‘ඇහැරුණු අකුරු’ is a leading community service project concept of Rotaract Club of Alumni of University of Moratuwa with the aim of uplifting the literature standard among school children in underprivileged areas. The first phase of project head started successfully following the direction of Co-chairpersons, Rtr. Sachindra Weerasooriya & Rtr. Nimasha Fernando.
Every great legacy flinches with an aspiring hope. This time around, the project was seeded with a modest letter sent by the principal requesting our collaboration to build a library at Kammandaluwa Bilingual Kanishta Vidyalaya, Aandigama, Puttalam. With perfect timing, calendar stretched to September, the month of ‘Literature’. President Rtr. Himantha Alahakoon brought the idea of gathering help as much as we can while opening this worthy opportunity to thousands of book-lovers. So the project was divided into two phases as Donation Collection and setting up the Library.
Following the suggestion, Donation Collection was started parallel to Colombo International Book Fair at BMICH on 16th of September 2017. Deshamanya Sirisumana Gadage and Lady Godage were kind enough to lend a space to setup a donation collection point at Godage Book Shop premises. Generous book lovers enthusiastically stretched their hands and lent support by donating books or financially to this commendable cause. Some even donated hundreds of books from their private collections. They all believed that giving a book is as sharing a piece of life.
Participation of club members was the key to the success of the project. They attended the project energetically for two successive weekends by sacrificing their precious time. Mr. Palitha Senanayaka, Rtr. Pasindu & Rtr. Savindu Herath also cooperated in this process. Without support of these caring souls it would have been far more difficult journey.
The flocks of bighearted bibliophiles of all ages who marched in this journey with us, drew a morning sun for the children of Kammandaluwa Bilingual Kanishta Vidyalaya who were anticipating a library full of wisdom.
By Rtr. Sachindra Weerasooriya & Rtr. Nimasha Fernando