‘A.Y.S. Gnanam Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre’ opened in Dambulla | Daily News

‘A.Y.S. Gnanam Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre’ opened in Dambulla

Marking another far-reaching milestone in the company’s ongoing quest to enrich our country and its people, Tokyo Cement Group recently joined hands with The Foundation of Goodness to establish the ‘A.Y.S. Gnanam Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre in Dambulla.’ The facility, which became the 12th Village Heartbeat project of the Foundation of Goodness, was declared open by Dr Harsha Cabral - Chairman, together with S.R. Gnanam - Managing Director of the Tokyo Cement Group and Kushil Gunasekera, Founder/Chief Trustee of the Foundation of Goodness.


Dressmaking, cookery, and beauty culture courses are conducted at the Centre to empower women to pursue self-employment opportunities.

The A.Y.S. Gnanam Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre situated in Sisirawatte, Dambulla, will provide free educational support on subjects such as Science, Mathematics, IT, English, Tamil, and Traditional Dancing, for Primary to Grade 5 students from low-income families. In addition to educational support for school children, other programs carried out at the Centre will include life skills & values, vocational training, and sports, to empower the youth in the area for better employment opportunities. As it progresses, the Centre will offer training programs on widely sought-after vocational courses for youth, such as hospitality, agriculture, bakery, electrical wiring, CCTV installation, and mobile repairing. Women empowerment is a key focus of the Village Heartbeat concept, and as such the Centre also conducts professional courses on dressmaking, cookery, and beauty culture.

The A.Y.S. Gnanam Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre addresses much-needed social upliftment requirements of the rural communities in the Dambulla - Kandalama areas. People living in the remote villages of Rathmalgahaela, Athuparayaya, Pahalawewa, Yakuragala North, Yakuragala South, Wilhatha and Kandalama Grama Niladhari Divisions will benefit from the initiative. Over 750 families, whose main livelihood is farming and agriculture-related industries, can now utilize the facility to improve their learning opportunities and expand the horizons of their children. So far, more than 800 beneficiaries from various age categories are participating in the multiple skills development courses at the Centre, which stands proof of the value it creates for the people over time.

Tokyo Cement Group has successfully integrated social welfare and environmental conservation into its corporate DNA, and this latest initiative is one great example of its commitment to social responsibility.