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Piyawara touches the lives of the children in Bandarawela, with the construction of its 53rd pre-school and adds another Piyawara pre-school to the national network. Built on the request made by the Bandarawela Municipal Council, the Sri Lanka Army extended their support to the project by undertaking the construction of the school.

Initiated in 2002, the Piyawara programme was launched in partnership with the Children’s Secretariat of the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs and Divisional Secretaries. The programme aims to enrich the lives of underprivileged children of Sri Lanka focusing on key aspects within the framework of ECCD providing a holistic approach to pre-school education.

“As a company, Hemas Holdings strives to address the needs of the country and believes that early childhood education is the best investment a country can make to its human capital. Recognizing the importance of ECCD, the Group launched ‘Piyawara’ and over the years built pre-schools across the country identifying the most rural underserved communities, ” says Ms. Shiromi Masakorala, Executive Director of Hemas Outreach Foundation and General Manager – Corporate Communications and Sustainability of Hemas Holdings.

At present the 53 pre-schools across the country has over 115 teachers and over 3500 children attending them daily. In addition, three more pre-schools are under construction in Ampara and Kandy districts.

 

Hemas Wins the Grand Award for Asia’s Most Socially Responsible Company of the Year
At the Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability (ACES) Awards Ceremony held in Bangkok, Thailand
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Hemas won the Grand Award for Asia’s Most Socially Responsible Company of the year at the Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability (ACES) Awards Ceremony held in Bangkok, Thailand. The award was presented to Hemas for their commendable efforts in championing sustainable and responsible business whilst adopting an ethical and holistic approach to profit, planet and people. A key factor for the win is the visible role Hemas plays in society, which goes beyond core business impacting and promoting sustainable communities across the country in partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka aligned to UNSDG’s.

The award had over 325 applicants from across Asia of which 159 were shortlisted, with 59 selected. All entries are put through a stringent evaluation process, spanning six months, before winners were selected by a panel of esteemed jury members.

 

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Hemas Outreach Foundation together with the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs held its Annual Teacher Training Program for the 18th consecutive year in Kalutara. The three-day residential training programme was aimed at all the head teachers of Piyawara Pre-schools and the training sessions included sessions held in Sinhala and Tamil by renowned trainers around the theme preparing young children to enter primary education.