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

5th OST Quiz Night

We invite you to sign up for our 5th Lockdown Ocean Stars Quiz.

Naomi Booth :: Wednesday 3rd March 2021 :: This Story

Picture: /files/latest-news/419/w288/zoom-quiz-march-25th-compressed-1.jpgThis 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!

Preschools open for 2021

Most Ocean Stars Lanka preschools started on Monday 18th January.

Naomi Booth :: Monday 25th January 2021 :: This Story

Most Ocean Stars Lanka preschools started on Monday 18th January and those that were unable to do so because of flooding started back today Monday 25th January.

The children were delighted to receive their new uniforms and school bags. Thanks to everyone who has participated in our UK online fundraising events which have enabled our children to have uniforms and bags.

We wish all our staff a successful academic year 2021 amidst COVID 19 restrictions and difficulties.

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Ocean Stars Lanka teachers travelled to Batticaloa...

for a training day and to collect uniforms and school bags for the preschool students and their own workbag and uniform saree.

Naomi Booth :: Monday 18th January 2021 :: This Story

Picture: /files/latest-news/417/w288/uniform-distribution-1.jpgOcean Stars Lanka teachers travelled to Batticaloa for a training day and to collect uniforms and school bags for the preschool students and their own workbag and uniform saree. Contracts were signed by all teachers for the academic year 2021.

They also had refresher training on using tablets in their classrooms as well as on the Assessment Tool which will commence in march 2021 As always the teachers were very grateful to Ocean Stars Lanka and UK for providing uniforms and school bags and supporting them with training so they're able to deliver a high-quality education for their students.

All our events are conducted in small groups observing strict Covid protocols.

 

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