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Introduction

The primary route by which the Bank discharges its responsibility to society is its business operations, which provide an essential economic and social service and are conducted with probity, transparency and fairness.

Our financial support for business and industry generates a broad range of indirect benefits such as increased employment, poverty alleviation, GDP growth, better living standards, etc., although these cannot be quantified for reporting purposes.

Seylan Bank recognises a duty to promote sustainable human and economic development in our society through direct action. This duty is simply one of good citizenship. To discharge it as effectively as possible, the Bank also concentrates its activities in the area of education.

Seylan Bank recognises education as a tool to reduce poverty and social injustice by providing the underprivileged with resources and opportunities for upward social mobility and inclusion.


One Hundred Libraries

In 2013, the Bank embarked on an ambitious four-year project to create one hundred libraries at schools in underprivileged and remote locations. Twelve libraries were opened in 2013 while a further thirty nine were opened during 2014, taking the total to fifty one libraries in two years..

No

Date Opened

District

Branch/ Name Of School

1

01/03/13

Anuradhapura

Swarnapali Balika Maha Vidyalaya, Anuradhapura

2

04/03/13

Jaffna

Kopai Tamil Vidyalam, Kopai

3

15/03/13

Puttalm

Fatima Muslim Girls College, Puttlam

4

15/03/13

Gampaha

Raddolugama Primary School, Raddolugama

5

11/10/13

Moneragala

President College, Embilipitiya

6

14/10/13

Galle

Sangamitta College, Galle

7

14/10/13

Ampara

Saddatissa Maha Vidyalaya, Ampara

8

29/10/13

Nuwara Eliya

Highland College, Hatton

9

28/10/13

Ratnapura

Dudley Senanayake Vidyalaya, Warakapola

10

30/10/13

Kurunegala

Mayurapada Central, Narammala

11

15/11/13

Gampaha

De Mazenod College, Kandana

12

03/12/13

Kurunegala

Mayurapada Central, Mawanella

13

30/01/14

Matale

Sri Sangamitta Balika Vidyalaya, Matale

14

31/01/14

Polonnaruwa

Thopawewa Maha Vidyalaya, Polonnaruwa

15

13/02/14

Kurunegala

Holy Angels Convent, Kuliyapitiya

16

04/03/14

Baticaloa

Vincent Girls High School, Batticaloa

17

07/03/14

Nuwara Eliya

Vidyasekara Primary College, Talawakelle

18

07/03/14

Nuwara Eliya

Kotagala Tamil Vidyalaya,  Kotagala

19

12/03/14

Hambantota

Yatala Primary School, Tissamaharama

20

17/03/14

Galle

Ettiligoda Maha Vidyalaya, Galle

21

18/03/14

Matara

Sujatha College, Matara

22

19/03/14

Trincomalee

Sri Shanmuga Hindu Ladies College, Trincomalee

23

20/03/14

Badulla

Siri Sumana Vidyalaya, Badulla

24

21/03/14

Bandarawela

Kuda Kusum Balika Maha Vidyalaya, Bandarawela

25

21/03/14

Dambulla

Dambulla Primary School, Dambulla

26

24/03/14

Polonnaruwa

Ananda Balika Maha Vidyalaya, Hingurakgoda

27

24/03/14

Galle

Dharmarama Primary College, Koggala

28

26/03/14

Galle

Kularathna Maha Vidyalaya, Ambalangoda

29

22/05/14

Batticaloa

Chenkalady Central College, Chenkalady

30

18/06/14

Puttalam

St.Sebastian's Central College, Katuneriya

31

01/07/14

Kurunegala

Vishaka Girls College, Kuliyapitiya

32

04/07/14

Gampaha

St.Anthony's College, Wattala

33

08/07/14

Hambantota

