The learning environment has been made brighter for scores of rural school children with the donation of new classrooms to four more needy schools by Ceylinco Life.
The latest beneficiaries of the Life insurance leader’s community initiative to develop infrastructure for under-served schools were the Muruththettuwa Junior School – Dehiovita in Avissawella; the Thissapura Junior School at Ethimalewewa in Monaragala; the Kasikote Junior School at Ambanpola, Galgamuwa and the Koonwewa School at Mahapotana, Kahatagasdigiliya.
The construction of another classroom for the Gonawala Junior School at Gonawala, Teldeniya is nearing completion, the company said.
Over Rs. 2 million has been incurred on the construction of these classrooms, each of which is 400 square feet in size.
With the four classrooms built this year, the number of classrooms donated to rural schools by Ceylinco Life stands at 37.
“Through our engagement with rural communities we have identified infrastructure as a primary need of schools,” Ceylinco Life Managing Director and CEO R. Renganathan said. “Ceylinco Life will therefore continue to expand this initiative to provide well-constructed classrooms that could serve generations of students.”
Besides providing assistance through the construction of classrooms, Ceylinco Life supports the education of children in the country through its ‘Pranama’ scholarships programme. Over the past 10 years the company has disbursed more than Rs 37 million in scholarships to over 1,300 students.
Healthcare also features prominently in Ceylinco Life’s Corporate Social Responsibility agenda, with programmes such as the ‘Waidya Hamuwa’ (Meet the Doctor) which provides free medical consultations to people living in rural areas, the ‘Senehasaka Udanaya’ seminars to educate expectant mothers and blood donation camps.
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.’
Ceylinco Life was accorded international recognition for its commitment to the community earlier this year with the overall award for ‘Best Corporate Social Responsibility Practices’ at the second CMO Asia Awards for Excellence in Branding and Marketing.