A word in your ear about how we all can help

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Report - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­group.co.uk

AS THE fourth an­niver­sary of the Box­ing Day tsunami ap­proaches, Ash­ford pupils are rais­ing money to send dic­tio­nar­ies to Sri Lankan school­child­ren.

And the char­ity founded by an Ash­ford cou­ple af­ter the 2004 tsunami is also ap­peal­ing to peo­ple to do­nate £5 to buy a dic­tio­nary for a Sri Lankan child this Christ­mas.

Since the UK Friends of Galle (UKFG) was set up fol­low­ing the dis­as­ter, more than £87,000 has been raised for sur­vivors in south­ern Sri Lanka.

Ken­ning­ton Ju­nior School spon­sors five chil­dren, who without the do­na­tion would not be able to go to school.

Less priv­i­leged

Devsiri He­wavi­dana and wife Ru­vini set up the char­ity.

He said: “What I would re­ally like is that other lo­cal schools in Ash­ford fol­low Ken­ning­ton, Willes­bor­ough and Ruckinge and adopt a ru­ral school in Sri Lanka as their com­mu­nity ser­vice project.

“Then a gen­er­a­tion of Bri­tish school­child­ren could help their less priv­i­leged friends 8,000 miles away.”

UKFG has no paid staff or over­heads and so all money do­nated goes to those who need it.

The char­ity sup­ports 167 chil­dren, has built seven re­place­ment houses and a li­brary.

It has also do­nated books and shoes to about 1,200 chil­dren, plus com­put­ers and equip­ment to six ru­ral schools.

Read­ers can do­nate a dic­tio­nary for £5 or spon­sor a child’s ed­u­ca­tion for a year for £75.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.ukfg.net or email devsiri@ntl­world.com

Devsiri He­wavi­dana set up the char­ity UK Friends of Galle af­ter the tsunami in 2004

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