Access For All Gains Recognition by Investor Edge Magazine

This project has received the opportunity to raise its profile by being featured by Editor, John Shirley who read about the project and chose Rose Charities to promote – something he does each month to encourage philanthropy to his readership.

Click here to see full article: http://www.rosecharities.info/reports/iem-rcrc-article1109.pdf

Access For All – project receives funding boost

On Friday the 31st of July 2011, Joanna Thomson and her team at Rose Cambodia Rehabilitation Centre (RCRC) are excited to be attending the signing ceremony to receive a $20,000 (USD) grant from the Disability Inclusion Assistance Fund (DIAF). DIAF is a funding mechanism supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and managed by the Australian Red Cross (ARC). The goal of the DIAF is to reduce the vulnerability of persons with disability including landmine and explosive remnants of war (ERW) survivors, their families and affected communities in Cambodia.

The grant will be used to support the “Access For All” project which aims to address the issue of women with disabilities in rural areas being unable to access secondary and tertiary education. The project provides a safe, secure housing solution for disabled women, allowing them to move into the town and live independent, fulfilling lives where they can access educational opportunities. Not only are the beneficiaries able to access formal education but they are also trained in project management and organisational development skills which will enable them to be leaders and manage the project independently long-term. Through the learning of life skills, taught to them in the supportive home, they will be able to gain confidence and learn to participate fully in the community and to teach others about women with disability and raise awareness and advocate for disability rights. Through the long-term acquisition of skills and formal qualifications they will be able to earn an income and relieve the burden on their families of caring for a disabled daughter in rural Cambodia, increasing the living standards of not only themselves, but their whole family.

This project has been established by inspirational local Khmer man, Mr Ull Meng Hour. Located in Prey Veng Town, this project has been developed by a group of devoted local volunteers with Mr Hour’s leadership. While Jo Thomson is the Project Manager for this project, her role will largely be a consultative and advisory role as the day to day management of the project will be staffed by the women with disabilities who are the beneficiaries of the project. Mr Hour and his supporters will remain very much involved in the project acting as long-term project guardians who will provide training to the project team and will ensure that the project is being implemented in line with the identified objectives.

While this grant covers the basic costs of the project for the next year, more funds will be required to sponsor the beneficiaries’ educational requirements, in particular their University fees. As well, more laptops are required. If you are able to help with these needs, please contact Rose Charities Director, Sarah Miller – sarah@rosecharities.org.au. For more information on Rose’s Educational Sponsorship program and to see the student profiles of those involved in the Access For All project please see https://roseeducation.wordpress.com/cambodia

 Inspiring Project Guardian - Mr Ull Meng Hour

 The Supportive Home for the women with disabilities located in Prey Veng Town

Women who can now access education - Access For All!!

Training Afghan women..

  

New education focus in S.E.Sri Lanka

On Wednesday we traveled 45 minutes out of Kalmunai to an area called Vellaveli where Rose is planning to start educational and support programs next month.

Vellaveli is a cultivation dependent area located on the border of the Batticaloa and Ampara District. Though Rose Sri Lanka does not work in the Batticaloa district, Rose came to Vellaveli after it was severely damaged in recent floods. Once controlled by the LTT (Liberated Tamil Tigers) during the civil war, Vellaveli and surrounding areas have gone through decades of isolation. This was apparent when we came across a broken bridge entering the village (see pictures below). Luckily there was a new bridge built that we could take, but during the floods, this was the bridge that the Rose staff crossed in order to deliver relief materials to people without food, shelter or clothes. Call it extremely dedicated or just plain crazy, perhaps Anthony and his team are little bit of both. It was also clear that the needs of the people outweighed the relief workers’ fear.

Even after the floods subsided, the needs in this area were vast. As a first step, Rose carried out a systematic pre-assessment survey among families in order to first develop baseline statistics of the population and second determine the most immediate needs of the people in this area. What they found through this process is an overwhelming number of widows and school drop outs in Vellaveli, particularly young boys, an effect of the civil war.

