AkzoNobel renews partnership with SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka for 5th
year in a row

a leading global paints and coatings
company and manufacturer of Dulux paints- inked a contract renewing its collaboration
with SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka for the 5th year in a row.
The global partnership -now with 24 participating countries- is part of AkzoNobel’s ‘Let’s
Colour’ initiative, and is designed to use education and renovation to drive a positive
impact on the issue of youth unemployment. With a focus on advancing the work
prospects of young people hailing from unstable backgrounds, these programs include
mentorships and training on professional painting and renovation, entrepreneurship,
and soft skill development with the aim to boost employability, and as a result produce
successful, independent adults who will take responsibility for themselves as well as
their communities.
Harnessing the power of paint, this partnership additionally involves the donation of
Dulux Paint towards improving the living spaces of children, young people, and their
families. With the support of AkzoNobel employee volunteers, the partnership also aims
to mentor and motivate youth at SOS villages. Additionally, this collaboration provides
direct employment opportunities, with AkzoNobel Sri Lanka having already recruited 2
young adults following their leave from SOS Villages’ care.
From the start of the partnership, more than 34,000 children and young people have
benefitted from the program worldwide, with over 9,400 young people having been
officially trained. In Sri Lanka alone as many as 700 children were trained into
employable citizens and productive contributors to the country’s economy.
“SOS Children’s Villages is an organisation that does invaluable work, and here in Sri
Lanka they are actively involved in ensuring that even children in need are allowed to
reach their full potential,” said Upendra Gunawardhana, Head of Marketing of
AkzoNobel Sri Lanka. “We are very excited to be able to continue working together in
creating more opportunities to strengthen the employability of these deserving young
“Over the years AkzoNobel and its employees have provided valuable training, elevated
living spaces, and created memorable learning experiences for the children and their
families in our communities,” said Divakar Ratnadurai, National Director, SOS Children’s
Villages Sri Lanka. “We’re delighted to be renewing our partnership with a company that
shares our vision of not just creating a positive impact, but also actively transforming the
livelihoods of youth living below the poverty line.”

AkzoNobel Sri Lanka MSU Director Wasantha Heenatigala, Brand Manager Wathsala Weeratunge and Head of Marketing Upendra Gunawardhana with SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka National Director Divakar Ratnadurai, Deputy National Director Kirthi Hettiarachchi, National Youth Care Director Janaka Wijekoon, Director-Fund Development and Communication Gayantha Dalpadado and AssistantDirector-Corporate Partnerships Nipunika Ruhunage
SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka National Director Divakar Ratnadurai and AkzoNobel Sri Lanka Head of Marketing Upendra Gunawardhana

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