Hemas adds its 60th ‘Piyawara’ kindergarten to the national network
Saturday, June 4, 2022, 9:25 a.m. SL time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
June 4, Colombo: The Hemas Outreach Foundation recently opened its 60th “Piyawara” kindergarten in Wadinagala, Ampara and continues to support the national Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) development program in Sri Lanka.
Launched in 2002, the “Piyawara” was launched in partnership with the Children’s Secretariat of the State Ministry of Women and Child Development, Preschool and Primary Education, School Infrastructure and Services educational. ‘Piyawara’ aims to improve the lives of underprivileged children in Sri Lanka by focusing on key aspects within the framework of ECCD.
Over the past two decades, the initiative has grown in stature and impact to become one of Sri Lanka’s most successful public-private partnerships; with 60 preschools across the country, more than 200 teachers and a daily impact on the lives of more than 4,000 children.
Commenting on the initiative, Hemas Holdings PLC Group CEO, Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson said, “Hemas understands the importance of investing in early childhood development, and through ‘Piyawara’, we are striving to shape the future of children, especially from disadvantaged communities, ensuring that no child is left behind. Over the past twenty years, our partnership with the Children’s Secretariat has grown stronger than ever, demonstrating the success of government and the private sector working together to solve national problems. We are determined to expand our activities and reach out to other underserved communities in the process of building strong and equitable communities in the years to come.
“Piyawara”, a sustainable and ongoing project of the Hemas Outreach Foundation, is a successful initiative demonstrating the effectiveness of public-private collaboration to solve national problems and build strong communities. Children in Wadinagala, Ampara, a poor rural area were attending a communal community center as a temporary shelter for school with minimal facilities that were collapsing due to heavy rains. By building the 60th “Piyawara” kindergarten, the Group has endeavored to create an environment conducive to the learning of children in their early years.
“Investing in ECCD is a healthy way to develop Sri Lanka’s human capital. Early childhood education is essential during this crucial stage of development. After the birth of a child, the first foundation in a child’s life apart from what is transmitted by the parents, is laid in kindergarten. ‘Piyawara’ provides early childhood learning for children aged 3-5, with a mission to provide good care for young children to provide a solid foundation for a lifelong journey. We are confident that Piyawara Preschools will meet and exceed the expectations of parents who want quality experiences for their children in safe indoor and outdoor learning environments,” added Shiromi Masakorala, Executive Director of Hemas Outreach Foundation. and AYATI Trust Sri Lanka.
The Hemas Outreach Foundation spearheaded the Hemas Group’s goal of promoting “healthy living” through transformative corporate social responsibility. The mission of the foundation is “to enrich the lives of underprivileged children in Sri Lanka through Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD). The foundation operates as a trust, managed by an eminent board of directors.