Help Transform Lives in 2022! It’s almost that time – EOFY is about to be upon us! We’ve had an amazing year, and we are so excited to share with you some of the incredible stories of transformation – stay tuned for our annual report coming soon! In the meantime, here’s a quick snapshot of some of what we’ve been able to achieve together:    Provided small business training and loans for individuals and a group of rural community development workers in eSwatini Provided families short-term food support in eSwatini Provided livelihood support and self-employment opportunities to families in Sri Lanka Sponsored students to receive life-transforming education in eSwatini, India and Rwanda Empowered our graduating students with graduation gifts and support as they move on to employment and self-support  Distributed food to families in Rwanda and in Sri Lanka who were in crisis due to the pandemic Provided almost 6,000 masks ...

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Kaleidoscope Let’s Talk with Dr Tara De Mel on Hunger Dear Friends of Kaleidoscope Below is the link to the interview I did with Former Secretary of the Ministry of Education Dr Tara De Mel who is leading projects to ensure that children, especially the young ones, get a midday meal.  There are at least one million children in Sri Lanka deprived of a midday meal due to the economic crisis.  Sri Lanka currently has the second highest malnutrition rate in South Asia. I would appreciate if this email can be shared among friends and family.  Any contribution we get to keep our children from going hungry is very appreciated.  It’s this midday meal that encourages them to come to school and it’s this midday meal they will probably have as their only meal for the day.  Please give generously. Account details below. Link for the interview:  https://youtu.be/SPjcRlk2wDo With greatest thanks ...

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Roaring Lion’s kill off Kangaroo challenge – by Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne – eLanka Sports editor)   For a country cash strapped and gripped in the realms of economic uncertainty, Sri Lanka’s cricketing heroes shed a little ray of sunshine and lifted the spirit of the population with a historic series victory over Australia in a tense one-day stand off at Khettarama stadium in Colombo.  Beaten 2-1 in the T20 series, both teams returned from Pallekelle with a 1-1 tied start to Colombo to finish the five game one-day contest in the Sri Lankan heartland.  And recent history suggested a bleak expectation that the home team would get up against the strong but injury ridden Australian outfit whose reserves run deep. Sri Lanka’s recent performances in Colombo has also not been great backing that expectation.  But the pall of gloom enveloping the country has ignited the gladiators on the cricket field, galvanising them ...

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ANANDA WICKRAMAGE UNDISPUTED KING OF COMEDY WITH RHYTHEM, TIMING AND PACE – FOUR AND A HALF DECADES IN AN EFFERVERSCENT VOYAGE IN CELEBRITY – by Sunil Thenabadu   Ananda Wickramage the renowned actor on stage, small screen and theatre is identified as a comedy character with a dry sense of sarcastic humor, bit silly, lighthearted shameless and eccentric. Ananda knowing his comedic qualities to unprecedented tall heights has assisted him in identifying specific comedy characters throughout his tenure in acting to date even prior to the advent of television. Ananda possesses unique personality traits to remain at the top to date in his prolonged acting career spanning for approximately over four and a half decades. Each character portrayed sans any blemish has its own comedic attributes, inevitably the diverse audiences would experience a natural, organic merge. Focusing on Ananda’s comedy character will help him find the all-important comedic niche whether on stage, television or silver screen. Ananda has been throughout his tenure as an ...

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Marble Beach – a pristine beach in a sheltered bay – By Arundathie Abeysinghe Situated approximately 17 kilometers from *Trincomalee, Marble Beach also known as “Marble Bay” is a spectacular pristine beach with crystal blue shallow waters and minimal waves and considered as an excellent bathing spot monitored by Sri Lanka Air Force. There is a resort with beach front accommodation and a restaurant operated by the Air Force located at the north end of the cove of Marble Beach. Considered as one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka, unlike many other beaches in Trincomalee, Marble Beach is located in a sheltered bay and has excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities… With serenity at its utmost, the stretch of sand alongside the light blue ocean seems to go on endlessly as far as the eye can see… The allure of the Beach is its untouched, pristine splendor… Besides the magnificent ...

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“HOT, OFF THE PRESS” – by Des Kelly With due thanks to my friend Jude Goonewardane, Collector/Keeper of ALL Musical Extravaganzas emanating from olde Ceylon, Sri Lanka, and finally, from abroad, where Nimal Mendis, God rest his soul, composed this song to promote Air Lanka, a few years ago. The general public did not hear this song, unless they were on a flight of the said Airline. This was what we would term, a strictly promotional song, until Jude decided to install it on You-Tube, simply to give us all the chance to reminisce about this highly talented Icon, in Nimal, who also sings his song. Once again, thank you Jude, for giving me the chance of promoting yet another Songwriter from My Lovely Island Home. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’ Lanka. ...

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Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo 110 16 06 2022 While Sri Lanka seems to have stopped in its tracks in progress – we continue to give you a dose of positive, daring, different. In the backdrop of Angampora, this week we have superworms, white tortoises, artisan tea & stylish grazing with chats on microentrepreneurs, Rise Up Meals & other tidbits on Kaleidoscope today.  Rise Up Meals is an initiative driven by a collective led by Dr Tara De Mel which is working on giving school children a mid-day meal – generally the only meal they have in these current times. You will realise how bad hunger is among children and do try and help.  Help feed schoolchildren To join the project and help provide a meal to needy school children in Sri Lanka: Facebook: Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RiseUpMealsor  Email:info@avaayaresearch.com, vijitha@avaayaresearch.com, or gg8184@gmail.com Bank details: Avaaya Research, Seylan Bank – Nugegoda, Sri Lanka AC No: 012013134596120. ...

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SRI LANKAN Artist TONY HOPMAN – by PETER de NIESE TONY HOPMAN is an accomplished professional painter of portraits, wildlife, landscapes, still life, and more. He lives in Sri Lanka, the land of his birth. He very recently painted the portrait  of PETER de NIESE – prominent CRICKETER of a bygone era, who also is  a JAZZ SINGER, PIANO PLAYER & SAXOPHONIST: two photos enclosed. Tony’s amazingly gifted ability in his many other paintings, can be seen on Facebook. His contact details are: Tony Hopman Email:tonyhopman@gmail.com Tel +94 (71) 276 0056. 0011 94 (11) 271 3416. 10A, Priyadharshana Road Dehiwela Sri Lanka ...

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Why You Must Visit Sri Lanka Now by Brightsun We’ve all heard about news reports of Sri Lanka’s worsening economic crisis, soaring inflation and widespread protests but if you want to visit this beautiful country, the pros outweigh the negatives. Despite the crisis, Sri Lanka continues to welcome tourists, as hotels are filling up and the mood remains upbeat. Non-resident Sri Lankans are also returning home to visit their families, and perhaps, at this point of time, this is the best way to help this struggling country, as a whole eco-system will restart with hotels, restaurants, guides, cabs etc. Plus, the country has never been so affordable to tourists. Brightsun Travel have special discounted fares on several airlines including Emirates, plus added extras like increased baggage allowance up to 40kg if you are going home to visit friends and family. With endless beaches, lush landscapes, oodles of elephants and fun ...

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