English for village program is one of the impactful ongoing programs in GFF HELPS Srilanka. We are continuously conducting English Sessions, Reading Exercises, as well as storytelling sessions for a group of students in Ekiriyagala village by providing working sheets, students were more attracted to the English for Village Program. Every week, we continuously conducted the English for village program, according to a well-structured syllabus. Students already completed Grammar Sessions, Phonics, Conjunctions, and Picture Description Activities with the help of the English Department in the Sanasa Campus. Currently, there are 15 students and they are monitored by Mrs. Reshani, who is the English tutor in English for the village program.
GFF HELPS Srilanka actively collaborated with Ekiriyagala village and community members and continually provided a mobile library and donation program for the Ekiriyagala village students. Currently, there are six students and GFF HELPS Sri Lankan Representative provided the no of books for the students and helped them to read books individually. Every week, students engaged with the program actively. The main aim was the Mobile library and donation program that improves the reading skills of the village students and also facilitates the lack of educational resources within the village.
ICT Development program – SANASA CAMPUS
ICT Development program has been ongoing an educational program in GFF HELPS Sri Lanka. ICT Department, which is developed in 2019. Students are accessing and receiving technology access. GFF HELPS Sri Lanka conducted the ICT Development program by collaborating with Sanasa Campus and Ekiriyagala village. The project will end after 02 months. Till then students will engage with the ICT Development Program and improve their knowledge.
Health Awareness Program
GFF HELPS Srilanka has been collaborating with Kegalle Base Hospital for the first time. On the 29th of November 2022, GFF HELPS Srilanka supported by Mr.I.S.Rajapaksha who is 23 years experienced health education officer in Kegalle Base Hospital conducted the Health Awareness Program for the mothers in Ekiriygala Village. The main purpose was to be aware of the mental health lessons, child mental health, nutrition development, health diseases, family planning, child upbringing lessons, and health challenges of the school community during the economic downturn.
Joe FisherSRI LANKA CONSISTENTLY WORKING HARD TO CREATE ACCESS TO EDUCATION
In order to build up reading skills among the village students, GFF HELPS Sri Lanka actively collaborated with Ekiriyagala SANASA Society and the village to encourage Mobile library with the students. And to facilitate the lack of educational resources within the village, every week a reading sessions with the Ekiriyagala village students are conducted. GFF HELPS Sri Lanka Representative provides the story books for the village students. It has been observed that with such reading practices, they have considerably improved their reading skills and building their story-making abilities. Currently, there are ten secondary students engaged with the Mobile Library project.
GFF HELPS Srilanka conducted the English for village program to enhance the English language abilities of village students. Creative sessions were prepared weekly and activities were conducted according to the structured syllabus. GFF HELPS Sri Lanka team collaborates with Ekiriyagala Sanasa Primary Society and Sanasa Campus. Every Thursday and Friday,the program with Ekiriyagala village Students are conducted.
Alphabet, Colors, Numbers, and phonics were completed by the primary-grade students. And storytelling sessions, grammar lessons were completed by the secondary grade students. To measure the impact of the English for village program, a mock examination for the secondary grade students were conducted. This program is conducted by an English tutor, Mrs. Reshani Tamasha at Ekiriyagala SANASA cooperative society for the kids in Ekiriyagala and nearby villages.
English For Village Program – Udovita Village
On the 07th of October, Udovita SANASA Society was involved in the English for village project. The Srilanka representative was able to communicate with the Sanasa society and the young people in the village and decided to establish the English for village program in Udovita village. During the discussion, the participants were very excited and interested in GFF HELPS projects. Inthe meeting,a volunteer was interested to start the program with village students. Currently, the program is running with 20 village students. GFF HELPS Srilanka representative engages every week with the program and Udovita village people.
Technology Capacity Development Workshop
According to GFF HELPS Sri Lanka and Sanasa Primary Society meeting, on the 29th of September, the Technology Capacity Development Workshop wasconducted. The main objective of the workshop was to implement a Technology Capacity Development Workshop about the Usage of Smartphones in an appropriate manner and also to promote the importance of technology in society. GFF HELPS Sri Lanka collaborates with the Higher Education Institute Society Linkages Cell (HEI-SL-Cell), Center for Cooperatives and Community Studies (CCCS) & Sanasa Campus. The program was conducted at the Udovita Village with 30 young ones in the village and rural community members. The highest percentage for the training program has been recorded between the age groups of 20 and 29 54.2%. And the least amount is associated with the above 50 age group.
