A Bodhi pooja was held at the vijeyarama temple under the Ven. vepathaira hemaloka thero in order to blessed the founder of Mr. Gamini Keerthichandra , students, parents and teachers of SEDA for the 4th anniversary of SEDA Vocational Training Center and Gamini Keerthirchandra invoked blessings on his wife Suneththa Keerthichandra, who supported all the activities carried out on behalf of the nation's religion.
In order to celebrate the 4th year anniversary of the SEDA Vocational Training Center and the president of SEDA Mr. Gamini Keerthichandra's birthday SEDA teachers, students and parents organized a Bhodi Pooja.
The birthday of the founder of the SEDA celebrating his yeoman service to the SEDA and Nation. Today, the SEDA celebrated its 4th anniversary. Let us hope that you will continue to do this national service with the strength, courage and longevity to work on the religion of the country. We would like to thank for the SEDA teachers and parents of the SEDA children who are supportive of all of them and will be able to continue this initiative successfully.
It was an early start for the students of SEDA Vocational training centre, but they did not mind at all, they were excited, and there was a buzz of energy in the air. The students all met together in a class room at Ratmalana's Blind & Deaf School, where the government were hosting a regional dance competition for differently abled schools and charities in and around Colombo.
We set about applying their make up and doing their hair before dressing them in their bright and colourful costumes. Their costumes are traditional to match their traditional dances, and were lovingly made by the devoted parents of our SEDA students. Once their jewellery and accessories were added they were all ready to head out to the performance area and check out the stage!!
As is tradition in Sri Lanka the event would not start before making sure everyone was well fed and watered, so off the students went to the dinning hall, dressed in all their bright glamorous frocks, to fill up on noodles and fruit juice before their performances
Finally the show started, the judges were in place at the front of the audience with all their files and forms to read through and complete as the groups of students performed one by one. The staff from social services were crowded around the sides of the stage making sure everything would run smoothly, and a room full of brightly dressed, enthusiastic and nervous performers watched among family, friends and supporters of the many charities gathered for this wonderful event.
One by one the groups performed, some performers so young they could barely make it up the steep steps onto the stage, but everyone up the stage was loving the lime light, smiles were abundant all over the stage.
Finally is was the turn of our first group, the girls, who were to perform a traditional rice harvest dance, complete with rice basket props. They performed to live singing by our head teacher, and was accompanied by a solo traditional drummer (also a student at SEDA). They danced with much confidence and enjoyment, they worked as a team to stay synchronised, and the audience thoroughly enjoyed their mature and established performance. It was a fantastic performance and everyone was so proud of how far this group of girls have come in the past year.
Later up it was the turn of the boys, again performing another traditional harvest dance, with props and flags. Again the boys danced with confidence and uniformity and led a very mature and well established routine, flawless in its performance.
It was wonderful to be part of such a great and inspiring event, to see so many young people full of so much energy and enthusiasm, so excited to show off their new found skills, to be on the stage performing their hearts out to people they love, cherish and admire. There was barely a moment in the whole day in which you remembered these children are 'labelled' as differently abled, because quite frankly they were just as abled as any performers i've watched over my many years of working within the performing arts. It was a delightful and uplifting day and everyone at SEDA was delighted to be apart of such a well established gathering of young performers. Thank you to everyone involved in the organising of this event, and also to our teachers and volunteers at SEDA who work tirelessly to help our young students shine at these performances
The students of SEDA Vocational training centre had lots of fun and games celebrating the Sinhalese New Year at Rathmalana United S.C this year. From riding bikes to tug of war, the competition was high as the teams fought through the many games designed to challenge their motor skills and co-ordination. Parents and volunteers all joined in with some of the challenges the students had designed for them! It was a fun filled family day, the perfect way to bring in the new year and celebrate just how far these young students and their families have come in the past year.
Excellent news: After being open for a year SEDA Vocational Training Centre has now become a fully fledged registered charity here in Sri Lanka.
The long process was finally completed just before the centres 1st birthday celebrations, after a lot of paper work and visits to the centre! Our charity number can be found on our website home page, and on the centres new sign board.
This is fantastic news for our charity and we hope to continue to take the vocational training centre from strength to strength. Charity status ensures the centre is fully transparent with how its run, we also hope that it will help us attract support both here in Sri Lanka and across the globe.
And MORE exciting news.....
SEDA Sri Lanka will be posting regular news updates of our progress via our blog page