The first classes have been in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. The classes are conducted by the
American College of Higher Education on behalf of GFS Sri Lanka. The new classes are being held in Batticaloa, some 7 hours overnight in a bus. Jeanne and some of her executive had two days in this area to begin the sessions. The girls in this area are Tamil speakers. They are much more disadvantaged than in the first classes, communication is difficult, some have phones but none have email. But the fact that they have been been chosen to participate in the program will be such a huge advantage to each of the participants and we anticipate will make a great difference in their lives. There is a photo attached.
There is a photo attached. Jeanne has written
Breaking News! The GFS World Project is now in Batticaloa!! A historic moment in the life of our GFS : The commencement of the second batch - "English for Employment Prospects" - on Sep. 15 in the Eastern Province, in collaboration with the American College of Higher Education, Sri Lanka.
(The first batch commenced in Colombo in May)
Here, Rev. Gnanakaruniyan, Area Dean - Eastern Province, Diocese of Colombo, Anglican Church (Sri Lanka) speaks to the students after praying for the class. The lecturer is on the left.
Following the Batticaloa sessions, the next sessions will be held in Kandy which is a Sinhala speaking area.
I congratulate Jeanne and her team on the very professional way in which they are conducting the project.
I encourage countries to consider further gifts to the project and to ensure that the offertory from the World Day of Prayer is committed to the project. Small monetary gifts can be put aside to bring to the next Council. Thembeka is happy for gifts to be sent direct to Sri Lanka to save double transfer and currency exchange costs. (An email should then be sent to Thembeka and the World Treasurer email@example.com ( to advise of the transfer) Please check with Jeanne firstname.lastname@example.org if you want banking details.
I wish everyone a great day of celebration on St Michael and All Angels Day.