Debarawewa Primary School, Tissamaharama

34

10/07/14

Mannar

Thalai Mannar Maha Vidyalam, Mannar

35

30/07/14

Anuradhapura

Adarsha Primary College,  Kekirawa,

36

31/07/14

Matale

Hindu College, Matale

37

31/07/14

Nuwara Eliya

Sripada College, Hatton

38

31/07/14

Ratnapura

Ruwanwella Primary School, Ruwanwella

39

01/08/14

Gampaha

St.Mary's College, Ja-ela

40

01/08/14

Kalutara

Pathhawatte Sri Swarnajothi Maha Vidyalaya, Bandaragama

41

04/09/14

Moneragala

Obbegoda Maha Vidyalaya, Moneragala

42

04/09/14

Moneragala

Thenagallanda Maha Vidyalaya, Moneragala

43

05/09/14

Ratnapura

Pathakada Navodya Maha Vidyalaya, Pelmadulla

44

10/09/14

Ampara

Karmel Fathima College, Kalmunai

45

22/09/14

Badulla

Thammennagama Vidyalaya

46

24/09/14

Jaffna

Sri Parameshawara Vithyalam, Galenbindunuwewa, Jaffna

47

14/10/14

Kalutara

Wadduwa Central College, Wadduwa

48

31/10/14

Kandy

Jinaraja Model Primary College, Gampola

49

14/11/14

Kandy

Anurudhdhakumara Primary College, Nawalapitiya

50

01/12/14

Puttalam

St Sebastian's Navodhya College, Chilaw

51

04/12/14

Anuradhapura

Bandaranayaka Model Primary College, Nochchiyagama


52

12/02/15

Batticaloa

Methodist Central College

53

13/02/15

Ampara

Kalmunai Westlys College

54

26/02/15

Batticaloa

St.Mary’s College

55

26/02/15

Batticaloa

Vivekananda Vidyalam

56

27/02/15

Batticaloa

Vanthuramoolai Vishnu Maha Vidyalam

57

06/03/15

Galle

Shri Devananda Maha Vidyalaya

58

06/04/15

Badulla

St.Thomus’s College

59

08/04/15

Gampaha

Holy Cross College

60

24/04/15

Monaragala

Siyambalanduwa Prathamika Vidyalaya

61

14/05/15

Badulla

Dikulpotha Maha Vidyalaya

62

09/06/15

Colombo

Mahamathya Vidyalaya

63

26/06/15

Colombo

Presbitarian Girls’ School

64

03/07/15

Anuradhapura

St.Joseph’s College

65

09/07/15

Trincomalee

St.Mary’s College

66

10/07/15

Kalutara

Mahagammedda Primary 

67

16/07/15

Ampara

Gamini Vidyalaya

68

22/07/15

Polonnaruwa

Maithripala Sirisena Primary School

69

28/07/15

Nuwara Eliya

St.Gabriel’s College

70

29/07/15

Kegalle

St. Joseph BMV

71

08/09/15

Kalutara

St.John’s Girls School

72

17/09/15

Matara

Model Primary College

73

15/10/15

Jaffna

Hindu Ladies’ College

74

15/10/15

Kegalle

Kegalu Balika

75

16/10/15

Jaffna

Methodist Mission Tamil Mix School

76

29/10/15

Trincomalee

Orr;s Hill Vivehanandha College

77

02/11/15

Gampaha

St.Paul’s Balika Maha Vidyalaya

78

13/11/15

Kandy

Swarnamali Balika Vidyalaya

79

27/11/15

Matale

Rattota “Sahana” Special School

80

03/12/15

Kandy

Dunuwila Sirisumana Prathamik Viduhala

81

14/01/16

Kurunegala

Lakdas College

82

18/02/16

Anuradhapura

Sri Rahula Prathamika Viduhala Eppawala

83

26/02/16

Kurunegala

St.Joseph’s College

84

26/02/16

Batticaloa

Kolavil Vinayagar Maha Vidyalam

85

03/03/16

Batticaloa

Mylampavely Sri Vigneswara Vidyalayam

86

11/03/16

Gampaha

St.Mary’s College

87

11/03/16

Trincomalee

Agrabodhi National School

88

15/03/16

Colombo

Wolvendhal Balika Maha Vidyalaya

89

15/03/16

Kegalle

Ampe Model School

90

15/03/16

Kandy

St.Sylvestor College

91

15/03/16

Gampaha

Loyala College

92

15/03/16

Kalutara

Mahabellana Primary School


93

15/03/16

Jaffna

Drieberg College

94

16/03/16

Kandy

Delta Gemunupura Maha Vidyalaya

95

16/03/16

Trincomalee

