Nestlé creates ‘shared value’ for Kelaniya Maha Vidyalaya

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Nestlé Lanka continues to enhance the quality of life for thousands of children in the areas of nutrition and water

Nestlé Lanka completed its 24th Healthy Kids program at the Kelaniya Maha Vidyalaya, empowering close to 4,000 children with key nutritional information.

The Nestlé Healthy Kids Program is a global initiative by Nestlé to address significant nutrition issues faced around the world. Seeking to address nutritional concerns and sustain the country’s present trend of gradually decreasing nutritional deficiencies. Nestlé Lanka joined hands with the Ministry of Education and the country’s premier higher education institution, the University of Peradeniya, to develop an interactive, modern and easy-to-understand nutrition awareness program for Sri Lankan children between the ages of 13 to 17 years – an age group some classify as ‘nutrition ambassadors’ of the next generation.

The program educates school children on good food habits, nutritional deficiencies, food related disorders, food hygiene, and techniques to safeguard the nutritional value of food during preparation and has already been implemented at schools across Sri Lanka for close to four thousand school children.

The company also opened its 14th Drinking Water Fountain in the country to supply clean drinking water to the students of the Kelaniya Maha Vidyalaya school. These drinking water facilities are in line with the company’s initiatives to support Sri Lanka achieve some of its Millennium Development Goals.  

Nestlé’s drinking water fountains are built in schools, hospitals and places of worship across the island, benefitting millions of people in rural communities.

Continuing its efforts to manage resources through water and environmental conservation awareness programs, Nestlé also conducted a water awareness program for the school’s students which addressed the importance of clean, hygienic water, the need to check the depletion of water resources and methods of water conservation. An art competition on ‘water conservation’ was conducted in conjunction with this program.

Indu Nandkishore, spouse of Nandkishore, Executive Vice President of Nestlé worldwide and Dominique Hofbauer, spouse of Alois Hofbauer, Managing Director of Nestlé Lanka together with Kelani Maha Vidyalaya Principal D.U. Waragoda inaugurated Nestlé’s drinking water fountain at the school and presented certificates to the students that had successfully completed the Nestlé Healthy Kids Program together with awards to the winners of the art competition.