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The Pre-School in Gampaha

In February 2017 some of the trustees visited a little nursery school in the Gampaha District of Sri Lanka. The school was opened  by our friend Harry and his wife Shama . Harry was a retired naval gunner and his wife and daughter are trained teachers. The school was built in 1992 by Harry on a small patch of land adjoining his house. Harry used his savings to build it and it has been his family’s passion ever since. Harry tragically died in 2023 and the school is now run by his daughter Oshi . Over the years the school has provided the foundation for well over a thousand children to fulfil their potential and become successful in a number of different careers, including doctors, teachers and nurses.

In 2017 the Fars Chanmugam Trust took over the entire funding of the school and together with Oshi we have developed the school to provide  an education, two daytime meals , free uniforms and some limited day care facilities for the children of working mothers. The school is attended by 75 young children from all religions between two and five years of age, including children with special needs. The children come from deprived backgrounds.

We now employ two teachers, two assistant teachers, a trainee teacher and a cook. They are all paid salaries that are commiserate with the roles they undertake. We have also refurbished the existing school by providing a new roof , toilet and windows. We do not charge the children and this is now the only nursery school in the region to offer free pre-school education, meals (breakfast and lunch) and day care facilities. Consequently the poorest in the community will be able to have their children educated from a young age.