ACOBA - EC Projects
We appreciate the generous donations from Anandians and supporters in the US for making these projects and events possible.
Helping Sri Lanka in a Time of Need
During the Covid crisis in 2021, ACOBA-EC donated 4 ICU beds worth $2000 to the Sri Lanka Army, who later transferred them to hospitals that had appealed for help.
During the time of financial crisis in 2022, ACOBA-EC donated Rs. 500,000 worth of dry rations to help 125 needy families in Sri Lanka, in coordination with the Sri Lanka army under the guidance of General Shavendra Silva. Funding for this project was provided by the net proceeds of the 2022 East Coast Cricket Festival.
The first part of the distribution was to 25 janitorial staff members of the Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment, Panagoda, Homagama, attended by one of our founding members, Major General Asoka Jayawardena. (Aug 2022)
The remaining 100 parcels were distributed to the neediest families in a remote village in Anuradhapura. The event was held at A/Maha Ehatuwewa Vidyalaya (Oct 2022)
Science Building Renovation
ACOBA-EC raised Rs. 1 million towards the renovation of the legendary Science Building, whose classrooms and laboratories paved the way for thousands of successful professionals around the world. This revered building is also being used as a center of education for outstation students, during weekends, and has successfully conducted many lessons and training sessions in science and technology for students from remote parts of Sri Lanka. The building and the laboratories were in dire need of renovation, and our donation is being used to achieve a part of this cause. Funds amounting to $2,800 was handed over by Dr. Rupasiri Fernando, Secretary, ACOBA-EC, and Mr. Kheminda Jayawardena, during a ceremony attended by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defense, General Kamal Gunaratne, who is the President of the Old Anandians' Professional Forum. They also met with the Principal of Ananda, Mr. Lal Dissanayake. (Dec 2022)
Gratitude for non-teaching staff at Ananda
During the economic hardship in Sri Lanka following the pandemic, ACOBA-EC provided dry-ration parcels of food items worth Rs. 5,000 each to all 100 non-teaching staff at Ananda (Sep 2022). This was conducted in coordination with Brigadier Premalal Gunawardena along with the Old Anandians’ Centenary Group in Sri Lanka.
Annual Book Donation Campaign - 2022
This project is handled by the Education Development Subcommittee of ACOBA to donate books, stationery, backpack, a pair of shoes, etc. to about 160 needy students of all grades at Ananda. ACOBA-EC contributed $1,500 to this project (Feb 2022).