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Author: DAANA News Created: 2/19/2011 5:38 PM
By DAANA News on 12/24/2013 8:39 PM
DAANA awarded Rs 50,000/= to Dharmaraja Past Teachers Association (DPTA) as partial funding to launch their booklet project.

DAANA Vice President Malinda Thilakarathna handed over the donation to DPTA officials: Mr. Gamakumara (President), Mrs. Padmini Munasinghe (Secretary), Mr. Ananda Ratnaweera, Mr. Kamal Siriwardena, and Mr. Bandara Weerasekera, on 16-2013 while vacationing in Sri Lanka.

By DAANA News on 12/14/2013 9:44 AM
14 used, near-new, IBM Lenovo ThinkPad Laptops were shipped to the school last week. Kaushalya Siriwardena managed to get these laptops from his employer.

This is the 2nd computer donation to the school by DAANA. So far, we have sent totally 23 laptops to Dharmaraja college computer center.

Read more about "Computers for Kids" Project : Click here
By DAANA News on 11/30/2013 9:52 AM
Yumal C. Kuruppu received the first ever Undergraduate Scholarship from DAANA. Yumal was a DAANA scholar in 2011 and 2012, obtained highest marks in Central Province and the island rank of 10 at GCE A/L in 2012.
By DAANA News on 10/15/2013 10:01 AM
Dr. Palitha Kohona joined with DAANA webinar entitled "United Nations and Sri Lanka" at DRCK from 11:30PM to 1:00AM midnight New York time on Oct 14-15, 2013. This created an opportunity for Dharmaraja students to engage in a lively discussion with Dr. Kohona. Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation go to Dr. Palitha T.B. Kohona for taking the precious time out of his busy schedule to talk to Dharmaraja students.

Kudos to member/director Buddhika Bandaranayake for inviting this most distinguished diplomat for DAANA webinar entitled "United Nations and Sri Lanka" at DRCK and creating an opportunity for Dharmaraja students to engage in a lively discussion with Dr. Kohona.

Read more about DAANA Webinar series : Click here

By DAANA News on 7/22/2013 7:26 AM
Past 6 months has been a quite busy period for the DAANA Bank Account. We responded to few requests from the school and successfully completed the 2013 Scholarship Program. We also used DAANA infrastructure to raise funds for Rajans Rugby from global Rajans diaspora.   
Here is the summary of donations that went through the DAANA account since Jan 1, 2013 (Total of Rs 605,000/=):
  1. RISGO Scout Jamboree  : Rs. 120,000/=
  2. 2013 Scholarships : Rs. 210,000/=
  3. Rajans Rugby : Rs. 225,000/=
  4. Travel Assistantship to Bharatha Rankothge & Team (DRCK students) to attend Global Scholars Cup in Dubai: Rs 50,000/= 
By DAANA News on 7/18/2013 7:18 AM
2013-DAANA Scholarships were awarded at a simple ceremony on July 16th 2013. 17 DRCK students received annual scholarships of Rs 10,000/= each on academic merits, and 6 students received Rs 5000/= each for exceptional achievements in extracurricular activities, while 8 students received complimentary awards of Rs 1250/= each. The complete list of scholars and sponsors is given at the bottom of this email. The Scholarship program has become the flagship program for DAANA. 

Over the past 5 years, a total of 106 bright-needy students have been benefitted from DAANA academic scholarships, and 16 students have won for their extracurricular activities. We have so far disbursed nearly LKR 1.14 Million in total for DAANA Scholarships.

More information about DAANA Scholarships Program -
Click here
By DAANA News on 6/20/2013 10:53 AM
3 Dharmaraja Students, Bharatha Rankothge (DAANA Scholar in 2011,2012 and 2013), Rahal Medawatte, and Janith Weerakkody participated at the Dubai Regional round of World Scholars Cup from 31st May to 1st June and were able to bring glory to school and motherland by winning the Third place at the overall completion after competing with 200 other teams from 12 different nationalities. Furthermore, Bharatha Rankothge was awarded the Best Scholar award from among 600 students. Altogether, they won 14 medals and 4 trophies, astounding the audience and the organizing committee and gaining special recognition as the best performance in the Scholar’s Cup history from a rookie team.

As an appreciation to this great achievement and to support global round participation, DAANA provided LKR 50,000/= as travel assistance to the winning team.
By DAANA News on 2/16/2013 11:45 AM
Rajans scouts are organizing the Rajans International Scouts Gathering Of (RISGO) centennial 2013 to mark the centennial of the 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scouts group. DAANA old scouts, Sanka Tennakoon, Kosala Samaraweera, Geeth Uyanwatte, Sajith Ellepola, Madura Rajapakse, Malinda Thilakarathna and Rajitha Siriwardana generously responded to the recent request from DRCK scouts. Together they raised Rs 120,000/= for the RISGO sponsorship.

