DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY To Make a Difference

Financial assistance was given to selected vulnerable families living in Bulathkohupitiya Divisional Secretariat Division in Kegalle District with a cash grant worth Rs. 2,000 assisting 171 families

This program took place on the 16th, 19th and 20th July 2021 in five selected Grama Niladhari Divisions, namely, Kandawa, Udapotha, Neluwakkana, Narangala and Urumeewala. This initiative was carried out with the motive of providing assistance to families living below the poverty level and suffering from the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, to meet their basic needs and necessities.

The distribution of this benevolent contribution was successfully carried out with the cooperation of the Economic Development Officers and Samurdhi officers who were present at this occasion.

Lindula Medical Officer receives pharmaceutical drugs from Berendina

Under the initiative of Berendina’s ongoing COVID-19 3rd wave response programs to provide humanitarian assistance, Berendina provided COVID-19 essential commodities such surgical masks, hand sanitizers, disinfectant and surgical gloves as support for this battle against the virus to the Medical Officer of Health in Lindula, Nuwara Eliya on the 15th of July 2021.

With the more transmissible variants of the virus emerging to get detected within the country, lets lessen the burden on health services.

Dessford Estate Medical Center receives pharmaceutical drugs from Berendina

On 29th of June 2021, Berendina provided required pharmaceutical drugs to the Dessford Estate Medical Center in Nuwara Eliya Divisional Secretariat.

With the inevitable surge on the pandemic, estate communities were unable to travel due to the strict travel restrictions that existed, thus affecting the community’s accessibility for essential pharmaceutical drugs. Hence Berendina, as one of our COVID-19 response programs distributed the requested necessary drugs to minimize the pandemics impact on these vulnerable communities, as the uninterrupted access to medicine is a must to improve the health outcome of people.

Berendina donates essential goods packs worth of Rs 2,212,415 to 80 care centers island wide, aiding 2691 people in need

This is an unprecedented time of need for the care home sector as donations continue to dwindle as a repercussion of the persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s easy to feel powerless and vulnerable in the face of the pandemic, so Berendina decided to make a difference. The distribution which took part for children’s homes, disability homes and elders home throughout 8 districts namely Amapara, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Batticaloa, Kegalle, Killinochchi, Mullaitivu, Nuwaraeliya, Trincomalee and Vauniya, where dry ration was provided to 80 different care homes, greatly benefitting many.

This immense contribution was made possible with the participation government officials, district officials, agents and especially the Berendina staff who performed their duties even during these uncertain times.

A message from Berendina
Please lend a helping hand to your local care homes by contributing essential supplies. In these increasingly anxious times, community and collective endeavor will provide assurance that we can protect ourselves and each other when we work together.

Berendina supports Intermediate Care Center (ICC) in Kegalle

Provision of medical equipment to Udugoda Intermediate Care center and Beligala Intermediate Care Center in the Bulathkohpyita and Galigamuwa DS divisions.

The donated equipment to the Udugoda ICC included, an ECG machine, high pressure washer, IR thermometer, rubbish bins, stainless steel plates, plastic cups and disinfectant sprayer machine.

And the donated equipment to the Beligala ICC were cleaning solutions and a water treatment device- RO plant. Convenient snacks for the patients too were provided for both ICC’s.
These medical equipment worth of Rs 639,593 were donated on the 12th of June 2021, with the aid of Dr. Kasyapa, in charge of Udugoda ICC center along with the in charge of Beligala ICC center and our other keen staff.

Berendina supports Intermediate Care Center (ICC) in Trincomalee

On 18/06/2021, Berendina had volunteered to support an Intermediate Care Center (ICC) attached to Verugal hospital which is maintained by the health department in Trincomalee, based on their urgent requirements. Berendina donated the required medical equipment and items worth of Rs 755,400 to the particular ICC. Lanka.

The contribution consisted of, electric heaters, multi para monitors, pulse oximeters, washing machines, water filters, bed covers, plastic containers, plastic chairs/stools, and stand fans.

The participates of the program were, Mr. Saman Darshann Pandithkorala (Government Agent), Mr. K. Kunanathan (DS, Verugal), Dr. Sounthararajan (Logistic in charge, RDHS Office), Dr. Thevathasan (MOIC), Dr. Chamarie Wijesinghe & Dr.S.J. Bandara MOH, Verugal).

Berendina Donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the MoH Office, SP Office and Police Stations in Nuwara Eliya District

Berendina donated personal protective equipment to MoH office Ambagamuwa, SP Office Hatton and police station Hatton in Nuwara Eliya district on 23 June, 2021. The PPE packs were handed over to Dr. Ruwan Jayasinghe (Medical Officer of Health - MoH Office Ambagamuwa), Mr. Vijitha De Elvis (Superintendent of Police - SP Office Hatton), Mr. P.W.S.B. Palipana (HQI of Hatton Police Station). The packs included face shields, KN95 and surgical masks, protective overall suits, sanitizers, hand wash liquids and gloves. This initiative served as a partial activity of the project implemented in collaboration with The Asia Foundation on minimizing the spread of COVID 19 in the most vulnerable areas of Sri Lanka.

