CSR

Taking it beyond the Factory...

Conforming to Wikiliya’s philosophy, the Company engages in a host of corporate social responsibility activities, not just for the benefit of its factory employees and tea farmers, but for the Balangoda community as a whole.

From building a house for a disabled war veteran in Embilipitiya, to donating mattresses, pillows and bed-sheets to the National Handicapped Council at Rajawaka, the Plantation ventures to pay back to the community. Wikiliya’s contribution towards cultural and religious conservation in the area include constructing a brand new ‘dagoba’ within the Mahaweli Maha Seya temple in Kotmale, and the repainting of Ruwanweli Maha Seya temple. It is noteworthy that the Mahaweli Maha Seya temple is the second tallest stupa to be built in Sri Lanka. Along the same lines, the Company also held a ‘Poson’ zone programme, during which it hosted an exhibition featuring the sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha. Many from in around the Balangoda area piously participated in this occasion. There were pandals on display and ice cream ‘dansals’ too. Another noteworthy project is the donation of water tanks for the area residents which of great use, especially during the dry season.

CSR Activities for the Employees

Some of the welfare facilities provided for the employees consist of conducting dental and eye clinics, and general health camps. Wikiliya believes in creating a brighter future for its employees, by providing educational incentives for their children, which include monthly donations of scholarships for Advanced Level & University students, contributions towards rural area schools development, annual book donations, and even seminars for scholarship exam candidates. The Plantation also focuses on the spiritual wellbeing of its employee community, by hosting annual ‘Pirith’ and ‘Dhamma Dheshana’ programmes. The Meditation sessions on Poya days too are designed to promote the spirituality and morale of individuals. On festival days, such as the Wesak festival, or the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, the Plantation organizes celebrations and activities befitting the occasion; Ice-cream dansal, Wesak lantern exhibition, and traditional new year commemorations are some of the fun activities that are conducted. In addition, annual staff trips to culturally significant places of interest and venues of enjoyment too are much looked forward to.

There is also a housing loan grant scheme in place for the employees, and a welfare society fund to contribute towards personal losses such as funerals, and to occasions such as puberty ceremonies. The communal well built for the usage of the estate line rooms is just another testament to the Plantation’s benevolent philosophy. Wikiliya’s involvement thus reaches far beyond factory walls of its employees, and deep into their personal realms of comfort and wellbeing.

CSR Activities for the Employees

CSR Activities for its Tea Farmer Community

The Plantation rewards scholarships to children of farmer families; has established a welfare society for their benefit; and installed a funeral fund, and other such funds for the wellbeing of its farmer community. Occasional health camps for these farmers, and donations towards rural school development, sporting and social activities have always been part of Wikiliya’s agenda. In contributing towards the spiritual wellbeing of its farmers, the Plantation hosts ‘bodhi poojas’, meditation sessions and ‘dhamma dheshana’ on Poya days. Supporting the same cause, Wikiliya also donates towards the building of temples, kovils, churches, and mosques alike in the area; both towards raw material purchases and alms. It even attends to road, infrastructure and utilitarian facility development in the Balangoda area.

The New Hopewell ‘Vidyalaya and Usbim Janapada Temple Denagama’ is one such project to construct a shrine room for the schools and temples in the vicinity; another such project would be the erection of a bus halt for convenience. Furthermore, just as it is for its employees, there is also a housing loan grant scheme in place for the farmers, that would aid them secure a roof about their heads. Thus, Wikiiya’s philanthropy extends beyond the community of its employees, and reaches to enrich the lives of its many farming families too.

CSR Activities for its Tea Farmer Community

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