World Vision Lanka (Guarantee) National Director Suresh Bartlett shaking hands with Global Service Centre, Sri Lanka Centre Director Eduardo Mercadillo
HSBC’s Global Service Centre in Sri Lanka (GSCSL) announced it had entered into an agreement with World Vision Lanka (Guarantee) Ltd., to implement a water and sanitation project under HSBC’s Global Water Program that would serve to benefit families and schools in the Neluwa Division Secretariat in the Galle District of Sri Lanka.
The agreement was signed between HSBC Global Service Centre in Sri Lanka Centre Director Eduardo Mercadillo and World Vision Lanka (Guarantee) Ltd. National Director Suresh Bartlett.
Through the project over 900 families, 4100 students and school staff, hospitals and maternal clinics in the community will have access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. HSBC GSCSL will also organise staff volunteering programs to support the ongoing project that is expected to reach completion by 2016.
Global Service Centres Global Head of Operations Subir Mehra stated, “Sustainability underpins our strategic priorities, as it enables us to fulfil our purpose as an international bank, help businesses thrive and contribute to the health and growth of communities. Thus, our partnership with World Vision Lanka further demonstrates our commitment to support underprivileged communities by providing them with the much needed basic facilities needed for growth and development that aligns well with our Global Water Program.”
HSBC’s Global Water Program, is an ongoing five-year environmental initiative in partnership with three of the world’s most respected non-government organisations (NGOs) – WWF, WaterAid and Earthwatch.
Simultaneously, HSBC GSCSL commenced The ‘Rideegama Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Project’ with World Vision Lanka (Guarantee) Ltd. in the Rideegama Divisional Secretariat Division within the Kurunegala District.
The project similar in nature will seek to provide safe, drinking water for over 600 students in two schools namely Pussella Primary, Puswelithenna and Nalandawa Junior School, Alakolamada.
Phase one of the project was concluded on 7 August, with the participation of over 300 HSBC GSCSL employees. The project is expected to reach completion by end 2015.