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2024 – Jan – 15

HI EVERYONE

GIVE A PENCIL PROJECT – GAPP

MY NAME IS RAAJIV “DYIYA” WANIGASEKERA. I AM THE FOUNDER OF GIVE A PENCIL

PROJECT (GAPP) INITIATIVE.

MY BACK GROUND -I WAS EDUCATED AT S. THOMAS’ COLLEGE MT. LAVINIA. I SERVED IN THE

SRI LANKA ARMY AND RETIRED AS A MAJOR OWING TO INJURIES SUSTAINED IN COMBAT. I

AM A GRADUATE FROM THE PAKISTAN ARMY. I SERVED WITH THE ELITE TANK REGIMENT

AND WAS ALSO ATTACHED TO THE SPECIAL FORCES. HAVING LEFT THE ARMY I HAVE

WORKED AT BRANDIX AS GROUP HEAD OF COMMUNICATION AND AT UNITED MOTORS / TVS

HEADING HR & ADMINISTRATION. PRESENTLY I WORK AN OUTDOOR TRAINER WORKING IN

THE REGION WITH TOP CORPORATES/ MULTI NATIONALS / SCHOOLS & UNIVERSTIES OTHER

ENTITIES

MY LIFESTYLE -I AM AN OUTDOOR BUFF AND I ENGAGE IN MANY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

SUCH AS KAYAKING, HIKING, CAMPING, MOUNTAIN BIKING, ABSEILING ETC. MY WORK AND

LIFE STYLE ALWAYS HAD ME TRAVELLING TO MANY BEAUTIFUL AND REMOTE PLACES IN SRI

LANKA.

WHAT INSPIRED ME -ON SUCH TRAVEL I CONSTANTLY MEET CHILDREN OF VARIOUS AGES

WHOM I TREAT TO WITH SWEETS, SOMETIMES WITH THEIR SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND EVEN

FOOD ITEMS. SOMETIMES I PONDER AS TO HOW UNFAIR LIFE IS WHEN I SEE CHILDREN WHO

DON’T GO TO SCHOOL AND WHO DOESN’T HAVE AN EDUCATION OWING TO THEIR FAMILY’S

STATUS AND WHAT I CAN DO TO MAKE A CHANGE….

THAT EUREKA MOMENT -ONE DAY WHEN I WAS AT A WORK SHOP, A THOUGHT CAME TO

MY MIND WHEN I WAS FIDGETING AROUND WITH A PENCIL. I REALISED THAT I HAD SO

MANY PENCILS AND HOW ONE PENCIL CAN CHANGE A LIFE. I THOUGHT OF GIVING AWAY

SOME TO THE CHILDREN I RANDOM MEET DURING MY TRAVELS. EUREKA! THE GAPP

PROJECT WAS THUS BORN.

HOW I SET ABOUT IT – SO I COLLECTED ALL THE PENCILS FROM THAT SEMINAR, SPOKE TO

FAMILY AND FRIENDS, SET UP A FACEBOOK PAGE AND STARTED COLLECTING PENCILS.

OVERNIGHT I WAS BOMBARDED WITH SO MANY PENCILS. PEOPLE GAVE ME NEW PENCILS

AND USED PENCILS. SOME ADDED ERASERS AND SHARPENERS AND COLOURED PENCILS TOO.

CHILDREN WHO CAME TO KNOW ABOUT THE PROJECT HAPPILY GAVE AWAY THEIR

COLLECTION OF NEW AND USED PENCILS AS WELL.

THERE YOU GO…. THAT’S THE HISTORY OF GIVE A PENCIL PROJECT.

