London Pub Quiz – Row the Danube and Friends of Navajeevana

Following the success of last year’s Bristol pub quiz, we’re VERY excited to be organising one in London.

It will take place at the Two Chairmen in Trafalgar Square on Thursday 11 April.

Entry is £5 per person and there will be some great prizes. Email us to register your team!

We will also be using the night to tell you all about Row the Danube, our trustee Jon’s intrepid mission to cross Europe by rowing boat this summer.

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Latest newsletter: last chance to support the appeal!

Hakmana school appeal: last chance to donate – and thanks for your support!

Our New Year appeal for the amazing Hakmana school ends this weekend (we can’t believe it’s March already!) and it has been a real success.

pic_3.2.1.jpgWe aimed to raise enough money to keep the school in Hakmana, Sri Lanka running for another full year. It’s a fantastic resource centre set up in a local community to give an education to twenty children with disabilities (find out more about our recent visit).

pic_1.1.jpgWe have almost reached our target of just over £2000 (if you count gift aid – thanks Mr Taxman!). There’s still a little way to go so we’re keeping the appeal live until the weekend just in case – go on, you know you want to! Click here to donate.

If you’ve already contributed, THANK YOU!

We’ve been really impressed with your generosity. All of the staff at Navajeevana, as well as the parents of the kids at the school are very touched by all your support – and so are we!

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Prasanga at ISPO Congress

Here’s Mr Prasanga and friends at the ISPO Congress in Hyderabad (International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics)

Prasanga emailed us the following message:
“During the congress I had a great chance to meet and share knowledge with different people qualified in the P&O field from around the world.
I must thank to you and your team that given a great support for me to attend the congress, and please convey my regards to all at Friends of Navajeevana.”

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Shoe-making at the Navajeevana Centre, January 2013

Buddhika is making shoes for people who can’t wear shop-bought shoes. He uses the usual techniques, but can adapt them to make sure they fit over prosthetics or orthotics, for example. Buddhika is deaf himself, and actually attended the Navajeevana school before going on to work there.

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Amazing! We’re now 65% of the way to achieving our appeal target

Our New Year appeal for the Hakmana School is steadily climbing! Thanks to our amazing and generous donors we are now almost TWO THIRDS of the way to our target of £2,070, which will keep the school running for another year!

It’s a fantastic initiative, embedded in the local community in Hakmana, which beings education to disabled children who either have been prevented from enrolling in mainstream education, or have found mainstream schooling difficult.

Navajeevana is working closely with the social workers from the local government in Hakmana and is working towards a sustainable solution for the school’s continued funding. In the meantime Friends of Navajeevana has been raising money to keep this fantastic resource available to the children in the area.

Thanks for your support!

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ISPO World Congress 2013

This is the event that Mr Prasanga will be attending this week – a gathering of experts from across the world. Friends of Navajeevana have funded Prasanga’s visit to the congress, which is taking place in Hyderabad.

http://www.ispo2013.org

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Good luck Prasanga!

Please wish Mr Prasanga a big “Good Luck” today for his trip to Hyderabad in India for the ISPO World Congress
http://www.ispo2013.org/

It’s a great opportunity for him to share new approaches and make contacts with specialists from across the globe, and Prasanga’s attendance was supported by Friends of Navajeevana.

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Thanks: Evelyn Hodgson Memorial Trust

Huge thanks to Clare at the Evelyn Hodgson Memorial Trust for giving us a donation of £250 towards the Hakmana School!

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Great news about our Hakmana school appeal!

Brilliant news! A fantastic £250 donation has taken us up to 60% of our appeal target!

Wonderful that everyone is sending good wishes this winter, and supporting the Hakmana School kids’ learning and fun. https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/hakmanaschool

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How do you write Tangalle?

Navajeevana are based in Tangalla/Tangalle, in Sri Lanka’s Southern Province. Here’s how you write it in Sinhala and Tamil.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tangalle

Photo: Navajeevana are based in Tangalla/Tangalle, in Sri Lanka's Southern Province. Here's how you write it in Sinhala and Tamil. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tangalle

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