School Development Omatta
The Lotus Children's Foundation is planning to undertake a project to build a two storey building in the junior school for use as a library. After an initial discussion with the school principal, teachers and the students, the foundation understood the importance of a library to the school.
Opening ceremony of the new building for Omatta Junior school with library, lecture hall , home science and administrative facilities on 21st of October. Mr & Mrs Thayan were the chief guests of the School prize giving ceremony which was also held on the same day. Refurbishing their old computer lab with more facilities is now in progress.
University student allowances
Scholarships were awarded to students from families struggling with day-to-day finances to enable them to pursue higher education studies at local universities. Students studying management,engineering and medical science were helped throughout their four to five years in higher education.
One success story is that of an engineering student who finished his higher education successfully and has been able to find a good job in Sri Lanka.
Funding tuition fees and stationery for students in primary and secondary education
During 2018, financial assistance was provided to several students from families with limited means so they could attend tuition classes to support their primary and secondary education.
Families believe these classes play a vital role in their children achieving academic success and this was borne out by a notable year-on-year improvement in students' results.
Several students were also helped through the provision of essential stationery for their primaryeducations.
In addition, a laptop computer was donated to the nursery school at Omatta to introduce pupils to modern technology.
"Divi Sahana" program
To uplift rural entrepreneurship under "Divi Sahana" program we have distributed tea plants for selected families in omatta area.
Omatta Temple renovation work
The renovation of the Omatta Temple was a major project in 2018 and one warmly endorsed by local people. Urgent repair work was planned and carried out following discussions with the monk of the temple.
Provision of tuition classes
Tuition classes are provided to children in the Omatta area in order to improve their educational attainment.
Supporting students who are attending Grade 5 scholarship exam with extra classes to move to a school with better facilities and to take advantage of available government subsidies.
In addition, classes for mathematics and science are being put on for students in Grades 7 to 10 to prepare them for O level examinations while classes in English and IT are also being provided, lifting attainment levels over the past year.
There are two levels of English classes focusing on grammar and the spoken language; in IT, a basic course focuses on the Microsoft Office package and Internet use while an advance course focuses on graphic design, web design and programming to help students pursue a career in the field of IT.
Contributions to Army Services
We have been supporting Army Services personnel and their families, particularly disabled servicemen. This has been well received.