Wellawaya is a town situated in the Uva province belonging to the dry zone of Sri Lanka. A predominantly agrarian based region, it is home to many marginalised communities and has numerous financial and social disadvantages. The students of the Wellawaya area are therefore at a disadvantage as they live under very poor living conditions, in remote areas with little or no access to external educational support. Although there is free education at school level, private tuition coaching comes at a price. In fact those classes require a price that most of these communities are unable to afford. Education is a very important poverty alleviation tool, as it opens up many opportunities and avenues for socioeconomic development as it creates an opportunity for families to move up in social status and empowers them economically as well.
With the collaboration of Sampath Foundation, Arthacharya started the scholarship programme for university students in 2014. Dulanjali Gunawardhana ( Faculty of Law) , Lahiru Prasanna ( University of Moratuwa), Priyankara Chandana ( University of Peradeniya), Shiroma Aruni Kumari ( University of Ruhuna), Nuwan Tharanga ( University of Sri Jayawardhanapura), Nimmi Shalika ( University of Sabaragamuwa) who were financially funded for their O/Ls and A/Ls in the scholarship programme, entered the university this year.
Last week they were in Arthacharya Head office to collect their 1st scholarship funds. We had a very friendly meeting with the scholars and they were very happy and proud of themselves. They warmly express their gratitude for Sampath Foundation and Arthacharya Foundation.