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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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Thank you to the Rose Charities Sri Lanka Team

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To Anthony Richard, Rajeeshan Shanmugalingam   and the whold Rose Sri Lanka Team, 

On behalf of Rose Charities International and of myself I would like to extend our very grateful  appreciation for your magnificent staging of the 6th Rose Charities International Conference from 24 to 26th January 2014 at Kalmunai.    The events were wonderfully organized and offered the international delegates  both a wonderful forum for discussion in and an opportunity to learn first hand of the impressive spectrum of projects developed and organized by Rose Charities Sri Lanka.

It is impossible to over emphasize how impressed we are with the work  of the Rose Sri Lanka team . You organization brings great pride to the whole Rose network and remains as one of its foremost  project foci  leading the way in so many areas and setting reference points from which projects in other countries can lean. Your dedication, drive and energy have, and continue to be inspirational and your planning and organization superb.  This was extended to the Rose Vl Conference and th parallel commemoration of last 10 years of amazing work.

Now, with the even recently over we are left with the most wonderful memories and impressions of so many aspects of Kalmunai and the projects and operations of Rose Charities Sri Lanka.   And those memories will last for many many years into the future .

So bravo and thank you to you all.  In a world where there is so much need  your team of Rose Charities Sri Lanka  has provide a light of hope for so many.    For this we join with so many you have helped,  in laudation and gratitude.

Yours sincerely

William Grut.  MD.

(Rose Charities International  Executive Secretary )

 

“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.

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!

Disaster hits Domino’s Early Childhood Education Centre/English Language Institute in Kalmunai.

1st of September, 2012 was a usual Saturday for the residents of Kalmunai and surrounding areas. Next Monday the schools were going to be opened for the third term activities. The kids were getting ready to go to school. The staff and the Preschool teachers of Rose Charities Srilanka also were prepping to receive the Preschoolers for the third term of the year.

Without a warning, out of the blue a mini cyclone has whacked the area and destructed everything on its trail. The area was crushed by the accompanied whirlwind and heavy rain with thunder and lightning for a short period of time.

The Kalyani Hall aka English Language Institute in Kalmunai was one of the buildings partially destroyed by this mayhem. Kalyani Hall is famous in this area since it is not only the main auditorium to host all the events, meetings and cultural and educational functions of Rose Charities Srilanka but also houses the Domino’s Early Childhood Education Centre, the flagship Preschool of Rose Preschools. The roof of the building was torn apart and the fences were toppled. The debris resulted by the destruction made the regular school activities impossible in the grounds.

For the last couple of months because of the drought prevailed in the country a continuous power outage was imposed in the area for an average of five to six hours daily. This also disrupted the internet access and communications in the area.

Rose Charities Srilanka has postponed the reopening of Domino’s Preschool to 10th of August until the Preschool will be successfully relocated to a new place which will be safe and comfortable for the preschool kids.

The Staff of Rose Charities Srilanka are functioning in full throttle to not only relocate the preschool but also move the rest of the furniture and stuff out of the destroyed building before the next thunderstorm. The books, furniture and other teaching related materials are being shifted to a temporary shelter.

K2K ~ Kid To Kid Program of Rose Charities Srilanka; A Photo Album.

http://roseeducation.wordpress.com/k2k/
(Thank You William Grut)
Since 2009 Rose Charities Srilanka received a load of requests for help from poor families. About 41 kids from 18 families receive help under this project. Aside from these children 27 students from Mandur 40th Colony Government Tamil Mixed School and 22 students from Kalumunthanvely Government Tamil Mixed School also receive this assistance.

Rose Preschool Day Celebrations!

The kids from the Upper Kindergarten class of all the Rose Preschools performed and showed their talents in front of a big crowd of guests, parents and spectators. Speeches, singing songs, dancing and reciting poem were the highlights of the events.