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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

A Sri Lankan NGO appeals for funds to educate rural poor:...

[b]A Sri Lankan NGO appeals for funds to educate rural poor: In it’s No Child Left Behind project[/b]

Daya Gamage – Asian Tribune

The village Na-ula, located between Matale and Dambulla in the central hills of Sri Lanka, is one of the economically backward and educationally handicapped localities in this island-nation, which came to geographic prominence when it was hit by the devastating tsunami last December.

Much international aid has gone to the tsunami devastated northeastern and southern coastal belt of the country, but this one poverty-stricken village of Na-ula has not received the attention of any who are administering this developing nation.

No well-resourced international non-governmental organization (INGO) or indigenous NGO has focused attention to this remote village with sub-standard education to uplift the rural folks to higher education standard; instead ‘They Have Been Left Behind.’

The promised funding assistance from a Norwegian aid organization has not materialized, according to Rev. Fr. K.J. Lamb, the coordinator of the education program in Na-ula.

A group of few honorable people of good standing, led by Rev. Lamb, have got together and have registered a NGO with a very ambitious plan to help school children that are extremely poor in this backward village of Na-ula. Their noble aim: to educate, to give basic healthcare and lift the living standard of the villagers.

As an ideal start, this organization has given an elaborate free training to over 40 youths of the area, who are also very poor and jobless, to work as development officers in Na-ula.

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