Dec '13 Update from Educate Lanka.

A Message From Our Founder...

Our mission at Educate Lanka is to empower economically disadvantaged children and youth by enhancing their access to education, mentoring, and employment opportunities. Our students are driven leaders who are committed to personal and professional advancement while giving back and creating positive change in their communities. With our long-term micro-scholarship funding and targeted guidance, these young leaders empower themselves to make their aspirations a reality.

This impact on the ground is our proudest achievement, so we are thrilled to share with you the progress we've achieved over the last few months as well as some of the exciting new developments!

I would also like to take this opportunity to personally thank you for your continued support and belief in us and the work we do. Everyone at Educate Lanka is truly touched and humbled by the incredible generosity and kindheartedness of every single supporter. Your support inspires us, providing the drive to work even harder to give thousands of more marginalized students the opportunity to fulfill their true potential.


Manjula Dissanayake

Here's What We've Achieved So Far...

  1. 600+ Students Directly Impacted.

  2. 200+ Graduates with Employment.

  3. 500+ Sponsors from Around the World.

  4. $200,000+ in Scholarship Funding.

  5. 1,800+ School Years Funded.

And There's More!...

This year, we added 150 new students to our portfolio for peer-to-peer sponsorships. There are only 46 students remaining to be sponsored.

We also just completed 2013's second term scholarship distribution: Rs. 2.5 million in direct scholarships disbursed, funding 110 school years of 220 students from all 9 provinces in Sri Lanka. We were also proud to see 35 more graduates this year, becoming doctors, teachers, and engineers.

Join Us for the Next Distribution:

Our next scholarship disbursement is scheduled for January, 2014. If you are in Sri Lanka, we'd love for you to join us to meet our students, parents, and visit their schools while actively participating in our on the ground efforts. If interested, please email us!

Countdown to Next Distribution:

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We Celebrated Prestigious Awards Received by Our Founder...

Earlier this year, Manjula was named as one of the Top 15 Emerging Social Innovators in the U.S. by American Express and Ashoka.

Then in the summer, he won the "Millennial Social Impact Challenge" run by The Huffington Post & IGNITEgood and was identified as a "social innovator" under the age of 33.

He joined the rest of the 15 social innovators at the IGNITEgood bootcamp in NYC where he talked to HuffPost Live and discussed his work with Educate Lanka.

Watch Manjula's Interview with HuffPost Live.

Then, just last month Manjula was honored in Washington D.C.

We were thrilled when The Huffington Post Founder & Editor-In-Chief, Arianna Huffington, tweeted her congratulations to Manjula on his accolades!

Our End Of Year Fundraising Campaign!

As we wrap up a successful 2013, we look forward to your continued support in 2014 to increase the number of students impacted to 1,000! With the holiday season now upon us, we've launched a Fundraising Campaign on Crowdrise so that you can support us to achieve this goal with a generous contribution. Our campaign runs up until January 9th, 2014, and you can give any amount between $10 to $10,000!


In addition, if you're passionate about Educate Lanka and interested in joining our global fundraising team, we'd love to hear from you. Email us today!

Connect With Educate Lanka on Social Media

Did you know that Educate Lanka is active on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn? We continually post exciting news and updates about our work on the ground and invite you to connect with us.

Thank you again and please share this update with friends, family, and any others. If you have any questions, please use the green "Contact Us" button to send us a message.

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