Wednesday, March 02, 2005

School Rebuilding Project

Regency will assist the Sri Lanka Rotary District in rebuilding two schools. We have been appointed as the Lead Club for rebuilding Onthachchimadam Sri Vinayagar Vidyalayam, Kaluwanchikudday, Batticaloa. The school was visited by President Mario and was found to be in ruins, with only one building standing. All other facilities of the school had been washed away.
Subsequent to this visit, it was found that the Government has identified this school for relocation since it was within the 200 metre coastal line. Land has already been identified and handed over to the Principal of the school. We are awaiting an official letter from the Provincial Council confirming the hand over of the land. Reconstruction of this school will be funded by Rotary Denmark. [Read more on Rotary Denmark involvement]

The school has approximately 500 children from grades 1 to 10. Currently the Principal has set up temporary sheds in this land and is conducting classes.

Rtn Chamila and Rtn Gehan, who are members of the school project committee, are scheduled to visit Batticaloa next week to meet with the Principal and Zonal Education Director to get specific feedback on their requirements, since we also understand that the school is now to be expanded to house Advanced Level students. ( i.e. up to grade 12). Once this is done, we will work with the Rotary District Co-ordinator to obtain architectural designs and estimates.

The estimates will be forwarded to the Rotary District by the 15th of March. They in turn will evaluate costs and advise us if we are to go ahead. Construction will commence in April.

In addition to this school, the Rotary School Re-Awaken committee is in the process of allocating a second school - also in Batticaloa, for us to work on as an Associate Club with the Rotary Club of Pamunugama. We will get details of the second school over the course of the next few days.

The estimated cost of rebuilding 2 schools is approximately LKR 75 Million ( USD 750,000). This includes building and equipment such as computers, library, water and sanitation etc.

Project Chair - Rtn. Chamila Wickramasinghe
Phone: +94 777 364618

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