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Sonia and Amanda – Rose Sri Lanka Volunteer Update

On our first day in Kalmunai, Anthony took us to the village of Malwatha where we saw a preschool class in progress. We were greeted with many good mornings from the children who were dressed neatly in their uniforms and Rose Charities ties. Next door, the mothers of the children were also in school, learning their own trade involving design and sewing. The preschool gives many of these young mothers the opportunity to not only educate their children but to develop useful skills. The most significant impact of this program is the importance of education which is instilled in both mothers and children.

English Classes

We’ve started a combination of traditional English classes and computer classes with the Rose staff. A class in the morning with all of the staff is delivered in the classroom.  We then have two separate computer classes with groups of 6-7 in the afternoon using the Knowledge One program. So far, we’ve covered material on phone and email etiquette, practicing phone conversations and reading out loud in class. It took a couple days to determine which staff members were intermediate and which were beginners.  One thing is for sure, despite the varying levels, ALL of the staff here are extremely keen to learn and improve their English skills. Sonia has a hard time picking a volunteer in class because everyone puts their hand up! She is excited to teach such eager students. Amanda on the other hand has taken up Tamil; language exchange!

Women’s Micro-credit Meeting

On Wednesday afternoon we attended a monthly women’s micro-credit meeting. Some women wore turquoise saris, representing the village of Natpaddimunai while others wore pink saris, representing the villages of Pandiruppu, Neelavanai and Veeracholai. The sari colors act as a unifying symbol among women of the same village, creating a large support system . At the meeting the women discussed issues around their loans and made loan payments. Many women were eager to apply for a bank loan and used the meeting to find others that were willing to co-sign with them. It was interesting to see women from different areas, who normally would not meet, band together in order to achieve economic independence.

We met a long time successful loan recipient that ran her own fishing business. With the loans she was able to slowly build up her capital and buy a boat and large fishing nets. Unfortunately, her boat and fishing nets were lost in the recent floods, however that didn’t seem to diminish her strong entrepreneurial spirit.

We also met a woman in her early twenties who had enrolled in a sewing class through Rose’s vocational training program. After graduating, she successfully applied for a micro credit loan and bought a sewing machine to start her own business. She now has enough credit to apply for a private bank loan that will enable her to expand her business. Though she is young she is a leader within the women’s group.

On Thursday we attended another women’s microcredit group in Annamalai district. Here, we saw a preschool that was initiated and built by the local women’s group in order to provide their children with a preschool education. We found that this group had similar concerns to the women in Natpaddimunai, creating groups of ten in order to apply for loans. Additionally, the women talked about their concern for their children’s education as their local school was short teachers. One woman volunteered to go and speak to the principal about their collective concerns.

Our first few days in Kalmunai have been very rewarding, we are so impressed at how much Rose is embedded in the community and how micro credit is the driving force of the organization. Most of the women who receive loans from micro credit have children involved in RCSL’s preschool, primary and secondary educational enrichment programs. As a result, these meetings are a place for women to come and not only talk about loans and their business, but also the needs of their children and families.

We are looking forward the girls’ sports meet on April 11th and will update you on all of the fun activities. Sonia is planning to play her first cricket game!

On-line e-learning centre in Kalmunai

A mile stone program the first time in Eastern Province in Sri Lanka by rose charities.

Rose charities Sri lanka opened an online e-learning centre for education and economic development, the first time at Kalmunai in Ampara district-Sri lanka with the collaboration with professional organizations such as Vancouver Board of Trade and KnowledgeOne in Canada and NODES, ELI of Sri Lanka.

Frank Borowicz, the Governor of Vancouver Board of Trade was the chief guest of this function. Neil Gold, the chief Academic Adviser of KnowledgeOne, Yoga Yogendran, the Programe Director of Rose Charities Sri Lanka, Professor, Ivan Silva, Anthony Richard, the CEO of Rose charities Sri lanka, Board of Directors of Rose Charities Sri lanka, well wishes and all the staff also gave their interesting presentation to this function.

It is a milestone and boon program and gives us an education organization, dedicated to designing and delivering the world’s best English, IT and other courses.

The Grand Opening of VIBE will be held on 03rd December, 2010

VIBE is the new on-line learning centre in Kalmunai Sri Lanka. The centre is part of Rose Charities Sri Lanka and is funded by a generous donation to Rose Charities Canada from The Vancouver Board of Trade. Frank Borowitz of VBT and Dr Yoga Yogendran will be in Kalmunai for the official opening on 3rd December, 2010.  Vibe will provide on-line english language learning using the Knowledge One english language teaching program that was developed by Concordia University. This will be a pilot trial for this program.  The first batch will be the staff of Rose Charities Sri Lanka.

VIBE Center ready to open..

The Vancouver Board of Trade in conjunction with Rose Charities Sri Lanka has built an education and technology center for the town of Kalmunai.  After the 2004 tsunami a fund was established by the Vancouver Board of Trade and the funds collected donated to Rose Charities Sri Lanka to help with and augment their community programs

The decision was made by Rose Charities Sri Lanka Program Director Dr Yoga Yogendran, in conjunction with Mr Frank Borowicz, Governor of the Vancouver Board of Trade, to found the facility. The VIBE Center will be one of the first international facilities of its kind and will be equipped with the technology to enable people in remote rural communities to engage in on-line learning and knowledge management through the VIBE e-learning portal, in conjunction with the local Chamber of Commerce. It will also be on of the first learning centers through which a unique new kind of on-line specialized English language training developed by “KnowledgeOne”  (a Vancouver group) will be made available.

The formal opening of the VIBE Center will be at the end of November.

Rose Charities Sri Lanka was registered in Sri Lanka following initial emergency relief,  medical and counseling  teams were sent from Canada.   Mr Anthony Richards,  now Chief Executiver Director of Rose Charities Sri Lanka traveled to Sri Lanka from Canada with the first emergency team and has devoted his life ever since to the building up of Rose Charities Sri Lanka. Projects now include, education, health, peace-sports, micro-credit, income generation and community development. The VIBE Center will be a huge step forward for the Kalmunai Community, one of the worst affected by the tsunami in Sri Lanka