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RISGO will be held from 18th to 22nd February 2013, at the DRCK Lake View Park International Scout Center. Over 3500 scouts from across the island and international scouts from more than 50 countries will be participating in the event
By DAANA News on 6/13/2011 7:46 PM

Dear Rajan,

Join us for a night full of fun, music, and dance. DAANA, with the help of DC area Rajans, is organizing it's first ever get-together on August 13th, 2011 in Maryland, DC area. Venue is yet to be decided but can assure you that it will be lot of fun. Bring your family and friends. Mark the date and make your travel plans. Call as many Rajan friends in North America as possible and convince them to come. It's a long time coming and time to meet and rekindle our relationships, share the memories of LakeView, sing our favorite songs including "Rajans Kollo, Maya Kello...".

We have tentatively decided that the ticket for the event to cover the cost of the venue, food, music and drinks will be about $50. Kids under 10 years are admitted free. 
Please RSVP asap so that we can make a head count, reserve discount hotel rooms, and make other plans:

Hope to see you there!

DAANA and DC Chapter Rajans.

By DAANA News on 5/27/2011 8:09 PM
DC Chapter Rajans are gearing up for another Rugby 7's tournament this year. You may remember that last year few Rajans flew from all over the north America to participate in this event. To continue this tradition, DC Rajans are trying their best to field a team this year. The tournament will be on the memorial Day weekend (May 29th, 2011) in DC. This will be a great occasion to get-together with other Rajans for a fun filled event. There will be party until the wee hours! 
It will be great if you can participate in the tournament.

What: 10th Annual Sri Lanka Schools Tag Rugby Sevens Tournament
When: Memorial day weekend, 29th May
Where: Glenfield Rugby Grounds in Silver Spring, Maryland
Organized by: East Coast Thomians Association

Teams | Schedule

Make plans, convince your fellow Rajans, and have a great time meeting other DAANA members. Few DC members are willing to provide accommodation to out of town Rajans.

Let us know if you plan to attend:
By DAANA News on 4/8/2011 2:23 PM
Dharmaraja hosted an event on April 4th 2011, to award the scholarships to this year recipients with Chapa Weearathna as the guest of honor along with Dr. Jatyantha Pethiyagoda and Yasas Chandrasekera. We will update you with more details of this event soon.

We thank all the donors who made this project a success with their generosity and look forward to continuing this tradition to the next year.
By DAANA News on 2/3/2011 5:39 PM
We launched the DAANA scholarship program in 2009 to help bright but needy students of Dharmaraja College, Kandy and were able to award 27 scholarships thanks to the generosity of many Sri Lankans in North America. You can find a brief account of the 2010 program here.

Due to the overwhelming response and support we received from you during the inaugural round concluded in 2010, we are looking forward to continuing this program in 2011 with a great confidence. We are in the process of screening more than 80 applications we received this year.

We thought it would be worthwhile to invite you to continue to contribute for this worthy cause. If you are interested, you can sponsor a student by your own or few of you can join to offer a scholarship.
Each scholarship based on academic merit is $100 for the whole year (Rs. 1000 per month). Also we will be awarding 5 scholarships worth of $50 each (Rs. 5000 per year) based on extra-curricular activities.

Please take advantage of this request if you are seeking an opportunity to help a needy Sri Lankan student. Visit our website for more details and if you are interested, please contact DAANA Board of Directors, a DAANA member, or reply to

--Scholarship Committee--
By DAANA News on 1/20/2011 2:31 PM

The first DAANA scholarship winner, Chinthaka Thilina Bowatte (class of 2010), got flying colours at the A/L exam - Chemistry A, Physics A, Math B and District Rank 26

CONGRATULATIONS Chinthaka ! We are proud of you, you lived up to your parents expectations and teachers high billing, Well Done ! Keep up good work, enjoy Pera Efac life, and lets hope our paths will cross soon here in North America.

By DAANA News on 1/16/2011 5:49 PM
The Board of Directors for DAANA for 2011 had their first BOD meeting on 16th January 2011 and unanimously selected the following officers:

President: Ashoka Polpitiya
Vice President 1: Sheranga Jayasinghe
Vice President 2: Sanka Tennakoon
Secretery 1: Madhura Rajapakshe
Secretery 2: Udayana Ranatunga
Tresurer: Kaushalya Siriwardena
Activities Directors: Indrajith Rajapaksa, Asanka Samaraweera

As the new BOD, we are committed to making DAANA stronger than ever and help Dharmaraja grow. We are thankful to all DAANA members for entrusting us for this task and look forward for their help and wisdom during 2011. We are specially grateful to previous BODs for their relentless efforts that brought us this far. We will continue the great programs they put forward such as the scholarships for deserving young Rajans, educational outreach activities like the Webinars, workshops and Walllpaper, the book drive, and other fund raising efforts.

We are eager to get your ideas and suggestions. Please send them to

Rajans for Ever!

-- BOD 2011 --
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