Yearly Archives: 2014

 

‘Top Community Care Company in Asia 2014’ and ‘Best CSR Campaign of the Year’
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Piyawara, the flagship CSR initiative of the Hemas Group was crowned last Wednesday (26 Nov) night at the prestigious Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability Awards 2014 (ACES) at the Fairmount Hotel in Singapore.

Piyawara emerged overall winner in two categories – ‘Top Community Care Companies in Asia 2014’ and ‘Best CSR Campaign – Community Care’ winning from numerous entries across several Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Hong Kong and Vietnam.
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Graveyard to Schoolyard…

The children of the remote village of Malhewa, Bible did not have a pre-school. The villagers therefore decided to run a pre-school in the community hall of the village cemetery. There was however one little snag. Whenever there was a funeral, the school had to be closed.

Today with the opening of 40th ‘Piyawara’ pre-school in Malhewa, Bibile these children now have a proper pre-school consisting of two classrooms, toilets, tap water, educational material and a well-equipped play area. At present there are 29 children. The number will increase to 50 next year with the increasing demand.

Two qualified pre-school teachers, Premawathie and Kusumawathie, manage the school with great enthusiasm. Both of them have undergone training organised by the Hemas Outreach Foundation and will continue to receive more training in the near future. This pre-school will be monitored by the officers of the Ministry of Child Development.

The school was donated by Der Touristik Germany through its partner Fly and Help Germany. Chief Guest at the opening was Mr. Andreas Museler, Sustainability Manager, Der Touristik Germany. Trustees of the Hemas Outreach Foundation along with Project Ambassador Mr. Roshan Mahanama attended the ceremony.

 

piyawara-annual-teaching Hemas Outreach Foundation together with the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs held its Annual Teacher Training programme for the 12th consecutive year at the Thalahena Training Center from 13th to 15th August, 2014.

The Head/Assistant teachers of all 40 Piyawara schools participated in the training, representing all provinces in the country. On the final day of the programme, the teachers together with the ministry officials visited Hemas house, 10th floor for a fun filled Paduru Party organised by our own staff.

 

graveyard-schoolyard Mallahawa is a small remote village in Bibile, Monaragala. At the moment the children of Mallahawa village have their preschool at the cemetery community center. After the request of the higher authorities of government, we visited the location and witnessed the reality. It was heartbreaking to see them in an inappropriate environment of this nature.

Following the initial fact finding operation, Hemas Outreach Foundation begun construction of its proposed 40th Piyawara community pre-school at Mallahawa, Moneragala. This project is sponsored by Der Touristik Germany and supported by Reiner Meutsch Stiftung FLY & HELP Germany.

The foundation stone of the Monaragala Piyawara community pre-school was laid recently by Ms. Shiromi Masakorala, Executive Director of the Hemas Outreach Foundation along with a student, and construction work is currently undergoing with the aim to open the school in October 2014.

 

hemasoutreach_another_preschoolThe Piyawara community pre-school in Veheratanna was ceremonially declared open on Friday 14 March 2014 by Sri Lanka’s legendary cricketer Mr. Roshan Mahanama in the presence of the Minister of Child Development Hon. Tissa Karaliadda, Chairman Hemas Outreach Foundation Mr. Abbas Esufally and several other dignitaries.

This school was built with Mr. Mahanama’s personal funds. An emotional Mahanama said, “In 1996 I did my part in a humble way for Sri Lanka cricket and we won the Word Cup. Today I have no words to explain my feelings. The gifting of this Piyawara pre-school is yet another great achievement in my life and a fulfilling one. I want to contribute to the well-being of the children of this country and I strongly believe that a sound education for our children is of utmost importance”.

The villagers of Veheratanna experienced the brutality of a 30 year old war and have now come back to the village to resettle. The village has grown into one big jungle and these simple men and women have had to start life from scratch.

Seeing their little clay huts with minimum belongings makes one feel guilty. The only proper building in the village today is this pre-school. Children from the neighbouring villages of Kohombagaswewa, Konwewa, Veherawewa and Kambiliwewa will also attend this pre-school. A total of 136 children will use the school by 2015. The tragedy is that many of the children from these villages have to walk 12 kms through thick jungle to reach the nearest Primary School. This too is yet another crying need.

We do place on record our thanks to the Sri Lanka Army’s 62nd Division which came forward in a magnanimous show of support and physically built the school for these children. They have been very supportive of this project and have gone all out to help us bring about a tangible and significant change in the lives of these villagers.

Yes, the Government has provided basic infrastructure and development is taking place. This however is not an easy task. The chasm is wide and thus support from each and every one of us will go a long way to help this community.
HEMAS OUTREACH FOUNDATION

Shiromi Masakorala
Head of Group Sustainability & Corporate Communications
Executive Director – Hemas Outreach Foundation

 

hemasoutreach_ape-sihinaya ‘Ape Sihinaya’ exhibition and sale opening ceremony was held on 8th January 2014 under the patronage of Roshan Mahanama, Brand Ambassador for Hemas Outreach Foundation. The Hemas Outreach website was launched at the same event. 22 children from the Hambantota Piyawara special school participated with their parents. A tea party was organized for the children at the Hemas House cafeteria where they enjoyed singing and dancing with our staff members. The occasion was graced by Chairman/CEO Hemas Holdings PLC and other directors along with their families. The children were invited to spend the day at Club Hotel Dolphin on 9th January where they took part in many activities. This had been a memorable journey for the children and their families. The exhibition was a great success with a sale of over Rs. 100,000/-. These funds will be utilized to sustain the school. Thank you for your contribution.

 

hemasoutreach_this_seasonThank you for your generosity. Your little gesture brought much happiness to the children in Malhawa, Bibile and Veheratanna, a resettled village in Welioya. We were able to collect 601 individual gifts this season. Words can never describe the happiness expressed on their faces when unwrapping their gifts! Thank you again for all your support.

“WE MAKE A LIVING BY WHAT WE GET. WE MAKE A LIFE BY WHAT WE GIVE”

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