Sri Lanka





The Mid-Year vacation is over, and we’re back with our Remedial Classes in schools. In this new school year, we started the first session with two schools: Sigcay Elementary School and Lapnag Primary School. The students recognized us in schools, and they greeted us just like they greeted their teachers. The first session was fruitful, as well as the second session. We have a new school partner, Polo Elementary School, and we will start the remedial lessons in the fourth week of September. We are so happy with the support of the teachers. We are also happy to see the gradual improvements in students. We spent last school year with a different set of students, and we are looking forward to more memories with this new set of students from our partner schools.

Working together to support and strengthen students’ learning.

The schools reopened again for the new school year on the last week of August. We started the month of September by visiting schools where we conducted our remedial classes and sports project. We visited first the Sigcay Elementary School and Lapnag Primary School. We brought our Letter of intent with the schedule and time. We talked with the teachers if our schedule fits their schedule and they said ‘yes’. They signed the letters and we officially started our remedial lessons and sports project on the second week of September. The teachers were grateful that we continued the project in their schools. We posted our school visitation pictures on our Facebook page and the head teacher of Polo Elementary School commented that they would like to have the same projects in their school. We arranged a visitation schedule and went to the school on September 12th. The Head Teacher, Ma’am Emma Intano, accommodated us. She also served us some refreshments. We went to the classrooms and she introduced us with the teachers. Our schedule was approved by Ma’am Intano and we can start right away depending on our schedule. We are so happy with our new school partner and we are thankful with the kindness of the teachers. The school also is a cozy place.



A refreshing tour was organized for the students of Shrijanshil School on the 25th of September. This unique event brought together not only the students but also their dedicated teachers and project participants. The successful execution of this initiative was the result of numerous meetings and collaborations with the esteemed Principal of Shrijanshil School, along with the diligent coordination of Saom Sir, the GFF Asia Pacific Coordinator.

The program proved to be highly effective in fostering stronger connections between parents and their children. Often, in the hustle and bustle of daily life, parents are engrossed in their responsibilities, both at home and at work. This tour provided them with a precious opportunity to step out of their routine and celebrate quality time with their beloved offspring. The highlight of the event was witnessing the deep emotional bonds between children and their parents. Games were thoughtfully incorporated into the itinerary to encourage parents to express their feelings toward their children. These activities served as a medium through which parents could convey their love, care, and support, strengthening the parent-child relationship. Furthermore, the program featured a short but impactful awareness session on parenting styles for children wellbeing, facilitated by Namrata Bhattrai, which offered valuable tools for parents to enhance their parenting skills, leading to more profound bonds and attachments with their children. This session proved to be enlightening and empowering for all in attendance. In conclusion, the refreshment tour for students of Shrijanshil School was not merely a recreational outing but a meaningful endeavor to bring families closer together. It provided a platform for parents to connect with their children on a deeper level, fostering mutual understanding and love. Through games, shared experiences, and insightful parenting guidance, this event was a significant step toward building stronger, more harmonious family relationships.

Handing over essential materials designed to improve children’s gross and fine motor skills to Shrijanshil School is a significant step towards fostering their holistic development. These materials play a pivotal role in nurturing the physical and cognitive growth of the students, leading to happier, healthier, and more confident children.

Firstly, these resources encourage active engagement, helping students develop better hand-eye coordination and dexterity through activities like puzzles, building blocks, and art supplies. Secondly, they facilitate the refinement of fine motor skills, which are crucial for tasks such as writing, drawing, and buttoning clothing. This, in turn, can boost students’ academic performance and self-esteem.

Moreover, materials that promote gross motor skills like sports equipment and play structures encourage physical fitness and teamwork, contributing to overall physical health and social development. The importance of these materials extends beyond the immediate benefits, as they provide students with opportunities for creative expression and physical activity, promoting a well-rounded and fulfilling educational experience.

Ultimately, witnessing the joy on children’s faces as they engage with these resources underscores the invaluable role, they play in shaping the future generation’s development and happiness.


English for Village

GFF Sri Lanka, in its unwavering commitment to uplifting rural communities, hosts the “English for Village” program on two days every week. This initiative is specially designed to cater to the educational needs of underprivileged children living in rural areas, empowering them with vital English language skills. The program provides them with a comprehensive educational experience encompassing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Through the “English for Village” program, GFF Sri Lanka aims to bridge educational gaps and empower rural, economically disadvantaged children with a valuable set of language skills. This initiative not only enriches their lives but also opens doors to better educational and career opportunities in the future, ultimately contributing to the holistic development of the community.

Mobile library

The Mobile Library initiative played a vital role in nurturing the development of the students. By offering them access to books, it fostered a culture of reading, prompting the children to explore paragraphs and encounter unfamiliar words. This process of encountering challenging vocabulary led to meaningful discussions, ultimately resulting in the expansion of their language skills. Additionally, the Mobile Library featured engaging storytelling sessions, providing students with an interactive and immersive experience related to expand vocabulary.

Art Session

Every week, GFF Sri Lanka organizes an art session for preschool students of Yusuko Ono. This special session is designed to help these young kids become more creative and improve their motor skills.

The impact of these art sessions is remarkable. The children get to explore their artistic side, using colors and materials to make beautiful creations. Not only does it make learning fun, but it also helps them become more skilled at using their hands and fingers for various tasks. Overall, these art sessions are making a positive difference in the lives of these preschool students, helping them grow and develop in exciting ways.

Drama Club

The Drama Club has begun as a vital component within the English for Village program, organized by GFF Sri Lanka, with the primary objective of strengthening participants’ English language skills.

It is purposefully designed to address the common fear of using English as a second language among the students. Recognizing that confidence plays a vital role in fluent communication, this initiative seeks to empower individuals to articulate themselves effectively.

Every week, GFF Sri Lanka allocates half an hour of valuable learning time to the Drama Club sessions. During these engaging gatherings, participants actively engage in practicing dramatic scenes and singing songs. These activities not only make language learning enjoyable but also serve as a powerful tool for building language skills.

