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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.


Kandy Perahara

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 Frederick Mendis.


Maha Sangha

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.


Dancers

Thus promotion of human rights child protection, environmental protection and peace building have become focus areas of CSR, said the CPS President.

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.


Two sisters

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