A FRIEND IN NEED

PROGRESS REVIEW  OF A SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROJECT OF UL CLUB

1.  BACKGROUND

Promoting camaraderie among the former managerial staff of Air Lanka and Sri Lankan Airlines and assisting and helping the needy are two prime objectives of the UL Club. Several events, heavily dependent on subscriptions and cooperation of the membership, have been organized in the past to meet these objectives and the UL Club felt that it should extend its horizons in order to engage in a long lasting charity or social services program which would enlighten the lives of under privileged, needy children in a remote part of Sri Lanka.There are a thousand of marginalized children who are brilliant but unable to continue their education due to extreme poverty conditions under which they live. Their lives can be changed if we support them financially and other wise to pursue their studies.

2. PROJECT INITIATION

With this objective in mind, the UL club initiated a scholarship project in 2010 under the   Friend in Need Scheme of the club to be of assistance to these needy children. The   first phase of the ‘ Friend in Need’ project was  initiated  by selecting  fifteen students from three schools in Buttala Dutugemunu Central College, Pelwatta Navodya Vidyalaya  (college) and Kukurampola Vidyalaya  by granting scholarships.  Gradually, this facility was extended to support 49 students who were reading for the GCE OL & GCE AL examinations in 11 schools.

3. PROJECT AREA

The students selected for this project were from Buttala Divisional Secretariat area in the Moneragala district. Moneragala is essentially an underdeveloped region and is considered the second poorest district in Sri Lanka. Children in poverty stricken households and studying in poor rural schools that are highly vulnerable to social evils associated with extreme poverty were the beneficiaries of this initiative.

4. SELECTION OF BENEFICIARIES

First of all the UL Club in collaboration with the Divisional Secretariat conducted a field research in Buttala to identify the deserving families for the project. The respondents included the marginalized and vulnerable families with poor children who need support and care for their protection to ensure their social protection and economic enlistment. They all belong to low income groups. Later the findings were ratified and the beneficiary students were selected in close collaboration with the Administrative Authorities, School Principals/Teachers in the area.

5. SPONSORSHIP

This project connected the donors and well wishers who opted to support these needy children in meeting their educational expenses up to the time they sat for the above examinations. Each student was paid SLR. 1,500.00 Per month for G.C.E. O/L students and SLR. 2,000.00 Per month for G.C.E.A/L students. The UL Club take this opportunity to place on record the support extended by various well wishers and donors in making this initiative a great success

6.PROJECT DURATION

The selected students were initially enrolled for one year scholarship subject to renewal of the facility for a further period of one year or more depending on the needs, availability of funds, proper utilization of funds received, progress made by the student and strict compliance by parties involved to the terms and conditions of the scholarship program.

7. THE PROGRESS AND THE ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR

58 students were offered scholarships of which 45 have benefited from this project. Of them 26 and 15 have already sat for GCE OL and GCE AL examinations up to 2012 respectively. Those who have performed well in GCE OL have been further supported to complete their highest studies at GCE AL examination. Though the project period is now over, the club has extended the sponsorship to 04 students who will sit for GCE OL in2013 and 08 other students who will sit for GCE AL in2014. The table 01 illustrates the achievements so far.

Table 1: The Number of Beneficiary students completed GCE OL & AL examinations

SN Component Number of students sat for/due to sit GCE OL& AL Examinations Total
Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
01 GCE OL

08

13

05

04

30

02 GCE AL

04

11

08*

23

03 Dropped out

13

Total

08

17

16

04

08

66

*Continuation from OL

8. BEST RESULTS

As evident from the tables 2 and 3 below, 2 students who sat for GCE OL examination from Pelwatta Maha Vidyayalaya have performed extremely well obtaining very good results.  One student has got 8 A passes while the other has got 7 A passes. Similarly, 3 students have recorded exemplary results at GCE AL examination with 2 students obtaining 3A passes and one student getting 2 A passes and 1 B pass. This indeed is remarkable and UL club wish them well for their higher education. Except for the 13 students dropped out in the interim due to various reasons, the UL Club is pleased to note that 41 students have reaped the fruits of this initiative having completed the GCE OL and AL examinations

Table 2: GCE OL Examination – Best Results

SN Name of School NO. of students Year

Results

A passes B passes Spasses
01 Pelwatta Maha Vidyayalaya

01

2011

08

01

-

02 Pelwatta Maha Vidyayalaya

01

-do-

07

01

01

Table3: GCE AL Examination – Best Results

SN Name of School NO. of students Year

Results

A passes Bpasses Spasses
01  Ranjan Wijeratne Maha Vidyalaya/Monaragala

02

2012

03

-

02   – do -

01

-do-

02

01

-

9. WHAT’S NEXT

The Scholarship project was launched for a period of two years initially and was extended for a further period up to 2014 to be of assistance to students in completing their GCE OL & AL examinations with the kind contribution of their sponsors.  Thereafter we will be moving on to a different project under the “FRIEND-IN-NEED banner.

10. SOURCE OF FUNDING 

We need your support

The UL Club Sri Lanka envisages extending its support to the pro poor programs. It provides a data rich transparent platform for benevolent sponsors from all over the world to support the projects that help the needy to realize their ambition in life. It has adopted adequate systems and procedures to ensure the transparency of the disbursement of funds to the needy and their proper utilization by the beneficiaries.

The UL Club looks forward to having the generous support and contributions from donor agencies, friends and well-wishers who care for their fellow human beings and recognize the need to raise funds by initiation of similar initiatives for creating a better world for the less fortunate.

11.  How You Can Help.

Join us in our mission to share, serve, and make a difference

How to make your contribution

All remittances can be made direct to;

UL Club Sri Lanka – Friend – in – Need Project’

Commercial Bank of Ceylon,

Kohuwela Branch, Sri Lanka

A/C. No. 8870023915,

Swift code No. CCEYLKLXUnder advice to;

The Treasurer,

UL Club Sri Lanka,

137/1B, Anderson Road,

Nedimala, Dehiwela, Srilanka.

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