A.Y.S. Gnanam Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre in Dambulla
Marking another far-reaching milestone in the company’s ongoing quest to enrich our country and its people, Tokyo Cement Group recently joined hands with the Foundation of Goodness to establish The A.Y.S. Gnanam Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre in Dambulla. The facility, which became the 12th Village Heartbeat project of the Foundation of Goodness, was declared open by Dr. Harsha Cabral PC - Chairman, together with S.R. Gnanam - Managing Director of the Tokyo Cement Group and Kushil Gunasekera, Founder/Chief Trustee of the Foundation of Goodness. Three main Distributors of Tokyo Cement Group in the region, Dharmasiri Rajapaksha, Proprietor - Kandegedera Hardware, Wilgamuwa, Wijesiri Perera, Proprietor - Perera Distributors, Dambulla and W.S. Fernando, Proprietor - Sampath Traders, Bakamuna were among the distinguished guests at the event.
The A.Y.S. Gnanam Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre situated in Sisirawatte, Dambulla, will provide free educational support on subjects such as, Science, Mathematics, IT, English, Tamil, and Traditional Dancing, for Primary to Grade 5 students from low-income families. In addition to educational support for school children, other programmes conducted at the Centre will include life skills and values, vocational training, and sports, to empower the youth in the area for better employment opportunities. As it progresses, the Centre will offer training programmes on widely sought-after vocational courses for youth, such as hospitality, agriculture, bakery, electrical wiring, CCTV installation, and mobile repairing. Women empowerment is a key focus of the Village Heartbeat concept, and as such the Centre also conducts professional courses on dressmaking, cookery, and beauty culture.
At the inauguration event, Dr. Cabral said that this Centre promises to be a fitting tribute to Late A.Y.S. Gnanam, who had selflessly initiated many charitable causes that continue to open many doors even today for thousands of people, to realise their dreams. He stated that the beneficiaries of the institute should take pride in acquiring valuable skills that are in high demand and make use of this opportunity to make a positive contribution to the society.