Goal 1: No Poverty

Find out how we work with communities to relieve poverty

Naomi Booth :: Friday 25th September 2020 :: This Story

Ocean Stars will be sharing with our supporters some of the goals that we have been working towards. Today it is: Goal 1: No Poverty

Here are some of the ways in which we have achieved this goal.

  • Working with the local government to identify communities living below the poverty line when setting up our preschools. In some of our communities up to 85% of families live below the poverty line.
  • Providing food parcels to families who were left with no income during the strict curfews of Covid lockdown.
  • Empowering children through education so that the cycle of poverty

Download our Goal 1 Flyer to find out how we are helping.

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Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

Ocean Stars has created access to clean water at pre-schools with no access to clean water

Naomi Booth :: Thursday 24th September 2020 :: This Story

Ocean Stars will be sharing with our supporters some of the goals that
we have been working towards. Today it is: Goal 6: Clean Water and
Sanitation
Here are some of the ways in which we have achieved this goal.

  • OST provided every school with a water
    tank and foot pump sink so that all our students are
    now available to wash hands especially in the
    current COVID world.
  • Preschools that have no access to
    running water have had tube wells provided by
    OST, so children and the local community have
    access to running water.
  • Provide every preschool with a toilet.

See our Goal 6 flyer for the full picture.

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Fund-raising Quiz Night

15th October

Naomi Booth :: Wednesday 23rd September 2020 :: This Story

Our ever-popular Ocean Stars Quizzes are back on zoom to keep you entertained during the dark winter nights.

The first is on Thursday 15th October

There are prizes for the winner.

Please sign up and pass on to friends and family.

Hosted as always by our regular Quiz Master Mr Mike Gardner.

For more details please look at the attached Virtual Quiz Flyer

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Today it is:

Goal 4: Quality Education

Naomi Booth :: Tuesday 22nd September 2020 :: This Story

Ocean Stars Trust UK embraces The Global Goals set up five years ago by the UN General Assembly to give our planet a better future with targets and measurement indicators geared toward a date of 2030.

Ocean Stars will be sharing with our supporters some of the goals that we have been working towards. Today it is: Goal 4: Quality Education

Here are some of the ways in which we have achieved this goal.

  • OST runs 26 preschools in remote locations so that over 1,000 can access Early Years Education.
  • Introduced an Assessment Tool to monitor Early years learning and track the progress of our preschool children over 12 months.
  • Provided every preschool with a Tablet to enhance the quality of education our students receive.
    Assessments and Attendance records are also now filled in on the Tablets.

Take a look at our flyer!

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Our Biggest Fund-raising Event

The 250 challenge

Naomi Booth :: Monday 21st September 2020 :: This Story

Our biggest fundraising event for 2020 the 250 Challenge to raise £10,000 towards our work in Sri Lanka.   Do something to challenge yourself with the numbers 250. You may choose to donate yourself for fulfilling a lifelong challenge or you may wish to get friends and family to sponsor you. We respect and understand that times are difficult, but we hope you may be able to be creative, achieve a dream and help Ocean Stars empower children through education. You may wish to create a fund-raising page with Just Giving or Virgin Money Giving. Ocean Stars Trust is registered with both platforms. If you have any questions or wish to register your participation, then please contact us at oceanstartstrust@gmail.com

Why 250? Please have a look at our flyer to find out!

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Global Goals

Find out what Ocean Stars are doing towards the UN Global Goals...

Naomi Booth :: Friday 18th September 2020 :: This Story

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Ocean Stars Trust UK embraces The Global Goals set up five years ago by the UN General Assembly to give our planet a better future with targets and measurement indicators geared toward a date of 2030.

From today, Friday 18th September there will be a week of global action, awareness, and accountability for Sustainable Development Goals.

Ocean Stars will be sharing with our supporters some of the goals that we have been working towards.

Today it is: Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Here are some of the steps we have taken towards achieving this goal:

  • Setting up a breakfast project for a preschool where all the children did have access to breakfast in the morning.
  • Regular distribution of Food Parcels for the poorest of our preschool communities that do not have a regular income.
  • Working in partnership with World Vision Sri Lanka to set up a sustainable source of home-grown nutritional food for families below the poverty line.

See our full report

Training workshop on food safety for preschool teachers and parents

Find out what Dan and Batti news said...

OceanStars :: Monday 14th September 2020 :: This Story

Dan news

DAN News - பயிற்சிப் பட்டறை

Here is the English Translation of Batti news article:

Training workshop on food safety for preschool teachers and parents
on Saturday, September 12, 2020
By BATTINEWS MAIN

(Lyon)
A food safety training workshop for pre-school teachers and parents was held today at the Manmunai North Divisional Secretariat Taba Hall, Batticaloa.

