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Following the successful outcome of the Sri Lankan Youth Organizations’ (S.L.Y.O.) annual Summer Love event; the Morahena Junior School in Panvilatheena, Sri Lanka provided the optimum backdrop for launching S.L.Y.O’s first charitable project.

This first project saw Chatura DeSilva, a representative from S.L.Y.O.’s California branch travel to Sri Lanka in order to oversee the construction of the newly established Morahena Junior School library.

Alongside this ambitious construction project it was decided that funding from the Summer Love event would also go towards purchasing the basic school supplies for the children who attend the Morahena Junior School. 
The original school was built in 1980, which was subsequently the last time any construction was completed on the school. S.L.Y.O.’s new construction endeavor took twenty days to complete. The scope of the project included the addition of brand new walls, windows, doors and a roof to the existing worn foundation. 
The unveiling of the library took place on July 26, 2013 with two hundred and fifty people in attendance.

In addition to the students, teachers and parents who all came to show their gratitude and appreciation for their new library, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Hon. D. M.Jayaratne came to show his support. 
During the unveiling the students of the school received pins with the Sri Lankan flag on them. Many of the students were awestricken by the pins; this small gesture of gratitude left a remarkable impression on Chatura DeSilva, it showed that even a small token such as a pin could bring about such appreciation from these deserving children. 
The students of the Morahena Junior School were thankful for everything they had received as a result of S.L.Y.O. California and New York’s Summer Love proceeds.

These children face a great deal of adversity; many of their parents work basic trade jobs to make ends meet and support their families. As a result these parents are unable to provide the much needed attention and focus on their children’s education. Therefore S.L.Y.O.’s contribution not only provides the school children with a place to study and supplies to use. But it enables the children to find hope that they are individuals who are concerned with their continuing successes in school. 
S.L.Y.O.’s commitment to the school will be ongoing and if you are interested in making a donation or working with the organization in any other way, please contact S.L.Y.O. New York or S.L.Y.O. California via their Facebook pages or by visiting their website at Every contribution will make a difference in the lives of these deserving students at the Morahena Junior School.

Courtesy of Sri Lanka Foundation

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