The purpose of our visit to Vellaveli was to meet with the Divisional Secretary of the Pallewatta District (the district that Vellaveli is in) to discuss the potential programs and workshops that Rose will carry out. This meeting demonstrated the importance of a cooperative relationship between NGO’s, government and multi-national organizations as we discussed collaborating with the Pallewatta Divisional Secretary who is working closely with the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme).

Using the baseline data and in the meeting, Rose identified the need for women’s groups, mother and child nutritional workshops and a drop-out educational support programs. These programs will start early May and will be the first of many RCSL programs in the area. Vellaveli is just an example of Rose identifying and addressing the need in a specific area while at the same time building strong partnerships with other organizations.

ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education): Rose Sri Lanka

The more we visit Rose’s programs, the more we realize how far-reaching Rose Charities Sri Lanka really is. Since 2006, Rose Sri Lanka has directly supported isolated and marginalized Tamil, Sinhalese and Muslim communities. In 2011, Rose is addressing educational needs in 9 different districts, covering a large part of not just Kalmunai but the Eastern Province.

On Thursday morning P. Latha, the sports coordinator and P. Kanalakannan, the health and nutrition coordinator took us to Chalambaikrany, a dominantly Muslim area. We visited three preschools, Zahira Preschool, Iemam Hasal Preschool and Mega Preschool where we were welcomed by teachers, parents and children. At Zahira Preschool we met a teacher that had won the ‘Best Preschool Teacher’ award from Rose in 2009. She seemed to take pride in not only her award but her children’s progress. The children were lined up in a semi circle around the teacher, some of the most well behaved 3 year olds we’ve ever seen.

At Iemam Hasali Preschool, we walked in to find children playing with red paint and crayons. There was red paint on their hands, faces and uniforms just as much as their papers. It was exciting to see the children given so much creative freedom and thoroughly enjoy their extra-curricular activities. Rose provides the preschools with art supplies and encourages teachers to balance behavioral development with fun, stimulating activities like art and singing. While in Kalmunai, Sonia has been spending time with preschool teachers to share teaching methods and improve English skills. Singing songs like “Eyes, ears, mouth and nose” and “The Hokey Pokey” has not only been fun but is an effective way to teach 3 year olds about anatomy.

We got to Mega Preschool at around 11:00 am, just as students were getting ready to go home. While the children were gathered together with their Rose backpacks, mothers and fathers came to collect them. The teacher at Mega Preschool shared that parents are increasingly supportive of early childhood development and extremely helpful to the teachers inside and outside the classroom. A mother was practicing the English words that her child had learned in class until he worked up the confidence to come up to us and introduce himself in English. I’ve never been more pleased to be asked “Hello, how are you? What is your name?”

We also learned that the Sri Lankan government has recently agreed to contribute milk packets to each preschool child as a snack. This contribution is the start of a cooperative relationship between Rose Charities and the Sri Lankan government to improve early childhood education in the Ampara District.

Early childhood education is one of Rose Charities’ central programs, with 14 preschools running across the Ampara District. However the program does not only improve access to early education, Rose is constantly working to improve the quality of education in each preschool. Now with government support, perhaps Rose’s model in Ampara can be applied throughout Sri Lanka in future years.

Stand Tall Education Uganda: Innovative child-centered teaching..

