Promise to Amalia

Educational Resources 2013 – 2015

When promise to Amalia was first set up, we started by donating communal educational supplies to underprivileged schools.

Such donations today are directed more towards our core projects – the Railway Track Project and the Trincomalee Preschool Project.

Below is a snapshot of the ‘communal educational resource’ donations made between 2013-2015.

The Schools

 The Ihala Talduwa School


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Established in                   1928

Current Population            241 children

Grades                               Elementary class – O’levels

Average class size             25-30 children

Teachers                            15 full time and 3 part time teachers

The school was established in 1928 and due to it’s age was in quite a deprived state. There was no running water, some of the buildings were in poor condition and sanitation improvements were needed.  In 2005, Mr Piyadasa, the school Principal was appointed. Since then, he has tried to improve education standards and the state of the school buildings by sourcing more teachers and approaching local governing bodies.


– Over 40% of children in attendance are from families facing financial hardship.

– Overall, of the above 40%:

– the majority lack basic stationery equipment and find it hard to buy uniforms

– over  1/3 struggle to get 3 meals a day. There are also a few children in attendance who are malnutrished

– over half are from families facing significant financial hardship

Clunes Tamil School




Established in                   1941

Current Population            48 children

Grades                               Elementary class – grade 5

Average class size             8-10 children

Teachers                            1 Sinhala and 2 Tamil teachers


The school was established in 1941 as a crèche and later took on older children and finally registered as a government school in 1980. It is in a deprived state. The School comprises of only one small room to teach in and a small office for the administrative side. There is currently no running water and a toilet was only installed in 2010.  In 1998, Mr Ganapathi, the school Principal was appointed. Since then, he has tried to improve education standards and the sanitation of the school by approaching local governing bodies. The school is in desperate need of a water well, more teachers and better teaching facilities and books.


-The school serves the tea plantations

– All students are from underprivileged backgrounds.

– 15 families face severe financial hardship, in that they are struggling to get one meal a day and some parents suffer from alcoholism.

– Consequently these children have little support





Kalagama School



Established in                   1900’s

Current Population            41 children

Grades                               Grade 1 – Grade 5

Average class size             6-11 children



The school is very small. Miss Disna is the school Vice Principal. She has worked hard to secure school lunch meals for the children, but sadly parents need to pay in advance for this and get reimbursed. Therefore many parents cannot afford this and so children go hungry. They require better storage facilities for books and stationery.


– Over 50% of children in attendance are from families facing financial hardship.

– 50% of the children cannot afford lunch at school

– The majority of children reside in the hills and have no electricity at home. Consequently they travel large distances to get to school often in inadequate clothing and footwear.

Atulugama School


Established in                   1900’s

Current Population            > 300 children

Grades                               Grade 5– A ‘levels

Average class size             35-40 children

Teachers                             22


The school is in a deprived state. They lack many facilities. Blackboards and desks were unusable due to large holes in them. The principal is working hard to address these issues but the school is in desperate need of help as are the children.


– Majority of children are from underprivileged families and very few children get one meal per day and consequently some faint at school regularly for this reason.


When Promise to Amalia first met with the school principals, their primary ongoing need was for educational resources and sanitation. We work with the schools to direct our funds to achieve the best outcome for the children. Please click on our links, to see how we have addressed their needs in our ‘completed 2013 & 2014 projects’ section and also how we continue to address further needs projects for 2015.


Completed 2013 Projects

Completed 2014 Projects

2015 Projects


Last updated on 3/2/15