One of the biggest challenges for non-profit organisations is financial sustainability. This is especially challenging for local non-profits in developing countries without access to the corporate and private donors that can provide a supporter base for foreign NGOs. How do we build sustainable non-profit enterprises in developing countries that can achieve real change?  The social ...

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At our teacher training workshop in April the schools in each province had a meeting to arrange visits to each other's schools. We are very pleased that this has taken off. In the Eastern Province the travelling distances are not so great and the more advanced school regularly hosts teachers from the other schools.  In ...

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Hi. I am an English teacher in one of the Lotus Program Schools in Sri Lanka. I did a small variety entertainment program at end of the second term, with my kids with the purpose of improving their English and to give them a chance to show their talents. My school staff helped me lot. ...

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Sometimes I struggled with my English sentence formation as I had less knowledge but after the mobile conversation messages I think I am much better now. I am lucky to have a suitable, knowledgeable and creative conversation partner namely Mr.Mark. I don't have any other chance to use what I know about English except what ...

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PIMD volunteer members in Australia have been partnered with Sri Lankan teachers to conduct conversations in English using text messaging. It is hoped that this will help improve the teachers' English.

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Thanks to the support and commitment of the provincial Departments of Education for the North and East Provinces in Sri Lanka, all six participating schools in the PIMD Lotus Program have been assigned permanent English teachers to assist the primary grade teachers.

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  From April 21-24, 2013, a team of five lead teachers from the schools participating in the PIMD Lotus Program, ran their first Lotus Program teacher training workshop. PIMD was on hand to support them but they did an amazing job which was acknowledged by their peers. The other attending teachers commented that this was the ...

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In April 2013, senior teachers involved in the PIMD Lotus Program in Sri Lanka will run a training workshop for their colleagues for the first time. This is a major step in making the program sustainable at a local level. Local teachers who have worked with PIMD since 2004 will lead the workshop.

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PIMD is seeking to add a specialist volunteer to our core project team. The ideal candidate is a Primary Teacher with experience in guided and shared reading techniques for English literacy, preferably with some ESL background.The role will involve program development. remote support for teachers in rural schools in Sri Lanka, and annual visits to ...

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During the first two weeks of January the PIMD team visited all six schools in the Lotus program to measure first year outcomes. Full credit must go to the Principals and staff of the village schools for what they have achieved in 2012 under very difficult circumstances. At each school we reviewed the students' progress ...

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