Partnership with Ocean Stars

Summer Tea in the Garden

June 28th at 2.30 p.m. – cream tea, cakes and tombola at 37 Headley Road, Liphook. Ticketed event at £5 per head with all proceeds contributing to the Ocean Stars project in Sri Lanka.

Statement regarding the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka

Ocean Stars released a statement after the bombing attacks in Sri Lanka:

Following the Easter Sunday events in Sri Lanka, we would like to thank everyone for your kind messages of concern and support. It has been a very difficult time for our staff and for the communities we work in. Thankfully our staff are safe but naturally very shaken.

It is only now that our staff on the ground have been able to assess the immediate needs of those affected. Following meetings with Directors of Batticaloa Hospital we have together identified urgent medical and non-medical supplies to help those affected.

We are now launching an appeal for funds to support our Easter Sunday response. This appeal will finish on 31st of May 2019.

Here is how you can donate:

· Click the Donate button on the Home Page of our website:

· Donate to our bank account: Ocean Stars Trust / Sort code: 30-93-32 / Account number: 02662990 This special appeal is part of our long term and ongoing commitment of our work to empower children and families from all backgrounds across Sri Lanka, bringing light to education and to every life. Thank you for your support.

Sponsored walk fundraising

A group of 20 students and teachers from Calthorpe Park School completed the Fleet Rotary Club sponsored walk, raising money for Ocean Stars as well as using the occasion to bond as a team before their forth coming trip to Sri Lanka in October 2019. The group has so far raised a total of £5,000 for the work of Ocean Stars Trust in Sri Lanka!

Sri Lanka October 2018

The Le Fanu Family and our minister Ruth, visited Sri Lanka, in October 2018. Whilst there, they worked in the 40 pre-schools attached to Ocean Stars, and visited the Church in Thurrokovil and its community of Palakudda.

On Sunday November 25th, they enjoyed an informative morning service about the partnership with Thurikkovil Methodist Church and Ocean Stars, the charity founded by Mrs Dilanee Bunter after the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka.

Many helpers were Hindu(Tamil), and Buddhist(Sinhalese), with some Muslim and Christian, but our religious practices did not matter when we were all together.

Palakudda was devastated after the Tsunami and the soil still bears the remains of the salty sea water. It has only been in the last couple of years that the government has given permission for the area to be farmed and fished again.

The Peanut Project

Just behind the preschool in Palakudda is an area about the size of a football pitch. The minister would like to develop it for the community, and after discussion it was felt as though Beacon Hill URC could assist them in some way. The only crop that can grow there now are peanuts!

So, we have asked Ocean Stars to oversee the project and to assist them in undertaking this venture. Needless to say the community, especially the children and women, are very excited!

The Peanut Project costs approx. £150 which will include, fencing to keep the animals away, preparation of soil, peanuts and fertilizer. The community will care for this project under the guidance of Ocean Stars

The Fishing Project

In the 2004 Tsunmai, the lagoon was also polluted with sea water, and all the fishing boats were smashed , but now the government have given permission for fishing to recommence as the fish stocks have been replenished, and the water is back to fresh water.

One fishing boat cost £500, however one boat can help up to eight families. Below isa example of such a fishing boat with a fisherman and his family. Hugh and Ruth went to visit them.

There was so much to see, and during the service we had a flavour of different experiences and thoughts. It was such a privilege and honour, to meet the people of Sri Lanka , they were so kind, generous, helpful, cheerful, determined, and caring.