A glimpse of light for 500 schoolchildren in the “City of Light”

At Christmas 2004, the coasts of south-east Asia were struck by an extreme flood disaster. M+W reacted immediately: a village in Batticaloa on the West coast of Sri Lanka was given direct support by donations from staff and management. A staff member of Sri Lankan origin procured and distributed food and other aid material on the spot. From this extremely personal and spontaneous aid action a wish came up for a long-term commitment to support people in need. This was how we came to set up Care for Kids, a foundatioin to support children and young people. Because ...

 

"The way children experience the world is the way they will confront the world as adults."

 

Later a gift from Care for Kids has brought a glimpse of light to the children of a community in Nuwara Eliya, in the heart of Sri Lanka. Donations consisting essentially of books, exercise books and writing material, but also including clothing, toys and sweets, were distributed to over 500 children. M+W employee Sriskantharajah Sivapragasan, who is of Sri Lankan origin himself, was there in person to look after the distribution of the goods, to a value of 5,000 Euros, in February 2006.

 

Nuwara Eliya (pronounced: Nureliya) is a little town in central Sri Lanka, situated at about 2,000 meters altitude, in a magnificent setting surrounded by mountains. It was founded in the 19th century as a rest station for the British, and its name poetically translates as "The City of Light".

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