Batuwangala Hydrow power plant.

The Batuwangala hydropower plant was underwent its first major maintenance under the supervision of Practical Action Yesterday.Mr.Rohitha Ananda and  Mr.Gihan sajeew Mathawaranaarachchi from Practical action participated for this event.First task was to change the Power generating motor with new generator.The first day was a heavy raining day.But the crew did not stop.By the end of mid night we could establish the Generator.

The electricity we used from the first generator was  approximately 450W.But with this new one the power we generate has increased to 720W.Mr.Rohitha Ananda Explained to the students of Batuwangala maha vidyalaya the process with his equipments and the amount of watts we used at that monument.


After the generator installation they removed in to the second main task of establishing Controller unit.This time we remove the controlling part circuit to the School premises so that student do not need to walk to the power house for daily maintenance.We highly appreciate Mr.Rohitha Ananda coz he discussed with the students of the BMV and took this decision.

After installing the controller unit inside of the school they ran a complete power check up.The quality of power was very accurate.This was a fine example and evidence to the professional talent of Mr.Rohitha Ananda behalf of Practical Action.Take a look at the bellow picture of Fluke after we finished the maintenance process.
Batuwangala Maha Vidyalaya, ClC center Started this project with  Practical Action last year. Batuwangala Maha Vidyalaya CLC center  experienced difficulties to pay for  electricity.Mr Rohitha, From Practical Action programme Came to help us.From that very first day Practical  Action and Mr.Rohitha Ananda wanted us to step in to the light.We would like to Thank Practical Action for bringing the light to our innocent village children.

Using this power supply ,The computer lab may operate more than three  computers.We believe that this will be a sound Experience to the youngsters in the village.They are observing the process of how to generate electricity from the Hydro power.All So Mr.Rohitha Explained each and every step to the BMV students.Also we would like to thank the villages of batuwangala for their social support.

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About batuwangala

I am Aruna Chaminda Pushpakumara.I was born as the eldest of my family. I have one sister. we live in Galle. I was a extroversive character from my childhood. I used to be with my grandmother when I was a child. She was my first teacher. She lived in polonnaruwa and to day I believe, the time I spent with my grand mother has made me who I am today. From the childhood I wanted to learn every thing. I can remember well. I didn’t wanted to pass the examinations. But wanted to learn how things work. I was not a tamed boy. As my grandmother most of the time had to visit my school for principals, class teacher’s messages. I did two things from the begging. One was mathematics. The other was English. I got through my OL with a distinction for mathematics. Then every one in my family wanted me to learn to be an engineer. But I wanted to be a doctor. I got through the GCE AL. But couldn’t enter the university. Then I applied for National College of Education. I got selected for Mahaweli National College of Education. This is the place where I became a defferent man. I followed the teacher training course and of course I rather followed IT over there. Most of the time I observed thing deeply and I had the ability to endure thing thoroughly. After three years of my training I came out from the college as a full teacher. Even to day I would like to thank full my teachers over there. Madam Rathnayake and Madam Manik wawegama was my best teacher Educators. Specially Assistant Principal Mr.Premadasa of Nugawela Boys College is some one I will never forget. As a whole by Teacher training I got vast knowledge, and experiences which I absorbed through out that time period helped me to work and think not only a Teacher but a counselor, also as a matured person who can understand things and how the universe works. I got my teacher appointment in 2006.I came to Batuwangala Maha Vidyalaya as an English teacher. Batuwangala Maha Vidyalaya is a Beautiful location. I was living in busy environment before coming here. But after I came to batuwangala I felt that I came to the place where I meant to be. So Finally I studied about the village and one day mathematics teacher Mr.Sarath brought me in to the computer lab. I saw more than 20computers were there. Dust full environment. Only three pcs were preferably can use.Mr.Sarath talked to me and he talked to principal and so I became the in charge of the lab. I cleaned the lab for more than 24 hours with senior students. Students were curios abut their new teacher who rarely speaks Sinhala.I finished the labs security levels and opened the lab for children. We published a web site for our school. Within one month. Student became friendly and I always asked them to take me as a friend who knows more than them .I also have given them the freedom to think up to far far away so they can explore things in different ways .I asked them always to start thinking where I stoped.I teach them not to pass all that examinations but to live. One day accidentally Mr.Block Jayathissa who was the Southern province IT director for SEMP talked to me. So as we were given evillage project. From there we has come across lots of obstacles. But my students, and me always silent but working. To day I have bough the innocent students to the global village. Batuwangala is 65km away from Galle city.But now I have made it one click to the whole world. Principal Thilaka Wijenayake,BMV staff helped me and guided me through.I want to see a day where my students use computers as professionals do one day.
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