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Introduction of Total Immersion English Camp at the Ruhuna University

26 Sep , 2017,
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John Keells Foundation piloted a total immersion English camp at the University of Ruhuna from the 11 -15 September 2017 for the benefit of 42 undergraduates of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. This initiative was undertaken at the request of the Chairman of the University Grants Commission towards enhancing the English language skills of students particularly of the Arts Faculties of State Universities.

The 5-day workshop conducted in collaboration with Gateway Language Centre involved activities on analyzing poetry, drama and public speaking. Thus improving their opportunities for higher learning and sustainable employment in an increasingly competitive world.

The closing ceremony held on 15th September was attended by the Dean Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Head of Operations CSR of JKF, Head of English Language Teaching Unit and included four performances by the students.

Providing water access to rural farmers

25 Sep , 2017,
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Carmeline Jayasuriya, Head of Operations, CSR of John Keells Foundation (JKF) and R. P. Upali, Director of Agriculture, Trincomalee commissioned the rehabilitated D8 Tank in the Morawewa Division, Trincomalee Range on 31st August 2017 as part of JKF’s Village Adoption Project in Morawewa. The Morawewa Irrigation Scheme which is essential for the largely agriculture-dependent community was badly neglected during the long-drawn civil conflict resulting in a scarcity of ground …water for paddy cultivation. JKF initiated and funded the D8 Tank Rehabilitation Project in 2015 implemented in collaboration with the Trincomalee District Secretariat and the Irrigation Department.

A ceremony to mark the completion of the rehabilitation work was held at the D8 Irrigation Scheme on 31 August 2017 with the participation of the Director of Agriculture, Trincomalee, the Irrigation Engineer of the Morawewa Division, Resident Project Manager, Trincomalee, officials from the Provincial Department of Irrigation, representatives of JKF and World Vision Lanka and members of farmer organisations and the Morawewa community. The ceremonial plaque was unveiled by Carmeline Jayasuriya and R.P. Upali while a handover document was also signed between JKF, Irrigation Engineer and the Perakum Farmer Organisation of Morawewa.

The rehabilitation of the D8 Tank will not only support the livelihoods of the farmer community but also enhance the ground water table of the entire area, thereby improving water security of a community severely affected by water scarcity. JKF’s Village Adoption Project drives poverty alleviation at the grassroots through an integrated and sustainable development programme including Essential Infrastructure Development, Education and Skills Development, Livelihoods and Market Access, Youth and Gender Empowerment and is aimed at fostering self-reliance and entrepreneurship among disadvantaged rural communities.

Grade 05 Scholarship Revision Workshops – Morawewa

25 Aug , 2017,
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John Keells Foundation conducted Grade 05 scholarship revision workshops for the benefit of the school children in the Morawewa North DS Division under the John Keells Village Adoption Project. The revision workshops were coordinated with the support of the Gomarankadawala Zonal Education Office for both Sinhala and Tamil medium students. 103 Sinhala Medium students from 7 schools attended the workshop held at the Morawewa South Vidyalaya, while 52 Tamil students from 4 schools attended the workshop at the Nochchikulam Girls School on 12th of August 2017.

Grade 05 Scholarship Revision Workshops – Rajawella

Aug , 2017,
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John Keells Foundation initiated a Grade 05 scholarship revision workshop in Nithulemada, the recently adopted village under the John Keells Village Adoption Project. The revision workshops were coordinated by the Victoria Golf and Country Resort with the support of the Zonal Education Office-Theldeniya. A total of 106 students participated from 4 schools namely, Senarathwela Maha Vidyalaya, Dharmashoka Vidyalaya, Mahaberiyathenna Tamil Vidyalaya and Hijjapura maha Vidyalaya. The Sinhala medium workshop was held in Senarathwela School, while the Tamil medium workshop was held at Mahaberiyathenna Tamil Vidyalaya on Friday 11th of August 2017.

Grade 05 Scholarship Revision Workshops

8 Aug , 2017,
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John Keells Foundation conducted its annual Grade 05 scholarship revision workshops for the benefit of disadvantaged school children in Colombo 02 and Colombo 03. The revision workshops were organized with the support of the Zonal Education Department with participation by students from 7 schools supported by our Neighbourhood Schools Development Programme– namely, Al Iqbal Muslim Balika Vidyalaya, Holy Rosary Tamil Vidyalaya, Siri Sariputta Maha Vidyalaya, T.B. Jayah Zahira College, St. Anthony’s Balika Vidyalaya and St. Mary’s Balika Vidyalaya benefitting 180 children. A total of 03 workshops were conducted in both Sinhala and Tamil medium by resource persons from top National schools in Colombo on 18th and 20th of July, 3rd and 4th of August 2017.

