We have started ‘Wata Maluwa ‘ the octagon terrace construction work as a part of the final phase of the ‘Chaithya’ construction which is planned to be completed by June this year. Below is a drawing of the planned terrace:
The ‘Wata Maluwa ‘ the octagon terrace area consists of 2500 square feet of space, as per the estimates one square feet will cost Rs. 800.00. If you would like to make a contribution towards this rare noble task please donate using this link.
Alternatively Contact us to find out how you can help.
The planned workshop has been conducted by experienced Bee keeper and researcher Mr. B. Karuanaratne. Five initial bee colonies have been established in the village, they will be used for the next phase of Bee hives and honey fencing project. Please visit this page for more information.
With the help of civil defence officers, Mr. Samapth Fonseka and his supporters, we have managed to distribute much needed dry rations and essential items worth Rs. 6,000 (per family) to eighty thee families in the area.
Thanks to our kind donors Mr. Nihal De Silva and his supporters (Earndi & Manjuala, Walter, Chandara, Isitha, Randy, Siri, Swinitha, Nilanthi and Biman) who arranged to supply exercise books and accessories including book bags to students attending Dhaham Pasala. Donating the costs for such materials has eased the burdens for the parents of these children, who want nothing more than to see their children have the same opportunities that many others take for granted each day.
The villagers of Mahawelipura have long understood the harmony shared between themselves and the wildlife. It has never been uncommon for the wild elephants to scout the border of the village, searching for food and water. However, the boundaries are frequently being over stepped, resulting in dire consequences with the destruction of cropland and even housing.
We would like to develop a method to ensure the safety of the villagers in Mahawelipura from this threat received by wild elephants in the nearby jungles. We believe electric fencing to keep them at bay is cruel and harmful to the environment, and so have strived to find a more harmonic alternative. Hence, we will soon begin our next project to establish a beehive farm and form an experimental ‘honey fence’ around the farm, using bee hives to keep the wild elephants away, as elephants dislike bees. Not only do the bees act as a natural deterrant, but their honey can also be cultivated and sold as a form of income, especially in Sri Lanka where the organic food industry is booming.
With the combination of temple facilities of the Dhaham Shala and the library program recently we have started providing basic computer education (NVQ level) to the children in the surrounding villages. Computer classes were conducted with minimum facilities with an examination held at the Vihara Dhaham shala hall. We are pleased to announce the students have achieved over 90% pass rate for this program. We encourage kind donors to donate computers to further enhance this facility.
With kind donations organised by Mr. Nihal Silva and his relatives and friends together with Mr. Prasda Perera and family we are now able to fit ceiling fans to facilitate Dhamma Shala which will be used for Dhaham pasala, practising dhamma during various programs and many community events.