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Hettigoda Group donates school bags for year one students

Schoolchildren receiving new school bags from Lankani Hettigoda, Director Hettigoda Group.
Schoolchildren receiving new school bags from Lankani Hettigoda, Director Hettigoda Group.

Year one students who entered the 140 year old Sri Dharmarama Vidyalaya, Ratmalana, one of the oldest schools in Sri Lanka - received newschool bags with the compliments of the Hettigoda Group.

As patrons of the school in their neighbourhood, the country’s leading ayurveda pharmaceutical manufacturer was part of a group of establishments who provided the year one schoolchildren with all the school requirements for their initial year in school.

About 60 new schoolchildren were present at a ceremony at their school premiseslast week to receive this complete packagewhich included everything a young school beginner needed in school.

The school was established by the Venerable DharmalokaThera in 1879, in Ratmalana and known as Sri DharmalokaVidyala. The school which had only English medium classes catered to the Buddhist students of the area and was in close proximity to St. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia set up by the British missionaries in 1876, to cater to the Christian students. While Sri Dharmaloka Vidyalaya was a leading Buddhist school at that time it changed name to Sri Dharmarama Vidyalaya in 1910 under the stewardship of the Venerable DharmaramaThero. The school had both English and Sihala medium classes during this time.

year one students of Sri Dharmarama Maha Vidyalaya, Ratmalana

The school which once accommodated more than 1500 students had dwindled to a cadre of less than 100 in recent times. It is under the tenure of the present principal of the school, P.K. Marambage that with the support of the Old Students Association that the school is being resurrected to its past status as a leading education institution in the city of Ratmalana.

The HettigodaGroup has been working consistently on several projects to promote children’s talent and educate them on the importance of preserving our environment.

Among the national level programs undertaken by the Hettigoda Group for children is the popular Kekulu Art Competition where preschool children are provided a platform to express their natural talents through this All Island Art Competition.

The Herbal Garden Project is another project aimed at educating our younger generation on the necessity of protecting our environment and the value of our indigenous herbs in the ayurveda medical industry.

Children’s welfare and education is a priority in the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and the company also manufactures a series of herbal dental care for children and baby care products.

Siddhalepa alsoled a project to assist a Tsunami affected school in the south to relocate and rebuild. With assistance from tourism partners, Annula Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Magalle, Galle was relocated in Walahanduwa, Galle and renamed Janadhipathi Balika Vidyalaya at a total project cost of Rs. 110 million.

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