Several years ago, I got the opportunity to visit a small foundation in the middle of the jungle in Mahavilachchiya that made a strong impression on me and my friends in the LKLUG. We were there to teach kids computers and introduce them to the wealth of free and open source software. As an active community, we have been to many advocacy and training sessions, but this one was quite unlike any other.
There was an element of danger going into a “border village” where the threat of terrorist attacks were ever imminent and the kids lived in fear. Despite the warnings we received from the elders, it was clear to all of us that this had to be done. And to this day, the only regret has been that we have not been able to do more.
What we found in Mahavillachchiya was the most hopeful thing I’ve ever seen in the most hopeless of times under the worst circumstances. It was truly an oasis and a budding fertile ground for changing the lives of an entire generation in the region. A generation that had been ravaged by war and poverty and yet retained the innocence and hope to smile through the ordeal.
Most of what we do in our lives are not important. The petty goals we strive to achieve, the victories that we expect to provide us with fulfillment in life, when examined more closely, pale in comparison to the selfless work performed by remarkable people to bring an entire generation out of a vicious cycle. Here’s a chance for you to do something truly worthwhile that will affect the lives of many.
Mahavilachchiya and Horizon Lanka Foundation need your help. It needs to raise 1 million Rupees by the end of the year to meet its financial obligations and to continue its good work. The equivalent of 9,000 USD, this is the first step in helping the foundation continue to be the positive change agent to the hundreds of rural kids in Sri Lanka.
If you would like to help with this initiative, please contact Nandasiri Wanninayaka (firstname.lastname@example.org) to see how you can help. Wanni is the founder of this initiative and is a truly inspirational character.
You can also contribute to HLF initiatives on GlobalGiving.org.