|Home for children from SriLankan Cabin
The Cabin Crew of SriLankan Airlines,
famed for their caring, warmth and friendliness on board,
demonstrated that these qualities are not limited to the air
by constructing a children’s home for 64 orphans in
The latest phase of the Revatha Lama Niwasaya orphanage was
completed recently, turning it into the best children’s home
in the entire North and East.
SriLankan’s Head of Service Delivery, Captain Milinda
Ratnayake said: “This project will be of immense benefit to
hundreds of children over the years. What is most impressive
is the sustained support that our Cabin Crew has provided to
the children and destitute in the Trincomalee region for
almost six years now since the day of the Tsunami,
voluntarily travelling across the island on their days-off
to carry out the work.”
Located at the Fifth Milepost, the almost 9,000 square foot
home sited on 2 ½ acres now has a girls’ dormitory, a boys’
dormitory, a hall with a stage, a study room, a library, and
a large kitchen.
The Airline’s Manager In-flight Service Delivery Rashmore
Ferdinands said: “Our Cabin crew gathered the support of
many organisations and individuals to make this project a
success, both in Sri Lanka and overseas. The armed forces in
particular gave massive support for the project, with the
Special Forces of the Army providing labour for much of the
construction. The orphanage is even provided with meals on a
daily basis by the Army, Navy and Air Force camps in the
Adrian Cramer, President of SriLankan Airlines’ Flight
Attendants Union (FAU), said: “The Flight Attendants Union
is proud to have played a role in assisting the children of
Trincomalee. Our thanks to all those who were involved in
the project, especially our crew members, who have
demonstrated what can be achieved through sheer hard work,
and especially our Past President Primal De Silva, without
whose commitment and dedication this would never have been a
Other institutions involved in funding and assisting were
mainly SASK of Finland, the International Transport
Federation (ITF) and Stepping Stones of Brentwood Council
(England). The orphanage functions under a 15-member board
comprising senior government servants and leading members of
the community, and is under the supervision of the
Department of Probation and Childcare Services of the
Eastern Provincial Council.
Tuesday, November 16 and Wednesday, November
Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Duration: 163 minutes
Description: Two men (Aurenche who is a
writer and Devaivre who is an assistant
director) living in Paris struggle to
maintain their integrity while working for
the German controlled Continental Film
Venue: Alliance Française De Colombo, No.
11, Barne’s Place, Colombo 7
Time: 3/6:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 20
Director: Bouli Lanners
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Language: French /English subtitles
Description: Yvan and Elie are two loners
who wander aimlessly through their lives.
Yvan is a quick-tempered 40-year-old
vintage-car dealer while Elie is a young
burglar and ex-junkie. One day Yvan catches
Elie trying to rob him. Instead of beating
him up, he becomes strangely attached to him
and agrees to drive him home to his parents
in his old Chevrolet. Yvan and Elie are both
nostalgic about lost relationships, which is
what leads them to undertake a bizarre
journey through a region that is as
spectacular as it is crazy. Both are trying
to find the pieces of a puzzle that they
want to put back together, but it might be
Venue: Alliance Française De Kandy
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Running time: 120 minutes
Description: The film is based on A. P.
Chekhov’s play Tatiana Repina and short
story Difficult People. At his wedding, the
groom is horrified to see among the church
crowd his former mistress who had recently
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, No.10,
Independence Avenue, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.
|Impressions of Sri
19 to 22
The French Speaking Dutch Artist, Jeanne
Geubbels – Denissen will exhibit a great
variety of work with oil paint, experimental
aquarelles, washed charcoals and a few so
Since December 2009 she and her husband live
in Wattala because of her husband’s job.
Jeanne has been travelling all over the
world for almost 30 years and has lived in
various countries: Jordan, N-Yemen, Algeria,
Angola, Aruba, Indonesia, Tanzania, South
Africa and Sri Lanka at present.
She has experiences in different cultures
and is glad she has the opportunity to
express her feelings in her paintings, which
is essential to continue her journey.
Her refreshing experiments with coffee and
tea arose when in the past there was a lack
of good materials available in the country.
This way she discovered a way to give her
work a deeper meaning by literally putting
Sri Lanka’s fragrance and sweat in her
paintings. This work is covered by a special
natural layer which gives a nice
Jeanne is very grateful for the way she can
fulfill her work and is hoping to do so in
many more different countries.
Venue: Alliance Française De Colombo, No.
11, Barne’s Place, Colombo 7.
|The Dreamer of Jungles
Until November 22
The exhibition, Henri Rousseau, the Dreamer
of Jungles will display reproductions of the
main works of the French painter, Henri
Rousseau (1844-1910) in commemoration of the
centenary of his death.
Venue: Alliance Française de Kandy
The United Nations Democracy Fund invites
civil society organisations to apply for
funding for projects to advance and support
democracy. Project proposals may be
submitted on-line between November 15 and
December 31 at www.un.org/democracyfund,
where applicants can also find guidelines,
FAQs and lessons learned from previous
rounds at http://www.un.org/democracyfund/Applicants/applicants_index.html.
Only on-line applications in either English
or French will be accepted.
Projects are two years long and fall under
one or more of six main areas: Community
development, rule of law and human rights,
tools for democratization, women, youth,
M S M Fahim was among a group of media
personalities and social workers felicitated
at a recent ceremony in Colombo, organised
by the Independent National Alliance.
Senanayake College Islamic Majlis
Celebrating 30 years
Islamic Majlis of D.S. Senanayake College
Colombo celebrated its 30th Anniversary and
Prize Giving at the Bishop’s College
November 19 to 21
The maiden photo exhibition of Dinuka
Fonseka who has 18 years of experience in
wedding photography together with his wife
Dulani Fonseka having experience in wedding
photography for 10 years.
Venue: Hilton Colmbo
Time: 19th: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., 20th and 21st:
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
(L): Chairman St. John Ambulance Association
Rajah Sinnathuray, Chief Guest Minister of
Labour Relations and Productivity Gamini
Lokuge, Director, Training and Development
Dr Sarath Samarage at the seminar on
Improving Productivity, Through Industrial
Safety and Health organised by St. John
Ambulance Association, at the Galle Face
The Arangetram performance of Harshi Asanka
Seneviratne, a student of her sister,
Visharada Asangika Seneviratne and Aruna
Amarakoon, will be held today.
She is an old girl of St Paul’s Girls’
School, Milagiriya and excelled in drama and
other extra curricular activities in school.
She was a member of the school debating
She also acted in Nalaka Swarnathilaka’s
popular tele drama Anne.
She has participated in dancing concerts
held in New York and Washington in the
Venue: Bishop’s College Auditorium
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Until November 21
God Mantras and Other Stories, an exhibition
of painting by Patrick Morin
Venue: Barefoot Gallery, 706, Galle Road,
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Until November 14
An international photographic exhibition
organised by the NAPSL to mark its 30th
anniversary will be opened by the Kandy
Mayor, Raja Pushpakumara
Venue: E. L. Senanayake Children’s Library
Time: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 14
Venue: Elphinstone Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 6:30 p.m.