Sri Lanka

Shaper Buddy Programme Closing Ceremony

SBP Closing ceremony with GFF Helps advisor Mr. Tharaka Munidasa

 

GFF HELPS Sri Lanka in collaboration with Global Shapers Kandy Hub and SANASA Campus conducted a three month long career guidance and capacity development programme where weekly workshops were conducted for 18 undergraduates from SANASA Campus. These workshops covered 16 modules aimed to equip the participants with 21st century skills and employability skills which will greatly enhance their chance of landing better jobs after the completion of their academic programme.

 

 

MODULES

01: Discovering yourself

02: Mental Wellbeing

03: Confidence building and language proficiency

04: Career Guidance

05: CV Building

06: LinkedIn

07: Interviews/Networking/Etiquette

08: Email etiquette/Meetings/ presentations

09: Work life balance/stress management/planning

10: Digital Literacy

11: Digital skills

12: Financial Literacy

13: Responsible Citizenship

14: Responsible Global Citizenship

15: Leadership & Team building/treasure hunt

16: Healthy Living

 

 

SBP Closing ceremony

Beneficiary feedback

 

 

 

 

 

SBP Certificate of Achievement

SBP Certificate of Participation

This insightful programme marked an end on March 19, 2022 on virtual platform with an evaluation from Global Shapers Kandy Hub, Comments from GFF Sri Lanka and SANASA Campus and beneficiary feedbacks. For certificate distribution we have selected 6 achievers and 7 participants through their performances and attendance. The performances of all the beneficiaries will be further evaluated. 

Joe FisherShaper Buddy Programme Closing Ceremony
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MEET HASINI ATHAUDA – SRI LANKA REPRESENTATIVE

I am a graduate of Environmental Science and currently reading for my MSc. I am passionate of project implementation with a sustainable approach. Before joining with Glenn Family Foundation, I was working in an apparel factory in where I have realized the importance of sustainable approach of project implementations. I am a member of Rotaract Club of University Alumni from where I developed my community management skills. Through my current academic pursuit, I apprehend that for sustainable development we need to satisfy human needs while sustaining the capability of natural systems to provide natural resources for the economic and social growth.

In a developing country such as Sri Lanka which is a biological hotspot we need to focus on economic growth and livelihood development while sustaining natural resources.

ABOUT GFF Sri Lanka

GFF HELPS Sri Lanka empowers vulnerable communities in collaboration with SANASA Campus based in Kegalle, which is a Non-State co-operative sector university that offer certificate courses, diplomas and degrees in fields related to Science, Business Management, Information Technology, Languages and Education. SANASA Campus has been developed as a community-based university following the
participatory and community development principles and practices of the SANASA Movement; which follows a cooperative philosophy among its membership and to the community with the goal of uplifting communities in a way that encourages local empowerment and local ownership. Since the beginning of the partnership in 2019, GFF HELPS has successfully conducted number of projects such as English for
Village program for school children in the area, IT skills development project which resulted in establishment of an IT department for the underprivileged youth, Shaper Buddy programme which is dedicated to improve the employability of undergraduates in the SANASA Campus and first-aid training workshops.

 

Joe FisherMEET HASINI ATHAUDA – SRI LANKA REPRESENTATIVE
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“Work – Life Balance while working from Home” webinar – Sri Lanka

GFF HELPS Sri Lanka organized an hour-long free, live webinar on “Work – Life Balance while working from Home” on Saturday, 25 September 2021 via Zoom virtual platform.

Poster for the webinar

The guest speaker was Dr. Asanka Bulathwatta (Ph.D (Germany), MSc. (Spain), B.A (Pdn)), an esteemed Human Resources Psychologist and a Senior Lecturer at Department of Psychology of University of Peradeniya. The webinar was conducted with 21 participants and the session was very informative and interactive with participants actively engaging in the polls launched by the resource person. The participants were informed on the ways to increase their productivity and to find an equilibrium between personal and professional life while working remotely.

Facebook page launched

Webinar in progress

GFF HELPS Sri Lanka facebook page was also launched in conjunction to publicizing for the event on social media. While the focus of the programme was to contribute towards improving the mental wellbeing and professional development of the working youth in Sri Lanka, it also allowed for more people in the country to be aware of the work that is being done by Glenn Family Foundation HELPS program, both internationally and locally.

Joe Fisher“Work – Life Balance while working from Home” webinar – Sri Lanka
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Introducing Senuri Jayawardena

GFF Sri Lanka Volunteer

GFF HELPS Sri Lanka works in partnership with SANASA Campus in Kegalla, which is a non-profit co-operative sector university that offer certificate courses, diplomas and degrees in fields related to Science, Business Management, and Education. SANASA Campus has been developed as a community-based university following the participatory and community development principles and practices of the SANASA Movement; which follows a cooperative philosophy among its membership and to the community with the goal of uplifting communities in a way that encourages local empowerment and local ownership. Since the beginning of the partnership in 2019, GFF HELPS has successfully conducted number of projects such as English for Village program for school children in the area, IT skills development project which resulted in establishment of an IT department for the underprivileged youth and first-aid training workshops etc.

