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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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