NEWSLETTER From 1st April 10 to 30th September 2010 MRP Vocational Training Centre and Community Development MAKANDURA RURAL PROJECTS SRI LANKA For terre des homes- netherlands Ref. LK 011 I By 'Pat' R. S. Patebandigai, Director, Makandura Rural Projects, Sri Lanka Organizational Aim and Expected outcome of MRP “To assist the poorest children, who have suffered all forms of abuse, and deprived youths and less fortunate families to become productive and responsible citizens, and to improve the lives and livelihoods of the ill-fated members of the local community.” Motor Vehicle Repair and Maintenance One Year Motor Mechanic Course offered by the Vocational Training centre of Makandura Rural Projects commenced on the 04th of January 2010 with a batch of 22 apprentices. By early April, the number of trainees remained with the course was 15. The rest left the course due to various reasons including employment opportunities and further education. Upgrading of Motor Mechanic Course; Facilities Enhanced A new segment was added to the course with the upgrading of facilities in the Vocational Training Centre Workshop. Training on Basic Fitting and Filing is given to 5 apprentices each week with the addition of the facility of working benches and bench vices. Another addition is a long needed uniforms and shoes for trainees, which ensures their safety while work giving uniformity to all. A Lathe Machine was bought from Alcobrons Private Limited, Colombo on the 14th of August 2010. This was to enhance the training facilities and to include more branches of studies to the course to make it more useful. The machine was transported to Makandura in a truck. A separate room was constructed in front of the Motor mechanic Class to fix the machine. Lathe machine was fixed on a strong concrete support and electricity was supplied to the machine with the help of an electrician. After fixing the machine there Alcobrons Limited was informed and a group of technical officers came and demonstrated how to operate the machine and how to do the maintenance. All the technical instructions were given in this session. Once the approval was given by the Director MRP to commence lathe training, all the trainees were given a basic training on lathe machine operation by the instructor. By this time the apprentices were well aware and trained on using the MRP Director Patebandige testing the new lathe machine measuring tools such as micro meter, venire calliper, hook rule, inner and outer callipers which are needed to work with the lathe machine. The students were trained to do mechanical drawings and reading and guided to work with the lathe machine. This new segment of Lathe Machine Training will provide more value to the course making the apprentices gain more knowledge on a different work discipline. Many Opportunities for Practical training During this six month period many vehicles were brought to the Vocational Training Centre for practical training. Some of the jobs undertaken are as follows: 42-XXXX Leyland lorry Clutch and the gear box Motor mica nick instructor introducing the new lathe were removed, repaired and to the trainees. re-fixed to get it back to running condition. 42-4343 All 4 wheels were undone and the break system was repaired. JP 9216 Fuel injection system (injectors and injector pump) of the vehicle was repaired and re-fixed. PA 3757 Front and rear suspensions of the vehicle were repaired. JP 9216 Power steering system was repaired. 57-5049 Brake system of the vehicle was repaired. 19-0539 Car Brake system was repaired. PD 3379 Air Indika trying his hands on the lathe Condition system of the vehicle was repaired. Iresh Kumara left the course in May in order to pursue further education while Geeth Osanga too left the course to join Advanced Level class studies. Isuru Sampath a 19 year’s old spoiled young man was dismissed from the course due to his misbehaviour he was advised and warned by the Director on two earlier occasions how to behave in the class rooms and in training centre. He use to teas sewing girls and bully smaller youths and finally he ended by cutting the hand of a fellow-student intentionally by a metal sheet. The affected got seriously injured in this incident. Chameera kasun left the course to join with another technical course whereas Anton Roshan left the course to go abroad and join with his family. Dhanushka Madhuwantha, the most outstanding and enthusiastic apprentice throughout, got an employment opportunity with Damro factory as a Technician and left the course in the middle. He demonstrated a lot of technical skills during his stay with the course and followed the course successfully. Janindu, another apprentice got employed as a technician at Brandix, Pannala. Nilish Hasaranga left the course since he obtained a job with Nestle Lanka Limited. Twelve apprentices are undergoing training at present after leaving of the above students. Sewing and dressmaking New Apprentices for the Sewing and Dressmaking Course Twenty eight were registered for the Sewing and Dressmaking Course by the Vocational Training Centre of Makandura Rural Projects. This time the specialty was that two Muslim girls also joined the course. A girl named N.N. Indrani Lakmini from Galle (The Southern Capital of the Ms. Sujiwa taking some of the new comers in the class country) too followed the course having stayed at her sister’s place in Makandura. When asked what her expectation is by following this course her response was that she needs to master it and start self-employment in dressmaking so that she could supply quality readymade dresses to local market. Practical Tests for Apprentices Practical tests were held from the 01st of August 2010 to evaluate the apprentices’ embroidery skills. Apprentices were asked to make a dress for somebody else for this test. At the presentation of Fashion Design