Sinhala Madya Maha Vidyalaya

96

17/03/16

Monaragala

Galabedda Maha Vidyalaya

97

17/03/16

Kandy

Sarath Ekanayake Model Primary College

98

18/03/16

Kalutara

Holy Angel Girls’ School

99

23/03/16

Kalutara

Baduraliya Primary Model School

100

29/03/16

Colombo

Weerapuranappu Model School

101

29/07/16

Kandy

Hector Kobbekaduwa Primary School

102

09/09/16

Colombo

Saiva Managaiyar Vidyalam

103

20/09/16

Kalutara

C W W Kannangara Central College

104

27/09/16

Colombo

Sri Sangaraja College

105

05/10/16

Kurunegala

Athugalpura Prince College

106

07/10/16

Kurunegala

Rajakeeya Vidyalaya

107

11/10/16

Gampaha

Horagasmulla Primary College

108

13/10/16

Trincomalee

Agbopura Junior School

109

26/10/16

Colombo

Gunasekara Vidyalaya

110

27/10/16

Jaffna

Karaveddy Manikkavasagar Vidyalam

111

28/11/16

Kandy

Dharmaraja College

112

28/11/16

Kandy

Mahanama College

113

28/11/16

Gampaha

Nalanda Central College

114

30/11/16

Polonnaruwa

Royal Central College

115

30/11/16

Puttalam

Tamil Maha Vidyalam

116

30/11/16

Gampaha

Bolawalana Ave Maria Convent

117

01/12/16

Gampaha

Adiambalama Roman Catholic Primary College

118

01/12/16

Colombo

Colombo Hindu College

119

01/12/16

Jaffna

Chavakachcheri Hindu Primary College

120

01/12/16

Kurunegala

Ganegoda Primary College

121

05/01/17

Colombo

St.Anthony’s Balika Maha Vidyalaya

122

18/01/17

Batticaloa

Shivananda Vidyalam National School

123

27/01/17

Kurunegala

Shariputhra Primary School

124

02/02/17

Batticaloa

Kiran Maha Vidyalam

125

07/02/17

Colombo

Watareka Kanishta Vidyalaya


Ref Date opened District School Name
126
16/03/2017
Jaffna
Imayanam G T M Vidyalam
127
21/03/2017
Moratumulla
Methodist High School
128
30/03/2017
Jaffna
Kokuvil Hindu College
129
05/04/2017
Hambanthota
Ruhunu Vijayabja Primary College
130
16/05/2017
Ampara
R K M Girls School
131
25/05/2017
Kurunegala
Pannala National School
132
06/07/2017
Gampaha
St.Peter's College
133
12/07/2017
Trincomalee
St.Joseph's College
134
14/07/2017
Gampaha
Jinaraja Girls College
135
21/07/2017
Gampaha
Shri Chandrajothi Maha Vidyalaya
136
02/08/2017
Kandy
Holy Trinity College
137
02/08/2017
Colombo
Piliyandala South Colombo Science College
138
03/08/2017
Gampaha
Minuwangoda Sri Devarakshitha Model Primary School
139
20/09/2017
Kandy
Kathiresan Model Primary School
140
06/10/2017
Galle
Vidyaloka College
141
02/11/2017
Ampara
Dehiattakandiya Naional School
142
07/11/2017
Galle
Nalagasdeniya Jayanthi Model School
143
08/11/2017
Wijerama
Janadhipathi Adasha Primary School
144
13/11/2017
Kegalle
Mederigama Maha Vidyalaya
145
17/11/2017
Colombo
Royal Primary School
146
21/11/2017
Badulla
Vijaya Vidyalaya
147
22/11/2017
Jaffna
Chulipuram Aikya Sanga Saiva Vidyasalai
148
29/11/2017
Jaffna
Jaffna Hindu Primary School
149
04/12/2017
Jaffna
Chundikuli Girls'College
150
05/12/2017
Colombo
C W W Kannangara Vidyalaya
151
06/12/2017
Anuradhapura
Hiripitiyagama Primary School
152
06/12/2017
Kandy
Mahamaya Girls' College
153
07/12/2017
Kandy
Ambathenna Model Primary College

The Bank is fully committed to open the remaining libraries in identified rural schools during 2015 and 2016.


b)Other Community Projects

The Bank has also engaged itself in numerous community initiatives in various areas of education, health, environment in the past.


