HOTEL SIGIRIYA – COMMUNITY SERVICE INITIATIVES
Hotel Sigiriya marked World Tourism Day by embarking on a shramadana campaign in the community, encouraging employees and community members to participate and thereby take ownership of preserving the environs in a pristine condition. Further, the Hotel took an active role in the National Blood Donation Campaign under the theme ‘Donate Blood to Save Lives’, once again raising awareness and inviting all stakeholders to participate in this worthy cause. The Hotel also conducts seminars in school on a variety of socially and environmentally relevant subjects.
CLUB HOTEL DOLPHIN IS COMMITTED TO EMPOWER THE COMMUNITY
Club Hotel Dolphin is committed to empower the community by employing people from the area as far as possible. Of the total 295 employees at the Hotel, as many as 49 employees or 16% of the workforce are sourced from the surrounding villages.
In addition, the Hotel has implemented a special Scholarships Scheme for children of staff members who pass the Grade 5 Scholarship exam. Once selected, children are entitled to receive funds from the scheme until they complete their O/L’s. Since its inception in 2006 (excluding 2010), and having invested Rs. 163, 500 in this scheme thus far, it has assisted 5 deserving students. This project not only encourages children to pursue their education, but also motivates employees and develops a healthy employer-employee relationship.
Further, we have re-wired the ‘Awasa Geya’ of the nearby Dummaladeniya Temple with the required accessories and fitted it with 30 CFL lights. In addition, we provided the Kirimatiyana Buddhist Ladies College, who were quite keen on implementing the 5S system, with 35 wooden sign boards which had been removed during the time of construction.
The Hotel introduced new trash collecting stations and educated the community on the importance of having a garbage-free environment. The project was introduced in 2010 with 8 bins being placed along the pathway to the Hotel.
We also organized a coastal cleaning programme last year to mark the International Coast Conservation Day in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment.
AVANI BENTOTA RESORT & SPA – ENHANCING ENGLISH SPEAKING SKILLS AMONGST VILLAGE YOUTH
The lack of English speaking skills was greatly felt by the village children of Bentota. Avani Bentota Hotel stepped in and inaugurated ‘Spoken English Classes’ at Udakotuwa Temple, Bentota. The classes were conducted by Mr. Mohammed Farook, an experienced English teacher under the auspices of the Chief Incumbent of Udakotuwa Raja Maha Viharaya, Shraspathi Rev Bentota Jinanada Thero. About 15 students and 10 young priests enrolled for these classes, which have been highly lauded by all the parents and elders of the area. This initiative by the Hotel is commendable, considering the government recommendation to enhance English speaking skills amongst the youth.