The Tree Foundation launches inspirational new workshops for Leadership and Career Orientation for its scholars
A professional Leadership & Career orientation workshop series has been created for the Tree Foundation scholars based on the work done by a vocational psychologist, Dr. Holland and his Holland Themes. The workshop consists of professional leadership training, self assessment, discussions about various career opportunities and how to reach them, including methods to perform informational interviews and job shadowing. The aim of the workshop is also to help the scholars develop a more rounded image of themselves outside of school . The workshop contents are also translated into Tamil and Sinhalese.
Tree Foundation announces its operational plans for the new year and commits to the support of 400 scholars in 2010.
Tree Foundation launches a new workbook for scholars and grant recipients called "My Journey of Success"
In the booklet scholars are encouraged through specific questions to think and write out their goals, hopes and dreams. The purpose is not just to help the scholars clarify what they want to achieve in their lives, but to also show that people who clearly set out their life goals, what obstacles they are likely to face in the pursuit of them and how they are going to get round those obstacles, have a better chance of succeeding. Given that we encourage grant recipients to reach for their highest dreams and goals we want them to now have something in which they can record what they want to achieve and how they are going to do this.
Tree Foundation co-founder and London trustees visit Tree Foundation offices in Colombo and Kappuwatta
The first stop on the visit was the Tree Foundation office at Kappuwatta in the south of the island, where the trustees met over 150 Tree Foundation scholars and were given the chance to get to know them and their stories. They heard many great success stories of self-improvement, but also some sad ones from children who were orphaned, with sick parents, or with families that need them to work as they simply cannot afford to keep them in school. A symbolic king coconut tree for the Tree Foundation was planted by the trustees in the grounds of the office to represents the visit and the growing work that the foundation does.
The trustees were then taken to visit the local school, which is located next door to the charity’s office. Over two hundred students and their parents were gathered in the main assembly hall with the trustees, enjoying a wonderful show prepared by the students, which combined speeches and a dance performance. The trustees also got to spend time with the school principal and teachers and to see the award-winning beautiful gardens of the school. The Tree Foundation also made a donation to pay for the renovation of the school roof and the renovation of the main assembly hall.
During the trustees’ visit at the Tree Foundation office in Colombo, they got to meet with some of the Foundation’s Colombo-based scholars and also spend time with the local Management Board and its Director, Dr Yehiya. The trustees got to experience first hand the hard work of the board, who annually sift through over 2000 applications to find the most deserving cases that make up the scholars each year. Numerous applicants travel a great distance to meet Dr Yehiya, who has the sad duty of turning away many that the Charity simply does not have the funds to support. After the visit the trustees were left with an inspiration to try to be able to generate even more funds next year to allow the Charity to help still more of the very deserving applicants.
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