‘Helping Hands for Education’ is a CSR project by Sana Commerce Sri Lanka that focuses on improving access to education for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. This project aims to provide educational resources and support children to overcome the challenges they face in their learning journeys.
The ‘Helping Hands for Education’ project is designed to provide assistance in various forms, such as providing school supplies, building schools or classrooms, and providing essential needs such as water, electricity and many more. The project also encourages employee volunteerism and offers opportunities for employees to engage with the local community and support education-related initiatives.
Every year we get together with our global and local colleagues to initiate different fundraising events to build the necessary funds for our projects and the company has pledged to double every dollar raised by our colleagues.
We identified a key requirement for children to get back to school. We reached out to 4 schools in rural areas in Galle, Nuwara Eliya, Kalutara, and Matara to provide essential kits that contain shoes, school bags, books, and stationery to children who were in need due to the current situation in the country.
The CSR program was implemented in several stages, each designed to ensure that the school received the necessary resources. The school shelters 97 students and 5 hardworking teachers who try their best to educate these children who come from families with considerably lower incomes. We delivered a complete classroom which can be used as a Smart classroom or a computer lab with 5 Desktop computers and a laptop.
We successfully built 3 classroom buildings and an IT and science laboratory for the Maha Andarawewa Junior School in Nawagattegama, as well as renovated other infrastructure to provide a learning-conducive environment. It further donated ten computers and a multifunction printer, furniture for students and teachers, sporting items, musical instruments, and study packs for around 116 students.
Weragala Vidyalaya located in Habarana currently had 55 students enrolled. This school was one that lacked the basic facilities to provide a conducive learning environment for these students. They didn’t even have a roof over their heads. Sana Commerce Sri Lanka offered a new building, equipped with new facilities.
We selected T/Kan/Peramaduwa Vidyalaya, which is a school found in Agbopura, Kanthale towards the border of the Eastern Province and the North Central Province, to support by constructing one building to hold classrooms and a proper washroom for the boys. The project estimated an amount of LKR 2,000,000 that the CSR committee raised through fundraising activities and donations.
Kahatagahagollawa Vidyalaya was a small school in Kabithigollawa with only 180 students studying in grades from 1 to 11. The school and the village had been largely affected by CKD and many of them lived too far to seek medical attention. Sana Commerce Sri Lanka committed to investing in fixing a water purifying filter for the school.
Sana Commerce Sri Lanka, donated dry rations packs under ‘Sana Sarana’ social initiative to impoverished families in the Kotte area in Rajagiriya with the current economic crisis driving thousands in Sri Lanka to the brink of starvation. On the 29th of June, 2022 the dry ration packs were distributed to residents in the surrounding areas of Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte at the Community Kitchen in Rajagiriya among poor families.
Sana Commerce Sri Lanka contributed medical supplies and PPE gear to the Piliyandala Divisional Hospital as another initiative of Sana Sarana in 2021. The hospital required surgical masks, cover rolls, disposable head and shoe covers and face shields as it is currently taking care of many patients and ISM is delighted to make this contribution.