JKF lights up the lives of the Halmillawe community
Nadija Tambiah and Carmeline Jayasuriya launching the
Engaging with the relevant stakeholders
The beneficiary families
Twelve households in the village of Halmillawe - a hamlet located in
the Palugaswewa Divisional Secretariat of the Anuradhapura District -
were the first recipients of solar power home lighting systems under
John Keells Foundation's (JKF) latest sustainability related initiative.
The initiative also included the installation of eleven solar-powered
The village was selected based on the number of permanent houses
which did not have access to grid electricity and the fact that the
entire village had no street lamps in spite of being vulnerable to the
human-elephant conflict coupled with the Foundation's established links
with the village through the Village Adoption Project.
Following the technical assessment commissioned by JKF, sites for
consideration were proposed by the development committee of the village
under the patronage of head priest of the village temple Ven Meegoda
Athulasiri Thero, in consultation with the technical manager of the
solar power supplier, whilst the Divisional Secretary coordinated
Government approvals for the installation of street lamps.
The JKG hotel, Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana, provided ground support to
the Foundation in planning and implementing this initiative.
The initiative was launched by Head of CSR Nadija Tambiah and Manager
CSR Carmeline Jayasuriya who switched on the solar powered lights in a
house in close proximity to a forest following a simple ceremony,
presided over by Rev. Meegoda Athulasiri Thero, beneficiary families of
the project and representatives from the JK Group. Speaking on the
occasion, Rev. Meegoda Athulasiri Thero lauded JKF for the wide range of
development work carried out in Halmillawe amidst many obstacles and
challenges. Recalling the time when the supply of electricity was first
mooted, the monk noted the uphill task of obtaining national grid power
and the many households that have still not been able to benefit from
the system. He thanked JKF for coming to the help of these disadvantaged
families, especially considering the difficulties faced by their school
Speaking on behalf of JKF, Carmeline Jayasuriya thanked the head monk
for his support and guidance in regard to development activities in
Halmillawe and for coordinating the solar power initiative in the
village. Outlining the advantages of using solar power, especially in
the context of environmental impact and self-reliance, she requested the
villagers for their support in maintaining the systems.