and playing with her three school-aged children.

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There are more stories to come, so stay tuned!

The staff of Rose Charities Srilanka has just come off a very big weekend!

On Saturday October 27th, we hosted a grand educational enrichment seminar in Vellavely, on a scale such as we have never before attempted. Over a thousand students gathered at the Auditorium of Vellavely Kalai-Magal Vidyalayam for a day-long series of seminars aimed at preparing them for December’s GCE O-level examinations.

Saturday’s event was the culmination of an enrichment program that Rose Srilanka had conducted over the past six months in the villages of Vellavely in Batticaloa district. These Enrichment Classes brought local educators to students in remote and poverty-stricken villages who would not otherwise have an opportunity for extra help with their studies and exam preparation. Saturday’s event differed in that it brought a team of 28 educational experts and professionals all the way from Colombo. For this, Rose Charities Srilanka must give heartfelt thanks to a longtime friend and supporter of Rose Srilanka, Dr. Yogaraja of Loyal Publications in Colombo, who introduced Rose Srilanka to this incredible team.

With the support of the Zonal and Divisional Education officers and school principals, 1600 students from 30 schools were invited to this event. These schools are in areas that have been severely affected by war and poverty and where students have no access to tutors or afterschool programs.

Rose Charities staff worked tirelessly for a week leading up to the event, transporting and setting chairs, preparing packages of pens and paper for each student, and resources for the educational team. When the big day came, we were ready. Early Saturday morning, over a thousand students began making their way from all over the Pattiruppu education zone. There is no public transportation available in this area, so most students had to make their own way to the venue. Some of the more distant schools arranged buses, but most arrived by bicycle.

The education team, led by Mr. Velayuthan Thevasenathipathy, Attorney at Law, put on a series of intensive seminars covering Math, Science, History and Tamil subjects. In addition to receiving pens, paper, and a file folder, each student received a booklet containing an O-level study guide and sample questions. These booklets were generously donated by Mr. Thevasenathipathy. The lecturers put on lively and engaging seminars with quiz-games and prizes, and had students laughing, clapping and having a great time. Feedback provided by students after the event was overwhelmingly positive. In fact, after a full day of lectures, many students didn’t want to leave and asked the team if they could stay on for another day! Mr. Thevasenathipathy remarked that in his 35-years’ experience participating in education seminars, he has never had such a terrific experience as this. We at Rose Srilanka feel the same way. Saturday’s event was without a doubt the most exciting, gratifying and successful event we have ever been a part of! We must give thanks and congratulations to Mr. Thevasenathipathy and his team, whose contribution went beyond all expectations. We are so happy to have begun this exciting new partnership and look forward to collaborating on new projects in the future.

And so, at the end of a long and exhausting day, the staff of Rose Charities Srilanka left Vellavely filled with happiness and could look forward to a well-earned day of rest. Next week we move forward, looking ahead to continue the projects with high hope of even further successes.

K2K or JET Educational Scholarship Program!

As the 2012 school year enters its final months, it’s time for Rose Charities Sri Lanka to begin implementing its K2K (Kid to Kid) or JET Scholarship Program for the 2013 school year. So far, 16 students from the Natpiddimunai, Annamalai, and Pandirupu areas have been identified as needing special help and support. These 16 students, ages 6-15, come from families which have been severely affected by tsunami, war, or other hardships. All are missing at least one parent, and all face great obstacles to receiving the basic necessity of a proper education.

Rose Charities has worked with community support workers, local public school administrators, and the divisional secretary’s office to identify those children with the greatest need. After background checks and verification was conducted by RCSL, 16 students and their families were brought together for a meeting on August 30th with Rose Charities Sri Lanka CEO Anthony Richard and Rose staff who implement this program. Each of these 16 students will receive continued financial and material support provided by generous overseas donors participating in the K2K program. Initially, this will include a school supply package consisting of pens, pencils, a geometry set, textbooks and exercise books, and a backpack. In addition, an educational savings account has been opened for eight of the older students with an initial deposit.

CEO Anthony Richard talked with the families about the importance of saving for a child’s educational future and of the great empowerment and success that can be attained with a quality education. He also stressed accountability for both students and parents in keeping Rose Charities up-to-date so that it can provide continued support, and in ensuring that the funds donated to the K2K program are making a real and lasting impact on children’s lives.

More information on the K2K program can be found here: http://roseeducation.wordpress.com/k2k/
We wish these students the best of luck as they enter the 2013 school year, and we look forward to many future successes!