Our Mission:“To nurture young children with good care in order to provide a solid foundation of a life long journey”
It is a holistic educational programme contributing to the progress of the government educational system in Sri Lanka, going beyond infancy to early childhood, helping children achieve a solid foundation for lifelong learning while leading a healthy life. Launched in 2002 as the primary CSR project of Hemas Holdings in partnership with the Ministry of Child Development & Women’s Affairs, the project focuses on promoting ECCD in Sri Lanka. At present we foster 34 ‘Piyawara’ pre-schools in Sri Lanka (from Jaffna- Hambantota). These schools are linked to the local councils of the area for sustainability. ‘Piyawara’ enriches lives of over 3000 children daily in these centres throughout Sri Lanka.
The Piyawara programme focuses on six key areas to enhance early childhood development in Sri Lanka. Our objectives are;
Enhance and improve the psycho social and cognitive development of young children through the addition of new preschools to the existing national network and upgrading established preschools to reach minimum standards.
Emergency intervention during national disasters (man-made or otherwise) in managing temporary preschools or setting up play areas in makeshift camps.
Fulfill the training requirements of preschool teachers and Empower community led social development through island wide parental awareness programmes.
Improve children’s recreational facilities in disadvantaged communities.
Improve child protection legislations and provide publicity for children’s issues.
Empower children with ‘Special Needs’.