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Hemas ‘Piyawara Singithi Diriya’ Prison Project to Enrich & Empower Children
In partnership with the Ministry of Women & Child Affairs and Welikada Prison Authorities
hemasoutreach_Piyawara-Singithi-DiriyaColombo, Monday 28 August 2017: The Hemas Outreach Foundation (HOF), in collaboration with the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs of Sri Lanka and the Welikada Prison Authorities, launched ‘Piyawara Singithi Diriya’, a special project aimed at empowering the lives of children under the age of five years living with their mothers at the Welikada prison for no fault of their own. The event took place in the presence of the Foundation Trustees, Foundation Brand Ambassador, Mr. Roshan Mahanama and employees of Hemas Holdings PLC.


Hemasoutreach_44_PiyawaraThe foundation stone for the 44th PIYAWARA pre-school was laid in Salalihinigama in Bogaswewa (Vavuniya district) by Hemas Outreach Foundation. The village is extremely underdeveloped with very high levels of poverty. The average income of a family is approximately Rs. 5000/- a month and that too with the bare minimum.


Hemasoutreach_42nd_43rd_PIYAWARAThe Foundation stones were laid for two PIYAWARA Pre-Schools in the Monargala District last week. The 42nd school will be built in a rural village in Mahasenpura which is under the Buttala Divisional Secretariat.


hemasoutreach_41st-Piyawara-Preschool-Monaragala View Virtual Tour
The children of Maduruketiya in rural Monaragla District are now equipped with a community preschool with all facilities. Due to the non-availability of a proper facility, these children did not go to a preschool or had to trek miles to the nearest village.


hemasoutreach_piyawara-annual-teacher-training2015The Piyawara annual teacher training program was held in Jaffna from 5th to 8th August 2015. Over a hundred teachers from all Piyawara Centres island wide attended this four day residential program along with Ministry officials.


image001Hemas Piyawara set foot to build the 41″ Piyawara Pre-school in Maduraketiya, Monaragala, last Thursday, 14th of May 2015. The foundation stone laying ceremony took place in the Maduruketiya Village, in the presence of Ms. Shiromi Masakorala, Executive Director of Hemas Outreach Foundation and Mt Upali layasekera, Divisional Secretary of the Monaragala Divisional Secretariat together with the Grama Niladhari, religious leaders and the community.



Hemas Piyawara Wins JASTECA CSR Gold AWARD 2014

Seen in the picture Ms. Shiromi Masakorala, Head of Group Sustainability & Corporate Communications, Hemas Holdings PLC receiving the award from H.E. Mr.Nobuhinto Hobo, Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka at the awards gala on Saturday 21st of February 2015.

Japan Sri Lanka Technical and Cultural Association (JASTECA) is a non profit service organization, established in 1984 and functions as the alumni of the Overseas human Resources & Industry Development Association (HIDA) Japan.


hemasoutreach_christmasThe story of Hemas Christmas Spirit!!!
Sharing your love all the way to Jaffna


‘Top Community Care Company in Asia 2014’ and ‘Best CSR Campaign of the Year’

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.


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.

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.


– Winston Churchill -


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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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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