An Uncommon Aid Project
A holy site Sri Sumanthindarama Viharaya Sri Lanka is an over 2200-year old temple, built between 236 - 180 BCE, during the rule of king Devanampiyatissa, who introduced Buddhism to Sri Lanka, and who also founded the first wildlife sanctuary in the world. Sadananda Maha Pirivena is a school for 35 young monks and 12 students from throughout  Sri Lanka that is affiliated with the Doranagoda temple, located four kilometers from Gampaha. The school was founded in 1891. Here, the children from among the poorest families in Sri Lanka, with no educational opportunities or hope to improve of their living conditions, receive room and board, clothing, medical care, as well as the teaching materials and the education  that prepares them for later university studies. Those who choose to become monks return to their villages after completing their education to become role models and adopt key leadership function in the ethical and spiritual life of their village. In addition, teachings are offered to as many 700 students from nearby villages, who gather on weekends under the centuries-old bodhi tree to receive instruction.
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