Colombo International Container Terminals Limited (CICT), together with the social responsibility arm of its parent company, China Merchants Foundation (CMF), successfully commissioned, built and donated a well-equipped, two-storey community centre to the village of Pannila, Horana.
The new multipurpose community centre was declared open by Jack Huang, CEO of CICT and Chief Guest K.D.S. Sajeewana, Divisional Secretary of Horana during a special opening ceremony held on 26 May. The event was also attended by Pannila villagers, local government and the CSR Team of CICT.
USD 102,000 in total was invested in this project and the centre will house several local government offices and serve as a meeting place for the community. This centre will cater to around 4,000 residents of Pannila and Thalagala East in Horana. Prior to this, CICT also distributed USD 10,000 worth of stationary and aid among schoolchildren and senior citizens in Pannila.
Pannila is the first village included in the Hope Village Project, which is a joint effort between CICT and CMF. The objective of this project is to bring a ray of hope to rural Sri Lankan communities by uplifting their living standards.
CMF also donated custom wheelchairs worth USD 9,000 to three ITF-ranked tennis players as part of their continuing support to the Wheelchair Tennis Programme of the Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA). A total of Rs 41 million has been donated by CICT and CMF to this programme from 2015 to 2021. CICT and CMF have also supported “C-Blue Restore Sight Project” in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the National Eye Hospital, which has helped more than 400 cataract patients regain sight.