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Dengue Pilot Project by Union Manushyathwaya

26 Oct , 2018,
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The first ever dengue pilot project executed within Sri Lanka which was commenced on 5th of January 2017 in Kirulapana, Siddharthapura Housing Scheme successfully completed the first phase of the project on 20th January 2018. The overall project was successfully concluded during the month of June producing valuable insights on preventing Dengue.
This special project was aimed at initiating behavioural changes of the children within the community to address the dengue issue.

John Keells English Language Scholarship Programme – 2018

17 Sep , 2018,
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John Keells supports CKD Prevention in Horowpathana and Galenbindunuwewa 2018

14 Sep , 2018,
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John Keells provides Reverse Osmosis Plants to address risks of Chronic Kidney Disease

1 Aug , 2018,
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John Keells Foundation opened two Reverse Osmosis Filtration systems commissioned in collaboration with the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB), Anuradhapura in Horowpothana and Galenbinduniwewa. This is part of a master plan of NWSDB to provide access to good quality water for drinking and cooking purposes in areas known to be at risk of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

The two Reverse Osmosis Filtration systems were opened on 19th July 2018 in the presence of officials representing NWSDB including the Chief Engineer, Tharanga Senevirathna ; representatives of the John Keells Group led by Ms. Nadija Tambiah, Head of CSR, Devanshi Fernando, Assistant Manager- Projects, John Keells Foundation and members of the respective communities.

Water and sanitation has been a key development priority in many community interventions undertaken by John Keells under our CSR vision ‘Empowering the Nation for Tomorrow’. This initiative which is part of our Village Adoption Project is in line with John Keells Foundation’s focus area of health, aimed at creating productive and healthy societies.

John Keells Regional English Days 2018

31 Jul , 2018,
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John Keells Regional English Days came to a close on the 14th of July 2018.Over 1082 students from five provinces namely, Western, Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern, who completed the John Keells English Language Scholarship Programme gathered in their respective provinces to showcase their talents and learnings. The regional events featured drama performances and poetry recitals by students from various backgrounds performed in front of local audiences comprising parents, teachers and local authorities.

The items performed at each location was adjudged by a panel of 3 independent judges, for the selection of Best Drama, Best Poem and Best Performer. Moreover an award for the Best Teacher was given out in in recognition of the commitment and efforts towards the John Keells English Language Scholarship Programme.

Grade 05 Scholarship Revision Classes

Jul , 2018,
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The annual grade 5 Scholarship revision classes were conducted on the 30th of July 2018 for the students who are a part of the John Keells Neighbourhood Schools Development Programme. The seminar was conducted separately for both Sinhala and Tamil medium students. These classes benefitted a total of 86 students from Al Iqbal Muslim Balika Vidyalaya, Holy Rosary Tamil Vidyalaya, Siri Sariputta Maha Vidyalaya, T.B. Jayah Zahira College and St. Anthony’s Balika Vidyalaya. Students were given mock examination papers to do under timed conditions and thereafter these papers and important areas were discussed by a teacher.

John Keells supports the ‘No Kunu’ Campaign

25 Jul , 2018,
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John Keells supported the No-Kunu campaign – a mass citizen initiative, by deploying a total of 60 volunteers from all sectors of the group. The volunteers actively cleaned the neighborhood surrounding our businesses whilst also engaging with the residents and raising awareness – making them more mindful of the impacts of carelessly dumping garbage and the importance of garbage segregation. The volunteers also spoke to shop owners, school principals and lottery sellers, giving them suggestions on how they could keep their store fronts and school premises clean thus ensuring that the benefits of this initiative are not only reaped within the period that it is carried out, but would also have a longer term and lasting impact.

John Keells supports the construction of an Accident and Emergency Treatment Unit at the Batticaloa Teaching Hospital

Jul , 2018,
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Volunteer recognition day 2018

9 Jul , 2018,
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John Keells Felicitates Staff Volunteers of the Group

28 Jun , 2018,
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John Keells Foundation felicitated high performing volunteers contributing to CSR initiatives of 2017/18 at its annual Volunteer Recognition Day held on 21st June 2018 at Cinnamon Lakeside. The event was graced by Chairman and Directors of the John Keells Group. Speaking at the event, Mr. Susantha Ratnayake, Chairman, John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH) stated, “I take this opportunity to thank you profusely for the amazing passion and commitment that you continue to show. You are John Keells’ greatest ambassadors as the good work done by the Foundation and all staff volunteers continues to empower wider sections of society.”

Volunteers under the top 2 categories were felicitated at the event. A total of 840 staff volunteers in 1,398 instances accounting for 5,411 hours, was recorded in 2017/18 comprising of 21 Gold certificates, 71 Silver certificates, 168 bronze certificates and 580 recognized as merit winners.

Most projects carried out by John Keells Foundation (Foundation) – the CSR entity of the Group – function with the support of volunteers. Hence the Group’s volunteer network enables employees to go beyond their day-to-day work and make a hands-on contribution to community and environment development while the volunteer leave policy facilitates the release of staff for CSR activities with minimum restraint. Volunteers vary from project champions, trainers and trained assistants to those who engage in skill-based volunteerism and administrative support. Commenting on volunteerism at John Keells, Muditha Senarath-Yapa, Head of John Keells Research who champions the Foundation’s Science Promotion project and was a `gold’ recipient at the event, said, “As a volunteer, my greatest fulfilment was in observing children from rural areas learning to code a small robot to do simple tasks. It clearly shows that Sri Lanka is a country of very talented people. The day we learn to harness this potential is the day we change this country”.