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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2426

Scholarship Program for Sri Lankan Children by 'Educate Sri Lanka Foundation' in Washington

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Washington DC, 16 August, (Asiantribune.com): Program to support underprivileged children of Sri Lankan launched by Educate Lanka Foundation of Washington D.C. received a major boost with the Foundation's 4th annual Seven-A-Side softball Cricket Tournament, its signature fund-raiser .

Educate Lanka Foundation (ELF), established in 2006 by a group of Sri Lanka students in the USA, is registered in the state of Maryland. Chairman Dr. Patrick Mendis praised the efforts of the Sri Lankans who are behind this laudable project promoting education opportunities of children back home.The winning captain of the Masters encounter, Mr. Terry Kuruppu receiving the award from the President of ELF - Manjula DissanayakeThe winning captain of the Masters encounter, Mr. Terry Kuruppu receiving the award from the President of ELF - Manjula Dissanayake

Children without access to education are being helped financially by the Foundation. Their success could be measured by the response from Sri Lankans in United States.

They have brought together groups of individual sponsors from all over the world to support those students to continue their education, regardless of their ethnicity, color, or religion.The captain of the winning team (K-9 CC), Ruvinda Ranasinghe, receiving the winning trophy from the chief guest, Dr. Patrick MendThe captain of the winning team (K-9 CC), Ruvinda Ranasinghe, receiving the winning trophy from the chief guest, Dr. Patrick Mend

The annual cricket tournament, its major fundraising event of every year, was held on a grand scale in Gaithersburg, Maryland. 12 Seven-A-Side teams, including teams from New York and Connecticut, participated in the event. It also comprised some of the Sri Lankan school alumni teams, such as Royal, St. Peters’, and Trinity.

For the 2nd time, the tournament was also highlighted by a game between two Over-40 “Masters” teams that consisted past cricketers in the Washington DC area. The event also served as a community gathering and a great day-out for the 250-odd Sri Lankan expatriates in the Washington DC who gathered for the event. This year, the tournament was graced by Dr. Patrick Mendis, the Chairman of ELF’s Board, as the Guest of Honor for the event.A group picture of the two Masters Cricket team captained by Mr. Terry Kuruppu and Mr. Nazeer AzeezA group picture of the two Masters Cricket team captained by Mr. Terry Kuruppu and Mr. Nazeer Azeez

The funds raised from the event will be directly used for the student scholarships in Sri Lanka through ELF’s scholarship program. Complying with its mission, within two years since its inception, ELF has sponsored over 150 students, ranging from 5th grade students to University students, in over 10 districts in Sri Lanka. Some of these students include Medical and Engineering University students, who were financially handicapped to continue their studies. ELF has also gathered over 100 Sri Lankan expatriates as sponsors from countries like USA, Australia, and England. Its current annual commitment in scholarships is above Rs.2 million.

Note by Editor: To find out more about Educate Lanka and its mission, please contact one of its founders - Manjula Dissanayake (President) or Rasan Amintha (Executive Vice President), by visiting its website at. Educate Lanka FoundationThe co-founders of Educate Lanka Foundation (Manjula Dissanayake - President; Rasan Amintha - Executive Vice President).The co-founders of Educate Lanka Foundation (Manjula Dissanayake - President; Rasan Amintha - Executive Vice President).

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