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The Phillippines Team managed to create amd conduct a health seminar related to Hepatitis and Diabetes Awareness in a Indigeneous Tribe here in Aklan, Philippines. It is in partnership with the Rural Health Unit of Numancia Town and it was approved by the Municipal Health Doctor, and the Resource Speakers for Diabetes Awareness are Mrs. Melanie Aguirre, a Registered Midwife and for Hepatitis Awareness, Mrs. Femy Tejada, Registered Nurse. It was also approved by the Town Mayor and Village Chieftain, Mrs. Alicia Javellana. According to her, the seminar was very timely as her members are almost senior and needs to be educated about it. They now also know to maintain healthy and clean lifestyle. She is very thankful to this initiative by the GFF HELPS and the Numancia Health Workers.



On the 28th of September, an orientation session for women’s literacy classes was conducted with the aim of empowering their learning process, literacy equips women with knowledge and skills, enabling them to make informed decisions, pursue employment, and engage in their communities. Additionally, adult literacy fosters gender equality by enabling women to assert their rights, participate in social and political activities, and contribute to the advancement of gender equality and overall societal progress. In essence, adult literacy classes for women serve as a catalyst for positive change, promoting empowerment, equality, and sustainable development. During this session, several important matters were discussed, including the starting date of the class, the class timings, and the participants’ field of interest for learning.

The orientation program spanned a duration of 2 hours, during which participants actively engaged in the discussions. After thorough deliberation, it was mutually decided that the literacy program would officially commence on October 2nd. The classes will be conducted for 2 hours each session, twice a week. The primary focus will be on teaching English, mathematics, and Nepali.

This commitment to prioritize English, mathematics, and Nepali instruction reflects our dedication to providing women with valuable skills that will empower them in various aspects of life.


LPG Gas Safety Awareness Workshop

On 21st of September GFF Helps India conducted a LPG Gas Fire Safety Awareness Workshop at Deorali, Lower Bong village.

For this workshop we collaborated with David Gas, Kalimpong who brought in the resource person for this workshop. This awareness program for safety around LPG Gas was especially requested by the residents of this village.

The resource person explained in detail all the safety measures that is to be taken while using the stove and LPG Gas cylinders, giving examples of casualty cases that have taken place. He also showed the new type of LPG cylinder available in the market that are extremely safe and do not burst. The villagers were unaware of this and got knowledge about this new cylinder. At last, a question answer session where the all the queries of the villagers were answered and resolved.

District level NBCRN Consultation meeting with the CACL Forum

CACL (Campaign Against Child Labor) is a national level civil society forum. They had organised a consultation meeting with NBCRN (North Bengal Child Rights Network) on the 15th of September at Siliguri. Since we are a part of the core committee member of NBCRN, GFF Helps India Local Representative Ms. Surabhi Subba and Pudung area coordinator Mr. Suk Tshering Lepcha travelled all the way to Siliguri and attended the meeting. Many NGO’s and organizations from North Bengal working of child rights attended the program, where we got to learn a lot about the current situation and nature of child labour in these various districts. It was a great opportunity for us to share our works and learn from each other. NBCRN as a whole also decided to collaborate with CACL Forum in programs against child labour in North Bengal.


Health Awareness Program on non-communicable diseases

On the 24th Sunday, a significant event took place at the Bulluruppa Community Hall, organized by GFF Sri Lanka. This event served as an educational awareness program aimed at educating the local community about non-communicable diseases. The primary objective was to equip the public with knowledge about these prevalent health issues, given the alarming rise in non-communicable diseases attributed to unhealthy lifestyles and dietary habits.

In current society, a considerable number of individuals over the age of forty find themselves handling with non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart attacks, cancers, and kidney diseases. To address this concerning trend, Dr. Rajapaksha, the esteemed Medical Officer of Kegalle Hospital, graced the occasion with his presence.

Through this insightful session, the rural community received vital information that can empower them to take charge of their health and make informed choices. The attendees were highly engaged and displayed gripped attention as they absorbed the wealth of information presented. They expressed their gratitude to GFF for organizing this invaluable program, recognizing the immense significance it held in enhancing their understanding of non-communicable diseases and their preventive measures. The heartfelt thanks from the participants emphasized the program’s success in providing them with the knowledge and tools needed to prioritize their health and well-being.

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The sport’s project Scrabble and Chess this month embraced the knowledge and skills to the hearts of the students. As we guided and played with them, they were enjoying and learning at the same time. We’re fond and comfortable with each other’s presence that’s why they’re treating us with humble respect and admiration. We can see the progress happening to them not only with the socialization they had created upon playing with each other but also the cooperation, teamwork, and dedication to fulfill their part in the game. We, as their mentors or their teacher believes that these young students will gain more learnings and experiences that will play a great role in shaping their nature, helping them nurture their talents and skills, and fulfilling their eagerness, perseverance and opportunities to learn.



On the 25th of August, the Chess project was introduced with the objectives to help and motivate the students to think critically, build confidence to influence students to believe in themselves, and develop confidence in their strengths. Also, they could work on their weakness. Chess is a mentally demanding game that needs intense concentration. In addition, since every choice made affects how the game will go, it is also a game of life. So, it was commencement by a national-level chess player Shurshut Dahal. A total of Seventy-six students from classes 7,8 and 9 participated in the first session along with school coordinator Mr. Bikash and principal Indra Bahadur Rai. Mr. Dahal started the program with motivational videos along with the technique of chess. Almost all students show their interest in the game and play with enthusiasm.

The second session was conducted on the 15th of September which was on Friday from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. every four consecutive Fridays. Chess to students offers numerous advantages. This intellectually stimulating game enhances critical thinking, problem-solving, and strategic planning, contributing to cognitive development. As per the students, it has improved concentration and decision-making skills and also taught them to be patient and perseverance in the face of challenges. It enhances memory, encourages strategic thinking, and provides stress relief. Moreover, chess promotes sportsmanship, social interaction, and time management skills.


Introducing Scrabble to over 50 enthusiastic students, alongside their English teachers, has proven to be a valuable addition to their educational journey. This classic word game offers a multitude of benefits that extend beyond the confines of the classroom. Firstly, it acts as a potent tool for enhancing vocabulary, as students are motivated to explore and employ a diverse range of words. Moreover, Scrabble contributes significantly to improved spelling skills, reinforcing the importance of accurate and effective communication.