Exhibition and Graduation, Apprentices were asked to make a dress for somebody else for this test. Two from Dikkelle Children Centre Join Vocational Training Further two resident children from Dikkelle Children Centre of Makandural Rural Projects who sat for their G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination last December and were awaiting results also followed the course. They were P. Shalika Malshani and K.A. Dulani Kaushalya. Course Drop outs due to Joining Further Studies Five course followers left the course in May in order to pursue their upper secondary education in Advanced level classes. They were, 1. P. Shalika Malshani 2. G.A.M.K. Nisansala Thillakarathne 3. R.D. Shashikala Dilhani 4. R.D. Madhusha Tharangani 5. P.H.M. Rashoma Lakshani Apart from the above students who dropped out of the course to pursue further education, three more students dropped out of the course without informing. They were, 1. U.W. Uthpala Sathsarani 2. M.A. Ishara Madhuwanthi 3. G.G. Disna Kanthi Interviews for New Course Admissions Interviews were held for new admissions for the next Course in Sewing and Dressmaking on the 06th of August 2010. Twenty nine attended the interviews and they were briefed on the course contents. They were informed to come on the Course commencement day. The new batch of Sewing and Dressmaking Course was taken on the 17th August 2010. Written Tests of Sewing and Dressmaking Students Written test for the sewing and dressmaking students was held on the 16th of August 2010. Three students did not do the written test. Fashion Design Exhibition and Graduation A Fashion Design Exhibition was held at the Training venue for the Sewing and Dressmaking students on the 17th of August 2010 at the successful completion of the course. Fourteen students showcased their dress making and fashion designing talents in the exhibition and their work has been judged by a panel of judges. Their talents were highly appreciated by them. It should be mentioned that the two Muslim girls were well ahead of others in presenting their sewing and dressmaking talents in the exhibition. N.M. Priyanka, who completed the course, did not present any of her work in the exhibition since she was a weak student from the very beginning. She had been paid special attention when schooling too and had been taught in the Special Education Unit. She cannot write and hence she did the written test orally with the help of the staff. Further she was taught only stitching and thread-work done with hands. She learnt wool stitching, patchwork and hand embroidery. She was not eligible for the diploma but was awarded with a certificate for completion of the course. A graduation ceremony was held after the exhibition and the performances of the students during the course are as follows. Thirteen students were eligible for the Diploma and they got graduated in the event as Diploma holders in Sewing and Dressmaking. They are, 1. P.W. Udeshika Priyahansani 2. D. Sasanjali 3. K.A. Dulani Kaushalya 4. A.A. Hasini Chathurangani 5. M.A. Mekala Seuwandi 6. A.P. Iresha Madhushani 7. R.A. Suseema Madhurangani 8. R.M. Avankika Nilusha 9. T.P. Madhushika Dilshani 10. W.P. Dulani Shashikala 11. I.A.F. Ferwin 12. M.H.F. Hasna 13. N.N. Indrani Lakmini Two were eligible to obtain certificates of course completion. They were, 1. Dilusha Indeewarie and 2. N.M. Priyanka Kumari A Muslim student M.H.F. Hasna became the batch top and M.A. Mekala Seuwandi and N.N. Indrani Lakmini came second and third in the course respectively. I.A.F. Ferwin and R.A. Suseema Madhurangi secured the 4th and 5th places. New Batch taken; Course Commences in August Course commenced on the 17th of August 2010 for the new batch of sewing and dressmaking. Twenty six new students joined the course and they got the opportunity to witness the talents of the previous batch since the dressmaking and fashion designing exhibition also was held the same day. The Director MRP projected the photos of “Needle and Thread” Exhibition held in 2007 to the new students and explained them the importance of this vocational training course. New course Trainees Progress Follow ups of the Passed out Two trainees left the course before completion since they got employed in garment factories. D.A. Vinita Kumari is employed in Dambadeniya Garment Factory and K.A. Sachini Nisansala is employed in a garment factory in Katunayake Export Processing Zone. Another three are employed in MAS Slimline, a garment factory which has reached a wide international market. W.P. Udeshika Priyahansani, A.A. Hansini Chathurangi and R.M. Avankika Nilusha are the ones who are employed with Slimline, Pannala. Three passed outs are into self-employment now. They are M.A. Mekala Seuwandi, A.P. Iresha Madhushani and N.N. Indrani Lakmini. Summary of Course Attendees During this six months period 47 apprentices participated in the course and twenty six are undergoing the course at present. Community activities We provide monthly living and education allowance to children of widowed families. Funds from the Community Development grant are used by MRP so that our resident youngsters can be absorbed back into their community for their own benefit. Prizes, food, labour and relative materials for renovations of local assets are given by MRP to village events. Resident kids and trainees are practical in their support of their temple, church, schools, hospital, irrigation canals, wells, etc. At times, we have to financially assist parents of our resident boys’ families during serious medical emergencies, MRP supports local clubs for sports, culture, environment, or the arts with award and trophies. Staff when necessary assists communal self-help programs. On behalf of all the beneficiaries of MRP As the director I would like to convey my sincere Thanks!!
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