Staff Voluntary Community Initiatives
    1) Direct Investments and Other Initiatives that Foster Education

Branch / Department

Brief Description of the Project/Beneficiary

Beliatta

Donated school bags, books and shoes to 73 students and enhanced the basic requirements of these students.

Chilaw

Distributed essential school items to Senanayaka Vidyalaya, Athuwana.

Dam Street

Provided books and other items to A.E. Gunasinghe Vidyalaya, Colombo 12.

Gampaha

Donated books, stationery and furniture to students of Dadagamuwa Primary School, Gampaha.

Havelock Town

Granted scholarships for 72 underprivileged students of Widdyathilaka Vidyalaya, Colombo 05.

Homagama

Library books donated to Homagama Central College.

Information Technology

Distributed school stationery to Dunumadalawa Primary school, Anuradhapura.

Kadawatha

Colour washed Kadawatha Roman Catholic School buildings, and provided uniforms, shoes, school books and other related items to children of lower income families.

Katunayake

Donated books to Walana Lakshmi Junior School, Katunayake.

Kattankudy

Donated school books to 20 under privileged students.

Maharagama

Donated school books and stationery items to Sucharithodaya Children Development Center, Pamunuwa.

Mount Lavinia

Donated school books to less privileged students at Punyakami Vidyalaya, Mount Lavinia.

Nugegoda

Donated books, stationery items and clothes to the Gangodawila Girls Home.

Risk Management Unit

Donated books to students of St. Francis Maha Vidyalaya, Dalugama, Kelaniya.

Vavuniya

Distributed school items to 30 girls at an orphanage in Poovarasankulam.


    2) Development of Infrastructure in Schools

Branch / Department

Brief Description of the Project/Beneficiary

Ampara

Distributed library books to Kongahapitiya Junior School

Borella

Provided water dispenser system to less privileged children in a care home and educated them on dental health and savings habits.

Colombo Fort

Donated schools stationery items to ‘Maw Sevana’ children’s home, Mattakkuliya.

Corporate Banking

Set up a library for the school children of Gurugoda Junior School and granted scholarships for 61 students.

Human Resources

Renovated a building, provided furniture, books, computers and equipment to install a library and computer lab.

Kollupitiya

Colour washed and renovated Jeramiyas Dias Vidyalaya, Panadura.

Kottawa

Renovated a library, donated a computer and other library items to Wasumathie Primary School, Kottawa.

Maradana

Renovated school buildings at Sri Sangaraja Maha Vidyalaya, Maradana.

Millennium

Refurbished a library and donated library equipment to Sariputhra Maha Vidyalaya, Slave Island.

Operations

Established a library, conducted a medical camp, donated a sound system to the Kethsirigama Juior School, Lunugamvehera.

Pettah

Upgraded drinking water system and sanitary facilities for Abana Central College, Abana.

Piliyandala

Renovated the library and donated library books to Gnanissara Buddhist School, Willorawatte.

Ratnapura

Donated a computer, and other school items to Halkandaliya Vidyalaya, Nivithigala.

Recoveries

Donated library books and a display cabinet, lab equipment, sports goods,a first aid box and medicine to Kadupiti Madampe Dharmapala Vidyalaya, Chilaw.

Tissamaharama

Refurbished a preschool building in Rankakulu Preschool, Lunugamvehera.

Trincomalee

Renovated school buildings and donated books to a school in Trincomalee.


    3)Support for Sports and Extracurricular Activities

Branch / Department

Brief Description of the Project/Beneficiary

Information Technology

Donated sports equipment to Dunumadalawa Primary School, Anuradhapura.

International

Constructed a modern volleyball at court to Sri Wijaya Junior Vidyalaya in Katana an underprivileged school that excelled in the sport of volleyball. Invited 80 differently abled soldiers by donating drama tickets.


    4)Counselling and Support for Social Well-being

Branch / Department

Brief Description of the Project/Beneficiary

Audit & Inspection

An awareness programme on ‘Child Abuse’ conducted in underprivileged school with the participation of over 450 students and parents in Dutu Gamunu Maha Vidyalaya, Paliyagoda.

Avissawella

Conducted a workshop on Personality Development and Counselling to over 110 A/L students from 9 schools in the area.

Boralesgamuwa

Lecture on Parent-Children relationship for better family relations.

