Year 10 - Lak Saviya Foundation

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General Summary

Background Information on Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya

This school is close to the beach and is located in the area worst affected by the tsunami.

Fortunately the structural damages to the walls of the buildings were not very severe although roofs of the buildings were badly damaged. These have been subsequently repaired. During the tsunami the water level rose above the second storey and all equipment such as furniture, electrical appliances, water & sanitation systems were severely damaged or completely destroyed.

Currently, the school is run at the same premises with a minimum of facilities. The school has approximately 250 girls, 290 boys and 30 teachers. It has classes from Grade 1 to Grade 11. The Principal is Mr Hector De Silva and the Deputy Principal is Mr Vijitha Mendis.

This school needs continuous support to upgrade the facilities of the school. A few NGOs offered their help and as a result the roof, the damaged boundary wall and the greenhouse have now been repaired. The school is managing its day to day affairs effectively with minimum available facilities.

Establishing a Link Between SBHS and Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya
The Principal of Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya is delighted to establish and maintain a long term relationship with SBHS. Once established, the internet facility would be an asset and will help to enhance the communication between two schools.

Accountability and Transparency of Donations
The LSF will be responsible for the accountability and transparency of all donations. LSF organised to purchase the items in Sri Lanka to minimise cost and transport and to hand items over to the Principal of the school. LSF also coordinates with the Principal to identify the details of the needs (such as the type of equipment, list of books for library etc) to ensure that they meet the exact requirements of the school. A member of LSF who was in Sri Lanka during February/March 2006 purchased most of the items to minimise the cost and handed them over to the Principal personally.

Subsequent Improvements at Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya
Sydney Boys High School has subsequently worked to improve the facilities and the quality of education at Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya. Donations by SBHS have paid for additional English classes as well as full time IT and Performing Arts teachers. In addition, donations have helped establish a school band which performed for the first time in February 2012.

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Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya school hall

The Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya school hall


New School Band (February 2012)
The Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya performed for the first time in February 2012:

Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya school band 1 Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya school band 2
Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya school band 3 Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya school band 4

 

Student Visit (January 2012)
Student Lastih de Fonseka made a private visit and donation to the school in the 2011-12 holidays:

Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya school canteen Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya school hall
Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya school classroom Sydney Boys High School student Lastih de Fonseka donating equipment to Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya

Computer Lab (April 2007)
One of the project items listed above is the furnishing of a small computer lab. This lab has now been installed and photos are below:

Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya computer lab 1 Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya computer lab 2
Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya computer lab 3 Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya computer lab 4