Jo and Janine's bike ride

This is how it went...

OceanStars :: Tuesday 2nd July 2019 :: This Story

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Newsletter June 2019

Welcome to our latest edition of news from the Ocean Stars Trust. There have been many significant developments to report in the six months since our last publication, and I hope you will find all our news in the following pages of interest.

Naomi Booth :: Friday 28th June 2019 :: This Story

We have been blessed this year so far by the partnership of two UK charitable trusts - Glasgow's Sunny-Sid3up, and the Fonthill Foundation from Sussex, whose generous donations have enabled us both to complete several long-awaited capital building projects and to hit our target in developing teaching and learning in our 21 OST-sponsored preschools.

In addition, with committed new staff in our OSL team in Batticaloa, we feel we have good capacity on the ground to oversee these important developments. I was able to observe for myself some of the progress made in these projects when I visited Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Yatiyanthota with Dilanee in April, and I was very impressed by what had been achieved, what with, for example, one school in Mandoor now no longer having to struggle with a leaking roof and lack of kitchen area, another with a good gate which now prevents animals from invading their premises.

The advances that teachers had been making in recording children's progress we saw at one of the pilot schools was quite remarkable as the Child Development Project had only begun in the new year. We returned on Good Friday to the UK, thoroughly unprepared for the shocking news of the Easter Sunday massacres in western SriLankan hotels and churches, and at the Zion Church in Batticaloa. OST launched the UK OST Easter Sunday Appeal. We have been able to make a real difference to the victims in Batticaloa thanks to the generous response to our appeal. Our OSL team has shown amazing initiative and compassion in supporting victims at the hospital in Batticaloa, using monies we have sent from our recent Appeal to carry on the work of OST in spite of such atrocities, and we have been in constant touch. With this in mind, I thank you, dear readers and supporters, for your continuing support for all our work. I have seen for myself the consummate gratitude from our target Sri Lankan Communities for this, and it is awe-inspiring.

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OST AGM

Ocean Stars Trust had their AGM on Thursday 27 June

OceanStars :: Friday 28th June 2019 :: This Story

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We are very grateful to everyone who give so generously if their time in our vision of creating a Sri Lanka where children have equal opportunities.

If you are interested in becoming a Friend of OST please contact us!

100 Mile Cycling Challenge

Janine and Jo taking on this challenge to raise funds for Ocean Stars Trust

OceanStars :: Sunday 9th June 2019 :: This Story

You can help Janine Dunbar raise money for this great cause by donating directly to their fundraising page.

https://www.justgiving.com/Janine-Dunbar3

"Jo and I wanted to combine a new personal challenge with supporting the vital work of Ocean Stars Trust in Sri Lanka, where it works to 'Inspire Children Through Education. 

The funds we raise will go towards supporting children, families and teachers in some of the poorest areas of Sri Lanka where OST projects are based.

Sadly, Ocean Stars projects have been further affected by the Easter Sunday bombings. It has been a very difficult time for the communities supported by the charity.

The work of Ocean Stars Trust has a long-term and ongoing commitment to empower children and families from all backgrounds across Sri Lanka, bringing light to education and to every life."

JustGiving sends your donation straight to Ocean Stars Trust so that we can put your generosity to good use!

Sewing teacher married

Ocean Stars sewing teacher Krisha who works at Hope House 1 and 2 got married today.

OceanStars :: Friday 31st May 2019 :: This Story

Picture: /files/latest-news/343/w288/ost-wedding2.jpgOur staff in Batticaloa attended the Hindu wedding and celebrations. The UK Trustees would like to congratulate Krisha and Sanjeeva on their marriage and we send them our Good Wishes.

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Dan's Adventure in Sri Lanka

Dan Bunter has just set off on his 174 day adventure to Sri Lanka.

OceanStars :: Tuesday 28th May 2019 :: This Story

He will be carrying out a study on social and economic impact to compliment the livelihoods study he and Zeddy Kibet carried out last year.

This study will be part of Dan's dissertation for his MSC in Impact Evaluation at UEA (University of East Anglia).

Zeddy Kibet is returning to Sri Lanka from Kenya? to carry on her work as our monitoring and evaluation manager.

We send them both our best wishes as they begin their projects in Sri Lanka!

Dan's trip to Sri LankaZeddy's  trip to Sri Lanka

Fleet Rotary Club Fun Walk

Fund-raising with a fun walk

OceanStars :: Tuesday 7th May 2019 :: This Story

Fleet Rotary Club Fun WalkA group of 20 students and teachers from Calthorpe Park School completed the Fleet Rotary Club sponsored  walk raising money for Ocean Stars as well as using the occasion to bond as a team before their forth coming trip to Sri Lanka in October 201.

The group has so far raised a total of £5000 for the work of Ocean Stars Trust in Sri Lanka.

Easter Sunday Appeal

We have launched our Easter Sunday Appeal and delivered our first relief for families involved

OceanStars :: Monday 29th April 2019 :: This Story

Following the Easter Sunday events in Sri Lanka, we would like to thank everyone for your kind messages of concern and support. It has been a very difficult time for our staff and for the communities we work in.

It is only now that our staff on the ground have been able to assess the immediate needs of those affected. Following meetings with Directors of Batticaloa Hospital we have together identified urgent medical and non-medical supplies to help those affected.

 

Ocean Stars providing relief to Easter Sunday families in Sri Lanka
Ocean Stars providing relief to Easter Sunday families in Sri Lanka.

We are now launching an appeal for funds to support our Easter Sunday response. This appeal will finish on 31st of May 2019.

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This special appeal is part of our long term and ongoing commitment of our work to empower children and families from all backgrounds across Sri Lanka, bringing light to education and to every life.  Thank you for your support.

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Partnership with Sunny-sid3 Up

Ocean Stars has launched a new Partnership with Sunny-sid3 up a Glasgow based charity.

OceanStars :: Thursday 25th April 2019 :: This Story

We welcome their support for our work.

Together we have already:

  •     provided 100 food parcels to Ocean Stars families living below poverty line as identified by social services
  •     linked Sunny-sid3 up with Kancharikudah preschool  and 50 children's education experience has been enhanced
  •     our teachers who work tirelessly were rewarded with a bonus in January
  •     been able to give our 45 teachers a monthly pay rise
  •     provide transport for our staff to visit our preschools monthly for monitoring and attending parent meetings

Success for Spiderman

Suitably kitted out in his Spiderman attire, Mark Blackwell completed the Fleet Half Marathon on Sunday 17th March in just under 1 hour 55 minutes. A great feat!!!

Naomi Booth :: Thursday 21st March 2019 :: This Story

Mark is chair of the management committee of Fleet Baptist preschool  which has supported Little Stars  preschool in Batticaloa Sri Lanka for the past 8 years.  Now, thanks to his efforts on Sunday, another £150 has been raised to help provide essential resources and equipment for Little Stars.

Thank you Mark and everyone at Fleet Baptist Preschool – we're delighted to be working with you!!!

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