The partners and employees of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Germany, having heard of the catastrophe of the tsunami of December 2004 and the terrible consequences that followed were spontaneous with a wish to help those affected. They launched a â€œPeople Who Careâ€ project and collectively mobilized one million Euro and decided to help in concrete projects involving education and development of Children in all the affected countries.
In Sri Lanka, PwC Germany selected Sarvodaya as their partner based on their experience, especially in the context of the facilitation support of Sarvodaya Germany. Having reviewed several options, PwC Germany selected a project to provide the girls of the Sarvodaya Suwasetha in Kosgama, with a new home that is comparable with the best in the region. The new facilities to be constructed and equipped at a cost of 200,000 Euro will ensure a better future for these socially disadvantaged children providing them with the best residential care for holistic development through quality education and vocational skills training which will facilitate their reintegration and mainstreaming into society. The home with pleasant landscaping will have modern dormitory facilities for living, areas for sports and recreation, a multimedia centre, a vocational centre, e-libray, and a performing arts theatre facility.
Mr.Frank Brebeck of PWC Germany and Dr.Vinya Ariyaratne, Executive Director
Sarvodaya exchanging at the signing of the partnership agreement. Also in
the picture, Mrs.Swineetha Fernando, Manager Sarvodaya Suwasetha Society
and Mr.Ravi Ariyawickrama, Director – Social Programmes of Sarvodaya.
Frank Brebeck, a member of the Executive Board of PwC Germany who was the chief guest at the simple stone laying ceremony held on 12th May at Kosgama, fervently stated â€œ may this new home be one that brings big smiles and bright futures for many, many girls, who will remember their happy days here, later in life as value adding members of Sri Lankan Societyâ€
Mrs. Neetha Ariyaratne, graciously acknowledged the generous gift and thanked Frank Brebeck, Hans Wagener- Territory Senior Partner and the PwC Germany staff members. She committed Sarvodaya to build a continuing bond of goodwill and appreciation between the girls and their well wishers.