Child art exhibition
An exhibition of child art created by the children of the Child
Protection Society and Child Development Centre, will be held at the
National Art Gallery, Colombo on November 16, 2008 at 10 am to 1.30 pm.
The Chief Guest at the exhibition will be the Acting Australia High
Commissioner Sophia McIntyre.
Several donor artist are participating with paintings to encourage
the child artists.
The participating artists include Marie Alles Fernando, Prof. Sarath
Chandrajeewa, Ranjith Perera, Nadine David, Erandathi Kiridena and
The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs are becoming an
integral part of successful corporate entities in the business world.
In Sri Lanka the corporate commitment to social justice program is
comparatively a recent trend which needs to be carefully nurtured.
The Chambers of Commerce and Industry should promote CSR commitment
among their members specially in view of the vulnerable nature of the
private sector enterprises as a result of the global financial crisis,
said Child Protection Society of Ceylon Chairman S.S. Wijeratne.
Milton Friedman's conservative theory that primary and only function
of business to make profit is considered outmoded and untenable are
additional bottom line on CSR.
Thus promotion of human rights child protection, environmental
protection and peace building have become focus areas of CSR, said the
The CPS President Wijeratne emphasised that child protection and
promotion of child rights is non-controversial for which CSR support
could be extended.
Child protection from abuse and providing alternative shelter and
education to destitute children is a compelling need in the prevailing
situation in the country.
Ladies on beach
According to official statistics, as at end of 2006, some 18,804
destitute children were provided with alternative child care
involuntarily managed children homes.
Among the voluntary societies devoted to child welfare is the Child
Protection Society of Ceylon a most respected institution in Sri Lanka.
CPS manages two alternative child care centres for boys and girls in
Maharagama and Kottawa.
In addition to regular education in nearby schools, the children in
these two homes are encouraged to participate in sports and creative
activities such as painting and music, the CPS President added.