Books give wings to the mind, making way for imagination and creativity. As the saying goes, reading makes a person complete. It is a habit to be practised from childhood but not every child is fortunate enough to read to his content. ‘Sahurda Yathra’ – the ship of friendship is an attempt to enlighten the future of such children who are less privileged.
A school is where the foundation of a child’s future is laid and built up, where young ones gather knowledge and improve their skills. It is the school library that gives most children the opportunity to read. Realizing the importance of a school library, as part of their social responsibility, the ‘Vidudaya Vidya Sahodarathvaya’ (VVS) of the Faculty of Applied Sciences of University of Sri Jayewardenepura took up the task of renovating the library of a rural school which was not in good condition for the 10th consecutive time with ‘Sahurda Yathra’ 2016.
This year, the ship of friendship sailed to Madurankuliya Model School in Puttalam where nearly 1000 students are currently studying from Grade 1 to 13. For the past few months the members of the VVS have worked hard to raise funds and collect books and donations for this worthy cause. Some of them spent their time and energy to modify the building themselves.
The renovated library was officially handed over to the students at a ceremony held on the 29th of September. The event was graced by lecturers and other distinguished guests. The project was completed successfully as in the previous years under the guidance of the Senior Treasurer of the VVS, Prof. Hiran Amarasekera.
The VVS has continued to fulfil a significant community service for a decade, donating a fully-equipped library to a rural school each year. The rewarding outcome of their hard work would certainly benefit thousands of students for years to come. We at J’pura Flames appreciate their effort and commitment, and wish them the strength to continue the good work.
By Kasuni Wimalasena