Watawala Plantations further improves livelihood of people in Southern Province

Donates a dispensary and Montessori under ‘Watawala Kalana Mithru’ initiative for
people in Kotelawala Village, Udugama

Further committing to its social and economic development initiatives in the
Southern Province, Sri Lanka’s diversified agribusiness company Watawala Plantations PLC
(CSE: WATA) recently handed over a dispensary and a modern, fully equipped preschool with
digital learning facilities and play area equipment to the people of Kotelawala Village, Udugama
in Galle.
The official handing over ceremony of the dispensary and Montessori to the public was graced
by Minister of Plantation Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, Member of the Parliament Isuru Dodangoda,
Watawala Plantations Director Vish Govindasamy, Watawala Plantations Chief Executive
Officer Binesh Pananwala, Watawala Plantations Deputy General Manager – Galle District
Dhanushka Daswatte, key government officials and WATA employees. The donation, which is a
part of WATA’s ongoing social welfare programme titled ‘Watawala Kalana Mithru’, will uplift
678 families and more than 2500 villagers in the area by offering free healthcare and education
facilities. The total investment of the project was Rs. 10 million.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Plantation Dr. Ramesh Pathirana said, “Watawala
Plantations is one of the foremost companies in the country that actively engage in uplfiting the
livelihood of different stakeholders of the plantation community. Over the years, Watawala
Plantations has always supported the government and its various development initiatives in this
region and across Sri Lanka. The company annualy allocates a huge amount of money to
develop the plantaation company which why Watawala Plantations is recognised as one of the
most valued plantation companies among the 23 RPCs in Sri Lanka. For the measures taken to
improve the lives of these innocent people fro Kotelawala village, I thank the company from the
bottom of my heart. I wish them nothing but the best to continue such great intitaives for a
long time.”
Watawala Plantations Chief Executive Officer Binesh Pananwala said, “As a responsible
agribusiness company in the country, we always strive hard to uplift lives of our direct and
indirect stakeholders of the plantation community through several social welfare initiatives. The
request to build a new dispensary and a Montessori came at a district development committee
meeting which was chaired by His Excellency the President Gotabaya Rajapaksha. We took up his request passionately, and today, we are privileged to hand these donations to our beloved
people in Kotelawala Village.”
Watawala Plantations, under their social welfare programme, aims to develop and transform
Kotelawala village into a model village in the Galle District under five key elements—education,
healthcare, sports, life skills and guidance and livelihood. The company is vying to implement a
medium-term program where the Kotelawala village children will be given the opportunity to
practice and compete in sports such as volleyball and table tennis and be a part of a strong
sports program hosted by WATA. It also entails a life and career guidance programme that
aims to nurture and fortify the aspirations of the community. As a long term goal, the company
looks to launch an organic farming initiative to uplift people’s lives in the area economically.

Minister of Plantation Dr. Ramesh Pathirana unveiling the ceremonial plaque at the ceremony. Member of the Parliament Isuru Dodangoda, Watawala Plantations Director Vish Govindasamy and Watawala Plantations Chief Executive Officer Binesh Pananwala are also present.

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