To measure the impact of the program, GFF HELPS Sri Lanka used an online survey. Finally, according to the views of the members of the overall training program, a number of 19 (79.2%) have commented on the program’s explanation. The program has received positive feedback. According to the available data, the 05th graph shows the awareness of the members regarding E-Business, WhatsApp Business, Cyber Security, and the Internet after the program. A higher percentage has gained very good awareness about the above topics. Also, most people were very well informed about the Internet.
Joe FisherSri Lanka focuses towards youth education in October
English is used all over the world by speakers of many languages because it has multiple uses and benefits. In order to build up language skills in Ekiriygala Village Students, GFF HELPS Srilanka conducted the English for village program. Learning a foreign language enhances ones cognitive and analytical abilities. There are several factors that make the English language essential to communication in many situations. Week by week, the creative sessions and activities are prepared. GFF HELPS Srilanka team collaborates with Ekiriyagala Sanasa Primary Society and Sanasa Campus. Every Thursday and Friday, the program is conducted with Ekiriyagala Students. We received newcomers for the program. There are primary grades and secondary grades students. Offered activities like helping to improve their reading skills, writing skills, and vocabulary abilities. The children were individually guided to deliver essays and practiced paragraph reading. They learned grammar lessons as well.
This program is conducted by an English tutor, Mrs. Tamasha at Ekiriyagala SANASA cooperative society for the kids in Ekiriyagala and nearby villages. The number of kids is increasing day by day and they are actively participating in the sessions.
Reading is a good therapy to improve own focus, memory, empathy, communication skills also language skills. In order to build up the confidence in reading English and stories among Ekiriyagala village students, GFF HELPS Srilanka collaborates with Samasa Campus and Sanasa Primary societies, and successfully conducted the Mobile library. In Ekiriyagla Village, there are primary and secondary students engaging with GFF HELPS Srilanka Mobile Library. The main purpose is to build up warm and happy associations with books, increasing the likelihood that kids will find more and more knowledge. Currently, There are 150+ Storybooks, and week by week kids are receiving the books from the GFF HEPLS Srilankan Coordinator. Reading increases vocabulary and can be a good self-esteem to build good communication skills.
It is very especially important for children to read as much as possible because the effects of reading are cumulative. Recently got newcomers for the Mobile Library and they are really interested in the Facility. They are gradually improving their reading skills through the mobile library. GFF HELPS Srilanka hopes to expand the Mobile Library to more Sanasa Primary Societies.
Capacity Development Workshop
GFF HELPS Srilanka collaborates with Higher Education Institute Society Linkages Cell (HEI-SL-Cell), Center for Cooperatives and Community Studies (CCCS) & Sanasa Campus. The workshop was based on Usage of Smartphones in an Appropriate Manner for the Udovita Village and young ones in the village and rural community members in order to fill the discrepancies due lack of technical knowledge.
The main objective of the workshop was to implement a Capacity Development Workshop about the Usage of Smartphones in an Appropriate Manner and also to promote the importance of technology in society. GFF HELPS Sri Lanka aims to provide necessary knowledge and workshop where it is needed. It is essential to have the knowledge to have a proper usage of social media and create awareness about E-Business, E-Communication, etc.
For that GFF HELPS Srilanka and Sanasa Primary Society had a meeting to plan and discuss the Capacity Development Workshop. So we hope to conduct it on the 29th of September 2022 with 45 young people in Udovita Sanasa Primary Society Cooperative Building.
Joe FisherGFF Helps Sri Lanka bridges literacy gaps
Reading daily is one of the best habits that can improve reading skills and we can mediate our minds by reading books. Children can improve their English through reading our library books. By reading it helps to develop one’s imagination, and can improve one’s memory and focus. Reading helps to enhance the imagination and can improve vocabulary skills. In order to collect books for the Mobile Library, GFF HELPS Sri Lanka organized a book donation drive for the SANASA Campus staff and the undergraduates. Reading books expands the knowledge. To build up interest in reading English books GFF HELPS Srilanka conducted the Mobile Library with Ekiriyagala Village students. The book donation drive was held for the first week of June. With the support of the SANASA staff and undergraduates, GFF could collect 150+ story books for the Mobile Library. Nowadays at Ekiriyagala Sanasa Society, Kegalle.GFF HELPS Srilanka conducting the mobile library for Ekiriyagla village students. These books has come out to be great asset for our project.
