Category Archive for "impact"

Simran’s reflections

During the past two weeks we have been teaching kids english at the Asha centre, working with the teachers during the after school activities. Yesterday it was our last day at the centre and I can’t help feeling like I have more to offer and more to give to children that need the help, it puts everyting into perspective when…

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Mary’s post

We’ve had a short break – some of us to see elephants in the Uda Walwale  National Park and some to the lovely old  Fort district of Galle.  So we’re now refreshed and ready to start work again at the various projects. I’ve been a part of ASHA for many years but hadn’t yet seen the Community Centre built in…

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Scarlet’s post

Both yesterday and today a group of us visited a place called RCCI, a place where special needs children go to learn. Based on a story about a boy making a kite, we were inspired to come up with a few activities that we thought the children would enjoy. We taught them the English words for each component of a…

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Visit to Prithi

I’ve now been in Sri Lanka for 6 days and already have experienced far more than I anticipated before I left London. After the simple shock of the dramatic humidity increase there have been many demonstrations of fearless tuk-tuk driving, story reading to eager yet nonplussed children who spoke very little English, a classy dinner on a boat and helping…

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Ian Thomson – Saturday 26th July 2014

I’m 61 years old and this is my first ever blog!We are now half way through our stay in Sri Lanka and it’s been both challenging and enjoyable in fairly equal measure.Another first for me has been helping a group of nine year olds to improve their English and keep them entertained at the same time. The children are a…

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Day 3 of the trip

Today we all split up into various groups for the morning session. 4 members of the group went to the RCCI school, which is a school for children with special needs. Others led a beginners computer class on the centre’s 4 computers. I went with a small group led by Sister Concepta, to walk around Atthidiya. I have walked around…

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The morning after…

After catching up on sleep, and enjoying breakfast, we all ventured down to the Asha centre to plan for the volunteer work coming up through out the week. The walk was about 20 minutes, we walked from the hotel to Atthidya where the centre is based. On the way (as well as many Tuk Tuk’s) we passed the canal -which…

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First day of Trip 2014

After nearly 24 hours of travelling we finally arrived at our destination. It was a total relief – the second flight from Mumbai seemed to take forever and it was riddled with turbulence but after some (temporarily) lost baggage and an amazing new motorway it all seemed to wrap up perfectly. Which says a lot for the first day here…

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Nishanthi’s salon

Last week I went to the opening of Nishanthi’s Beauty Salon. Nishanthi was in the first batch of Hair & Beauty trainees.  She had never had a job before doing the Hair & Beauty course, but after finishing it she started working from home, doing bridal dressing.   She managed to save up enough from this, along with a bank…

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Booster classes

Asha supports over 85 children each day with booster classes. In Sri Lanka the school curriculum cannot be covered in detail during the school day, so many children and young people attend extra classes.  However if you‘re from a poor family you just can’t afford these. Many of the children we have supported have been the first in their family ever to pass exams.

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