Handing over the computer certificates
A new semester started in April 2008
After celebrating the beginning of a new year, new challenges are waiting for us: There are 120 registrations for the new semester, divided into three computer classes and three English classes. Computer skills will be taught in theoretical lessons and practical trainings. English students will participate in a beginner’s class, a medium level or an advanced level class, depending on their experience. This semester, we are again looking forward to a successful course and the time we will spend with our students.
A new volunteer since June 2008
After a short break during the winter or, more precisely, during the monsoon, a new volunteer from Germany will support our activities for three months. As a Nature Volunteer, Daniela will improve the website and optimise the online-marketing and fundraising. We are also really looking forward to the additional classes which will be held by our new volunteer in our Education Centre.
Campaign: Collecting waste on the beach - June, 29th 2008
With more than 50 children, the team of the NCS went to the beach of Aluthgama and collected and disposed the waste that had been washed ashore during rain season. Thanks to the Lord Mayor of Aluthgama Mr. Piyal, the waste could be removed from the costal area.
Boat-Excursion with the English class - August, 18th 2008
Our English teacher Mr. Benny Fernando changed for one day the lecture room to the outside and went with his hard working students to a boat excursion on the Bentota river. Accompanied by our Computer teacher Mr. Buddhika and our volunteer Daniela. On their way they learned about the biodiversity of the river system with his mangrove forest, flora, fauna and observed the colourful bird diversity.
The grammar school "Jahngymnasium" in Rathenow supported the EDC
A very great surprise was brought by the grammar school " Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahngymnasium" in Rathenow, Germany in August this year. The students worked on their project day a whole day in different companies. The earned salary they donate to our educational project - all together more than 3000€. With this financial support we can continue our work at least for 6 month, pay our local teacher, buy necessary computer equipment, make repairing and help the children directly. A good initiative from the students in Rathenow, Germany for the students in Aluthgama, Sri Lanka.
A new volunteer in September 2008
Just after the leaving of our Daniela we got a new helper in September - from our Kay. She will stay some shorter but will also help us very actively, especially with the work on our homepage, reports and brochures. As journalist she is a real specialist for this.
Final exams in October : Computer and English
Finished! The current exam was finished end of September/ beginning of October - the final exams were just written. All together about 90 students in computer and 50 students in English participated the examinations. Which means: our aim of 50 students per semester who could complete the courses is more than achieved. These numbers and also the highly request of the courses mirrors the good teaching methods from our teachers.
New participants: Introduction and registration - October 19th
A new start. This is the 5th semester already, which will start soon. On Sunday the 19th of October nearly 70 new participants came to the introduction and registration. From our experience there will come some more belated students the next days. End of the next week the new courses will start already.
4th Certificate Awarding Ceremony, November 2nd 2008
The 4th semester could be finished very successful - the result: 79 computer certificates and 44 English certificates. The best result ever.
On a visit in Germany in November-December 2008
The first time after the birth of our daughter Aneesha we want to Germany to visit my family. We also used the time to meet some other people who might have some impact to our project e.g. Mrs. Diana Golze (picture), Mr. Seeger, etc.
Building of a ' Nature Pioneer Team ' in November 2008
To work more effective and intensive in the area of environmental protection we found a group of interested young people and build the youth-environmental conservation group called 'Nature PioneerTeam' in November 2008.
New volunteer from England - from 30.11. till 6.12.2008
Just before the end of the year we've got for a short time a new volunteer from England - James. He was mainly working the management area and talked with tourists in company with our Ziyard. Furthermore, he helped with teaching and to replant mangroves at the beach of Aluthgama/Beruwala.
Thank you very much for the good team work and the fun.
Campaign: Replanting of mangroves - December 4th 2008
The first action of our new build 'Nature Pioneer Group' was the replanting of about 100 mangroves (pandanus) on the beach of Aluthgama/Beruwala. Furthermore, they collected waste (mainly plastic and bottles) from the beach.
| We are shown on German TV ! - on December 26th 2008 |
"Four years after the tsunami"(German: „Vier Jahre nach dem Tsunami “ ) is the title of the 45 minute documentation from the local German channel RBB. In this film - besides of others our project can be seen - how it started and developed to the current status.
Free medical camp in Beruwala - December 28th 2008