Speaking about the programme, Asitha Samaraweera – Managing Director at Atlas Axillia Co. (Pvt) Limited said, “We strongly believe in sustaining relationships with students and the community at large, genuinely providing them with the assistance they need to realize their dreams through education. For underprivileged children, the financial burden of acquiring school supplies for the year can be too much to bear and this puts them at a disadvantage. Without the right tools learning becomes increasingly difficult and we at Atlas, feel it is our duty to assist these children. We are driven by a passion for shaping and create an equal learning opportunity environment and thus, look to engage in programmes such as this. We are extremely proud to be able to partner with such a historic centre of the community with rich culture and philosophy as the Ridi Viharaya to engage in this for the 17th consecutive year.”
Venerable Thibbatuwawe Buddharakkitha Thero the Nayake Thero of the Ridi Viharaya, and Member of the Kaaraka Sangha Sabha of the Malwatu Chapter, discussing the outreach effort, stated, “Atlas Axilia is a local company that recognises its social responsibilites. I pray that they have all the strength and courage to continue to travel to different parts of the island and present school equipment to needy schoolchildren in fulfilling this social responsibility”.
Atlas Axillia maintains a comprehensive CSR programme that includes numerous efforts to positively transform education in Sri Lanka and to ensure equal opportunities for students. One of the most significant initiatives amongst these is the SipSavi Scholarship Programme, which provides financial assistance to students who are at risk of dropping out of school due to economic circumstances. Other programmes include efforts such as ‘Manasaloka’ to expose children to new concepts and methods of experiential learning and our long-standing teacher training programmes, which provide opportunities for school teachers to gain exposure to new teaching methods whilst also providing a platform for knowledge and idea-sharing.