Congratulations Oli!

Running the Winchester 10k for OST.

Naomi Booth :: Wednesday 7th March 2018 :: This Story

Oli Shafto a Calthorpe Park Ocean Stars student from 2014 trip to Sri Lanka ran the Winchester 10k recently and is raising money for OST.

He came 171st out of 1300 runners in a time of 44 minutes - what a fantastic achievement, well done Oli!

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Loving the Milo!

You can buy a box of Milo for £20!

Naomi Booth :: Tuesday 20th February 2018 :: This Story

An OST pre school child enjoying a drink of Milo.

You can buy a box of Milo for £20 from our gift catalogue and provide a drink of milk for 42 children in Sri Lanka.

See what else you can buy from our gift catalogue here -

Buy Milo


New cohort

Pre-school in 2018

Naomi Booth :: Tuesday 20th February 2018 :: This Story

37 children have registered at the Vellaimanal pre school for 2018 and here they are in their new Ocean Stars uniforms!

Thank you to everyone who is helping support their education.

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Ready for school?

Uniforms and bags ready for Sri Lanka

Naomi Booth :: Monday 19th February 2018 :: This Story

700 school uniforms and school bags are ready to go!

700 school bags and uniforms ready to be sent out to Ocean Stars pre schools for the start of the school year.

If you would like to support our work you can by donating or buying items for the children in our shop.

Buy Bags & Uniform

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Quiz Night

With Mike Gardner

Naomi Booth :: Thursday 1st February 2018 :: This Story

Picture: /files/events/288/w288/ocean-stars-quiz-pm-poster.jpgOCEAN STARS QUIZ EVENING WITH MIKE GARDNER
WHEN: Saturday 24TH February 2018
WHERE: Church Crookham Community Centre, Naishes Lane, Church Crookham, Fleet GU52 8AQ
WHAT'S ON OFFER; Quiz and Domino's pizza
COST: £10 per person

Please bring your own alcohol and a glass. Soft drinks will be provided.

BOOK: Please contact Ruth Hughes on 01252 614150 to book a table.

Christmas Floral event

Christmas Wreath and Table Decoration fund raising evening...

Chris Booth :: Thursday 14th December 2017 :: This Story


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Trustee Jo Barton was one of 20 people who attended our first ever Christmas Wreath and Table Decoration fund raising evening.

Chrismas Cracker arrangement

What a lovely fundraising evening. On a dark & gloomy December evening, a Hall in Church Crookham was filled with the smells & spirit of Christmas.
After watching a very professional demonstration by Christine & Ruth, we let our creative ideas flow as we came up with different ways to use fresh flowers, greenery, Christmas crackers, ribbons etc to create festive table decorations.

Chrismas arrangements

making Christmas arrangements

The Hall was filled with chat & laughter (& the delicious smell of fruit punch) & by the end of the evening the tables were covered with original & imaginative decorations worthy of adding Christmas colour to any home.

Chrismas Cracker arrangement

The event was such a success we are planning an Easter Floral event. Details to follow!!

Chrismas arrangements

Merry Christmas everyone from all Ocean Stars trustees.

Chris Booth :: Thursday 14th December 2017 :: This Story

.Picture: /files/latest-news/286/w288/ everyone from all Ocean Stars trustees. As we celebrate the joy and hope of this season, we want to thank you for your encouragement and support. It is your help which enables us to continue to work towards our goal of empowering children through education in Sri Lanka.

Coffee & Bring & Buy

Please come along and bring a friend.

Chris Booth :: Friday 8th December 2017 :: This Story

Picture: /files/events/284/w288/coffee-am-poster-2.jpgCOFFEE, CAKE AND BRING AND BUY DAY

TIME: 10.00- 1.00 PM

Please come along and bring a friend.

December Newsletter

A round up of all our news this autumn

Naomi Booth :: Thursday 30th November 2017 :: This Story

Dear Friends and Supporters of Ocean Stars Trust.
Thank you all very much for your loyal and committed support for our work in Sri Lanka, empowering children and changing lives. In October I travelled to Sri Lanka with 40 volunteers from the UK.

