Yearly Archives: 2013

 

hemasoutreach_win-gold-medalsThree differently abled children form the Hambantota “Ape Patawnta Piyawarak’ school won three gold medals at the recently held Paralympic Games in Sydney Australia. All three children are affected with Downs Syndrome. We as members of the Hemas family take pride in congratulating these children for their great achievement.

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hemasoutreach_time-sharing A time for giving & A time for sharing!

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hemasoutreach_veheratannaVeherathanna is a small rural village located off Kabathigollewa and south of Mullathivu. The local community was forced to flee the village during the war. They have now come back and begun to resettle in their lands without any proper infrastructure. This little village has nearly 136 pre-school children all of whom lack basic facilities for education. Our Honorary Brand Ambassador Mr. Roshan Mahanama has come forward to build the 39th Piyawara Community Pre-School with his personal funds. The foundation ceremony was held on 16th November 2013 in the presence of Hon. Minister of Child Development Mr. Tissa Karaliadda. Mrs. Maureen Enderby, the wife of the Deputy CEO also joined this event. The Sri Lanka Army’s 62 Division has offered its assistance to build the school. We hope to finish construction of this school by March 2014 and make a difference to the lives of this innocent children.

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The group of ten bikers from the Harley Owners Group (HOG) Dubai Chapter whose logistics in Sri Lanka were handled by Diethelm Travel Sri Lanka (DTSL), not only wowed Sri Lanka with their gleaming machines and their pure passion for riding but also joined hands with Diethelm to raise awareness for the Hemas’ Piyawara Pre-School Project.

The bikers rode cross country and raised a significant degree of awareness among the general public for the Piyawara Pre-School established by the Hemas Outreach Foundation of Hemas Holdings PLC. They took time off and rode to the Piyawara Pre-School in Hamabantota where they spent the day interacting with the little children to whom they also gifted school bags, stationary and other goodies.

The bikers were unanimous in their thrill to bike in Sri Lanka. They added that they were both happy and privileged to lend their patronage to the Piyawara Pre-School Project and lauded Hemas for launching a social service initiative of this nature.

Following the initiative of the Motor Racing Association (MRA) of Sri Lanka, Diethelm Travel Sri Lanka (DTSL), part of the Hemas Holdings Group came in as the official ground handler and logistics provider for this event. DTSL is one of Sri Lanka’s premier Destination Management Companies (DMCs) with over 35 years of experience and provides quality, tailor-made travel for individual travellers and groups.

The philanthropic arm of Hemas Holdings PLC, the Hemas Outreach Foundation is a Government approved charity. Its mission is “To enrich the lives of underprivileged children of Sri Lanka through education”. ‘Piyawara’, is one of two CSR projects initiated and facilitated by the Hemas Outreach Foundation.

The Foundation collaborated with the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs in 2002 and initiated ‘Project Piyawara’, focusing on early childhood care and development through establishing child friendly preschools in Sri Lanka. The program has been established to provide a holistic approach to pre-school education. Today, the project consisting of 37 pre-schools across Sri Lanka has enabled the Foundation to take a pioneering step in re-defining the scope of early child care and development in Sri Lanka. The focus group under this project is children between the ages of 3 -5 years.

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hemasoutreach_mullathivuH.E. MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA OPENS 38TH PIYAWARA PRESCHOOL DURING HIS VISIT TO KEPPAPILAVU MODEL VILLAGE IN MULATIVU ON 15TH JUNE 2013.

From a canvas tent to a proper preschool…

We are proud to be associated with our nation’s development program. Hemas is honoured and privileged to have H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa visiting Piyawara preschool.

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Piyawara’s first-ever model Pre-School in Kilinochchi was recently opened by Hon. Minister Tissa Karaliadda, Minister of Child Development and Hon. Namal Rajapaksa, MP. This school can accommodate 80 children and will be used as a model training centre by the Ministry of Education of the Northern Province. After three decades of conflict, this is the very first time that these little children have got a fully-fledged facility that consists of four classrooms, a teacher’s office, storage, play area, education equipment, and, trained teachers. This is the 37th Pre-School under the ‘Piyawara’ initiative. Its total cost of Rs. 12 million was funded by a donation made by The Matri Trust, Edinburgh, UK.

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The little children of the village of Theethakarei, approx 10 km off Mulativue town, recently moved out of their temporary shelter to a well-equipped Hemas “Piyawara” Community Pre School. Joining them on their big day to share their happiness were Minister Hon. Tissa Karaliyadda and Hon. MP Namal Rajapaksa. Theethakarei is a fishing village in the Mulativue district with over 211 families. This 36th Piyawara school was constructed by the troops of 59 Division of Sri Lanka Army.

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Thank you for your generous contribution this season. The pictures tell it all….. Our aim was to collect 500 gifts, however, we were successful in collecting 870 gifts with all your support. The gifts were collected by the Sri Lanka Army and they organized Christmas parties in Kilinochchi, Mulativue, Ambalnagar, Pudukuduirppu and Vishwamadu. Sorry for the delay in sending this mail to you as we had to postpone some of the Christmas parties in the Northern areas due to bad weather.

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