Local non-profit crowdfunding platform Give2Lanka (Gte) recently announced the launch of their new fundraising website. This will act as a platform in support of NGOs focusing on children’s education and related needs.
Dubbed Bright Children Scholarships, the flagship programme supported by Give2Lanka, is implemented by Berendina. Its designed to support hand picked students through their Advanced Levels to Undergraduate studies in 2 phases of scholarship disbursements. With the aim furthering the initiative, Give2Lanka has donated a grant to Berendina as well.
Education is fundamental to empowerment
“We believe that education is fundamental to empowerment. Today’s launch of the Give2Lanka website serves as an opportunity for Sri Lankans who share this belief to learn more about the important work that we do, and contribute what they can towards educating and empowering a new generation of Sri Lankans”, says Dulan de Silva, Executive Chairman of Give2Lanka.
Children from families who are Samurdhi benefit recipients or earning a per capita income less than Rs. 5,000, are selected for the scholarship if they have more than 6 credit passes including a ‘B’ pass for Mathematics at the G.C.E (O/L) examination.
On the completion of Advance Levels, all students are provided with career counselling. Students who fail to obtain good results are linked to employment. This is via one of the 300+ companies that Berendina has entered into partnerships with.
Doubling the efforts
Those who are able and willing to pursue further studies are provided up to Rs. 50,000 to support studies in over 30 courses. This includes AAT and other Diplomas in highly employable sectors.
The Bright Children Scholarship program kicked off back in 2015. So far, it has already reached over 2,500 students. The program aims to double its efforts over the coming year, to reach at least 5,000 students per year.
Thus far, Bright Children Scholarship continues to draw support from a wide spectrum of the Sri Lankan society. This includes eminent personalities such as respected Sri Lankan Diplomat, Dr. Jayantha Dhanapla, Central Bank of Sri Lanka Governor, Dr. Indrajith Comrasawamy, former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Netherlands, Prof. Hiran Dias, respected corporate leader, Mr. Hemaka Amarasuriya and former CEO of CEPA, Ms. Priyanthi Fernando.