We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. I do not agree with the big way of doing things.

Mother Teresa (1910–97) Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary

 
I have plans to deliver some CD packs to some of the schools in Jaffna with computer labs. Since I am just a single individual with other commitments which eat up a lot of time. I can't handle large projects. Therefore I am in the process of initiating small projects and working on them. After distributing the CD packs my next step is to collect some much needed computer books and deliver them to the libraries.

I'll also trying my best to update this site regularly with the current situation in Jaffna as far as the IT sector is concerned. Pictures will also be updated with more when possible. Please try and visit the site frequently, to check for any updates.

 

If you guys are here with an intention to help or if you belong to an Old Boys/Girls Association or are just a concerned visitor who is interested in helping the younger generation, there are many ways in which you can help the schools to build their IT network and knowledge base. If you need more information or help from this end to co-ordinate your efforts, you can always contact me. Here are some of ways we can help:

  • Help the computer labs get connected to the Internet.

This is the only way the younger generation is going to get exposed to the outside world. They have a lot of catching up to do. The years of isolation from the rest of the world and the consequences of war have not doused the excitement and interest of the Jaffna student, but have made them even more eager to learn. The tragedy of the situation is that the Jaffna student knows that they are far away from the rest of the IT world, but unfortunately they are unable to do anything about, except watch the world pass them by. It is time for us to make a difference.

Requirements to be met:
      • Network the computers in the labs.
      • Obtain a leased line, a 64 kbps line would be adequate.
  • Help them to build a library with computer books.
There are no book shops selling computer related books in Jaffna. As you may already know, there are no major libraries functioning in Jaffna to address this need either. School libraries have few or no books on the subject matter. The students however, are very keen to learn. When we conducted a seminar recently a student came up to us and asked whether he could get a copy of PhotoShop CD since he is interested in learning it. When we asked him what good the software would do if he has no access to PhotoShop related books. He response was he can use the help facility on the software to learn the basics at least.

You guys can send your used books directly to schools or if you are interested I could give my address for you to send the books to and then I can deliver it to the schools you request. If you need my address contact me at Senthoor

  • Help the schools build and maintain a CD library
I learnt that Jaffna Hindu and Jaffna Central College administration are trying to build a CD library for their School. The other schools should take note and setup their own library for the students. May I point out again that in Jaffna, there are no shops selling software CDs, unlike here in Colombo.
 

Since I am an individual I don't want to handle any money. If you guys out there want to help by donating something or to the school, I can always give my address and I can always deliver it to the school you need it to be delivered to. Send me a mail to Senthoor

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