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John Keells conducts campaign against sexual harassment on public transport for the third successive year

7 Dec , 2018,
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John Keells Foundation conducted a successful public transport campaign on 26th November 2018 to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, for the third successive year.
This year’s campaign targeted bus commuters within the Colombo City limits through a sticker and leaflet campaign with the approval and cooperation of both the Sri Lanka Transport Board and Western Province Provincial Road Passenger Transport Authority. Teams of volunteers from the John Keells Group carried out the campaign at the busiest bus depots in Colombo – SLTB’s Pettah Central Bus Complex and the Borella Bus Depot as well as the private bus terminals in Bastian Mawatha and Gunasinghepura throughout the day to create awareness.
This year’s campaign was carried out under the theme ‘See it, Report it, Prevent it’ encouraging all to report sexual harassment when they see in order to prevent it. The campaign raised awareness on the National Transport Commission hotline 1955, police hotlines 119 / 011 2 444 444 and the related app developed by Women In Need (WIN). Under the campaign 1500 stickers in Sinhala and Tamil were pasted while approximately 28,000 information cards were distributed amongst commuters by 75 staff volunteers. The campaign is estimated to have reached of over 100,000 commuters. The public campaign was complemented by an internal poster campaign covering all businesses of the John Keells Group including customer interfaces.

JKF Launched its Praja Shakthi initiative in Kompannaveediya

30 Nov , 2018,
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John Keells Foundation launched the Praja Shakthi initiative in Kompanna Veediya on 24th October 2018 at the Kichilan Reception Hall, Colombo 2 from 9.00 am – 2.00 p.m. The objective of this programme was to empower the Kompanna Veediya adults and youth through awareness on expanding career opportunities for youth and others in the current context of development in Colombo and Sri Lanka, the skills and mindsets that are required to benefit from such opportunities, and the importance of safeguarding community health, safety and security through awareness creation on gender and child protection as well as prevention of substance abuse.

The awareness programme began with company presentations by Dishan De Silva – property sector, Mohammed Nilshard – Retails, Terrence Fernando and Jancolan Fernando – Cinnamon Red highlighting the opportunities for youth within these sectors. This was followed by a segment on child protection & GBV and Substance abuse conducted by Grassrooted Trust and NDDCB respectively.

The programme was attended by approximately 75 members of the community including community leaders, community police and outreach officers.

John Keells Foundation takes the Final Step Soft Skills workshop to Sabaragamuwa University for the second time

Nov , 2018,
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John Keells Foundation in collaboration with the Alumni Association of the Management Faculty organized a Soft Skills Workshop at the Sabaragamuwa University on 19th October 2018 at the University’s Social sciences Auditorium. A total of 617 students attended the workshops with 525 students completing the programme with 100% attendance.

The workshop commenced with a panel discussion on ‘Employer Expectations’ and ‘Team Building & Leadership Skills. The panelists comprised of Vindya Cooray – Sector Financial Controller of the Leisure Inbound Sector, Rangika Abeynayake – Head of HR processes and Systems, John Keells Group, Eranga Ginige – Founder of Social Enterprise Lanka and Sriyangani Dhanapala – Assistant Manager, Brand Marketing Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts.

This was followed by workshops on Social Etiquette, Personality Development & Confidence Building and Facing interviews & CV writing by both Professional and staff Volunteer Trainers. The programme was completed successfully enabling many participants to reflect on their future career path in greater depth and understand what they need to do to get there. As the targeted audience were final year management students, mock interviews too were conducted for the students to be better prepared for the interviews they are to face in the future.

Annual Career Guidance Programme – 2018

6 Nov , 2018,
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The annual Career Guidance programme was conducted on the 17th of October 2018 at the Kichilan Reception Hall in Wekanada Colombo 2. The programme comprised of sessions on personal effectiveness and leadership, overview on career prospects and vocational training opportunities and essentials on self-enterprise conducted by V.Poobalasingam.

Lasantha Ranathunga from Cinnamon Lakeside conducted a session on Personal Grooming and Hygiene. This was followed by a practical demonstration on dining etiquette conducted by Dinusha Harshana from the Cinnamon red Learning and development department with the assistance of one of the participants.The next session comprised of presentations on career and growth opportunities in the Leisure Retails and Property Sectors of the Group. This was conducted by the learning and development departments of Cinnamon RED, Cinnamon Lakeside and Jay Kay Marketing Services. The programme was open to Grade 11 students from the 5 schools supported under the John Keells Neighbourhood School Development Project. A total of 85 students were in attendance.

Coordinated with support from school principals and Group businesses, the Career Guidance Programme aims to provide relevant skills and knowledge to successfully enter the workforce as well as highlight opportunities provided by John Keells to youth who are not eligible to pursue Advanced Level studies. Banuka Dhananjaya, a vocational trainee currently working at Cinnamon Red was also present to share his experience and encourage others to apply for this work experience and skills development programme.

Thalassemia Awareness & Screening Programs

26 Oct , 2018,
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Thalassemia is a congenital health condition, prevalent across Sri Lanka; especially in the North Western Province. UA was able to provide invaluable support towards controlling this severe blood disorder by conducting thalassemia awareness and prevention campaigns across the country.
Extended support and collaborative efforts received from National Thalassemia Centre – Kurunegala along with the Hemal’s Adolescent & Adult Thalassemia Care has made it possible to conduct the awareness sessions across the country.

 
Program Name 2016 2017 2018 (Jan to June)
No of Programs No of Life Touched No of Programs No of Life Touched No of Programs No of Life Touched
Thalassaemia Awareness & Blood Screening program 69 14,761 108 24,354 90 22,972
 
 
No Program Name 2018 ( Jan to June )
No of Programs No of life Touched
01 Thalassemia Awareness and Child Management Skills programs with LGC (for parents) 3 883
02 Thalassemia Awareness and Successful Life programs with LGC (for students) 1 300
03 Thalassemia Awareness and Child Management Skills programs with LGC (for Teachers) 11 2,495
04 Thalassemia Awareness and Child Management Skills programs with LGC (Common group) 1 250
Total 16 3928

 

Diabetes Awareness & Screening Programs

Oct , 2018,
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Diabetes was seen as a critical area of concern and was taken under the strategic focus of UA’s CSR platform. Through Union Manushyathwaya, interventions were developed, focusing on pre-screening models. This was brought into action with the collaborative effort of Public Health Department of the CMC, DMOH offices and NCD (Non-Communicable Disease) Units.

 
Program Name 2016 2017 2018 (Jan to June)
No of Programs No of Life Touched No of Programs No of Life Touched No of Programs No of Life Touched
Diabetes Awareness & Blood Screening programs 14 1169 47 3297 24 1198

 

Dengue Pilot Project by Union Manushyathwaya

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.