Furthermore, the game’s strategic nature fosters critical thinking skills as students meticulously plan their moves, make decisions, and adapt to changing circumstances on the board. Scrabble also serves as a platform for nurturing creativity, challenging participants to form meaningful words from a limited set of letters, thus igniting their imaginations. In addition to enhancing cognitive abilities, Scrabble aids in memory development, as players must commit words to memory and recall them during the game.

Through active participation, students have become more confident in using the English language, resulting in improved fluency and articulation. Beyond these academic benefits, Scrabble promotes social interaction, allowing students to bond with peers and teachers over a shared interest while instilling valuable life skills such as sportsmanship, resilience, and the appreciation of effort. Ultimately, Scrabble transforms education into an enjoyable and memorable experience, preparing students for academic success and the challenges they will encounter in the real world, equipped with a rich vocabulary, strategic thinking abilities, and effective communication skills.


Taekwondo Foundation Day & Teachers Day Celebration at Chibbo SOGG Learning Center

Chibbo SOGG Learning Centre celebrated their teacher’s day along with celebrating their 5th Foundation day of the Taekwondo club on 16th of September. SOGG (Sir Owen G Glenn) Learning and Centres are our partner Glenn Project in India. The Chibbo taekwondo club has partnered with Chibbo SOGG Centre, where the children from the village are able take lessons and pursue Taekwondo. The presence of the Taekwondo club in the village had made a very positive impact in the village as children have learned to live a disciplined life by incorporating the values of this sport. GFF Helps India extended their support in the Chibbo Taekwondo Club Foundation Day and has been supporting them since its inception. The event started from 10 a.m. and the students where they performed dances and songs for the teachers and managing committee members. The teachers also gave motivational and encouraging speeches to the students.

Debanjan Girls Academy Share Football Cup

Debanjan Girls Academy is a residential place for girls from underprivileged background and nurture them in the field of football. GFF Helps has been actively partnering with Debanjan Girls Academy for the past two years through our various projects of Mobile Library, Newspaper Project and awareness programs on health & hygiene. Debanjan Girls football academy, share football club and Darjeeling Football association had organised an all-girls free football league for girls from marginalised communities. The finals of football tournament were held at Carmichael ground on the 20th of September. In the DSGA Football Champions Cup, several girl groups from Darjeeling, Pokhrabung, Gorubathan had come to compete in the football match where they got the opportunity to compete in a bigger platform and gain more exposure. Therefore, our help and presence in the event was very essential. GFF Helps supported them organize this program and attended it too. It was a wonderful experience watching young girls pave their way into the field of sports.

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First Aid Training workshop

The First Aid Training Workshop was conducted on 5th August Saturday from 8.30am to 4.30pm by Mr. Wimalasena, Officer of First Aid Society, Kegalle at SANASA Campus Kegalle. The community members of Akiriyagala, Students of Vocational Training Institution, Kegalle and SANASA Campus participated in.

The training consisted of; Introduction to First aid and Incident Management, Disorders of respiratory system, Unconsciousness and CPR, Wounds and bleeding Management, Bone and musculoskeletal injuries, Medical Emergencies and Lifting and transporting of causality management. During the Introduction to first Aid and Incident Management training, participants were aware of the First aid and how the immediate and initial assistance provided to a person who has been injured or suddenly taken ill. It is a crucial skill that can make a significant difference in preserving life, preventing further harm, and promoting recovery until professional medical help arrives. First aid training equipped individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to respond effectively in emergency situations.

Next the training was done by explaining the importance of CPR and how it can help maintain blood flow to vital organs when the heart stops beating emphasizing that CPR buys time until professional medical help arrives. The participants were also taught how to recognize the signs of cardiac arrest, including unresponsiveness, absence of normal breathing, and lack of pulse. The participants practiced performing chest compressions. Compressions involve using the heel of the hand to push down hard and fast in the center of the chest, between the nipples.

It’s great that the participants learned about how to provide assistance to a person who has been rescued from drowning. The trainer demonstrated and participants practiced the method. The trainer used visuals and demonstrations to show participants the correct technique for the Heimlich maneuver and allowed them to practice on models or training aids. In addition to practicing on models, participants also engaged in scenario-based training. This involved simulating choking situations using role-playing or scenarios to help participants practice the Heimlich maneuver in a more realistic context. Proper wound care, immobilization of fractures, and how to mobilize a fractured person was demonstrated involving the participants.

The participants actively participated in the workshop, and demonstrated in groups what they learned. The participants thoroughly equipped the knowledge provided by the workshop because they participated in demonstrating the training activities.

English for Village & Mobile Library

Every week English for village program is conducted in two days, on Tuesday and Thursday. During these days listening, speaking, reading and writing activities were conducted. Students were encouraged to talk about giving different information. This interactive approach encouraged active participation, enhancing their English speaking skills and strengthening their confidence in using the language.

Small children were asked to make words using given set of letters. Through this activities they learned the formation of words.

A Drama was also introduced during the program. Students were divided into groups and pairs to read the drama script, which featured the humorous adventures of Andare. Each group was assigned specific characters to read. After reading the script, participants gathered in smaller groups to practice their assigned roles. They focused on improving their reading and speaking skills. The mobile library initiative played a key role in expanding the students’ language growth. By providing them with books, they were encouraged to read a paragraph and meet unfamiliar words. These challenging words were then discussed, leading to an expansion of their vocabulary. Storytelling sessions were also conducted with relation to the Mobile Library.

Art Session

The Art Session at Yusuko Ono preschool is conducted on every Tuesday for one hour. Session began with a communicating introduction to different themes related to the lessons on preschool.. They were encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences related to what they learned at class and reinforcing them through coloring.

The impact of the session was evident through the active participation and enthusiasm displayed by the students. Moreover, the color mixing activity provided a multidimensional learning experience, development creativity and thinking skills.

The storytelling sessions also conducted with relation to the Art sessions. Following the storytelling, the participants were provided with coloring sheets featuring an outline of a lion. They were encouraged to use a combination of colors to bring the lion to life and let their creativity shine. The coloring activity aimed to develop their artistic skills, color recognition, and attention to detail.

