Information on recent and upcoming projects
Hill Country Development Centre (HCDC)
An educational centre set up by the Pattakanu Foundation to teach English Nursery, Computer Science, Sewing and English for O/L and A/L students. The sole mission of the HCDC is to uplift the living, educational and health standards for students by building or renovating existing unusable toilets, setting up play areas etc. Primarily targeting children in the neglected areas of the plantation sector. In addition, the Hill Country Development Centre conducts regular eye tests in the estate sector giving away free spectacles.
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Anpham is an orphanage in Vavuniya which has housed children who have been affected by the ravages of war. Initially the construction of Anpham was put on hold with the sad departure of the founder. Later on however construction resumed and the building was successfully completed with the joint efforts of Pattakannu Foundation and WeCare Sri Lanka. Currently the Hindu Anpaham cares for more that 80 orphans, giving them better living standards and learning opportunities. Two more units are planned to be constructed as the number of orphans are increasing and any additional help would come with heartfelt appreciation.
Smile Sri Lanka
The 'Oral health promotion initiative- Smile Sri Lanka 2012' was organised by a member of the Teach Sri Lanka foundation, currently a second year dental student from the University of Leeds. Six under privileged schools were carefully selected to benefit from this worthy cause with the help of 'The Pattakannu Foundation'. School children between the ages of 6 to 10 years old were given dietary advice and oral health hygiene instructions to maintain good oral health. At the end of each session dental aids and a goody bag containing stationary were given as a token of participation. The student received a letter of appreciation from the programme managers of the Leeds Dental Institute for her initiative, time and effort. The student mentioned that it has been a very fruitful experience and feels it would boost her curriculum vitae. The student further mentioned that she is going to be organising the campaign in the year 2013 and the pharmaceutical giant Glaxo SmithKline, has agreed to sponsor it. If your interested in joining us for Smile Sri Lanka 2013 click here.
Badulla Aid Relief
In light of the tragic events that have taken place with the Badulla landslide Teach Sri Lanka has made every effort to help restore the livelihoods of all those who were affected. On this occasion we had the pleasure of collaborating with the Asia Broadcasting Corporation and were able to provide a wide range of school resources.
The Kosala Dullewa Foundation (KDF) Project
KDF was setup to support the underprivileged children with special needs to become independent and useful citizens who would be able to contribute positively towards society. Based in Ratmalana, the school educates children across all subjects with a strong focus in the arts such as artistry and dancing; one of the students has even managed to get a full time job as a professional dancer and has performed for events in Sri Lanka and the US.
While there are publicly funded initiatives to address down syndrome, the awareness of this issue is still very much lacking and the KDF initiatives strives to bridge this gap. KDF also prides itself in being one of the , if not the only, special needs school that is free at the point of access.
Teach Sri Lanka are extremely pleased to have supported this worthy cause.
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We are delighted to officially announce that we will be taking care of the running of Naripulthottam preschool in Batticaloa, which provides free education to 35+ children between the ages of 4-6. We will be working in partnership with Ocean Stars Trust (OST). OST are a UK based charity, which primarily focuses on the development of preschool education programme for children in Sri Lanka.
They currently manage over 20 schools across the country and provide education for 760 children. For more information, please visit their website:
Like us, they are firm believers that education empowers children and their families and can enable them to build a way out of poverty.
Village of Hope
The Village of Hope was the largest project undertaken by the Pattakannu Foundation which has provided an array of amenities from a small hospital to a nursery for the orphaned children affected by the Tsunami and the war, looked after by widowed mothers who were trained. Currently 10 large houses, a large administration unit, a canteen, a co-operative store, a fully large equipped hall, two vocational centers are to be implemented soon. All the children are sent to school gaining access to the computer lab while being sheltered in fully furnished houses with the security of a home and the love of a mother. The Village of Hope has been hailed as one of the best post Tsunami projects in the Batticaloa district.