One month goes a long way

November 6th, 2010 | Author: nicole
In one little month, our first volunteer, Honey Halpern managed to introduce the teachers and pupils to innovative child-centered teaching techniques; buy a microscope, and a sewing machine for the children; speak to three local schools about her techniques; speak to a Kenyan group that visited our school after hearing about how Stand Tall promotes an effective learning environment, and write a fascinating report about her experiences.  Her blog is where you can learn more:  http://eastafricandiary.wordpress.com/

Honey’s last day

 

Remarkable. We need more like her. Perhaps, you?

our sewing machine and microscope

 

Rose Charities Sri Lanka University Sponsorship Program: Update Dec 2020

Rose Charities Sri Lanka would like to thank you for all of your
support so far, here is a quick update on the University Scholarship
Program:

Since the Scholarship Program’s foundation, 19 students have graduated
in various disciplines, including Arts and Culture, Engineering,
Management, Medicine and Computer Science. This wide range of
expertise creates a group of successful individuals who now have the
ability to give back to their community. The Scholarship Program is
not the final stage of the education enrichment initiative rather it
is a means of reincorporating resources into the community of Kulmunai
so that Rose Charities Sri Lanka can eventually become a sustainable
operation.

Pamini received a scholarship in 2007, allowing her to pursue a
post-secondary education. Since her widowed mother earns just $200 per
year, Pamini used her scholarship to pay for books and transportation
in order to obtain her university degree in Arts and Culture. Pamini
now plans to help her mother and pay for her younger brother and
sister’s education.

After 5 successful years, the need for university scholarships is
greater than ever.  Seventeen students are currently enrolled in Sri
Lankan Universities for the January 2011 term, 6 of them will still
require financial support in order to make their dreams a reality.
Without funding, these 6 students are unable to accept their offers
for a university education. The Rose Charities University Scholarship
program asks for your help once again to empower young people and
their communities through education.

If you would like to sponsor one or more of the 6 University students,
please visit: www.rosesrilanka.info and:
Click DONATE in the top right corner
In the comments section specify University Scholarship Program and
which student you would like to fund.
If you have any questions or comments please contact us at:
amanda@rosecharities.ca

Graduation Day – Rose Charities Sri Lanka !

Rose charities’ Graduation day 13th November, 2010

Rose charities’ early childhood education centre was celebrated the Graduation day on 13th November, 2010 at English language institute. The students staged many programs such as speeches, dances and dramas. They were attracted by the parents and the teachers. The chief guest for this function was Mr. Prabakaran the (principal of Wesley high school Kalmunai) and the distinguished guest were Mr. Sanjeev Sivakumar (the registrar of southeastern university) and board of directors.The certificates were given to the students by the guests who were complete the preschool education and joining the primary education in year 2011.

Cambodian students pass First Year with flying colours

Yesterday I met Mao Mengly and Nhor Dany, the two students that are the first recipients of the FDCC Cambodia – Rose Charities Mekhala Education Sponsorship Project. They are both just beginning their second year at Chea Sim University of Kamchay Mear (CSUK) in Prey Veng Town, studying for their Bachelor Degree in Accounting.

Mengly and Dany both told me that they were close to dropping out after their first year of study as they couldn’t find a way to support the costs of their fees. The University had allowed them to begin their studies without paying their first year fees provided that they were paid before being allowed to enter their second year – we were so lucky to build a strong relationship with Mr Sok Rady, Executive Director of FDCC and Director of CSUK who was able to quickly identify the students that were most in need of financial aid.

Mengly and Dany have just received their Academic Transcripts for the end of their first year of study and both achieved outstanding results for the 10 subjects they completed. A mixture of B’s and B+’s for both students, with an A each for their “Communication” subject.

These students show a strong commitment to study, with Dany traveling a 6 hour round trip by bicycle each time she comes to Prey Veng town from her native Ba Phnom village for a weekend of study. Her friend helps to pay for the room they share each Saturday night in town so that they can study at the University both Saturday and Sunday and then return to their village during the week to help their families. Mengly is lucky to have a friend who gives him a lift to University each weekend on the back of his motorbike.

We are currently recruiting our second two recipients for the 2010-2011 Academic Year. We have raised enough money for these two students’ first year of University study but still require funds for their second, third and fourth years. If you are interested in sponsoring a rural Cambodian student’s tertiary education, please contact Rose Charities Australia Director, Sarah Miller at sarmiller@hotmail.com.

