Investing in The Next Generation

By SdS

Students at Kalawelgala elementary school can now learn in peace thanks to the metal grilles installed on the windows, which prevent monkeys and other animals from getting in.

Back in June we held a crowdfunding campaign to support our work with some of the villages bordering Udawalawe National Park and the Wetahirakanda corridor. Thanks to our sponsors, we were able to raise $6000 for improvements at five pre-schools (Montessories) and an elementary school. We re-visited each of the schools in July to confirm their needs. In August it was my pleasure to visit with each of the teachers in order to provide the initial installments of funds. As the schools were on break, we visited several at their homes. Each teacher undertook individual accountability for showing that work was progressing and funds were being spent as intended.

Ms. Lakshimini accepts the sponsorship.

The first stop was with Ms. Lakmini of Pubudu Pre-school. Continue reading

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Students in Sri Lanka start Pen-Pal program

Students at Rathambalagamuwa (pictured below) and Uda Walawe have picked up the pen-pal project.  We hope this will be the beginning of many exchanges, so that students develop a one-on-one relationship with their buddies overseas.  We’ve got many ideas for future projects!

See more photos and learn about the program here!

The Pen Pal Team

Pen Pals Project Launched!

In a previous postwe mentioned a new project, “A Conversation About Conservation.”  We asked students in the U.S. and Sri Lanka if they would like to learn about one another through good-old-fashioned letters.  That’s right, pen-pals.  We wanted students to exchange thoughts on their lives and views, especially about nature and wildlife.  Happily, the response was quite enthusiastic!  Learn more by clicking here.