Massmulle School, Kamburupitiya – Opening of the extension To the Lillian’s Library and new School stage

Nicky Pharoah the Managing Director of TLC Ltd at Tunbridge has been the biggest donor for UKFG over the last five years. Her extraordinary genorisity changed the fortune of Massmulle school that was about to be closed four years ago. Not only she presented school children with shoes, books, uniforms and school equipment but she also donated a complete new Lillian library in 2008.

On 9  August 2011 Devsiri Hewavidana and his family hand over the new extension to Lillian library and a brand new school stage. The new extension would house the principal’s office and computer centre.  All the school children, their parents and local VIPS attended the opening ceremony and enjoyed the cultural even with chidren’s singing and dancing.

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UKFG Tea Party for Matara Children

The annual tea party for UKFG Matara scholars were held at Mr Sirisena Gamage’s residence at Yatiyana, Matara on 8th August 2011.

There were large gathering of parents, guardians of children as well as the villagers.  Many children performed  cultural dances, sang songs, and made speeches thanking their sponsors.  At the end of the tea part all the children received many gifts sent by their sponsors in UK and also  enjoyed a treat of ice cream.

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UKFG Tea Party for The Galle Children and Parents

UKFG annual tea party for Galle scholars hosted by Devsiri  Ruvini and their three children took place at Welliwatta Temple in Galle.

Chief Guests were the leading Buddhist monks in Galle Rev Pananagala Hemaloka, Rev Thawalama Siddartha, Rev Bamunugama Rewatha  and Rev Balangoda Buddagosha

More than 150 UKFG scholarship holders their parents and guests had a thoroughly wonderful day. Many of them sang songs and performed cultural dances and  Devsiri’s two boys Deshan and Dinum entertained them with English and Sinhala songs.  All the guests and children then enjoyed the  lovely tea party hosted by chairman Sirisena Gamage.

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Handing over Alan Hutchison Library to Gatare School Children

Alan Hutchison in London was one of the founding members of UKFG in 2005. Even before that Alan has been helping poor communities in Sri Lanka through the Harrow Trust. Immediately after the Tsunami tragedy,  Alan flew to Sri Lanka to offer immediate  help to many victims. He also managed to get  Johnson Matthey (London )  to donate 40 scholarships to poor children through UKFG. He funded the rebuilding of   the house belong to Lalitha and Sumathipala in Galle .

Since the tsunami tragedy Alan has been sponsoring five UKFG children throughout their education. On 2nd August 2011, Devsiri , Ruvini and their three children handed over the Alan Hutchison school library to children at Rural Gatare school in Kamburupitiya. It  was  built with Alan’s generous donation of £6000. Not only the children and parents but the whole village turned  up to see the opening ceremony and handing over.   Children sang songs and performed cultural dances. Devsiri and Ruvini’s two boys Dinum and Deshan thoroughly entertained the children and guests with their singing of English and Sinhala songs

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Johnson Matthey Tea Party

Johnson Matthey (London) was the first major company to  offer their help to tsunami victims through UKFG  in 2005.   They have been sponsoring 40 children every year since then.   When Devsiri and family went to Srilanka on their annual  charity work trip in August 2011, Mr  Neil Carson, the chief executive of Jonson Matthey was  on  holiday in Srilanka with his family.  A  tea party was  arranged by Mr Sirisena Gamage at Galle Fort Temple for  the family  to meet the children the company  sponsored.  The meeting was chaired by  the chief incumbent of the temple, Panangala Hemaloka Thero.

The children and their parents and guardians all were very  happy to see Mr Carson his wife Helen and children Peter, Phillip and Hannah in  person .The children gave  drawings, hand  crafts and other little home made gifts to the family and Neil and family gave  all the children stationery as gifts.   In his speech Mr   Carson said the party was the highlight of his holiday and he was  delighted to meet all the children his company sponsored.  He  said that he was very pleased the  way UKFG help the poor children and when he get back to England he would make  sure that the company offer more funds to  sponsor more children

All the sponsored children sang songs, performed dances in front  of Carson family and Deshan and Dinum Hewavidana entertained them with their  singing in return. At the end of the party everybody enjoyed  a great tea party .

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Ruckinge Rainbows donate computers to Howpe school

Rucking Rainbow group ( girls guide) at Ashford was one of  the first children’s group that came to help victims of tsunami in  Srilanka.   They have adopted Howpe  School in Galle since 2005 and have been  helping it with funds.  Every November  these little children run a fashion show to raise money for the poor children  at Howpe School. Mrs Alison Wynne the organiser of the Rainbows and frequent  traveller  to Srilanka went to Howpe  school with her daughter and presented the   children with  books and other  gifts   On 1st of August Howpe children were delighted to  receive from Devsiri and family two brand new computers and a scanner donated  by those wonderful Rainbow children in England.

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