APPÉ LANKA is a rural development project initiated by AWAKENING LANKA to empower 6 districts in Nothern and Eastern Sri Lanka beginning with Poonakary - An area that was devastated by a 30 year war. APPÉ LANKA is already underway in Poonakary, in the Kilinochchi district. Poonakary has a population of over 20.000 residents in a 4392 sqm area. It enjoys a long pristine coastline along the West of Sri Lanka as well the entire southern end of the Jaffna Lagoon.
To facilitate Education, APPÉ LANKA will teach English and Sinhala to school children in Poonakary using specially AV modules. The initiative titled "ENGLISH FOR ALL BY APPÉ LANKA" (series 1) which compromises 12 modules.
In order to foster Lasting Peace and Reconciliation, a series titled "PEACE & RECONCILIATION through the use of Sports and Arts is in progress. 8 programs were conducted in Colombo and Poonakary over the last 3 years "MUSIC FOR UNITY", "SPORTS FOR UNITY", "DRAMA FOR UNITY" is already underway and workshops for dance and language are been designed.
Livelihood Development is a necessity to ensure that people in Poonakary have a substainable income.
A training program with a guarantee of employment is currently been conducted in IT, International language, BPO and boat building. This project will employ 500 youth in Poonakary over the next decade.
As there is no usable water in Poonakary, people depend on bowsers to distribute water. APPÉ LANKA has commenced a project titled - "LET THEM BLOOM. GIVE THEM WATER" - This project will initially give water to the 24 schools in Poonakary.
6 water purifying systems have already been installed and we hope to install 4 more by the end of 2018.
APPÉ LANKA Patron - Golden Booker winner Michael Ondaatje
We at APPÉ LANKA aim not only to empower Poonakary, but strive to partner with all Sri Lankans to make our vision a reality!
- A vision to create physically, intellectually, socially, spiritually, empowered people
- A skilled, disicplined productive worforce
- A place wher trust, accetance, dignity and good governance will prevail
- An APPÉ LANKA we are proud to call home!
Appé Lanka aims to provide Renewable Electricity to villages in Poonakary that currently do not have dependable energy. 28 solar homes in Poonakary have been given electricity using solar home systems and a further 1000 homes have been identified. The next village cluster for electricity comprises of 61 homes.
The Drama workshop was held by the amazing Mind Adventures Theatre
In order to provide short distance travel facilities, Appé Lanka has initiated a bicycle drive titled "Just give a child a bicycle and prevent them from dropping school".
150 school children in Poonakary have been given bicycles to enable them to continue their schooling.
Aproximately 1500 students in Poonakary and the adjoining divisions of Kandavalai, Karachchi and Pachchilaipalli need bicycles to enable them to travel to and back from school.
Shaan Corea, Founder of Appé Lanka, in the morning during the installation for the Fair with the help of the Army.