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'NDB Jeevana Livelihood Training / Loan Scheme' :

A new lease of life for Trinco youth

For Mariyaraja Joshan, a 19 year old student from St Joseph's College Trincomalee, life has not offered many opportunities. The ambitious bright eyed young man has proved to be a leader from the early years of his life. He has been the leader of the school Western Band, a Senior Member of St Johns Ambulance and a very active member of the Mother Lanka Association.


The selected candidates for the NDB Jeevana Livelihood Training/Loan Scheme, together with Culinary Affairs Director Dr Pubilis Silva at the International Hotel School of Mount Lavinia Hotel

The only son of a three member family, dependant on the sole income of his father, a small-scale rice mill owner from the outskirts of Trincomalee, he has just completed his GCE Advanced Level Examination in commerce subjects and was evaluating the few opportunities available in his home town, in order to embark upon a future career.

"The dawn of peace has definitely opened new vistas for us, but the actual fruits of peace are yet to be enjoyed" commented Joshan. He also stated that career opportunities in the area are scarce and limited. 'Although we see a heavy influx of tourists (both local and foreign) the full potential is yet to come", he said.

For many young people like Joshan, the 'NDB Jeevana Livelihood Training/Loan Scheme' introduced by NDB Bank in collaboration with the International Hotel School of Mount Lavinia Hotel, opened a new era of life and opportunity.

Under the Jeevana Livelihood Development Scheme, 30 selected candidates like Joshan will be eligible to undergo six months of comprehensive theory and practical training in Hotel Operations under the expertise of the International Hotel School.

Specific areas covered in this course include international cookery, food and beverage service, housekeeping, reception, hygiene and English; in a bid to provide sound knowledge in all aspects of the industry.

The preliminary interviews for the selection of candidates for the Jeevana Scheme were held recently at the Chamber of Commerce Trincomalee.

Over 75 potential candidates were present for interviews, of which the most eligible with an aptitude for hospitality were selected.

NDB Bank, Chief Executive Officer Russell De Mel said, 'Given the immense potential for growth in the tourism industry in the Eastern Province, we have specifically focused on Trincomalee for the launch of the first program under the Jeevana Scheme.

By identifying careers that play an important role in contributing to the development of the area, it was our aim to enter into partnerships with significant industry leaders, to provide the academic training which will undoubtedly increase livelihood opportunities among the youth in the North and East.

Through the initial tie-up with the International Hotel School, students interested in pursuing a career in the hospitality industry will be able to follow a comprehensive course which will enable them to emerge as an asset to the hotel trade in Sri Lanka', he said.

Mt. Lavinia Chairman Sanath Ukwatte said the tourism industry today is well poised for a major take off.

This initiative of NDB Bank to give a helping hand to the youth in the North and East to help rebuild their lives by creating an opportunity for them to find a vocation in the booming hospitality industry; is indeed a well timed gesture for youth empowerment," he said.


Asia Microfinance forum 2010:

Mobitel Silver sponsor

The Banking With The Poor Network (BWTP) prevails to serve Asia as its core microfinance network. The Asian microfinance network aspires to enable innovative, appropriate and demand driven financial services for those stagnant at the bottom of the pyramid. Whilst committed to enhancing the quality of life


HNB BWTP Chairman and Marketing and Retail Banking DGM Chandula Abeywickrema handing over the MOU to Mobitel Chief Executive Officer Suren J. Amarasekara.

amongst the poor through promoting and facilitating access to sustainable financial services, the key objective will disclaim 'poverty'. The BWTP seeks to reap sustainability, by embarking on ventures to fuel greater financial inclusion of the poor.

In a bid to alleviate poverty throughout Asia, the BWTP network unravels one of its key initiatives the Asia Microfinance Forum 2010, to be hosted in Sri Lanka from October 12-15.

Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel, partnered with the Asia Microfinance Forum as the Silver sponsor for the Asia Microfinance Forum 2010. Mobitel takes interest as an active agent by spearheading many initiatives to materialize its vision of infusing development across the nation.

Sri Lanka was selected as the host destination for the Asia Microfinance Forum 2010, as the post war era assisted in navigating economic resurgence across the country. The economic ambience has reflected significant growth since its awakening after the war. The event will span over a three day period and is expected to host a multitude of 600 delegates including leading practitioners, policy-makers and other influential personnel who share similar perspectives on Microfinance. The event will display the potential and forward-thinking process for the microfinance industry in Asia.

Sri Lanka Telecom CEO Suren J Amarasekera Mobitel said "It is a privilege for Mobitel to be associated as the Silver Sponsor for the Asia Microfinance Forum 2010.

The event will assist to penetrate significant rural population and revive an economic revolution through its awareness of financial inclusion. We share a mutual passion in propelling Sri Lanka to greater heights through economic development.


Otara helps to build house

ODEL CEO Otara Gunewardene led a team from her company to help build a house for a deserving family in Lunawa recently in her role as a Goodwill Ambassador for Habitat for Humanity. Otara recently led a team of volunteers from ODEL and Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka to provide the labour required to complete the construction work of the house. This project is part of the ODEL 20 / 20 build initiative which commenced recently, under which the company plans to build 20 houses to mark the 20 years of ODEL.

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