Chilaw

Workshop on positive thinking and held a tree planting campaign. Donated shoes to students of Senanayaka Vidyalaya, Athuwana.

Gampola

Conducted a career guidance and job opportunities seminar for O/L and A/L students of Jinaraja Boys’ School, Gampola.

Information Technology

Conducted Leadership and Personality Development seminars in Dharmapala College, Kottawa and Dunumadalawa Primary School, Anuradhapura.

Raddolugama

Organised a Personality Development Programme at Raddolugama Primary School.

Risk Management

Carried-out a health camp and a Leadership Programme at St. Francis's Maha Vidyalaya, Kelaniya.

Talawakelle

Conducted a programme to school children of Kotagala Tamil Vidyalaya about ‘The Importance of Savings Habits’.

Welimada

Organised a Positive Thinking seminar at St. Thomas College in Guruthalawa with over 350 student participants.


    5)Gratitude for Senior Citizens

Branch / Department

Brief Description of the Project/Beneficiary

Balangoda

Conducted a one day welfare programme to 75 less privileged senior citizens at St. Joseph’s Elders Home.

Batticaloa

Donated essential items to 75 elders of two elders homes.

Embilipitiya

Conducted a one day welfare programme for less privileged senior citizens in a remotely located elder’s home in Embilipitiya.


    6)Community Upliftment and Awareness

Branch / Department

Brief Description of the Project/Beneficiary

Central Cash

Conducted a programme to find places where coins are accumulated and circulate them among the public again.

Company Secretary

Educated shareholders about the importance of disclosing their correct bank accounts to obtain dividend payments without delay.

Katuneriya

Built a bus stand in Katuneriya to help commuters.

Kilinochchi

Conducted a health camp and cleaned the area of Mahadeva Ashram (an orphanage home with 315 war-affected children).

Marketing

Constructed a protective fence, along the Wellawatta canal of the Sri Jinananda Children Home.

Nuwara-Eliya

Organised a Road Safety awareness session with over 75 participants, conducted by Nuwara-Eliya Police.

Puttalam

Donated a drinking water storage tank for a remote village in Karuwalagaswewa.

Ruwanwella

Conducted a Road Safety Programme in the town area.

Sarikkammulla

Conducted an awareness programme on Road Safety and Child Protection for 50 student participants at an underprivileged school.

Services

Refurbishment of the home for mentally handicapped girls in Katukurunda.

Siri Nivasa

Provided purified water to Bakmeedeniya Maha Vidyalaya and Paragaswewa Maha Vidyalaya which benefited over 800 students.

Welimada

Organised a public awareness programme on minimising road accidents parallel with National Safety Day.


    7)Environment

Branch / Department

Brief Description of the Project/Beneficiary

Balangoda

Conducted a tree planting campaign at St. Joseph’s Elders Home, Balangoda.

Badulla

Conducted a tree planting project and planted over 400 trees on the Pinnalanda slope.

Chilaw

Tree planting campaign at Senanayake Vidyalaya, Athuwana.

Gampola

Tree planting campaign at Jinaraja Boys’ School, Gampola.

General Affairs

Conducted an awareness programme and project on electronic waste management which collected over 750 Kg of e-waste within 10 days.

Hambantota

Organised an awareness programme on Noise Pollution in Hambantota town.

Homagama

Conducted a tree planting campaign at Central College, Homagama

Ja-Ela

Staff voluntarily participated in beach cleanup project at Pamunugama beach.

Kadawatha

Importance of recycling waste by producing compost and damages occurred by burning plastics.

Kalutara

Conducted an ‘Energy Savings’ awareness session at Holy Family Convent, Kalutara.

Katunayake

Conducted a tree planting campaign at Walana Lakshmi Kanishta Vidyalaya, Katunayake.

Kochchikade

Educated the general public and school students of the importance of recycling the CFL bulbs instead of destroying them.

Kurunegala

Conducted a tree planting campaign at Iriyagolla Maha Vidyalaya and Annor Maha Vidyalaya, Kurunegala.

Mawanella

Conducted a programme on environmental protection/tree planting campaign at Ganethanna Maha Vidyalaya, Mawanella.

Moratuwa

Conducted an awareness programme on the usage of polythene and plastic in the local area.

Raddolugama

Conducted a tree planting campaign at Raddolugama Primary School, Raddolugama.

