Archive for August, 2007

Thanks to mesh, Radhika communicates with her friends all over the world from her house

Radhika and Mahavilachchiya students communicate with the friends all over the world from their houses with mesh Internet technology.

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Mahavilachchiya’s mesh Internet project on Sirasa TV

This is a video done by Sirasa on Mahavilachchiya’s mesh Internet project.

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Mahavilachchiya on E-Zine Online Magazine

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By Hemal Silva

Mahavilachchiya village is located 40 Km’s away from the city of Anuradhapura surrounded on three sides by the Vilpattu national park. Bus is the only public transport service available for the people of Mahavilachchiya. A very few individuals have their own modes transport like vans, threewheelers and motor bikes. Mahavilachchiya will become the first rural village to benefit from mesh technology. Mesh technology will at last give the whole community access to the internet from their homes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mahavilachchiya Featured in ICTA Newsletter – English

ICTA Newsletter – English – Download PDF

In the small jungle village of Mahavilachchiya, children rush home once school has ended for lunch and a rest. The scene is similar to that in villages across the country. However, the seemingly isolated, rural countryside can be misleading. The children in Mahavilachchiya, soon after arriving home, turn on their computers and check email, do research for their homework assignments, and read local news. Mahavilachchiya, a village 40 km from Anuradhapura, has the privilege of being Sri Lanka’s first e-village and boasts the highest computer density of any other village in the country. On November 4, 2006 Sri Lanka’s first outdoor mesh network was launched in the village bringing internet connectivity to 30 households and two schools. The Mahavilachchiya project was made possible through a partnership between a local NGO, the Horizon Lanka Foundation which has been educating the children of Mahavilachchiya in English and ICT for the past 10 years. The ICTA through a partnership with Enterprise Technology (Pvt) Ltd (ETPL) and a grant from the Pan Asia R&D Grants Program was responsible for the implementation of the project. Read the rest of this entry »

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Miss Sarasi Jayaratne and her mum Seetha from USA volunteer in Mahavilachchiya


Miss Sarasi Jayarathne and Seetha Jayarathne

The volunteer, Miss. Nalika Gajaweera arrived on 30th of July 2007 and spent about 10 days at Horizon Lanka Foundation. During her period at Horizon, she became very proximity with the students and some of the parents. She taught the students to converse in English and found that she followed several methods exist in America to teach the students English. It was seen that she followed a very good method in explaining the meaning of some of English words without talking with the students in Sinhala. She went to see Thanthirimale Temple and the parents of one of our students too participated in this trip. Read the rest of this entry »

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Miss Nalika Gajaweera’s Expereinces in Mahavilachchiya – 2

Nalika at Tantirimale with Chamila and Hansi

I have to admit that before I arrived here I thought I might be bored for most of the time. I assumed the idyllic life of the village would leave me with nothing to do all day, but I have been pleasantly surprised with how busy the day goes by. I suppose the novelty of it all keeps me amused and curious and this may fade in time. But for now I’m enjoying meeting different people and learning new things from them, discovering new places and living out some of my childhood fantasies of experiencing the Sri Lankan gamme life. My hosts both at the home-stay and at Horizon Lanka as well as the friends I have made through them, have been extremely gracious in finding time for in their busy day to take me sight seeing and taking me around the area. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mahabir Pun of Nepal wins Magsaysay Award for promoting Wireless Technology in a Nepali Village. A Likely Story to Mahavilachchiya WiFi project


The 2007 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership

CITATION for Mahabir Pun
Ramon Magsaysay Award Presentation Ceremonies
31 August 2007, Manila, Philippines

Nangi Village, where Mahabir Pun was born, rests high in the Himalayan foothills of western Nepal. Here and in surrounding Myagdi District live the Pun Magar, whose men have soldiered for generations across the globe as Gurkhas. Yet, their worldly careers have done little to change their sleepy homeland, so far from the traffic patterns that knit together the rest of the world. Indeed, Nangi is seven hours’ hard climb from the nearest road. No telephone lines have ever reached it. Despite this, these days the people of Nangi are definitely connected to the world outside. Wireless Internet technology has made this possible. Mahabir Pun has made it happen. Read the rest of this entry »

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