No Volunteer Visits in 2020

After 15 years of annual visits, no Volunteers’ Visit in 2020 due to Covid-19

Naomi Booth :: Tuesday 27th October 2020 :: This Story

October is normally a month of joy, happiness, and celebrations amongst our Ocean Stars communities as it is UK volunteer month.

Our preschools receive bags of resources that UK volunteers have taken to Sri Lanka. Each of our 26 preschools is visited and the children enjoy making hats, blowing bubbles, doing craft activities, playing games, dancing, and singing our signature song the Hokey Cokey. All our teachers get together for a training day which is a highlight in their calendar. Calthorpe Park School in Fleet usually takes a group of 21 students and 4 teachers and they visit their link schools. Around 5,000 children and young people and parents are impacted by our annual October visit. 

We hope to resume these visits when the global situation improves, and travel restrictions are lifted. Several UK volunteers and students who were due to travel with us in 2020 have had their plans cancelled. Thanks to all the donations we have received through our online fundraising events we were able to provide much-needed resources to all our preschools in October.

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If you would like to donate towards our ongoing work in Sri Lanka the details are below:

BACS DONATIONS

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

Reference:  Preschool Gift

Donate £10 towards our ongoing work in Sri Lanka by

TEXTING oceanstarstrust to 70085 
(Texts cost £10 plus one standard network rate message).

Resources for pre-schools

Donations being delivered despite not visit from the UK this year...

Naomi Booth :: Tuesday 13th October 2020 :: This Story

Picture: /files/latest-news/405/w288/121538897-3506782312701489-2509468672085981067-n.jpgOctober is a month when groups of volunteers, and Calthorpe Park School students and teachers visit Sri Lanka to work with our many different projects. However, because of the International Pandemic, all our visits this year have been cancelled.

Our Ocean Stars sponsored preschools and link schools look forward all year to October. During these visits, our preschools receive resources that our volunteers have collected in the UK. Several UK schools donate preschool resources through their Harvest Festivals as well as individuals who kindly donate items from our list of needed resources.

To keep our preschools replenished until the end of the Sri Lankan academic year in December we donated bags of resources to all our preschools last week with funds raised through our online fundraising campaigns.

More resources will be needed in January so if you would like to make a monetary donation to support our work you can here.

You can also sign up to our 250 challenge!

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Quiz Night

Last few places still available

Naomi Booth :: Monday 5th October 2020 :: This Story

A few places are still available for our Quiz on Thursday 15th October.

Please email oceanstarstrust@gmail.com to register your interest.

Join in our engaging quiz and transform the life of a child in Sri Lanka

Support Global Goals

How you can support us so we can work towards more Global Goals

Naomi Booth :: Monday 28th September 2020 :: This Story

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Last week we shared with you some of the ways in which Ocean Stars Trust is working towards the Sustainable Development Goals set up by the UN General Assembly. We focused on  Goal 1: No Poverty, Goal 2: Zero Hunger, Goal 4: Quality Education and Goal; 6: Clean Water and Sanitation.  If you would like to support us as we continue our work towards supporting these goals here are some of the ways you can donate. Thank you for your support as we continue our work in Sri Lanka empowering children through education.

  1. Donate £10 by texting oceanstarstrust to 70085 (Texts cost £10 plus one standard network rate message).
  2. By BACS Payment - Ocean Stars Trust, Account No. 02662990, Lloyds Bank, Fleet, Sort Code 30-93-32 -
    Don't forget to send us a Gift Aid Form if you are eligible!
  3. By Paypal

Thank you as always for all your help

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

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