Newsletter Christmas 2021

Our December newsletter is out now with a summary of all our news for 2022.

Naomi Booth :: Friday 3rd December 2021 :: This Story

NewsletterOcean Stars continues to work during these challenging times, transforming lives and empowering children through education in Sri Lanka - we hope you enjoy reading our update.

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As December approaches and we at OST reflect on this past year, I find my thoughts centred, yet again, on the pandemic and its effects on the development of our work. Covid has presented us with many challenges in the past nineteen months. It has been a long haul for us all and especially so for those both near and far living in poor, disadvantaged situations.

As a charity which aims to promote equality of opportunity for all in Sri Lanka, our preschools are central to our work and at the heart of our education programme. As in the UK, they have been shut for long periods this year. Since many of our 26 schools are situated in remote, rural communities, this has been quite a challenge.

With hindsight, it is now evident that it was the provision of Tablets to improve communication with our communities that became the key to finding a way to deliver home schooling. Finance provided by Fonthill Foundation allowed us to purchase a Tablet for each preschool. Their funding also provided training on Tablet usage, so that the teachers could receive details of the themes and learning activities that should be taught to the children. This information was sent out at the beginning of each week and then communicated to parents by the teacher. A 'What's App' group was also set up so that the teachers could share good practice, support each other, and ensure regular communication with our OSL team was maintained.

The weekly contact between teachers and the parents also helped us address another of our main concerns at this time. Due to the effects of the pandemic so many more of our children and their families were now hungry and living with an increased level of poverty. Thanks to improved communication between teachers and the children's families we were able to identify those most in need and provide food parcels to help feed and support them.

Whilst the situation has improved and the preschools have now reopened, Covid continues to impact and affect the rollout of OST's work. We continue to respond as best we can to an ever-changing situation. There is always lots to do. However, we're delighted that thanks to the help and donations received from our supporters, we have been able this year to respond to appeals, bring aid to our communities and provide some schooling for our children.

So, this Christmas we celebrate all that's been achieved in these uncertain times and we thank you for all that YOU
have given to support and enable our work.
Merry Christmas everyone !!!
Maureen Johnston (Chair)

Happy Diwali

May the lights of Diwali shine for us all in the year ahead.

Naomi Booth :: Thursday 4th November 2021 :: This Story

Ocean Stars UK would like to wish all our friends, supporters, staff, preschool families, sponsor families and preschool teachers a Happy and Blessed Diwali.

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Gift Aid Awareness

Naomi Booth :: Wednesday 6th October 2021 :: This Story

Picture: /files/latest-news/435/w288/gift-aid.jpgOST is pleased to announce Gift Aid Day and thank all our donors who have signed up to our Gift Aid scheme.

Why not become an Ocean Star and donate a regular sum each month and help us to empower children and families in Sri Lanka through education and community empowerment schemes? You can donate as little or as much as you like. A regular gift-aided donation helps us to plan strategically towards our projects and expenditure. Our website and newsletters will keep you updated regularly on how your money is spent.

If you would like to sign up to a monthly donation and make a real difference to those less well off than us then we would be delighted to hear from you. Please email us in the first instance at and we will get in touch with you about setting up regular giving to Ocean Stars Trust.

Thank you.


Congratulations to all our sponsor students who recently passed their GCSE exams in Sri Lanka.

Naomi Booth :: Monday 4th October 2021 :: This Story

Picture: /files/latest-news/434/w288/k12-gcse-results%20%281%29.jpgOne of our students Shiyanujan Balachandran who has been sponsored since the age of 5 obtained 9 Grade A's.

Through having the support of monthly sponsorship money our sponsor students are able to enhance their studies by accessing extra classes and investing in learning resources. Sponsorship does truly change the life of a child and gives them the tools to enhance their life opportunities and carve out a route out of poverty for themselves and future generations.

For £15 you can change the life of a child and make a huge difference. For more information and to sponsor a child please email us at

Finance & Governance Volunteer Trustee Vacancy

If you would like to join our team and make a difference to children and families in Sri Lanka we would love to hear from you.

Naomi Booth :: Wednesday 8th September 2021 :: This Story

New Trustee AdvertThe mission of Ocean Stars Trust (OST) is 'to identify and overcome the barriers to equal opportunity for children in Sri Lanka through education and social enrichment, sharing friendship, hope and joy'.

Interested in being a Trustee?

Please download the trustee information sheet.

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More Information

For further information contact either the OST Chair Maureen or the OST founder and Head of Operations Dilanee Bunter at


Please apply to Maureen Johnston at not later than 9h October 2021 with the relevant CV information and indicate how you could contribute to our team. We look forward to hearing from you.


9th September 8pm

Naomi Booth :: Tuesday 31st August 2021 :: This Story

Quiz night fundraiser

We would like to invite you to our next virtual mini-quiz on Thursday 9th September at 8pm. Thank you to everybody who has taken part in our virtual quizzes so far.

Please sign up and join us ! You will also be helping Ocean Stars to continue with our work in Sri Lanka helping children and families. Thank you.

We look forward to seeing you on screen in September!

Teacher Training

Ocean Stars Lanka has started their residential Teacher Training for 93 preschool teachers in Sri Lanka.

Naomi Booth :: Friday 13th August 2021 :: This Story

OST UK would like to offer a huge thanks to Fonthill Foundation UK for funding this event.

Feedback from Day 1 has been very positive. The teachers found the quality of training to be of a very high standard and appreciated the practical workshops that enhanced their own skills. This event is running over 3 days. We would also like to thank our team in Ocean Stars Lanka team for their hard work in putting this programme together.


Newsletter July 2020

Banana Tree project, COVID and more...

Naomi Booth :: Thursday 1st July 2021 :: This Story

Picture: /files/publications/427/w288/ost-june-2021-final-1.jpgOur third lockdown Covid-19 newsletter is now available to our supporters and donors. As always a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us in so many ways over the last 18 months. Our work in Sri Lanka is very much ongoing and thanks to your generosity we have not had to curtail any of our work empowering children through education in Sri Lanka.

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Amazon Smile!

During these difficult times in Sri Lanka, here is a simple way you can help us to raise funds to support our communities.

Naomi Booth :: Thursday 10th June 2021 :: This Story

Picture: /files/latest-news/426/w288/pd-socialassets-instagram-1080x1080-uk2.pngPrime members who shop Amazon Prime Day deals from 21st – 22nd June can do more than discover great deals:

Simply shop at or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app, and AmazonSmile will DOUBLE donations to Ocean Stars Trust at no extra cost.

OST 2021 Covid-19 Appeal

As the Covid-19 situation gets worse day by day in Sri Lanka our Ocean Stars communities are suffering and we are inundated with requests for Food Parcels and Hygiene Parcels.

Naomi Booth :: Monday 7th June 2021 :: This Story

Picture: /files/latest-news/425/w288/ost--2021-covid-19-appeal.pngThe hospitals are overwhelmed and patients are being housed in temporary shelters.

We have already had requests for, and supplied, medicines for Covid-19 patients.

£10 will buy a food parcel for a family for 2 weeks:

  • 15 kilo bag of rice
  • lentils
  • milk powder
  • tea
  • sugar
  • chickpeas
  • moong dhal
  • gram ghal
  • green peas



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2021 Covid-19 Appeal

Please support our appeal if you are able to and help us to make a difference to our communities who are suffering at the moment.

Thank you.