October 2, 2019 Jaya
A very big thanks to park warden, Chintaka Abeyrathna, for laying on lots of jeeps so the grade 9,10 and 11 students could visit the park and see the wild animals for the first time, while learning how he and his team maintain it.
Before they set off in the jeeps, I explained the importance of environmental conservation and how the tourism industry can play a role in protecting the country’s natural resources and boosting their family incomes.
August 14, 2019 Jaya
We held an awareness day for World Elephant Day on August 12 with students from Nadigamwila’s Environmental Club and Dr Prithiviraj Fernando, one of Sri Lanka’s foremost elephant conservationists, who founded and runs the Centre for Conservation and Research (CCR).
The first stop was SRI’s office where I demonstrated how radio tracking aids conservation efforts, alongside one of Dr Fernando’s officers.
The students also learnt about human-elephant conflict, which is a big problem in Sri Lanka because villagers keep encroaching on home ranges to build new houses or plant crops. Each year this leads to the deaths of about 80 people and 250 elephants.
We had lunch on the beach and then viewed a herd of elephants and two bull elephants that had been tagged.
The students were able to observe animal behaviour at close quarters.
Seeing other tourists taking photos from their jeeps was also very useful as it helped to show the students that elephants are a revenue generator for the country and not a nuisance for villages trying to expand in areas close to the park.
July 22, 2019 Tharindu
The seminar was organised for A-level and post A-level students to help them identify future careers and the best approach they can take to appeal to potential employers.
The hotel owner emphasized the importance of a good CV, plus undertaking work experience to demonstrate enthusiasm and teamwork.
One student in particular expressed an interest in becoming a chef and will be given additional mentorship by the hotel.
June 26, 2019 Jaya
Dehigahalanda School is the main local beneficiary of the hotel’s group-wide Embrace project, which improves educational opportunities as part of its CSR remit.
SRI has also been partnering with the hotel for the past two years, collecting revenues from its quarterly garage sales for a renovation project.
The opening ceremony also tied in with the resort’s third anniversary and was attended by general manager, Moshi Perera, and CSR manager, Palinda Perera.
The school’s principal, Thibbotuwawa Dharmasiri, did a great job helping to organize the welcome ceremony as he does running the school, which serves grades one to 13.
SRI has previously refurbished a classroom to create a special needs centre and is funding a special needs assistant thanks to sponsorship from CIMA’s Sri Lankan chapter.
June 14, 2019 Jackie
Jill, who is originally from Indonesia, lives in Colombo and has been teaching mandarin to a number of individual students from the Hambantota area – partly remotely and partly in person.
Pictured above is Jill with Susantha Prasad, a local accountant, who wanted to learn the language so he could engage much better with his colleagues at the Chinese company he works at.
We donated some hardware items, repaired two computers and installed operating systems into three computers.
We donated the following parts using HSBC’s sponsorship: a keyboard, a mouse, a speaker set and two monitors.
Nuwan was aided by Shamil Kalhara, an ICT student from grade 10 at the school. This was a great opportunity for Shamil to gain some practical experience.
May 13, 2019 Tharindu
Buddhi from Diploma Class V joined Nuwan to gain some practical experience in repairing the computers recently.
Thanks to HSBC’s sponsorship, we were able to donate three mouses, three keyboards, one power unit, one RAM card and one speaker set.
May 5, 2019 Tharindu
When hardware manager, Nuwan went to visit, eight of the 11 computers were not working properly. Thanks to HSBC’s sponsorship, we were able to fix them all with new parts: one mouse, two keyboards, three power units, one RAM card and one speaker set.
Nuwan was aided by Punsara Hasanga (pictured above), one of the students from his Hardware Batch V Class.
This was a great opportunity for Punsara to gain some practical experience. Together they installed the new parts and upgarded the software.
May 3, 2019 Tharindu
Once again thanks to HSBC’s donation, we were able to fix them by donating one mouse, one keyboard, two power units and two RAM cards.
Deputy MCCC manager, Nuwan, was ably assisted by Punsara Hasanga from his Hardware Batch V class
April 22, 2019 Tharindu
It teaches right up to A-levels and has 13 computers, of which five were damaged when Nuwan went to visit.
He taught two grade nine students – LGU Amayuru and T Sandinu – how to help him fix the computers.
We donated the following parts using HSBC’s sponsorship: two mouses, five keyboards, three power units, one speaker set, two RAM cards