GIVE A PENCIL PROJECT

THE MOTIVE BEHIND GAPP – I ADDED THE BELOW AS THE MAIN FOCUS AREAS AND HOW IT

WILL HELP A CHILD AND INTURN THE COMMUNITY AND THE COUNTRY

 BY GETTING PEOPLE TO WRITE

 TO BE CREATIVE – ART / POETRY

 LIMIT POLLUTION BY WAY OF REDUCING THE USE OF PLASTIC PENS

COLLECTION METHODOLOGY – COLLECTION OF PENCILS HAPPENS THROUGH A FEW

COLLECTION POINTS SET UP WITH SOME FRIENDS IN THEIR OFFICES. SOME DIRECTLY SEND

ME TO MY RESIDENCE. WE HAVE HAD STALL SET UP AT FAIRS / CARNIVALS AND POP-UP

STALLS AND SOME CHARITY EVENTS TOO

THE GIVE AWAY INVENTORY – TO DATE MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS HAVE COLLECTED AND I

HAVE DISTRIBUTED PENCILS, COLOURED PENCILS, ERASERS AND SHARPENERS TO CHILDREN

ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. FURTHER, WE HAVE SENT PENCILS PACKS TO ORPHANAGES,

MONTESSORI’S AND PRESCHOOLS AS AND WHEN REQUESTED BY FRIENDS AND

ORGANIZATIONS

THE NUMBERS DESTRIBUTED AS OF 15 DEC 2023 ARE AS BELOW

 LEAD PENCILS – 16,450 NOS – AVERAGE OF 3 PENCILS PER CHILD

 COLOUR PENCIL (6 PACK) – 2125 NOS

 COLOUR PENCILS (12 PACK) – 1515 NOS

 ERASERS – 3233 NOS

 SHARPENERS – 2450 NOS

WE HAVE GIVEN AWAY IN BULK THE USED PENCILS TO PRESCHOOLS AND MONTESSORI’S

AND HAVE NOT KEPT TRACK OF THE NUMBERS BUT IT’S DEFINITELY OVER 7000 PENCILS AND

COLOUR PENCILS

INVENTORY IN HAND – AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT MY VEHICLE CARRIES PENCIL PACKS FOR 50

CHILDREN. THE STOCK IN HAND AS OF 15 DEC 2023 IS

 LEAD PENCILS – 6410 NOS

 COLOUR PENCIL (6 PACK) – 54 NOS

 COLOUR PENCILS (12 PACK) – 128 NOS

 ERASERS – 160 NOS

 SHARPENERS – 160 NOS

THE BACK BONE OF THE PROJECT – THIS PROJECT IS KEPT ALIVE FROM THE CONTRIBUTIONS

MADE BY FAMILY, FRIENDS AND THOSE WHO HAVE HEARD OF GAPP THROUGH SOCIAL

MEDIA AND OTHERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. SOME PROJECTS HAVE BEEN CAPTURED

ON STILL AND VIDEOS AND SOME, THE DONORS WHO SPONSORED THE SPECIFIC

CONTRIBUTION WISHED TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS.

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THIS INITIATIVE – YOU CAN JOIN THIS CAUSE BY CONTRIBUTING BY

SENDING US NEW OR USED PENCILS / COLOUR PENCILS / SHARPENERS AND ERASERS AND

PENCIL CASES

IN CASE YOU WISH TO MAKE A CASH CONTRIBUTION THE PRICE LIST IN LKR IS AS BELOW

 LEAD PENCIL / ERASER / SHARPENER SET – LKR 55/- (A SPECIAL RATE OFFERED)

 6 COLOUR PENCIL PACK – LKR 180/-

 12 COLOUR PENCIL PACK – LKR 340/-

 PENCIL CASE – LKR 90/-

CONTACT DETAILS -DO CONTACT ME ON +94 770 778855 OR +94 717 778855 / EMAIL –

raajiv@adventure.lk FOR MORE DETAILS OR YOU MAY CONTACT ISHAN WHO IS BASED IN UK

(DETAILS BELOW) WHO HAS BEEN A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION AND A CONTINUOUS DONOR

TOWARDS THE GAPP INITIATIVE

ISHAN KARU

0044 7574512875

ishankaru@yahoo.co.uk

WISHING YOU LOVE, PEACE AND JOY DURING THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON

WARM REGARDS

RAAJIV “DYIYA” WANIGASEKERA

15 DEC 2023

FACEBOOK LINK – https://www.facebook.com/giveapencilproject?mibextid=zbwkwl

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