Our ongoing support of three schools in the Galle region of Sri Lanka continues to make a lasting difference to the lives of the local community

Students at a school in Thumbe dance during a visit in 2015
Students at a school in Thumbe dance during a visit in 2015

Seven months on from the previous update on our ongoing support of three schools in the Galle region of Sri Lanka, the programme continues to make a lasting difference to the lives of the local community.

Arranged in partnership with the charity United Kingdom Friends of Galle (UKFG), Johnson Matthey began its support of the schools after the devastating tsunami in 2004 and has built on that relationship for more than 10 years, financing scholarships for 36 children.

Following the visit in 2015 by the Chair of our Charity Investment Committee, students have been sending updates on their progress throughout the year, thanks to their hard work and the opportunity the funding has provided to them.

Imasha Sathsarani, one of the students who performed a dance during the last visit (pictured above), has now passed a scholarship exam and is looking forward to further education. She said: "Once again thank you very much for the help you are giving me. I hope to become a doctor one day. This scholarship is very useful in helping me to reach my goal."

Heshani Nuwandika is preparing to start Grade 11, having worked hard to pass Grade 10. She said: "I bought books and pay for extra classes from the money. I thank you from my heart for this help you are giving me... I will continue to study very hard."

To mark our 200th anniversary this year we are providing funding to construct a library for Thumbe, the most deprived of the three schools, through which we can support students' learning in Sri Lanka for many years to come.

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