Batticaloa District Ocean Star Lanka has partnered with Sun Pip to launch a number of assistance programs to improve the education and nutrition of pre-school students living below the poverty line in the Batticaloa district and to improve the livelihoods of families living below the poverty line.

Accordingly, training and crop training on food security and food production cultivation were provided to selected pre-school teachers and parents in Batticaloa district.

Batticaloa Central Department of Agriculture Instructor Mrs. Veni and Preschool Teachers and Parents participated as a resource person in the training workshop on Food Safety for Pre-School Teachers and Parents held today at Manmunai North Divisional Secretariat, Batticaloa under the chairmanship of Ocean Star Lanka Project Manager Shalini Padmaraja.
 
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Newsletter July 2020

Dilanee Bunter, Founder and Operations Manager of Ocean Stars Trust, reports on what has been a challenging 2020 so far for the charity, as with many other UK charities.

Naomi Booth :: Tuesday 30th June 2020 :: This Story

"I was in Sri Lanka in January 2020 and had the privilege of visiting our all-island projects, distributing new uniforms, spending time with our Ocean Stars Lanka team and opening both a new music classroom at Urani High School and a new preschool building at Thantha for Little Stars. All this seems like a dream now as we complete almost 12 weeks in lockdown in the UK.

During the UK lockdown, Sri Lanka has been on 24/7 curfews with people being allowed out every 4th day to get essential items during a 6-hour window. It soon became clear to us that several of our preschools located in poorer villages relied on a daily wage income and there-fore children and families were struggling to find their daily meals. After considering carefully the hardships endured by people everywhere we launched our Covid-19 appeal for a month from April to May. We were truly thankful to everyone for their support and for their generosity which meant that we were able to provide 300 food parcels to our neediest and poorest families. The local government offices were also very appreciative of the help we were giving to their communities.

We would like to thank our Ocean Stars Lanka staff who have worked non- stop during curfews from home and subsequently from our office to make sure that all our communities and families had enough to eat and remained healthy. We set up from the beginning of lockdown weekly zoom calls with our OSL team. Zeddy, our Monitoring and Evaluation Supervisor joins our zoom calls from Kenya so we span 3 time zones with the UK getting the early morning slot!! We have begun to really value these weekly meetings as we have completed lots of major admin tasks and talked about our weekly plans. Home learning has become the new norm for our preschool children. OST UK and Lanka have been working closely with the Preschool Bureau to establish a learning programme and to make sure that it has been implemented. New WhatsApp groups have been established be-tween teachers and parents, and teachers and OSL staff and myself.

It seems like a whole new world of communication has been opened up, certainly, and we all feel more connected than ever before. Our fundraising has moved to virtual events. If you feel you would like to make a donation to support our continued work in Sri Lanka further details on how to donate can be found in this our Newsletter. Thank you for your support and, as the future seems uncertain,

I wish you all peace and good health."

Dilanee

Download Newsletter

Quiz night

Book your place!!

Naomi Booth :: Monday 22nd June 2020 :: This Story

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We still have a few places so please register and enjoy an evening with our quiz Master Mike.

Vitural Quiz with Mike Gardener
When:
Time: 8pm
Where: Via Zoom video
Email: oceanstarstrust@gmail.com

E-mail to register your interest. Secure your place by making your payment of £10 by TEXTING oceanstarstrust to 70085 (Texts cost £10 plus one standard network rate message). Or by BACS Payment to: Ocean Stars Trust, Account No: 02662990, Lloyds Bank, Fleet
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Our Alternative Curry Evening

Thank you for supporting our Alternative Curry Evening for Ocean Stars. A true Sri Lankan curry feast was enjoyed by many families worldwide!

Naomi Booth :: Thursday 4th June 2020 :: This Story

Picture: /files/latest-news/393/w288/curry.jpgThank you to everyone who has participated in the alternative #OSTCurryNight with some fantastic Sri Lankan meals being enjoyed. We've had an amazing response with over 40 families participating across the world! Thanks for sending your curry photos, sorry we could not include them all!

If you didn't get round to cooking a Sri Lankan meal today, do get in touch if you want access to some Sri Lankan recipes and videos by sending a DM or emailing oceanstarstrust@gmail.com.

You can donate through our website. Your donations and support are hugely appreciated during these challenging times. Our work empowering children through education in Sri Lanka continues in spite of all the Covid lockdowns, restrictions and curfews.