The Education Grant Programme is the vision and the creation of our Founding late President Mr Raja Meehitiya. It is one of the main programmes of our charity.
The aim of the scheme is as follows:
• To help academically able students achieve their full potential
• To provide financial help for deserving undergraduates
• To help students of families affected by the CKDu (Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown origin)
At the start of the programme in 2004 there were 20 students receiving grants.
In 2007 the programme expanded had to 107 students.
In total over 500 students have been helped since the inception of the programme.
Currently students receive the following amounts / month
Up to GCE O’Level (GCSE equivalent) Rs 1000*
GCE A Level Rs 2000*
University Students Rs 3000*
*Sri Lankan Rupees – at current exchange rate Rs. 1000 is approximately £5
The grant is intended to supplement the needs of the students such as the purchase of books, shoes and uniforms. These amounts are kept under review.
The students selected have to go through a vetting process so that we are confident that they are eligible for a grant. Recommendations are sought from the child’s teachers for educational ability and the administrative officer in the area to verify the financial status. The application is then reviewed and approved by our local coordinators in Sri Lanka.
For university students proof of GCE AL results and a letter from the University admissions office is needed as well as proof of family income. Currently we are supporting 3 medical students, I Engineering student, 1 in art, 1 in NDT and 1 in Tourism Management.
The Education committee of the charity in the UK keep a database of the children and their progress sharing the children’s achievements with the donors.
The Sri Lankan coordinators and the UK education committee all work on a voluntary basis. Any income received is maximised and used to sponsor more children.
Please support this programme by being a donor and help the future generation to educate themselves and build a better world for all.