The participants displayed high levels of engagement throughout the activities. They actively listened to the story, eagerly asked questions, and expressed their thoughts.

Reading Club

Reading Club is conducted every Saturdays and Sundays as a voluntary service to enhance students’ reading skills. During the session, students were instructed to read at least one chapter from a given book and extract answers to specific questions provided. Once the reading task was completed, the students engaged in a collaborative discussion, sharing their answers and addressing any challenging vocabulary encountered

Following the question and answer exchange, the students were asked to provide a summary of the material they had read. This exercise encouraged them to not only comprehend the content but also extract it into a brief and clear form.

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Shape the Future

Many of the undergraduates of SANASA Campus come from rural communities, it is important to ensure their successful future. These driven individuals secure their education through government loans, but upon entering the job market, they often encounter significant challenges in finding employment. To address this issue, it becomes crucial to equip these students with the essential tools and skills necessary for a successful career. By providing comprehensive support and resources, we can bridge the gap between education and employment, enabling them to thrive in the competitive job market. To fulfill this gap GFF implemented the Shape the Future Program in Collaboration with Global Shapers Community Kandy Hub and SANASA Campus.

By implementing these comprehensive measures, we can equip the undergraduates of SANASA Campus with the necessary tools and confidence to overcome job market challenges and secure a prosperous future. Empowered with relevant skills, practical experience, and a strong support system, these graduates will not only enrich their own lives but also contribute significantly to the development of their rural communities and the nation as a whole.

The aim of this project is to empower the undergraduates of SANASA Campus, with the essential tools, skills, and support they need to successfully transition from education to the job market.

The goal is to bridge the gap between education and employment for these students, contributing to their personal growth, the development of their communities, and the overall socioeconomic progress of the region.


Discovering yourself -Miss Shamilka Karunanayaka

Mental Wellbeing/ Mental health session – Miss Nalanga Hettiarachchi

Confidence building and Language proficiency – Toast Masters

Digital Literacy – Mr. Kasun Sankalpa

Financial Literacy – Mr. Kavindu Kahanda

Responsible Global Citizenship – Miss Niroshini Nugawela

World and Local affairs – Mr. Devminda Abeinayaka

Career Guidance – Miss. Desika Hirukaduwa

Interviews/Networking/Etiquette – Mr. Navodya Samamarasekara

Leadership and Team Building – Mr. Ruwantha Katugaha

First day- 15th June 2023

Two programs were conducted, focusing on Logo Designing and self-confidence vs. Charisma. The logo design activity aimed to highlight the importance of self-confidence and charisma in personal and professional development. Students collaborated to create unique logos, expressing their individual qualities. The subsequent activity on self-confidence involved a speech followed by one-minute speeches by randomly selected students, boosting their self-confidence. Both activities were enthusiastically received, fostering creativity and meaningful connections among the students. Overall, the programs successfully promoted self-confidence, creative thinking, and the showcasing of unique qualities. Active participation and enjoyment were evident throughout the projects.

Second Day- 22nd June 2023

This week’s lessons covered three essential topics: the debt crisis and its effects, the rights and duties of citizens, and financial wellbeing. The students actively engaged in discussions, problem-solving activities, and group presentations, enhancing their knowledge and skills.

These lessons have equipped them for creative thinking with valuable insights for a successful future. These lessons provided valuable knowledge, empowering them to become knowledgeable and responsible citizens.

Third Day -1st July 2023

Students gained essential knowledge and skills for their future careers through three main lessons: stress management, critical thinking in the digital age, and effective LinkedIn and CV building. The stress management lesson delved into crucial topics such as Depression, Anxiety, and Chronic Stress, aiming to raise awareness among students. They prompted students to consider whether they would be able to revive their hobbies and discussed the potential benefits. Emphasizing the importance of managing stress, students were encouraged to engage in activities such as traveling, trying new foods, and listening to music, all of which have been shown to alleviate stress. The session concluded with an interactive discussion, where students collaboratively devised creative solutions to help one another overcome stress.

The final session focused on equipping students with the necessary tools for professional networking. Students were guided on creating LinkedIn profiles and utilizing them effectively to connect with companies and professionals in their chosen fields. The facilitators emphasized the importance of presenting oneself professionally and showcased strategies to promote individual strengths and achievements. Students also received valuable insights into crafting impressive CVs and cover letters,

Fourth Day-8th July 2023

The first session also aimed to enhance personal effectiveness through various skills. Students were encouraged to develop self-organization skills to effectively manage their time, tasks, and priorities. Commitment and dedication were highlighted as essential traits for achieving success in any chosen pursuit. Relationship building skills were discussed to emphasize the importance of fostering connections with others, as these connections can often lead to unforeseen opportunities. Additionally, the significance of effective communication skills was emphasized to enhance one’s ability to convey ideas, collaborate with others, and build mutually beneficial relationships.

The second session explored into the crucial do’s and don’ts of creating a personal brand through effective communication and presentation. Participants were educated on the significance of cultivating an authentic personal brand that reflects their values, strengths, and unique qualities. The session emphasized the importance of consistent and clear communication to establish a strong and memorable brand identity.

Furthermore, the session stressed the value of building and sustaining connections that contribute to personal growth. Students were encouraged to network actively and establish meaningful relationships with individuals who can support and guide them on their chosen path. Leadership qualities were also discussed.

Fifth day- 15th July 2023 -The end of the Program

In the morning, the students eagerly participated in two impactful sessions that simulated real-world scenarios. The first session focused on presentations, where students collaborated in groups to develop innovative new brands. The students showcased their ideas, marketing strategies, and unique selling plans each group presented their brand to the audience, who provided constructive feedback to enhance their skills further.

The morning sessions involved practical activities, including brand presentations and mock interviews, where students gained valuable skills in teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. They presented a brand and they faced an interview. The Shape of the Future program was a transformative experience for the participating students. They expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to develop critical skills and build their confidence in a supportive environment.

