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CICT launches ‘Hope Village Project’ with Rs 17 mn Community Centre

Representatives of the senior management of CICT and officials of local government bodies at the foundation stone ceremony

A building for a community centre that will provide multiple essential services to some 2000 people living in Pannila near Horana began to take shape this week under a unique new community initiative launched in Sri Lanka by Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) with an initial commitment of Rs 17 million.

The two storey building to be constructed with the funds provided by CICT and its parent company, the China Merchants Group (CMG), is billed to be the first of many such donations of infrastructure and other life-improving requisites under CICT’s ‘Hope Village Project’ in Sri Lanka.

The new Community Centre scheduled to be completed by the end of the year will house several local government offices under one roof and will include facilities that improve the quality of life of the villagers, such as an auditorium, a library, and a grocery store.

Pannila is the first of many villages to come under the umbrella of the Hope Village project, the purpose of which is to develop rural communities in Sri Lanka that lack adequate funding and improve the living conditions of people, said Mr Grant Yang, CSR Manager at CICT.

The project, which is completely funded through the China Merchants Charitable Foundation (CMCF), the CSR arm of the China Merchants Group, commenced with a ground-breaking ceremony in Pannila on 23rd June 2020.

The foundation stone for the Community Centre was laid by CICT CEO Jack Huang, CICT Chief Financial Officer Mr Raymond Mu, Chief Accountant Officer of Kalutara District Secretariat, B. A. M. Chandrika, Divisional Secretary of Horana K. D. S. Sajeewana and the Rural Development Director of the Western Province, R. M. Dinesha P. Kumari.

Speaking at the ceremony, CICT CEO Jack Huang said: “CICT is the only deep water terminal in South Asia, and through the Hope Village Project we are honoured to connect the success of our business with the community. This is just the beginning. For as long as we operate in Sri Lanka, CICT will continue contributing generously to local communities.”

Commenting on the construction of the Community Centre, Nadeesha Priyadarshani, a Pannila resident said: “ Our children too will benefit from the Community Centre; we have not had a library in the vicinity before, and now their concerts and events too can take place at the Community Centre.” Pannila 612-B Division is an area empowered by the Hope Village project of CMCF and CICT.


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