Thanks!

Photo captions (top to bottom, left to right): Nhor Dany; FDCC Executive Director/CSUK Director Sok Rady with Nhor Dany & Mao Mengly; Rose Charities Australia Director Sarah Miller with Nhor Dany & Mao Mengly; Nhor Dany setting off on her 3 hour bike ride home; Mao Mengly.

Education Support of Rose Charities Sri Lanka

Rose Charities Sri Lanka (RCSL) began in 2005 with the support of Canadian volunteers, local community workers and generous donations. The organization has since evolved into a large-scale educational enrichment initiative targeting at-risk children and youth at every stage of development. RCSL’s holistic approach encompasses programs at the preschool, primary, secondary and post-secondary levels.

Primary school sports programs empower girls while secondary exam preparation programs mentor students. Both programs work to equip young Sri Lankans with the confidence and skills to pursue their dreams in University. Thus, the University Scholarship Program is a critical tenet of to RCSL’s education project as it strengthens all of the other community programs.

The University Scholarship Program targets students that have been affected by the 2005 Tsunami, civil war and poverty. Despite free tuition for a post-secondary education in Sri Lanka, costs such as books, accommodation and transportation are prohibitive barriers for students from low-income families. The Scholarship program provides students with $260 (CAD) per year, a small sum relative to the long-term benefits to the student, community, and overall development of the country.

Since the Scholarship Program’s foundation, 19 students have graduated in various disciplines, including Arts and Culture, Engineering, Management, Medicine and Computer Science. This wide range of expertise creates a group of successful individuals who now have the ability to give back to their community. The Scholarship Program is not the final stage of the education enrichment initiative rather it is a means of reincorporating resources into the community of Kulmunai so that Rose Charities Sri Lanka can eventually become a sustainable operation.

Pamini received a scholarship in 2007, allowing her to pursue a post-secondary education. Though her widowed mother earns just $200, Pamini used her scholarship to pay for books and transportation in order to obtain her university degree in Arts and Culture. Pamini now plans to help her mother and pay for her younger brother and sister’s education.

After 5 successful years, the need for post-secondary scholarship is greater than ever. Seventeen students are currently enrolled in Sri Lankan Universities for the January 2011 term, 6 of them will still require financial support in order to make their dreams a reality. These students include:

Devanayagam Angella Nishani

  • University: Eastern University, Sri Lanka
  • Program of Study: Bachelors of Science
  • Expected Graduation Date: December 2011

Yokesvaran Kalaivathanan

  • Age: 24
  • Town of Birth: Thirukkovil, Sri Lanka
  • University: Eastern University, Sri Lanka
  • Program of Study: Medicine
  • Expected Graduation Date: December 2012

Sithambaram Sanjeevkanth

  • Age: 24
  • Town of Birth:
  • University: University of Paradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Program of Study: Engineering
  • Expected Graduation Date: December 2012

Nadeeshan Pakeerathan

  • Age: 24
  • Town of Birth: Sammanthurai, Sri Lanka
  • University: Eastern University, Sri Lanka
  • Program of Study: Medicine
  • Expected Graduation Date: December 2012

Kesupathy Viyarathan

  • Age: 22
  • University: Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • Program of Study: Earth Resource Engineering
  • Expected Graduation Date: December 2012

Kesupathy Geevarathan

  • Age: 22
  • University: Eastern University, Sri Lanka
  • Program of Study: Medicine
  • Expected Graduation Date: December 2012

Without funding, these 6 students are unable to accept their offers for a university education. The Rose Charities University Scholarship program asks for your help once again to empower young people and their communities through education.

If you would like to sponsor one or more of the 6 University students, please:

  1. Click DONATE in the top right corner
  2. In the comments section specify University Scholarship Program and which student you would like to fund.

If you have any questions or comments please contact us at:

amanda@rosecharities.ca

Thank you for your ongoing support!