The second session involved mock interviews, designed to prepare students for the challenges they may encounter in actual job interviews. With a sense of excitement and nervous anticipation, the students faced a panel of interviewers who assessed their readiness, communication skills, and ability to handle pressure. The mock interviews provided a realistic simulation of the interview process, allowing students to experience the dynamics firsthand. The interviewers posed challenging questions, evaluated the students’ responses, and provided valuable feedback to help them refine their interview techniques. Through this exercise, the students gained a deeper understanding of the expectations and demands of professional interviews.

The evening commenced with a warm welcome from the program organizers, expressing their gratitude to the guests and GFF representatives for their support throughout the program. There was a warm speech from Mr. Tharaka Munidasa (GFF International Advisor) virtually. From SANASA Campus Mrs. Oshadi Dodangoda also made a valuable speech. The work done by the Shape the Future Team for students’ personal growth and the importance of nurturing the talents and potential of the youth was emphasized.

Feedback from the students

All students participated in at least one session, and any instances of missing sessions were due to unforeseen circumstances or isolated incidents. Importantly, there were no complaints about the scheduled time slots, indicating that they were suitable for everyone’s availability.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions because they were interactive and conducted in a non-traditional classroom format, which made the learning experience engaging and enjoyable. However, a few students expressed that they occasionally faced challenges in understanding and absorbing information when presented in English compared to their native language, Sinhala. They expressed a desire to learn strategies for overcoming this language barrier in future modules. This feedback suggests that when conducting sessions in the future, it might be beneficial to incorporate language support or provide additional resources to aid comprehension for those who primarily speak Sinhala.

It’s noteworthy that Tamil-speaking students actively participated in the program and did not encounter any issues with language comprehension.

Another factor contributing to occasional absences on Saturdays was the majority of students living outside of Kegalle, who returned home during weekends. Only a few students stayed in their boarding places during this time. Taking this into consideration, future planning could be adjusted to accommodate the weekend commitments of these students.

The program received a positive feedback from all participants, with only a few challenges mentioned that can be addressed for an even more effective and inclusive learning experience in future sessions.

The program received positive feedback from all the students. Eight of them praised the structure of the program, considering it to be good, while two found it to be average. Additionally, six students felt that the modules covered were appropriate, and four students thought they were very appropriate. Moreover, seven students acknowledged the usefulness of the skills trained through the program, while three found them to be very useful. It is noteworthy that none of the students had any negative responses regarding the program. Overall, the feedback indicates that the program was well-received and beneficial to the students’ learning experience.

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Curriculum Vitae for Higher secondary level students

Curriculum Vitae for Higher secondary level students

The curriculum covered various essential aspects, including the concept of a CV, resume, authentic job portals, and cover letters. Participants gained a comprehensive understanding of the significance of these documents in employment, their specific requirements, and the common errors to avoid.

GFF Helps Nepal want to thank Shree Janakalyan Higher Secondary School and Mr. KB Adhikari for their exceptional cooperation and flexibility in hosting this event. Their support has been instrumental in ensuring its success Furthermore, we extend our heartfelt thanks to the facilitators, Mr. Anish Regmi and Mr. Sujan Ramdam, for their tireless efforts and enlightening presentations. Their expertise and insightful guidance have empowered the students with valuable knowledge and skills to create impactful CVs.

By equipping students with the ability to create compelling curriculum vitae, we are confident that they will be well-prepared to navigate the competitive job market and present themselves effectively. We look forward to witnessing their future success and accomplishments.

“Enabling Spaces: Empowering Differently-Abled Children”

On July 10th, we visited Shrijanshil School to help autistic children understand their environment through art. We used uncolored drawings of fruits, vegetables, trees, and more. After showing them a picture, like a mango, we asked questions and then let them color the picture based on their preferences. Some children finished coloring in 10 minutes, while others took 45 minutes. Each child expressed their own interests and preferences through their coloring choices.

After our project, we engaged in additional activities with the children. One of the activities involved teaching them the Nepali alphabet, called “Barnamala.” We used puzzle cards to make the learning process fun and interactive. For example, we showed them a picture of an umbrella and taught them how to spell the word “umbrella” in Nepali, which is called “chata.” We pointed to the letters “cha” and “ta” in the puzzle card, and they followed along. Overall, the project aimed to provide an opportunity for autistic children to engage with their environment through art and to express themselves creatively.

Visit ward 12 of Budhanilkhantha Municipality

On the 20th of July, GFF Helps Nepal Team had the privilege of visiting Ward 12 municipality to address pressing social issues affecting the residents within their homes and the broader community. Our initial discussion was with Miss Kamala, the esteemed counselor of Ward 12, who provided valuable insights into the challenges the community members face. Following our fruitful conversation with Miss Kamala, we were introduced to the remarkable Ward Chief, Shambhu Bhattarai. He passionately shared with us information about 35 female groups that are actively working within the ward. These dedicated groups form a powerful network that we can collaborate with to create a significant impact.

Through this collaborative effort, we have identified key areas of focus, including Gender-based Violence, Domestic Violence, and other related issues. These sensitive topics demand urgent attention and require a multifaceted approach to bring about lasting change and empower the affected individuals.

Additionally, we aim to raise awareness about these problems throughout the community, promoting education and empathy to combat misconceptions and harmful behaviors. By working hand-in-hand with the female groups within Ward 12, we are confident that we can implement effective programs, support systems, and resources tailored to meet the specific needs of the individuals affected. Through counseling, workshops, and community outreach initiatives, we strive to empower survivors, promote gender equality, and encourage respectful relationships. Our collective efforts will not only address immediate crises but also lay the groundwork for a sustainable and inclusive future. By nurturing empathy, understanding, and cooperation within the community, we hope to create a ripple effect of positive change.

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“Dynamic and engaging learning experiences that promote skill development, problem-solving abilities, and personal growth.”

The GFF HELPS Philippines Team has been conducting activities in schools most of the time, and we seldom visit the group of kids in different villages. We made sure that this month, we can visit them at least once. We chose the dates of the holidays because we are sure that the kids are in their houses. The team was divided into two: LP in Laserna Village and Stef and Intern Erica in Ugsod Village. These two villages were located in different towns and were far away from each other. LP conducted activities about waste segregation because most of the kids were in primary school. Stef and Erica distributed worksheets in English subjects because most of the kids were in Elementary School. Every time we visit them, we can see in their eyes how much they miss us. They are always looking forward to the day that we can visit them.