Physical Storytelling Sessions
GFF HELPS Sri Lanka have regular sessions as Physical Storytelling sessions so we had a Storytelling session about the explanation of the Sri Lanka country song. The children prepared on the Story about the beauty of Sri Lanka and history of Sri Lanka. With weekly practice, during the International online storytelling Gala session, our children practiced the Sri Lanka country Song and students performed it very well. It is a Sinhalese song and to perform it students used the English meaning of the song. Students are doing the storytelling sessions face to face, through that they can share the opinions and helps to improve the teamwork skills. This engagement helped to improve their pronunciation skills and reading skills. GFF HELPS Sri Lanka has been conducting the physical storytelling sessions at Ekiriyagala Sanasa Society, Kegalle.
English is one of the most spoken languages around the world. To compete with globalized countries, we have to learn English. English has become more dominant around the world. To build up the confidence and improve the English language skills , GFF HELPS Srilanka have an ongoing English for Village Program and every week , English sessions for primary grade and secondary grade students at the Ekiriyagala Sanasegalle, Sri Lanka are conducted. Day by day they are improving their English knowledge and vocabulary skills. So many interesting activities and sessions are prepared weekly. The worksheets prepared are also distributed and the children are asked to complete the tasks and activities. Gradually they are developing and improving their writing skills, reading skills. The children play creative games to build curosity, coloring letters and writing letters. They also practicing to create the letters in a creative way so that the children remember the letters and pronunciation.
Mobile Library and Book Donation Program
My country is the shadow of Dalada
My god is the refuge of Dalada
It is a home filled with happiness
I have inherited all these by birth
At the top of the golden pillar of Dalada Madura
The whole country wakes up with lightning
At the top of the golden pillar of Dalada Madura
The whole country wakes up with lightning
Two thousand years of history
Seeha reawakens in glory
It is here that we are united as one
Fears were removed from the mind
In the shadow of the Lord, Jaya Dada joined
Victory drums were played, and victory songs were sung
Lord Shiva was victorious
Victory drums were played, and victory songs were sung.
International Online Storytelling Gala Session
On 27th of August, all the respective countries participated in the International Online Storytelling session and the GFF HELPS Srilanka team also participated. All students in every country did awesome and fabulous work. Students got new experience within the Gala Session. They really enjoyed the session. And they learnt new things about other countries.
In the GFF HELPS Srilanka team, there were six students and they performed various kinds of performances. They wore Srilankan National costumes. Students have sung sinahlese song” Mage Ratata Dhalada Himi Saranai” Song (My country is the shadow of Dalada) and One student performed storytelling of the country song, another one delivered the speech about Srilanka, there was a brief introduction about Sri Lanka, finally one student played a Sri Lankan traditional music by playing traditional instrument in Sri Lanka.
Joe FisherSri Lanka focus on empowering children with stories
To improve the reading skills and vocabulary of the village kids, GFF HELPS Sri Lanka planned to build a Mobile Library. By reading story books with the village kids we plan to improve their interest in the language and improve their reading skills.
Every week we engage with them and share books and ideas. It helps to improve their awareness of the English Language.
In order to collect books for the Mobile Library, GFF HELPS Sri Lanka organized a book donation drive for the SANASA Campus staff and the undergraduates. The book donation drive was held for the first week of June. With the support of the SANASA staff and undergraduates, GFF could collect 150+ story books for the Mobile Library. Nowadays conducting at Buruluppa Sanasa Society, Kegalle, and Ekiriyagala Sanasa Society, Kegalle.
ENGLISH FOR VILLAGE
Excessive dependence on the mother tongue, reluctance or shyness to talk and read in English, overcrowded classrooms, and lack of confidence are the major challenges students face in Sri Lanka. Sustained access to meaningful learning that has value is critical to long-term improvements in productivity. There seems to be a disparity between Colombo and the rest of Sri Lanka in terms of English proficiency, thus, there are fewer career opportunities for a student/young professionals who do not develop their English proficiency.
The Sri Lankan partner organization of the Sanasa campus and Center for Cooperative and Community Studies as branches of the SANASA movement have long-standing experience and roots in rural and vulnerable communities that would benefit from a free English learning facility amidst the economic crisis of the country. Among eight thousand primary societies, Ekiriyagala Sanasa Society was selected for the project. Ekiriyagala Sanasa Society was involved in the English For Village Project in 201.
In order to build the confidence and improve the interest in the language of children in Ekiriyalaga and nearby villages, English classes were started on the 17th of May. Because of the instability and civil unrest of the country the English classes were started virtually. A resource person is conducting the sessions for primary students of the village. In the initial sessions, we focus on practicing tongue twisters and enjoying rhymes. Primarily it is to improve their interest in language studies. Teachers play a significant role in motivating students the learn a second language.
