Let there be sunshine in their lives

CMI Sri Lanka Branch supports the education of Tsunami affected children. The Chartered Management Institute Sri Lanka Branch recently launched a scholarship scheme for the benefit of needy but promising children from Tsunami affected villages with the kind assistance of the Capitol AEI Group of Companies, who has come in as the sole sponsor for this magnanimous project.

CMI, SL Branch will award scholarships of Rs 2500/- per month for two years to four (4) AL students who have been affected by the loss of their parents / guardians at the time the catastrophic Tsunami hit the region. This Scholarship will be a perpetual award based on a donation of Rs. One Million made by the staff and management of Capitol AEI. The scheme was launched with the award of the initial disbursements to two students from the Southern Province - from the Galabodawatta Housing Scheme, which CMI Sri Lanka branch had assisted in the aftermath of the 2004 disaster.

The selection of the recipients was through a process of interviews and fact finding from the respective Principals and teachers from the schools. A detailed study of their O L results as well as the family background to assess the extent of the economic need was also taken into consideration in this process. Scholarship endowments to the first two students from the Galabodawatta area were presented to Ms Vindya Seneviratne a 2nd year AL student by Mr Sunil Deheragoda, immediate past president and to Ms Dilrukshika de Silva. a 1st year AL student, by Col Faiz ur Rahman, President of the Chartered Management Institute Sri Lanka Branch.

The other two students that have been selected for scholarships during the first year of this scheme are Ms Peritha Markandu and Ms Panchalingama Navanitha, both of whom are from Batticaloa. Arrangements have been made to deposit the monthly instalments of the scholarships to the accounts of these students so that they will not have to travel to Colombo every month to obtain same.

CMI Sri Lanka branch and Capitol AEI Group of Companies are hopeful that this scholarship scheme will help many promising students affected mentally as well as economically by the Tsunami disaster, to overcome those setbacks and achieve their goals in life.

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