April, 9, 2018
~ Donates proceeds of raffle draw to Berendina Bright Children Scholarship
Local non-profit crowd-funding platform Give2Lanka (Gte) announced the launch of their new website for fund raising in support of the work of NGO’s who focus on children’s education and related needs.
Bright Children Scholarships, the flag ship programme supported by Give2Lanka, is implemented by Berendina and effectively designed to support hand-picked students through their Advanced Level to Undergraduate studies in two phases of scholarship disbursements. Give2Lanka donated a grant to Berendina towards this programme and subsequently conducted a fundraiser to further the initiative.
“We believe that education is fundamental to empowerment. Today’s launch of the Give2Lanka website serves as an opportunity for Sri Lankans who share this belief to learn more about the important work that we do, and contribute what they can towards educating and empowering a new generation of Sri Lankans” Give2Lanka Executive Chairman, Dulan de Silva, said.
Children from families who are Samurdhi benefit recipients or earning a per capita income less than Rs. 5,000, are selected for the scholarship if they have achieved more than 6 credit passes including a ‘B’ pass for Mathematics at the G.C.E (O/L) examination.
On the completion of Advance Level, all students are provided with career counselling. Students who fail to obtain good results are linked to employment in one of the 300+ companies that Berendina has entered into partnerships with. Those who are able and willing to pursue further studies are provided up to Rs. 50, 000 to support studies in over 30 courses including AAT and other Diploma’s in highly employable sectors.
Having already reached over 2,500 students since the programme was first initiated in 2015, the Bright Children Scholarship aims to double its efforts over the coming year, to reach at least 5,000 students per year moving forward. The programme continues to draw support from a wide spectrum of Sri Lankan society including eminent personalities such as respected Sri Lankan Diplomat, Dr. Jayantha Dhanapla, Central Bank of Sri Lanka Governor, Dr. Indrajith Comrasawamy, former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Netherlands, Prof. Hiran Dias, respected corporate leader, Mr. Hemaka Amarasuriya and former CEO of CEPA, Ms. Priyanthi Fernando.
About Give2Lanka: A locally developed crowd-funding platform that is operated as a private company limited by guarantee, Give2Lanka is a non-profit organization that currently supports nine worthy causes that serve as a lifeline for deserving causes overseen by trusted local Non-Governmental Organizations.
Give2Lanka is headed by Dulan de Silva, former Executive Chairman of the Berendina Group and is ably supported by three private sector company directors, a senior private sector professional and its Board of Directors.
Photo caption: Hemantha Harischandra, General Manager at Berendina Employment Center (Gte) receiving grant for Bright Children Scholarships programme from Dulan de Silva, Executive Chairman at Give2Lanka
(From left) Farida Lukmanjee – Director at Give2Lanka; H.P.C.K. Dilrukshi – Beneficiary student entering the Faculty of Law at University of Colombo through means of Bright Children Scholarships programme; Dulan de Silva – Executive Chairman at Give2Lanka; Roshan Bambaradeniya - Executive Director at Give2Lanka; Akram Mukthar – Director at Give2Lanka