We worked directly and indirectly with about 3500 children during their visit. Seeing a sponsor child receive his first ever bicycle and hearing him thank us for making a dream come true for him, and the tears in his mother's eyes as he received the bike, was one of many
special moments.

21 students and 4 teachers from Calthorpe Park school in Fleet visited a tsunami village during their stay.

The 75 families who survived
the tsunami in this village had been asked to move back to their own land here recently, so the school group were met by families living in very basic huts with no sanitation, electricity or running water. The students were galvanised into
action to make a difference to these families, and revisited the village with the local village committee and police to distribute emergency aid.

As we approached one hut, a boy came out and ran towards the students and teachers with a big smile on his face, as he was a student at one of the link schools Calthorpe had worked in.  He was so happy that we had made the effort to come and visit his village and to show the local people we cared about them.
The passing of Mr Rasanayagam is a very sad loss to OST. We have supported his work and the
450 children at Mahadeva since 2013, and many OST volunteers have visited this Children's Home,
directed with love and care from dedicated staff.

OST will continue to fund several projects at this well-run Home, including a new preschool building .
I wish all our friends and supporters a Very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year 2018.

Dilanee Bunter, Founder, Ocean Stars Trust.

Read the Newsletter

Visiting Sri Lanka

Headteacher of Heatherside Infant School, Fleet, Mrs Chris Lynch visited Sri Lanka with Ocean Stars Trust in October 2017

Naomi Booth :: Friday 24th November 2017 :: This Story


When I became the Headteacher at Heatherside Infant School I was introduced to the work of Ocean Stars by a wonderful member of my teaching staff at that time, Maureen Johnston. She established the link between our school and the work the charity undertake in Sri Lanka.  Every year we fund raise in the autumn term for the children whose lives are touched by Ocean Stars and we learn a little bit more about their work and we see the smiling faces of the children shining out from the pictures from the teams' latest visit.

Pictures are a wonderful and very powerful thing; however, I knew that I couldn't truly understand how different life was for these children.  I had the growing need to empower our Heatherside children in better understanding how we can make a difference to others but in particular the children of the school in the small and remote Sri Lankan village called Ampilanthurai, who in a small way we support.  I knew that at some point I needed to go and visit and see them for myself.

This autumn my husband, Aidan and I were privileged to be part of the Ocean Stars 2017 team. This was for us both a very enlightening, emotionally humbling and spiritual experience.  I have come back having experienced first-hand and been touched by the beauty of Sri Lanka, both in its landscape and its people. However I am equally very aware of the great poverty and at the same time inspired by their desire to learn. I was equally very impressed with how the work of the Ocean Stars Trust has grown and taken root so that it is really making a difference to the people it really does empower.

As I move forward from this visit, it is clear that as a school we could do so much more to support the work of Ocean Stars. It is also clear that part of that work needs to be founded in empowering our Heatherside Community both parents and children to strengthen these links.  In this way Ocean Stars will have the means to provide the much needed support locally in Sri Lanka which will in turn empower their community to determine their own futures and break through the local prejudice and poverty that they face.

There were so many experiences and moments that will walk with me and assist me as I try to continue to support this work but most of all two things will stand out. The first is my visit to the primary school at Ampilanthurai Village; the second is the formally deserted village along the shore line at Batticaloa that was destroyed by the tsunami. However this year people are being forced to re occupy this village with living conditions that are heart breaking. In these I saw first-hand the need of the children there and what a difference our support could make to the lives of those children!

The principal at Ampilanthurai Primary

The principal at Ampilanthurai Primary and myself.

Jaya and myself at Shining Stars Ampilanthirai

Jaya and myself at Shining Stars Ampilanthirai

My Husband Aidan and myself in our Sri Lankan outfits

My Husband Aidan and myself in our Sri Lankan outfits

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