Tissamaharama

Conducted a tree planting campaign at Rankekulu Preschool, Lunugamvehera.

Yakkala

Supported the waste polythene recycling project. Donated safety equipment and guided workers on health safety issues at the work place.


    8)Education and Other Activities in Pilot Villages

The Bank continued its activities in the identified villages under the village adoption concept and the following activities were carried out to foster education.

Village

Project Carried Out

Devamulla - Horana

  • Distributed school books, bags, shoes and other stationery items to 42 children.
  • Donated a Kids Smart Computer with the collaboration of IBM Sri Lanka branch.
  • Conducted a Tree Planting Campaign at school and temple premises.
  • Conducted a Home Gardening competition with the participation of 45 villagers.
  • Donated library books.
  • Conducted an essay competition among the students and winners were awarded.

Dunuhappawa- Kandy

  • Donated a Kids Smart Computer with the collaboration of IBM Sri Lanka branch.
  • Provided a water supply facility to the Dunuhappawa Vidyalaya, Panwila.
  • Donated library books with the assistance of the National Library Association.

Gurugoda

  • Donated a Kids Smart Computer with the collaboration of IBM Sri Lanka branch.

Wevagama

  • Donated a Kids Smart Computer with the collaboration of IBM Sri Lanka branch.

    9)Initiatives for Building a Healthy Nation

Branch / Department

Brief Description of the Project/Beneficiary

Anuradhapura

Organised a medical health clinic, improving the living conditions of orphaned children at the Asoka Boys Home, Anuradhapura.

Bandaragama

Renovated the Medical Officer’s health office.

Bandarawela

Conducted a series of cancer awareness sessions to schools, zonal education offices, the military academy (Diyathalawa), and financial and insurance institutions in the area, with over 625 participants.

Cinnamon Gardens

Conducted community-based blood donation camp with 61 donors at the Church premises

Dehiwala

Conducted a dengue awareness programme with the participation of Bank’s staff, Municipal Council staff, police officers and other Government officials.

Finance

Conducted a cancer awareness programme, donated dry rations to the Cancer Society in Colombo and arranged to place tills at branches to allow customers/staff contribution to cancer patients.

Hatton

Conducted a dengue awareness programme and awareness walk with the participation of over 500 people.

Hingurakkgoda

Conducted a medical camp focusing on kidney diseases, cancer and heart patients in the Minneriya area.

Kadawatha

Conducted awareness programmes on dengue prevention to the community

Kandy

Conducted a community-based health camp at branch premises

Kalubowila

Completed renovations of the accident ward in Colombo South General Hospital with voluntary financial and labour support from staff.

Kalutara

Conducted a blood donation camp at Kalutara Bodhi Premises with 277 pints of blood donated.

Kegalle

Conducted an oral health awareness programme and a screening and treatment campaign in order to improve oral hygiene among the school students. 181 registered for the programme. Parallel to this, conducted a tree planting campaign.

Kiribathgoda

Conducted an eye clinic with more than 75 student participants, donated books for the school library and conducted a tree planting programme at St. Pual’s Girls School, Waragoda.

Mannar

Conducted a dengue awareness programme and an art competition for students. Rewarded students with gifts and Tikiri accounts.

Matugama

Conducted a dengue awareness programme.

Meegoda

Renovated an antenatal clinic in Godagama which fulfilled a vital health need for the communities in the vicinity.

Nawala

Conducted a dental clinic, distributed toothpaste and toothbrushes to 182 students at Mahamanya Maha Vidyalaya, Colombo.

Nawalapitiya

Conducted a diabetics awareness programme at Nawalapitiya General Hospital.

Negombo

Conducted a dengue awareness campaign among school students and public.

Nittambuwa

Conducted a dengue awareness Programme at Ranpokunugama Maha Vidyalaya, Ranpokunugama.

Seylan Card Centre

Donated visitors chairs to the National Cancer Institute, Colombo.


Outlook

Seylan Bank is cognizant of the fact that social sustainability is as important as economic sustainability. Hence, we continue to engage with the community to ensure its wellbeing. Uplifting education is one of the key commitments of the Bank and we will continue to take strides to support the education of the underprivileged in the coming years.

In addition, Seylan Bank will continue to promote various community projects that contribute to the social uplifting of the nation