The resource person is Mrs. Reshani Tamasha who is a postgraduate of the University of Peradeniya. She is an award-winning Toastmaster in the Kegalle Toastmasters’ club. She is based in Kegalle therefore, it is easy to contact and coordinate the face-to-face sessions.
Joe FisherGFF SRI LANKA CONNECT DOTS WITH STORIES AND BOOKS
The lack of knowledge related to first aid is identified in the staff and the undergraduates of the SANASA Campus. It is necessary to have the knowledge to act accordingly in an emergency and to have an understanding of how to act with limited resources. Available knowledge of staff and students to respond to an emergency is scarce. Due to the economic crisis of the country, there is a shortage of fuel and medical supplies. By providing the First Aid training to the staff and the undergraduates, we are planning to uplift their health and hygiene capability to navigate situations with limited supplies.
In order to address this issue, a Health and Safety training initiative was initiated by GFF Sri Lanka on June 07, 2022 at Uththamavi Hall, SANASA Campus. Fifty beneficiaries actively participated in the session. Ms. Shamalee and Ms. Nimani from Red Cross society, Kegalle conducted the introductory First Aid Training.
The strong positive feedback from the participants reflected the importance of the knowledge transferred to them.
ntroduction to First Aid included:
Basic life support (CPR)
Management of wounds, bleedings and shocks
Treatment of Hypoxia and burns
Fractures and sprains
Poison and snake bites
Medical emergency procedures
Casualty lifting and transportation were included in the training
Currently, the farming community is experiencing an enormous number of challenges due to the economic crisis Sri Lanka is facing. Micro scale domestic agro industries (industry connected with agriculture) are facing issues especially with importing agro chemicals and finding a market. By providing them agriculture and agro economics subject matter expertise, we are planning to develop their capability. Through the knowledge they gain, beneficiaries will have capacity to improve the production and become more competitive in the market.
To improve the livelihoods of selected pepper farmers from Ekiriyagala SANASA cooperative society, GFF HELPS Sri Lanka implemented a farmers training program in Ekiriyagala village. The farmers in Ekiriyagala and nearby villages are the beneficiaries of the program. Sixteen pepper farmers participated in the session. Ms. Indika from the Export Agriculture Department, Kegalle conducted the session free of charge.
These products have the potential to be further improved to meet export quality standards through further assistance. As Sri Lankan spices have a high brand reputation in the international markets, these farmers could be able to export their products directly or indirectly through a broker.
Farmers training program farmers + Ekiriyagala Sanasa employees
Farmers Training Program
Book Donation Drive and Mobile Library
To improve the reading skills and vocabulary of the village kids, GFF HELPS Sri Lanka planned to build a Mobile Library. By reading story books with the village kids we plan to improve their interest in the language.
In order to collect books for the Mobile Library, GFF HELPS Sri Lanka organized a book donation drive for the SANASA Campus staff and the undergraduates. The book donation drive was held for the first week of June. With the support of the SANASA staff and undergraduates, GFF could collect 150+ story books for the Mobile Library.
This program was initiated in Ekiriyagala village as a part of the English for Village program on 08 June 2022. The kids in Ekiriyagala and nearby villages gathered at Ekiriyagala SANASA cooperative society to read story books. Even Though the first step started with Ekiriyagala village, we plan to expand the program to the other SANASA cooperative societies as well. As the local partner organization SANASA has long standing experience and roots in rural communities, through that, GFF HELPS Sri Lanka can reach to the vulnerable rural communities easily with support of SANASA movement.
“A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life”
English for Village
In order to build the confidence and improve the interest on the language of children in Ekiriyalaga and nearby villages English classes are continued. Focus of this project is to improve the English skills of the village kids by monitoring each kid personally.
Due to the limited facilities and crowded classrooms teachers at school can not focus on each kid separately. Therefore, a program conducted for free of charge is a precious opportunity for them.This program is conducted by an English tutor, Mrs. Tamasha at Ekiriyagala SANASA cooperative society for the kids in Ekiriyagala and nearby villages. The number of kids is increasing day by day and they are actively participating in the sessions.
Joe FisherSri Lanka empowering communities through trainings
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.
01: Discovering yourself
02: Mental Wellbeing
03: Confidence building and language proficiency
04: Career Guidance
05: CV Building
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
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.
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
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
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.”