Teaching geography is essential because it equips individuals with the knowledge and skills to understand the world, appreciate its diversity, make informed decisions, and contribute to a more sustainable and interconnected global community. The workshop in geography focuses not just on its meaning but also on exploring, locating, and naming places on the map of the Philippines. They participated in guessing the names of tourist attractions in the country, shared their thoughts about it, and where they wanted to visit in the future. Maps are given to each of the participants. They learned about the different regions of the Philippines and memorized some of them for a short period of time. They answered the given activity where they have to write the names of the different provinces located in each region. They had fun locating places on the map.


Teaching poem writing is important because it nurtures creativity, improves language skills, fosters emotional intelligence, encourages critical thinking, and allows students to connect with others through meaningful expression. It enriches their personal and academic lives, providing lifelong tools for effective communication and self-discovery. Participants learned what poem writing is all about, the things to consider in writing, and the essence of creating their piece. Most of them said that they have written poems in school without knowing the rules or the guidelines for writing. We let them read and understand some examples of poems, and they wrote their pieces after. Each of them has their themes to which they wanted to dedicate their poems. Most of them expressed gratitude towards their beloved parents, their family, favorite teacher, and friends. Some of them dedicated their piece to their crush, special someone, or their inspiration. No matter what’s their theme in writing poems it’s limitless just like their various thoughts about poetry.


This Science Experiment in Muguing Village presents volcanoes through the making of volcano models. This was taught because of the ongoing eruption of one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines, the Mayo Volcano. Together with the 20 children, we had successfully reached the goal of this day which was to learn about volcanoes by making a volcano model.The children will also be fascinated with the eruption aspect of volcanoes wherein, they will be able to observe how the eruption changes the original form of their volcano model.

Why is it important for children to learn this? It is important for children to learn through this activity because most of them have not seen a volcano first hand. Many children may be unfamiliar with what volcanoes are.

What will they take away from this? They will take away the learnings from these experiments as some of them will be learning the experiments in their later years at school. They will get familiar on why and how the volcanoes erupt.

“This is my first time joining in a workshop and I am so proud
that I was able to make a miniature volcano and learn how it erupts, and how it affects the people surrounding it.”

Zion Cristoff Apolinario, a Grade 2 pupil


Teaching elements of a story to students is crucial for several reasons as it lays the foundation for their understanding and appreciation of literature and communication. It is easy to forget these elements and one may lose appreciation of stories if this happens. We included the Elements of a Story in the Mid-Year Workshop for Teenagers. We first conducted this activity in Muguing Village. The 14 teenagers learned about the three main Elements of a Story, identified the elements in a story, and make their own story with the three elements. They already learned this topic in high school, so they have prior knowledge. They made good stories and read them aloud. We also conducted this activity in GFF HELPS Philippines Office for selected ten teenagers from the town of Banga and Kalibo. Most of them already know the elements and easily identified them in the given stories. The parents of the teenagers send messages to thank us for the learnings.


The Philippine Teams achieved the goal of this workshop which was to make the teenagers aware of the language used by our special friends like the deaf-mute individuals. Learning sign language is a bit hard but it could be a great way for the participants to build up connection with the deaf kids/adults whenever they found one.

Lady Peace taught more than 100 basic words in American Sign Language, including self introduction, family, emotions, greetings, and many more. This would help the children expand their social life as they learn how to communicate with the deaf.

Meanwhile, Miss Pia, an invited newswriter, shared her knowledge on newswriting and newspaper labeling to teenagers. They were inspired to become a news writers in the future.


Every Thursday, we have our free coaching to participants for them to pass the national exam and get a stable job in the government in the future. What we always do is to study every area of the exam, divide it between Stef and I and sometimes hire a Guest Coach especially connected to a particular area, like Miss Pia, she is a Biology Graduate and she explains well the Environmental Protection and Issues in the Philippines that is one of the parts of the examination.

Helping our fellow Aklanons to become eligible to work in the Philippine government offices.


“Enhancing the opportunity of access to library resources.”
“Engaging students in authentic reading experiences”


In order for a middle-schooler to be accepted in the university, they have to pass the interview with random questions. The Team conducted an orientation via ZOOM, with 5 students one-on-one, and we throw them a lot of questions that is commonly asked during a school entrance interview. We taught them the proper behavior, proper arranging of thoughts, and techniques in answering interview questions. The 5 participants have passed and the university interview. They surpassed the other 68 aspiring students.


Students in Lapnag Primary School show great progress in playing Scrabble. Every Tuesday, during school days, we regularly visit the school and conduct sports project. We alternately play Chess and Scrabble every week. In the early weeks of the project, students can only make short and basic words. They still don’t know how to make use of bonus tiles and how to get high scores. Now, they can already make longer words, make use of bonus tiles, and think of how to make their scores higher. They always get excited to get bonus points and double their scores.

We also introduced Chess in Sigcay Elementary School before the school closed for vacation. They learned about the Chess pieces and the different moves. In Lapnag Primary School, they always play in groups with four to five members. They help each other to make different moves. Some of them still forget the movement of each piece, but we are always there to assist them. These children are becoming quick-witted not only in playing chess but for having tactics on how to move the chess pieces rightly for their advantage and to win the game.

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Shape the Future

An awareness program was held on 19th June 2023 to make the people aware of Dengue Fever and its threat. The purpose of this program is to increase awareness of the people, to educate on prevention methods and to enhance early detection and diagnosis. Because Dengue fever has emerged as a significant public health problem worldwide, infecting millions of people annually. Because of its rapid spread and potential for severe disease, it places a burden on the community, significant health care systems, and the economy. Despite the efforts, the dengue diagnosis program remains high and finds the need for widespread prevention and awareness to combat this infectious disease.

