Abans completed the first stage of their ambitious CSR initiative ‘From Your Laptop to Their Future’ by presenting Toshiba laptops to 20 deserving students. The presentations were made by Abans Group Chairperson Aban Pestonjee and Abans Group Director P.N. Pestonjee, at a simple ceremony on 8 July 2014 at Abans Main Showroom in Kollupitiya.
Understanding the importance that computers provide in today’s world, in education and in enhancing the knowledge of students, Abans took up the challenge as a CSR initiative to provide Toshiba laptops to deserving students. Through wide publicity in the daily newspapers in March this year, Abans offered Toshiba laptop computers to students islandwide in the age group 14-21 years. The students were required to write to Abans describing how the laptop would help them in their education.
From the numerous responses received, the first batch of 20 deserving students were selected and presented with laptops. This is only the first phase of their ambitious CSR project, and Abans intend to present laptops to many more students in stages.
Very few students in Sri Lanka have the privilege of on-line access to various educational information and this seriously affects their ability to improve their knowledge of information and technology skills. Abans having realised the implications of this digital divide have made a genuinely heartfelt move by launching ‘From Your Laptop to Their Future’ to empower bright young minds who will be the future leaders of our nation.
Computer knowledge stretches far beyond the student stage of one’s life. Basic IT knowledge and application is now a prerequisite for almost any job and a must to build a successful career. Abans believe that equipping talented students through their secondary and tertiary educational years will prepare them for what awaits them when they are ready to launch their careers.
This is the first time that a laptop donation drive of such a magnitude is being carried out by a single corporate entity in Sri Lanka. Rather than limiting the donation to a few educational institutes, this initiative of Abans will benefit students from all over the island. Abans are generously contributing Rs. 1,000 from the sale of each Toshiba Laptop during the period 15 February to 30 April 2014 towards off-setting the cost of this project.
Abans is an authorised partner for Toshiba, a leading global brand of IT equipment and accessories which are very popular in Sri Lanka for their superior quality and performance, backed by Abans reliable guarantee, after-sales-service and affordable easy payment terms. Toshiba laptops and accessories are available at all Abans showrooms and authorised dealers islandwide.