Donation of books and a sound system to Ratnapala School at Kamburupitiya

Devsiri and family travelled to Ratnapala School where Neil Carson , MD at Johnson Matthey donated a brand new library in 2011. They were shown around the school beforehand and saw the Neil Carson Library which had been built to improve the schoolchildren’s education. The school treated Devsiri and company to their own talent show, which paved the way for more dancing in the form of small girls with babies and of course, Dinum and Deshan performing a memorable rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’.

At the end of the show, Deshan was invited up to the stage to present his gift to the school; this time he donated two speakers and books for educational and entertainment purposes. At the end of it all, the children were given more ice cream and Devsiri’s boys waved goodbye to another school and another hard day’s work.

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Donation of musical equipment and books to Gatare school Kamburupitiya

The next day Devsiri and family went to Gatare School where Alan Hutchison donated a beautiful library in 2011.   They were well acquainted with the Head teacher children and proceeded to their school ceremony. There was more beautiful dancing, more entertainment by Deshan and Dinum, and even the head teacher used the drums and sang a song for us all. At the end, Deshan presented to the school brand new school equipment from his t-shirt sales, to which all the children were ecstatic about.   Deshan and Dinum played cricket and football with the children for a while.  Finally, ice cream was handed out and Deshan and Dinum shook hands with the children to say goodbye.

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Nicky Pharoah buying gifts for the children

Nicky Pharoah, the Managing Director of The Learning Curve at  Tunbridge Wells, not only saved Massmulle school by donating a library and computer centre, she also sponsors 10 children there. Before leaving UK, Deshan received  money from Nicky with the request that they should be spent on her 10 children for buying anything and everything they want.

After visiting the first two schools Massmulle and Kahagala , later in the afternoon, Devsiri and his two sons Deshan and Dinum invited Nicky’s  children to the biggest stores at Kamburupitiya. They all turned up smartly dressed and with their parents.  The  children were given £15 (2500 rupees) to spend on clothes, shoes and other accessories and ended up having a great time buying whatever they pleased for the first time in their lives. Some of the poor parents who could only dream of buying those things for their children were shedding tears with happiness.  They were expressing gratitude to Nicky and her husband Colin and thanking them for their continuous support for  their children and the school.  Mr Gamage then donated £50 Nick has given to little Ayesha’s mum who is struggling to bring up her family with three young children.

Afterwards, Devsiri and his boys met up with the children and took some photos outside the store, and Deshan and Dinum shook hands and posed with all the lovely scholarship children.

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Visit to Kahagala Junior school – Kamburupitiya

The second school Devsiri and his family visited on the same  day was Kahagala. It was the first time that the family had travelled to the school, and they were treated to a surprising yet fascinating guard of honour as they entered the school premises. After familiarising themselves with the school staff and children, they witnessed another school show. Here, there was more dancing from schoolchildren, speeches and more entertainment provided by Devsiri’s boys. Deshan presented more gifts from his t-shirt sales, including text books and pens to every single child there. At the end of the event, all the children had ice cream and Dinum and Deshan joined in with playing cricket and even attempting to solve a Rubik’s Cube.

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Devsiri & Family’s Visit to Massmulle school

Devsiri and his family visited Massmulle school that has been supported by Nicky Pharorah in UK over the last five years.

They were treated to a rapturous welcome from the school and then proceeded to be the guests of honour at their ceremony. There were many items present, such as speeches from senior figures of UKFG, traditional dancing from schoolchildren and singing from Devsiri’s two sons Deshan and Dinum.

After the ceremony finished, Devsiri’s son Deshan donated an envelope worth 16,000 rupees (£65 ) to the school, all funded from his T-Shirt sales in the Norton Knatchbull School and Highworth.  This money is  to be used to build a beautiful pond .At the end of the donation, all schoolchildren were given a rare treat of ice cream.

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