OceanStars :: Friday 18th May 2012 :: This Story

Map of Sri Lanka

Dilanee, Ocean Stars Trustee and Founder has just returned from visiting OST projects in Sri Lanka. Dilanee travelled from Negombo to Dambulla, Dambulla to Trincomalee and from there to Batticaloa. After spending three days visitng projects in Batticaloa Dilanee visited Vavuniya. Here is a summary of what Dilanee did on this trip:



  • Visited the playgroup and spent a morning with the children watching a typical morning at playgroup
  • Met the six new children who have joined the sponsorship programme
  • Visited the sewing project and bought items made by the mum’s.
  • Had a look at playground at playgroup which needs a makeover.



  • Visited Little Stars Nursery which was opened by Ocean Stars in October 2011. Distributed stationary items to the playgroup and gave the children their school uniforms. We spent some time playing with the children.
  • The teacher has a 45 minute walk to playgroup every morning and she said that a bicycle would make a big difference to her life. We were able to buy her a bike so that she can get to playgroup and transport resources more easily.
  • Spent time at the Ocean Stars Lanka office catching up with admin work.
  • Bought a printer for the OSL office.
  • Diana and Kugadarshini our OSL workers have to travel great distances to get to all the projects and requested a motor bike to make their daily work easier and more efficient. OST was able to provide the funds for a motor bike for OSL.
  • Visited a new playgroup that wants support from OST.
  • Distributed new uniforms to all playgroups.
  • Visited our new Palmeirah weaving classes providing local ladies with the opportunity to learn a new skill and eventually earn their own income.
  • Visited painting classes. OST are trying to encourage the women to start selling their creations with a view to becoming a self generating project.
  • Met some sponsor children and families and checked on their educational progress.



  • Introduced Ranchan to all the people at Grace children’s home.
  • Took the children (18) of them swimming at a newly opened local swimming pool. For all the children this was there first ever swim and they were extactic.
  • Bought toiletries for all the children.
  • Celebrated Easter Sunday with everyone at Grace.