On 17th June 2023 the Shape the future program was conducted by the Global Shapers Kandy Hub for the undergraduates of SANASA Campus with the collaboration of GFF. There were several programs were conducted. The purpose of this program was to make youth aware, confident and employable. Within the two programs number of listening and speaking activities were done. One was Logo Designing and another was self-confidence vs Carisma The primary objectives of the logo design activity were to emphasize the significance of self-confidence and charisma in personal and professional development, encourage creative and symbolic thinking, and provide students with a platform to express their unique qualities through logo design. In this collaborative activity, students were tasked with creating unique logos as a group, allowing them to showcase their individual skills, attitudes, strengths, and weaknesses. The active participation and enjoyment of all group members were evident throughout the project. In the subsequent activity focused on self-confidence and charisma, a coordinator delivered a speech on building self-confidence before the activity commenced. Students were then given the opportunity to make a one-minute speech on the topic, with participants selected randomly. This exercise proved to be invaluable in strengthening students’ self-confidence.

Throughout the activities, students actively engaged with enthusiasm and demonstrated a genuine enjoyment of the process. The interactive nature of the project allowed them to not only express their creativity but also foster meaningful connections with their peers. 

Awareness Program for Dengue Prevention

An awareness program was held on 19th June 2023 to make the people aware of Dengue Fever and its threat. The purpose of this program is to increase awareness of the people, to educate on prevention methods and to enhance early detection and diagnosis. Because Dengue fever has emerged as a significant public health problem worldwide, infecting millions of people annually. Because of its rapid spread and potential for severe disease, it places a burden on the community, significant health care systems, and the economy. Despite the efforts, the dengue diagnosis program remains high and finds the need for widespread prevention and awareness to combat this infectious disease.

The Kegalle district, particularly the rural communities of Paragammana and Akiriyagala, has been identified as high-risk areas for Dengue fever. In light of this, Mr. E.R.L. Sujeewa Eapa, a Public Health Inspector, conducted an educational campaign to raise awareness about Dengue control methods among the local population. This report aims to summarize the key points covered during the education program. The primary objective of the Dengue control education program was to address the lack of knowledge about preventive measures in the rural communities of Paragammana and Akiriyagala. By providing information on effective preventive measures, the program aimed to reduce the breeding and spread of Dengue mosquitoes and encourage prompt medical attention for those affected. The program covered important topics such as mosquito breeding, types of Dengue mosquitoes, symptoms of Dengue, preventive measures, and the importance of seeking medical attention promptly. By disseminating this vital information, the program aimed to empower the community to take proactive measures in preventing Dengue fever and minimizing its impact on public health. It is hoped that the educational efforts will lead to increased awareness, behavioral changes, and the adoption of effective preventive practices among the residents of Paragammana and Akiriyagala areas. Continuous support and follow-up initiatives are recommended to sustain the knowledge and ensure long-term Dengue control in the region.

World Environmental Day Celebration with Pre School Students

Preschool Students of Yasuko Ono Celebrate Environmental Day with Tree Learning and Cleanup Campaign

On the 5th of June 2023, commemorated Environmental Day by organizing a special event at Yasuko Ono Pre School to educate the students about the value of trees and promote environmental awareness. The students enthusiastically participated in various activities that highlighted the significance of trees and fostered a sense of responsibility towards the environment. The event culminated in a Sramadhana Campaign, where the students actively engaged in cleaning their surroundings and learned the importance of teamwork and shared responsibilities.

Under the guidance of GFF representatives, the preschool students explored into the world of trees, learning about their significance and the various parts that comprise them. Through interactive discussions and engaging visuals, the students grasped the crucial role that trees play in maintaining a healthy environment. They were encouraged to express their understanding by coloring and drawing trees, identifying the different components such as roots, trunk, branches, leaves, and fruits.

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Shape the Future program for the Undergraduates

Skill development program helps students to be successful in the future job market. It is important to empower undergraduate with skill based training as the development of the economy depends upon them.

Under the guidance of the founder of shape the future program Miss Amali Kanchana, awareness program was conducted on 12th May for 6: 30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. via zoom. The purpose was to make the undergraduates of SANASA Campus aware of the program.

The members of the GSK (Global Shapes Kandy) team conducted the program and Mr. Tharaka also joined the program. The program was scheduled to hold on five Saturdays in two sessions 74 undergraduates of SANASA Campus Joined the Zoom meeting. Forty five undergraduates are selected for the program. We have arranged all the necessary requirements to conduct the sessions.

Introducing Susanthika Sumudumali and Chanchala Balasooriya as GFF HELPS SRI LANKA REPRESNETATIVE

Susanthika Sumudumali

GFF HELPS Representative Sri Lanka

I am Chanchala Balasooriya a final year student at SANASA Campus and completed the GIS and Remote Sensing Diploma at university of Kelaniya. As an undergraduate, I am interested in working for a reputed organization and enhancing my skills.

I am committed to dedicating my time and energy to support the community under the mission of making a positive difference in people’s lives. Becoming a member of the Glenn Family Foundation will be a perfect fit for me.

I’m Susanthika Sumudumali, an Undergraduate of Regional Science and Planning in Sanasa Campus, Kegalle, Srilanka, qualified Psychologist, and Counselor as well. I was a trainer in Work-Based Learning English for Village Program (Stage 1) in 2019. I am a person who likes to help others, interacts with the society in a very friendly manner, makes meaningful contributions to the community and is already engaged in such activities.

I embarked on my career journey with the Glenn Family Foundation, driven by a strong passion for project implementation and management. My dedication lies in helping others and finding solutions to their problems. I place a significant emphasis on community interaction wherever I work or engage, aiming to provide support and assistance to individuals using my passion as a guiding force.

Working with the Glenn Family Foundation HEPLS, my goal is to serve people and empower communities by encouraging individuals and implementing educational programs. I aspire to create a wave of inspiration and motivation that will resonate with future generations. Given my fervor and commitment, I firmly believe that I can bring substantial value to the organization.

Susanthika Sumudumali
GFF HELPS Representative
Sri Lanka

Art Sessions at “Yasuko Ono” preschool

As usual art session at Yusuko ono preschool was continued. Students colored a given picture of a rainbow according to the instructions. Coloring pictures is a fun and educational way to engage students. It allows children to express their creativity by choosing different colors and experimenting with various combinations. It encourages them to think outside the box and explore their imagination. These skills are important for activities like writing, tying shoelaces, and using utensils.

