Sachini Bandara

Sewwandi Bandara

Full Name: Sachini Bandara
Sewwandi Bandara

Home Address: 150/1, Karagahakotuwa, Polgolla

Date of Birth: Sachini Bandara: October 6, 1993
Sewwandi Bandara: July 14, 1989

School or Educational Institute: Sachini Bandara: Samudradevi Girls School, Nawayalatenna, Kandy
Sewwandi Bandara: Mahaweli College, Katugastota, Kandy

Grade or Academic Level: Sachini Bandara: Grade 8
Sewwandi Bandara: Grade 13

Educational Achievements and Extra Curricular Activities: Sewwandi Bandara:. G.C.E. (OL) exam (2005) - 4As, 1B, 4Cs, and 1S.

Family Details and Income:
Father: Sadunsiri Bandara. Was a mason. Paralyzed several years ago due to a fall from the scaffold while working.
Mother: Has left the family.
Siblings: None.
Other: No other siblings in the family. Children were living under the care of the grandmother until she died in late 2007. One of the uncles provided some financial assistance.

Student's Bank Account: Students are paid directly by the project supervisor

Scholarship Commenced on: January 2003

Donor(s): Nirasha Wellagiriya and Ruchira Sasanka, Hillsboro, OR

Monthly Scholarship Amount: Rs.2000 from January 2008
Rs.1500 from January 2007
Rs.1000 from January 2004
Rs.950 from January 2003

Pahansila Administrative Account: Sampath Bank, Kandy

Project Supervisor:
Ruwangani Jayasundara,
Welipala Temple Road,

Phone: (94) 81 249 4044

Reports and Documents Received: Letter from scholarship recipient
Letter from school authority
Update from project supervisor

Remarks from the Committee (current period): From January 2008 project was transferred to an Interim Committee under Pahansila General Coordinating Committee (PGCC) from US West Chapter. 2008 February scholarship payment was not made as the students failed to submit 2007 year-end progress reports until end-February. Scholarship payments were reinstated as soon as the committee received progress reports (in March). Sewwandi will be sitting for G.C.E. (A/L) examination in August 2008. After August, the scholarship payment will be reduced back to Rs.1000 per month for Sachini.

Previous Remarks:
2007 July - December: According to the project supervisor, after the death of their grandmother, younger sister lived with one of their uncles. Since this family is taking care of other needs, this scholarship immensely help them to cover educational expenses. The elder sister takes care of her disable father and all the work at home. Although they have failed to submit reports from school, the supervisor recommends continuing funding until the elder sister completes AL examination in August 2008, as they have no other means of income. According to the supervisor, these children do not get any guidance from any responsible adult and their future seems very unpredictable. As suggested by the supervisor, the donor agreed to increase the scholarship amount to Rs.2000 per month from January 2008 until August 2008 (to pay AL tuition fees of the elder sister). Project will be transferred to Interim committee from 2008 January.

2007 January - June: According to the project supervisor, although they have not submitted all the progress reports, these children are keen on studies and recommended to continue funding. In addition to school work these children have to take care of their bedridden father and grandmother.