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Graveyard to Schoolyard…

The children of the remote village of Malhewa, Bible did not have a pre-school. The villagers therefore decided to run a pre-school in the community hall of the village cemetery. There was however one little snag. Whenever there was a funeral, the school had to be closed.

Today with the opening of 40th ‘Piyawara’ pre-school in Malhewa, Bibile these children now have a proper pre-school consisting of two classrooms, toilets, tap water, educational material and a well-equipped play area. At present there are 29 children. The number will increase to 50 next year with the increasing demand.

Two qualified pre-school teachers, Premawathie and Kusumawathie, manage the school with great enthusiasm. Both of them have undergone training organised by the Hemas Outreach Foundation and will continue to receive more training in the near future. This pre-school will be monitored by the officers of the Ministry of Child Development.

The school was donated by Der Touristik Germany through its partner Fly and Help Germany. Chief Guest at the opening was Mr. Andreas Museler, Sustainability Manager, Der Touristik Germany. Trustees of the Hemas Outreach Foundation along with Project Ambassador Mr. Roshan Mahanama attended the ceremony.

 

piyawara-annual-teaching Hemas Outreach Foundation together with the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs held its Annual Teacher Training programme for the 12th consecutive year at the Thalahena Training Center from 13th to 15th August, 2014.

The Head/Assistant teachers of all 40 Piyawara schools participated in the training, representing all provinces in the country. On the final day of the programme, the teachers together with the ministry officials visited Hemas house, 10th floor for a fun filled Paduru Party organised by our own staff.

 

graveyard-schoolyard Mallahawa is a small remote village in Bibile, Monaragala. At the moment the children of Mallahawa village have their preschool at the cemetery community center. After the request of the higher authorities of government, we visited the location and witnessed the reality. It was heartbreaking to see them in an inappropriate environment of this nature.

Following the initial fact finding operation, Hemas Outreach Foundation begun construction of its proposed 40th Piyawara community pre-school at Mallahawa, Moneragala. This project is sponsored by Der Touristik Germany and supported by Reiner Meutsch Stiftung FLY & HELP Germany.

The foundation stone of the Monaragala Piyawara community pre-school was laid recently by Ms. Shiromi Masakorala, Executive Director of the Hemas Outreach Foundation along with a student, and construction work is currently undergoing with the aim to open the school in October 2014.

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