Phase 3 of Science Day Programme initiated in Ampara and Monaragala

14 Jul , 2017,
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John Keells Foundation initiated phase 3 under Science Day Programme (SDP) in collaboration with Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science in Ampara and Monaragala on the 6th and 7th of July respectively. The initiative is aimed at promoting science amongst school children of six underserved districts for three consecutive years, towards increasing the intake of students in the science stream for their Ordinary Level Examinations. 162 students and 10 teachers from 09 schools participated in the Programme held at D. S. Senanayaka College, Ampara and 174 students and 10 teachers from 09 schools participated in the programme held at Public Library Auditorium, Monaragala. Under Phase 3, a new practical component was introduced whereby students were taught through experiential learning as they received hands-on learning and practice in coding robots. Participation from the students was very good with many of them seeing robots for the first time, appreciating the complexity and mechanics behind it through the application of science theory. A part from the robotic demonstration and coding, a panel discussion on career prospects and the benefits of pursuing science, a poster competition on epidemics and a quiz was conducted.

SLT Zero One Award 2017

4 Jul , 2017,
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John Keells Foundation was awarded the SLT Zero One Digital Excellence Award under the Health and Personal Care Services Category for the Best Community Empowerment Programme for the HIV & AIDS e-learning platform developed by 3CS - Web Design Sri Lanka. The award ceremony was held at the Hilton Colombo on 22th June 2017.

 

 

John Keells Flood Relief – 2017

22 Jun , 2017,
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Volunteer Recognition Day 2017

14 Jun , 2017,
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John Keells Foundation held its annual Volunteer Recognition Day at Cinnamon Lakeside on 12th June 2017. The event was graced by Mr. Krishan Balendra and Senior Management who awarded our high performing volunteers of 2016/17. A revised rating scheme was created whereby volunteers were ranked Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Merit based on the Volunteer’s role, number of instances and volunteer hours recorded, and the nature of engagement. Volunteers under the top 3 categories were felicitated at the event. A total of 1,008 volunteers in 1,954 instances and 7,649 hours were recorded in 2016/17 comprising of 2 platinum certificates, 31 Gold certificates, 69 Silver certificates, 266 bronze certificates and 589 recognized as merit winners.

Flood relief 2017

29 May , 2017,
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In response to the severe flooding brought on by monsoonal rains in southwestern parts of Sri Lanka, John Keells Foundation (JKF)  together with Group businesses mobilized its staff and resources towards the provision of immediate relief aid to affected communities. John Keells staff worked tirelessly on 27th and 28th of May, to dispatch relief aid such as bottled drinking water, cooked food, dry rations and medical items to the areas affected.

Towards supporting the resettlement of persons, JKF has also undertaken a well cleaning initiative in Galle and Kalutara Districts in collaboration with Sri Lanka Red Cross Society and Group businesses in the affected areas.Since the initiation of the well cleaning programme on 02nd June, more than 675 wells have been cleaned in Galle and Kalutara Districts, benefitting a total of 7,060 persons. JKF and SLRCS also distributed school requirements including books, stationery items and school bags, to an estimated 1,000 school children affected by the floods in Galle, Kalutara and Matara.

Below are some relief efforts conducted by Group businesses with coordination support and funding from John Keells Foundation:

Tea Smallholder Factories -  assisting persons affected  by the floods in Neluwa, Kurupanawa,Karawita, Hingalgoda and Halwitigala (Galle District), providing housing within the factory for Kurupanawa employees and distributing dry rations to affected community members and employees in Kurupanawa, Halvitigala and Hingalgoda whilst in Neluwa cooked food was distributed to affected persons.Community members were also assisted in resettlement via cleaning of 15 houses and 175 wells in Kurupanawa, Hingalgoda, and Karawita.

JayKay Marketing Services (operator of ‘Keells Super’ Supermarket chain) - purchased dry rations, medicines, bed sheets, pillows and sleeping mats worth over Rs. 1 million for an estimated 1,000 persons affected in Ratnapura. Whilst collection points were set up at each Keells Super outlet for the public to donate dry rations and sanitary items which was was matched on a ‘1 to 1’ basis. Through these collections, Keells Super has collected over 300 dry rations packs from customers, valued at approximately 1 million rupees and matched these contributions with an additional 1 million worth of dry rations. An estimated 600 families were given dry ration packs from Atthudawa West and Atthudawa East in Matara District

Ceylon Cold Stores -  distributed over 9,000 water bottles to affected persons in Matara and Hambantota while 75 lunch packets were given to persons affected in Ranala, Batewala

Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts -donated linen including bed sheets, pillows and towels, totaling over 4,400 items to affected persons in Kalutara, Kurupanawa, Hingalgoda and Nagoda

Union Assurance - encouraged its branch staff islandwide to volunteer for relief efforts, by providing them two days’ paid leave while a staff collection was organised whereby proceeds were used to donate dry rations to affected persons in Matara.