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Assisting Internally Displaced Persons

The Foundation coordinated the following initiatives by way of assisting Internally Displaced Persons in 2009/10


John Keells Holdings PLC: 1723 cooking sets purchased with the voluntary contributions of employees of the John Keells Group aggregating to Rs. 2,559,674/06 were handed over to the Ministry of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services for distribution among Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) after resettlement.


Cinnamon Grand: Consequent to a decision made by the Chefs’ Guild of Sri Lanka, the hotel sent a team of 10 chefs to the IDP camp at Menik Farm for a period of 8 days, to train inmates on mass cooking as well as to cook 3 meals a day for 10,000 persons. With the help of donations by associates, the hotel was also able to fund 10,000 eggs and 400 kg of sprats for donation to the IDPs along with 10,000 plastic plates. This was done in association with the Chefs’ Guild of Sri Lanka and the Saravodhaya Movement.


Cinnamon Lakeside: The hotel hosted a group of 50 IDP children to a special dinner on 16th December 2009. In addition, the children enjoyed a visit by Santa Claus bearing gifts and were taken on a tour of the hotel. The event was part of a weeklong stay in Colombo organized for the children by the Four Square Church, Nugegoda covering various places of interest.