GFF Sri Lanka welcomes Senuri Jayawardena as GFF Sri Lanka Volunteer and she writes:

I am passionate about working towards promoting environmental conservation at grass-root levels through capacity development of the communities. As a graduate with Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science and Chemistry, I was of the belief that the change towards environmental sustainability should come from a policy level. But while volunteering as an active member of the Environmental Society at University of Peradeniya, and during my internship at UNDP Sri Lanka under Global Environment Facility, I realized the importance of focusing on the community, for sustainable development to be visibly impactful. Therefore by working with GFF HELPS, I hope to constantly strive to serve the people and help save the environment while improving my skills in project management.”

Joe FisherIntroducing Senuri Jayawardena
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Meet Senuri Jayawardena – Sri Lanka Volunteer

Meet Senuri Jayawardena – Sri Lanka Volunteer

I am Senuri Jayawardena, an Environmental Science and Chemistry graduate who is passionate about working towards promoting environmental conservation at a grass-roots level through capacity development of communities. 

Joe FisherMeet Senuri Jayawardena – Sri Lanka Volunteer
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English for Village Program – Sri Lanka

English for Village Program – Sri Lanka

The “English for Village” concept was proposed by Dr. P.A. Kiriwandeniya, chairman of SANASA University Campus, Kegalle, with the intention of sharing English communication knowledge from undergraduate students to the rural community as a voluntary service. This was supported by the GFF Sri Lanka team, who saw it as a valuable opportunity for village children to learn English skills while also helping to develop the leadership skills of undergraduate students.

Joe FisherEnglish for Village Program – Sri Lanka
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Two Day First Aid Training Workshop – Sri Lanka

Two Day First Aid Training Workshop – Sri Lanka

Emergencies can take place anywhere – it can be where people live, their working environment, or any hazardous area! Hence, it is necessary to have the knowledge to act accordingly in such situations and to have an understanding of how to act with limited resources.  

Tharaka MunidasaTwo Day First Aid Training Workshop – Sri Lanka
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Opening of the Information Technology Department in Sri Lanka

Opening of the Information Technology Department in Sri Lanka

For the last six months, GFF Representative in Sri Lanka, Tharaka Munidasa, has been identifying new opportunities for GFF in this brand new location for the HELPS programme. One of the areas of need he identified was the lack of resources at a local SANASA Campus to train local youth in information technology (IT) – a much sought after skill in this region.

Emily RobertsonOpening of the Information Technology Department in Sri Lanka
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Introducing Pavithra, GFF Sri Lanka

Introducing Pavithra, GFF Sri Lanka

Image: Pavithra Gunasekara (right) and first Sri Lanka GFF Representative, Tharaka Munidasa (left) standing at the entrance to SANASA Campus.

Hi there, my name is Pavithra Gunasekara. I am a recent graduate from SANASA Campus, Kegalle, Sri Lanka, having completed a Bachelor of Science in Regional Science and Planning. My degree programme was based on community development where I got the opportunity to engage and work with a SANASA Primary Society (local cooperative community groups). With their collaboration, I developed an “Integrated Rural Development Plan” for four years under five pillars: community empowerment, uplifting the low-income families, developing infrastructure facilities, improving education & health and developing the local cooperative community groups. The second project was on encouraging small to medium entrepreneurs in Makola South area by aiding credit finance.

Emily RobertsonIntroducing Pavithra, GFF Sri Lanka
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Setting our sights on Sri Lanka

Setting our sights on Sri Lanka

Image: Tharaka Munidasa, front centre, and GFF India Saom Namchu, back centre, pictured here with children from the rural community who are involved with a SANASA Campus programme.

An introduction to Tharaka

Hi there my name is Tharaka! I am a recent graduate from the University of Auckland having completed a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with First Class Honours. I was born in Sri Lanka but moved to New Zealand when I was 6 months old. Growing up with two different cultures, I was determined to fuel my curiosity to develop my global mindset. I gained secondary schooling experience in Hiroshima, Japan through my Asia Student Exchange Scholarship, a semester abroad at Pennsylvania State University, USA through the 360° Auckland Abroad Exchange Travel Award and finally, professional experience where I completed an internship abroad in Shenzhen, China through the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia.

Having reflected on the wonderful opportunities I have had abroad, I set a goal to give back to communities in Sri Lanka before engaging in my career. I connected with the Glenn Family Foundation (GFF) through the University of Auckland Business School, where I proposed the idea to expand GFF’s global reach by coming to Sri Lanka to facilitate a partnership with a local NGO and establishing a new location for the HELPS programme. I believe I can make a greater impact on my hometown if I can create the opportunity for volunteers to get involved for years to come! My current volunteer involvement involves teaching English communication skills to first-year students at SANASA Campus and looking to transfer these skills towards children in the village. Furthermore, I am consulting on an IT Development Programme to build IT skills for students and the community.

Emily RobertsonSetting our sights on Sri Lanka
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