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Educational Support

High School Support

After the tsunami, the children lost many months of schooling and faced failure in their graduating exams. Rose Charities organized 4 months of extra tuition for every graduating student from 19 schools.

  • 960 students attended with an average pass of 73% (2007)
  • 176 students from 6 under-privileged village schools received classes in 5 subjects (2008)
  • 29 students gained university entrance (2008)


  • 5 pre-schools were opened for high risk children (2006-2009)
  • Pre-school workshop for 50 teachers on “joyful learning”
  • Pre-school cultural and peace-building events

School Drop-outs

  • 79 school drop-outs have been identified, counseled and re-established into school (2008)
  • micro-finance loans are made available to parents of school drop-outs to ensure they have the income to keep the children in school

Vocational Training

  • classes in sewing, carpentry, palmyra weaving, pot-making and computer skills are conducted for unemployed youth
  • 79 students graduated in 2008
  • 25 graduates obtained micro-finance loans to begin business with their new skills

University Scholarships

  • 37 students from poor families receive scholarships to attend university.
  • For $250 a year you can sponsor a student and help them through university.

University is free in Sri Lanka, however many students from poor families are forced to turn down their university places because they lack the funds to pay for books and accommodation. The University Scholarship program provides grants of approx $10/month to cover their living expenses and enable them to go to University. In 2009 there were 36 scholarships in place. All the students were doing well. To sponsor a student contact

If you are interested in donating to this project or taking part in this group please contact Josephine de Freitas:

The Story of the Education program

Local teachers, school principles and parents came together with Rose Charities to develop the high school tuition program. The children had lost many months of education due to the devastation caused by the tsunami and were fearful that hey would fail their final exams. The whole community came together in an extraordinary effort to solve this problem. Rose Charities arranged meetings and it was decided that five schools would open at night. 96 local teachers volunteered their time so that every graduating high school child would get 4 months worth of daily extra tuition. This was a huge task involving nearly 1000 students. The community achieved this with a tiny budget and few outside resources. Since then, as the schools became re-established, the need for extra tuition has diminished. Classes are now conducted for approx 200 children from under-privileged villages and families.

The University Scholarship program allows students to go to University who would otherwise be unable to meet the expenses. Each student is supported by a Canadian sponsor, who donates $250 per year to cover the students’ living costs.

The Pre-Schools provide free early childhood education for children from young mothers who are struggling with poverty. The teaching workshops raise awareness of the importance of good pre-schooling.

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