VOLUNTEERS FROM THE LEEDS METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
A volunteer team of seven members from the Leeds Metropolitan University, UK visited Aspirations Education Foundation from the 14th- 18th January and. They engaged in a five day hands-on experience, visiting some of the schools where that Aspiration foundation projects are being been carried out.
This experience was an eye-opener because not only did they funded these projects, but they were physically involved and engaged with the rural community and saw how underprivileged they really are. This resulted in them joining the Aspirations family as they were determined to reach out to more people and help lay the foundation to ensure the fulfilment of their unspoken dream.
ASPIRATIONS EDUCATION FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH DEAKIN UNIVERSITY’S GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM
Another highlight of this special Season for Aspirations was an immense breakthrough. Aspirations Foundation in the past seven years has undertaken and implemented a massive social change from North to South offering scholarships across the island, building infrastructure, pioneering a range of agriculture based projects including mango plantations to make rural schools sustainable and a countless number of other innovative social entrepreneurial projects. More information can be found at http://www.aspirations.edu.lk/foundation/.
Mr. Ajith Abeyeskera, Founder of Aspirations Foundation said that ” we are greatly humbled and encouraged that Deakin University saw the value Aspirations Foundation generate and decided to join hands with us to give back to the Sri Lankan eco system”. Thus Deakin University organized its launch during the ” Deakin Week” at Cinnamon Grand Colombo, Wednesday, 9 July 2014 under the name “The Ampara Project” . Program leader Carl Jones from Deakin University and Mr. Ajith Abeysekera- Chairman Aspirations Education described the project for Deakin’s partner institutions. There are 6 key projects involving Sports Development, Health, IT and Water infrastructure, International business.
More details can be found at http://amparaproject.blogspot.com.au/
ABILASHA ARUNALOKA COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATION
“Abilasha Arunaloka” was the first community based organization to be formed in the Iginiyagala village.
For the 7th consecutive year, on the 1st January 2014,they were able to assist 126 students in 14 schools in the village to provide the following; • Total book list for the New Year
• All the stationery items required for the children.
• Provided 10 chairs to the “Pubudu Preschool”
The organization was able to do the above project with the assistance and guidance from Dr. Chathurika Abeysekara & D. Weerasekara from the Aspirations Education Foundation, Seylan Bank & Commercial Bank ,Mr.Wimalaweera Dissanayake-Minister of Education( Eastern province) , Minister P Dayarathna ,Deputy Minister of Labor – Mr. Sarath Weerakesara ,Mr. Daya Gamage ,Mr. Chandadasa Galapathi & Mr. Weerasinghe-Minister of the East Education(UNP) ,Mayor of Ampara urban council – Mr. Indika Nalin.