Global Grant for Funding Early
Childhood Education in Sri Lanka
In 2015-16, 10 clubs in district 5240 helped fund a project that supported early childhood education by improving preschool teacher's training in rural Sri Lanka. That grant is now helping 375 preschool teachers (who are currently in training) to get their diploma.  This will benefit 7,500 children annually! However, there are still 15,000 preschool teachers that need a diploma.
The Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime has now submitted a follow up grant because of the success with the previous one.
We need commitment from clubs in District 5240 to reach a minimum of $10,000 in cash.
Our club believes that this is a project worthy of our support, as it focuses on educating children in hard to reach rural areas so that they have opportunities similar to those available to children in cities as they grow. Also, the project already has local Rotary partners (PDG Dharshan John, Colombo East) that are prepared to work with us all to ensure the ongoing success of the project year after year.
Helena was also invited to a Rotary District Conference in South East Sweden last fall as a keynote speaker to talk about this project. She was in Sweden for five weeks and held presentations at ten different Rotary Clubs. It received a great response. In addition to the funding, we are planning to go back to Sri Lanka next spring. We want to bring boxes with children's toys and educational material, books, and so on. Please let us know if you have any material like this that you can donate.

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