Home for children from SriLankan Cabin Crew

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 Trincomalee.
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 area.”

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 reality.”

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 17
Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Year: 2001
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 Studios.
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 too late.
Venue: Alliance Française De Kandy
Time: 3:30 p.m.


Chekhovian Motifs

November, 24
Production: 2002
Genre: Drama
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 committed suicide.
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, No.10, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.


Impressions of Sri Lanka

November 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 called ‘teaworks’.
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 crackle-effect.
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


Supporting democracy

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, media.


Journalist honoured

Thinakaran journalist 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.


D.S. 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 Auditorium recently


Wedding photography exhibition

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.



(From (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 Hotel



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 team.
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 United States.
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, Colombo 3
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 Auditorium
Time: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Charitha Atak
Sunday, November 14
Venue: Elphinstone Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 6:30 p.m.