Entrust launches ‘Trusting Hands’ sustainable development project for the community

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Entrust Group marked Children’s Day on 1 October 2015 with the launch of its new community outreach program, ‘Trusting Hands’. 

The new initiative was launched with the objective of supporting the educational needs of approximately 2,000 children under the age of 15 from the Samithpura housing scheme in Mattakuliya, an underprivileged community in Colombo city that faces extreme hardship and poverty.

In order to assist these low-income households Entrust Group staff have taken steps to survey the district in order to gather data on pressing educational requirements for these children and will be providing them with stationery, books, school bags and several other basic items as requested by their parents or guardians on their birthdays. In this manner Entrust hopes to motivate and empower these children to complete their school education and lay the foundation for a brighter future. 

The launching ceremony took place at the Sri Wickramarama temple in Samithpura and was attended by several members and officials of the Entrust team along with a large gathering of area residents. 

Speaking at the ‘Trusting Hands’ initiative launch ceremony, Entrust Group Executive Director/COO Romesha Senerath expressed her views on how the project will be carried out in a manner where the Entrust Group will engage with the Samithpura community on a continuous basis in order to support and encourage children to cultivate their knowledge and ability through education. “We know for a fact that these children one day will become adults who will have to take forward our country to reach greater heights. In this regard what we are doing is something small but it brings a smile to their faces and inspires them to complete their education and brighten their future.”

Distribution of educational supplies under the ‘Trusting Hands’ initiative will be carried out in three phases that will gradually cover the entire Samithpura area over the course of the group’s 2015/16 financial year. 

The initiative and project concept of ‘Trusting Hands’ was the outcome of an assignment given to the young and energetic team of new recruits of Entrust Group of Companies working closely together as the ‘Young Forum’. The ‘Trusting Hands’ project follows the conclusion of Entrust’s successful refurbishment of Gadaladeniya Maha Vidyalaya, a school from an underserved community in the Kandy district that comprises of approximately 300 students and 30 teachers. The Entrust Group places a strong emphasis in sport and education supported through its community outreach programs. 

Over the last decade, the group has extended significant assistance to Sri Lanka Police Rugby, Ragama CC in Cricket, Horse Racing in Nuwara Eliya, and more recently, the Isipathana School Rugby team. Entrust Group comprises several companies operating in multiple businesses of Sri Lanka’s financial sector.