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Private Sectors’ Helping Hand to Nenasalas

Extending their helping hand to the need of the hour to empower rural mass with ICT, Sampath Bank, Digana branch, in Kandy district has donated 5 computers to a Nenasala. This far reaching donation to the Hurikaduwa Nenasala, one of the Nenasalas located in a remote village in Kandy district has heralded a new signs of hope for the Nenasala as well as the rural mass who regularly visit Nenasala for their IT services. The donation of computers officially presented to the Nenasala by the Sampath Bank- Digana branch manager, Niranjan Rathnasiri during the occasion of Hurikaduwa Nenasala’s 2nd Certificate Awarding Ceremony held on 08th August 2010 at the Nenasala premises.

(Digana Sampath Bank Manager, Niranjan Rathnasiri presenting the computers to the Nenasala Manager of Hurikaduwa, Rev. Doraliyaddhe Dammasiri Thero. Kandy Dristrict, chief Minister Saratha Ekanayake is also appeare in the pictures.
Photo Creadit: Hurikaduwa Nenasala)

Speaking about their generous contribution to the Hurikaduwa Nenasala, Neranjan Rathnasiri noted that “Sampath Bank is a leading bank in Sri Lanka and we are one of the people’s friendly banks that operates in the country. Being people’s friendly we have a certain responsibility to assist our community in every possible way that they could stand up their own. At this point we heard about Hurikaduwa Nenasala. Hurikaduwa Nenasala is very popular among the community and their IT services are highly commendable. Though they had only 10 computers, they had managed to conduct IT training classes for poor village students and other IT services to the community. Therefore, we are pleased to make this donation of 5 computers to the Hurikaduwa Nenasala as a part of Sampath Bank’s Co-operate Social Responsibility (CSR) project. We hope that Hurikaduwa Nenasala will be able to provide a better service to the community with these new computers and the community may improve their living standard through the use of modern ICT skills.”

During the 2nd certificate awarding ceremony of Hurikaduwa Nenasala over 70 students who successfully completed the computer courses at the Nenasala obtained their certificates. Central Province Chief Minister, Hon. Sarath Ekanayake participated at the occasion as chief guest of honor while Most Ven. Napana Pemasiri Thero, central province chairman Saliya Dissanayake, Kandy chief police officer Ranjith Kasthuriarachchi along with chief government officials in Kandy district and Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) representatives also participated to the event. Addressing the gathering chief minister, Sarath Ekanayake reiterated ‘Nenasala’ is considered to be a brainchild of President Mahinda Rajapaksa that focuses on the central goal of taking ICT to the islands’ most remote rural communities. He further appreciated the successful operation of the Hurikaduwa Nenasala for not being just a place which conducts IT training for the poor village students, also a resource centre for the community which plays multiple roles by using ICT services.

Speaking about the progress of the Nenasala during the last two years, Nenasala manager, Rev. Doraliyadde Dhammasiri Thero noted that “Hurikaduwa Nenasala was opened on 05th of July 2008 and in its initial stage it possessed only 3 computers. Yet, as a result of the dedicated hardship of my Nenasala staff, now we have 10 computers, with which we could train over 170 students and we could add multiple IT services in the Nenasala such as communication services, government information service with 1919 and online utility bill payments, etc. Added to that we have assisted the youth in our village to self-employment opportunities and we have conducted several agricultural workshops for the farmers as well. I must note that there was an active participation of the students and the community members for these workshops and we are highly satisfied with the Nenasala services we offered to the community as we have opened the doors for people in our rural village to learn computers, and to access the Internet; as well as tackling the fear of, and reluctance to use, computers, due to a lack of proficiency in the English language.”

According to the Nenasala progress report presented by the Nenasala Operator, W.M. Mangalika Wijesundara during the event, the Nenasala activities lined up for the next year include:
1. To form a “Nenasala Sansadaya” (Nenasala Society) to enhance and upgrade Nenasala services
2. To award IT scholarships to 100 students selected from the poor families in the village
3. To conduct IT training workshops for the employees in the government sector
4. To conduct Free IT seminars for the students in remote schools in the area
5. To Conduct workshops for the community in agriculture and self employment opportunities
6. To conduct an IT exhibition in the end of the year

Addressing the gathering, ICTA project officer Sarath De Silva commented on successful management and the services delivered by the Hurikaduwa Nenasala over the past two years. “It’s being reported to us that this, though Hurikaduwa Nenasala had limited resources available in its early stages, they had managed to improve the operations of the centre. They not only serve their community, but in many instances, voluntarily participated in national events such as “Deyata Kirula Exhibition” (National Development Exhibition in Sri Lanka) representing the Nenasala initiative.” Assuring ICTA’s further assistance in Nenasala activities, De Silva Requested further community involvement and active participation in future Nenasala activities as ICT has the full potential to empower the rural mass in with new technology.
By overcoming challenges and difficulties, Hurikaduwa Nenasala is delighted to announce that they have successfully completed 2 years of their Nenasala services to the community. Hurikaduwa Nenasala conveyed their sincere gratitude to ICT Agency of Sri Lanka for implementing Hurikaduwa Nenasala in under the project of “Nenasala Dahasa” (100 Nenasalas Project under e-Sri Lanka Initiative) in a rural village in Kandy district and continuously monitoring, guiding and providing assistance to successfully manage the Nenasala centre. Further they thanked the chief Minister of Central province and other distinguished government representatives who participated at the event for their kind support over the last 2 years of period as well as Samptha Bank of Digana branch for their generous contribution for the benefit of the Nenasala. Recognizing the requirement of a photocopy machine and few more computers for the Nenasala, in order to better service the community, Hurikaduwa Nenasala kindly look forward to charitable assistance from a cooperate sector in future.

(Awarding certificates to the Nenasala Students. Photo Credit: Hurikaduwa Nenasala)

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