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.

Download Trustee Info

More Information

For further information contact either the OST Chair Maureen oceanstarstrust@gmail.com or the OST founder and Head of Operations Dilanee Bunter at oceanstarstrust@gmail.com

Process

Please apply to Maureen Johnston at oceanstarstrust@gmail.com 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.

QUIZ NIGHT

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.

 

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 smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1110022-0 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

 

 

Donate Now Via BACS

Account Name: Ocean Stars Trust
Sort Code:
30-93-32
Account Number:
02662990
Reference:
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.

Times are hard in Sri Lanka

Our team are helping with medical and food aid

Naomi Booth :: Thursday 3rd June 2021 :: This Story

Picture: /files/latest-news/424/w288/ocean-stars-help-sri-lanka-news.jpgTimes are hard in Sri Lanka and our staff are inundated with requests for medicines from the hospital and food parcels for poor families.

Ocean Stars has been very busy helping bring relief to our communities in Sri Lanka.

The News story showed: Dry food parcels for families affected by livelihoods and medicines for patients suffering from Covid infection were handed over under the auspices of the voluntary charity Ocean Star Lanka.

Fund raising Quiz

Book now to reserve your place!

Naomi Booth :: Wednesday 19th May 2021 :: This Story

This may well be the last quiz in this format so let's see if we can get a record number of screens!!

Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far and supported our work during these challenging times.

Here's to happier and brighter times ahead!

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Happy Ramadan

We wish all our supporters world wide and our Ocean Stars families in Sri Lanka a Happy Ramadan

Naomi Booth :: Wednesday 14th April 2021 :: This Story

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Happy New Year

The Sinhala and Tamil New year is celebrated in Sri Lanka on the 14th and 15th of April 2021

Naomi Booth :: Tuesday 13th April 2021 :: This Story

The Sinhala and Tamil New year is celebrated in Sri Lanka on the 14th and 15th of April 2021. It is celebrated by both the Sinhalese Buddhists and Tamil Hindus of Sri Lanka.

It celebrates the reaping of the harvest, cleaning the houses, visiting temples, giving food to the poor, visiting family, giving gifts and eating special New Year foods. We wish all our Ocean Stars communities in Sri Lanka and supporters worldwide a Happy New Year.

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year Customs and rituals

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The Sinhala and Tamil New Year or as we all call it Avurudu in Sinhala, has become an important national holiday for both Sinhala Buddhists and the Tamil Hindus of Sri Lanka. It is unique because it is not celebrated in any other country as a national festival.

According to the Sinhala calendar, Sri Lankans begin celebrating 'Aluth Avurudu' in Sinhala and 'Puththandu' in Tamil, in the month of Bak when the sun moves from the Meena Rashiya to the Mesha Rashiya. The name 'Bak' is derived from the Sanskrit word 'bhagya' meaning 'fortunate'. The month of Bak corresponds to April in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used in Sri Lanka as in other parts of the world.

Picture: /files/latest-news/421/w288/no-2.jpgThe Aluth Avurudu signifies the reaping of the harvest and social customs, especially of the farming community. After the Maha harvest, the farmers celebrate the occasion by giving thanks. And these customs and rituals portray the beliefs and thoughts of these people whose life is centred around agriculture.

Before Avurudu it is customary for every housewife to give a new look to her old house. In villages, the floor, if not cemented, is given a fresh application of cow dung mixed with earth. Preparation of sweetmeats, such as kevum, kokis, atirasa, aggala, aluva and asmi takes place at least three days before the new year.

There is also an auspicious time for the women folk to commence work at their respective homes. Facing the specified direction, they light the hearth to prepare the traditional kiribath. Prior to this, milk is boiled in a new earthen pot and allowed to boil over, symbolising prosperity. The hath maluwa with seven different flavours which is considered a delicacy, is a speciality dish prepared during Avurudu. Other festive sweetmeats are generally made in advance to serve visitors and send to neighbours as a sign of goodwill.

Picture: /files/latest-news/421/w288/img-3083.jpgThe Hindus also celebrate the New Year, commonly known as 'Puththandu', by observing the traditions and rituals practised by ancestors over the years. However, they are slightly different to those of the Sinhalese.

Homes are cleaned and made ready prior to the event. On the day of the Avurudu, during the auspicious time, Maruthu Neer - clean water boiled with various herbs, selected flowers and leaves, milk, saffron and other ingredients are made by the priests in temples. The Maruthu Neer is then applied on the heads of all family members prior to bathing. New clothes are recommended according to the colours mentioned in the almanac. A sweet rice is made if possible, with new raw red rice, jaggery, cashew nuts, ghee and plums.

The area in front of the house is cleaned and sprinkled with saffron water, and cowdung. A decorative design 'Kolam' is done with raw white rice flour. The hearth is made a little distance away facing the East, and a new pot is used to cook the 'Pongal'. Lamps are lit by the housewife, and the head of the household arranges the Mangala Kumbam.

A visit to the temple is a must. Customarily alms should be offered to the poor. During the auspicious time, the sweet rice is partaken by the family. Later the head of the family gives money, betel leaves, paddy and flowers - ``Kai Vishesham'' to the family members and wishes them good luck.

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Preschools open

All our preschools have restarted now after being closed for Covid-19.

Naomi Booth :: Monday 8th March 2021 :: This Story

Each week there is a theme that is followed and recently it was making and flying kites. Gross Motor skills, hand-eye coordination, following instructions, sharing, creativity and confidence are some of the early year's skills involved in the art of kite flying. Our students had great fun with their kites!

Kites Kites in the classroom Kites Kites in the classroom

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