Coloring a rainbow provides an opportunity for children to learn and identify different colors. They can practice naming and associating colors as they fill in the different sections of the rainbow. Coloring activities can enhance a child’s ability to concentrate and focus on a task. As they color within the lines or follow specific instructions, they develop important cognitive skills like attention to detail and staying engaged.

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“Assisting students to achieve expected competencies in core academic skills such as literacy and numeracy.”

Remedial Classes are ongoing in the two schools: Sigcay Elementary School and Lapnag Primary School. These two schools remained because the other schools were busy and do not have classes during our schedule. The villages where these schools are located are also adjacent to each other. We can easily monito progress of students from school to school. Teacher Ronnie in Sigcay Elementary School noticed the progress of the students in Grade 1 that he talked to us to include some of his students too. He selected the non-readers and slow-learners. What’s interesting is that they are all boys. It is a challenge to us to teach this group because they are competent and always argue with each other. During the first meeting, we assessed their needs and brought worksheets that will target their weakness. During sessions, we encouraged them to spell and read the words. They also have to identify the pictures from their worksheets. They are always excited to see us every Monday. Progress of these students will be recorded for their teacher’s record.


Helping our fellow Aklanons to become eligible to work in the Philippine government offices.

The Civil Service Examination is a test to determine those qualified to work in public service. Having Civil Service Eligibility means one can apply for permanent jobs in the government, and be entitled to a number of benefits such as competitive salaries, career growth, and insurance among many others.

The GFF HELPS Philippines initiated a Free Review for the test takers of the Civil Service Examination. The First Phase of the project started last February 9th and ended on March 16th. It was a fruitful 7-week review. We had a Guest Coach that helped them to solve Math equations. It was a special day and the reviewees learned a lot.

The reviewees took the exam on March 26th. We are very excited for them during the exam. Some of them sent selfies before and after the examination. We are now waiting for the results that will come out on June.

The second examination for this year of the Civil Service Commission will be in August 13th. We prepared a Phase 2 of the Free Review that will start this June 1st up to August 3, 2023. It will be a 10-week review every Thursdays. We are now gathering interested reviewees. Preparation is ongoing: invited speakers, materials, and etc.


“Enhancing the opportunity of access to library resources.”
“Engaging students in authentic reading experiences”

These months were full of holidays. Schools are also busy with different activities so they have to postpone their classes. The school year is fast approaching so teachers are seizing the remaining school days. During these times, we can’t go to school, so we conduct a house-to-house visit to the students. We have the students of Capitan Tazan Memorial Primary School that lives in the same neighborhood. During the peak of the pandemic, we regularly visit them because they are only in their houses. Now that schools are open, we seldom visit them. We always contact their parents during holidays if they are available and we make sure that we can have an enjoyable time together. The kids missed us a lot. Their parents keep on saying that they always look forward to the day that we can visit them. We promised that we will visit them during holidays or when school year ends.

We also have another group of kids in Laserna Village in Kalibo Town. Reading alone wouldn’t be fun, especially for children. That’s why, we as their mentors need to be flexible enough to teach them not only in reading but with a twist to make it exciting and memorable. To test their skills in art making, we prepared art materials such as coupon bonds, scissors, pre-cut colored paper, and glue. We let them write their names first on the coupon bond. Then, they select the color of the pre-cut colored paper they wanted to use. They need to fill the coupon bond like a mosaic or assemble the pieces to create larger and more beautiful letters. While doing this activity, they enjoy cutting the pre-cut colored paper based on their chosen shapes and then pasting it on the coupon bond. This activity teaches them not only how to follow directions carefully but it allows them to showcase their talents in art making.


“Assisting students to experiment through trial and error, find solutions to problems, work out the best strategies, and build new confidence and skills.”

Summary of Chess Session with Sigcay and Lapnag Kids

Chess game knows no age. It could be played by children, teenagers, adults and even senior. Some of them see it as pasttime, but for many it is educational. It helps somebody to be creative, strategic, logical, wise and sport, thus, the goal of GFF Philippine Team why we teach this sport to two schools in Banga. We are hoping that their logic and strategic thinking will be improved as well as showing participation and sportsmanship throughout the 10 weeks time in this project. The team also prepares powerpoint presentation for Chess so that the children could learn the basics. The are also thankful to the teachers especially in Sigcay School, the Principal, Mr. Norman Remaneses said, “This is a great help for our students to learn about Chess that the curriculum doesn’t teach.”

Summary of Scrabble Session with Lapnag Kids

Scrabble makes the children in Lapnag Elementary School learn English words and their meanings. The game is interactive and informative. We made sure that everyone was included and received fair attention from us. As the Philippine Team introduced what it is all about, we can sense their excitement and eagerness to play and learn. Even though it is quite new to play this kind of game, they’re very active and cooperative. Scrabble doesn’t only give them time and a chance to cooperate and play with each other, it also enhances their capability to think, create, and form a series of words in Scrabble. Moreover, because of this game, the children learned to value teamwork, fairness, and sportsmanship as key elements in winning.

ADOPT-A-VILLAGE: Health Seminar

Bringing Right Information to the Villages from the Right Authorities

Earlier this year, we have been in partnership with the Muguing Village and the Agricultural and Health sector in Banga Town. This is to make our goal a reality by providing seminars in the villages. Recently, we had our Rabies, and African Swine Fever Awareness conducted by the Agricultural Office and this upcoming June we are in collaboration with the Health Department to conduct a seminar on “Dengue Awareness” (the original topic that we wanted was on “Heat Stroke and Nose Bleeding Awareness but the doctor advised another helpful topic to be discussed.”). We have been making letters of intent, meeting the doctors and other authorities that we will be needing in the said seminar. The Town Doctor said, “Your programs are very helpful but I would advise you that Dengue Awareness is more important to discuss with but we can also talk a few minutes about Heat Stroke.” With this being said, we are grateful for the doctor since this topic is relevant to the weather here in the Province of Aklan. Right now, more on processing the letters so that we could be approved to handle such seminar in Muguing Village. We are looking forward to have this seminar with the teachers, parents and other concern individuals in Muguing Vilage as soon as possible.

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