Students of two rural schools whose classrooms were in temporary shelters have been provided purpose-built classrooms buildings under Ceylinco Life’s on-going community initiative that supports disadvantaged schools around Sri Lanka.
The country’s life insurance leader recently donated a classroom each to the Narawila Muslim Kanishta Vidyalaya in Koswatta in the Chilaw Educational Zone, and to the Sampur Sri Murugan Vidyalayam in Mutur, Trincomalee. Both schools teach children from grades one to five. The schools have eight teachers each, and 152 and 78 students respectively.
These classroom buildings are the 69th and 70th classrooms donated by Ceylinco Life to date under the programme.
Commenting on this initiative Ceylinco Life Managing Director and CEO R. Renganathan said: “In many parts of our country, students undergo unimaginable hardships due to the lack of facilities in schools. This project helps create a more conducive environment for children endeavouring to study even under daunting circumstances and discomforts.”
The opening ceremonies for the classrooms were conducted with much enthusiasm by parents, teachers and students of both schools.
Commencing with a classroom built for the Tissa Primary School in Lunugamvehera in 2004, Ceylinco Life’s schools infrastructure project has traversed the length and breadth of Sri Lanka, assisting schools in diverse locations such as Jaffna, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Sittandy, Mollipatana, Ayithyamalai, Embilipitiya, Nivitigala, Beligala, Avissawella, Deniyaya, Kamburupitiya, Bandarawela, Haputale, Rambukkana, Kandy, Pilimatalawa, Madulkele, Rikillagaskada, Rajawella, Matale, Galgamuwa, Padaviya, Boraluwewa, Anuradhapura, Moneragala, Anamaduwa, Matugama, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Wellawaya and Talawa.
Ceylinco Life defines its Corporate Social Responsibility as ‘The continuing commitment of the company to create a sustainable business environment even in the remotest areas of the country through meaningful interventions in areas such as healthcare and education for needy people, while providing protection and financial security of the highest quality.’
Besides contributing to the development of infrastructure in needy schools, the company also funds and coordinates a series of free medical camps across the country each year under its ‘Waidya Hamuwa’ (meet the doctor) programme, and donates essential equipment and infrastructure to hospitals.
Adjudged Sri Lanka’s Best Life Insurer in 2017 for the fourth consecutive year by World Finance, Ceylinco Life has been market leader in Sri Lanka’s life insurance sector since 2004 and has close to a million lives covered by active policies. The company is acknowledged as the benchmark for innovation in the local insurance industry for its work in product research and development, customer service, professional development and corporate social responsibility.