Berendina Provided Essential Equipment and Material Worth of Rs. 650,000.00 to the COVID-19 Intermediate Care Center at Anuradhapura

Under the request of Regional Director of health Services Anuradhapura, Berendina provided immediate medical equipment and other materials as a part of Berendina’s 3rd wave relief activities to the intermediate care center (ICC) in Wahamangollewa, Rambewa, Anuradhapura on the 10th of June.

ICC’s are responsible for direct medical supervision of COVID-19 positive patients, but with the recent dramatic rise of COVID-19 cases ICC’s have been running short of equipment and are in dire need. Patients too are subjected to more stress due to their isolation, thus negatively impacting their mental health and wellbeing. Consequently, we provided the requested immediate medical equipment and also a few playing items to keep patients entertained during recovery, to the particular ICC. The provided items were ECG machine, pulse oximeter, nebulizers, vaporizers, a washing machine, fans, electric water boilers and televisions.

The participants of the program were, Ruwan Bandara Nawarathne (Anuradhapura AGA), Sandya N.G. Abesekara (Anuradhapura AGA), Dr. M.C.D. Ariyarathne (RDH Regional Director), Dr. Sumedha Walisundara (ICC in charge), Dr. Dinasha (ICC Doctor) and Sumith Rathnayake (District Officer - NGO coordinator)

We would also like to express our sincere appreciation to the Doctors, Nurses and all Medical field workers for their commitment and sacrifices during COVID-19 pandemic.

Berendina Donates medical equipment and supplies to the Intermediate Care Center (ICC) in Mullathivu

On 17/06/2021 Berendina donated medical equipment and supplies worth of Rs 1,058,518 to the Intermediate Care Center (ICC) in Mullathivu. With the increasing number of COVID-19 positive patients, this donation was imperative as most care centers are running low on supplies. The equipment was received by Dr. Umashankar Muthukumarasamy Sharma (RDHS) and Dr. P. saththiyarooban (MO-planning). The Assistant District Secretary, Ms. Liso Kekitha was present for the occasion as well.

The items donated comprised of, fingertip pulse oximeter, Digital BP apparatus, multipara monitors, 300 essential packs for patient’s requirements, pulse oximeter (tabletop), washing machines and refrigerators.

Berendina Provided Essential Equipment and Materials to the COVID-19 Intermediate Care Centres.

The COVID-19 outbreak potentially affects the whole of society. The shortage of equipment and materials have been an enormous challenge for health sectors in Sri Lanka. Support and contribution is key to boost morale of health care workers and patients.

Berendina focused on COVID-19 third wave relief program in Nuwara Eliya district as a part of its ongoing response to the pandemic, where we provided Essential Equipment and Materials which consisted of Digital Blood Pressure Monitor, Glucometer, IR Thermometers, Wheel Chairs, COVID Stethoscope, 270 inventor Refrigerators (Double Door), 7.5 kg Full Auto Washing Machine, Pulse Oximeter, Bed Sheets, Towels, Torches, Trolleys, Electric Kettle and a Microwave Oven.

They were handed over to Intermediate Care Centres (ICC) operating under the Bogawanthalawa ICC Centre at Dickoya Base Hospital and Bogawanthalawa in Ambagamuwa DS Division on 8th June 2021.

Consumer good provision to care homes in Anuradhapura

In times where COVID-19 pandemic has affected the country, it especially had taken a toll on the elderly and differently able community where they were identified as groups at risk, thus they were subjected to more restrictions.

Most elderly and disability care centers are funded by donors for their food and supplies which would be very limited during these troubling times. As a result, in response to the 3rd wave of the pandemic, Berendina launched a project for provision of consumer good packs to care centers in Anuradhapura. Where such packs were distributed to seven care centers, benefitting 337 elders and 61 differently abled people.

The following care centers were Saliyapura elders home, Supasan Vishramika elders home, Lorthu Matha elders home, Rajarata elders home, Sathuta differently abled home, vocational training center for persons with disabilities Anuradhapura, Nochchiyagama disable home.

We would also like to thank the participants of the program who made this possible, Ruwan Bandara Nawarathne (Anuradhapura Additional GA), Sandya N.G. Abesekara (Anuradhapura Additional GA), Chandana Madugalla (Provincial Social Service Director), Sumith Rathnayake (District Officer - NGO Coordinator) and Mr. Prasad (Manupa Social Service Officer).

Berendina Distributes Dry Ration Packs to the Quarantined Families at St. Coombs Estate Lindulla due to the COVID-19 Outbreak.

Berendina Distributed Dry Ration Packs to the Quarantined Families at St. Coombs Estate Lindulla due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Inevitably, Talawakelle Tea Research Institute (TRI) and St. Coombs Estate Lindulla was under a severe state as a group of employees of TRI and the estate workers had contracted the disease. Steps were taken by the higher health authorities to isolate TRI premises and St. Coombs Estate Grama Niladhari Division since the 7th of May 2021 as a result of the spike in COVID-19 patients to 86 in the lethal 3rd wave. With the rise of the COVID-19 patients in the Estate, 260 families were quarantined and access to essential services were limited.

Berendina contemplating the grapple of the community who were fiercely affected due to COVID-19 in the Estate, provided 260 dry ration packs worth of LKR 550,000 to the quarantined families as a part of its COVID-19 relief program. Mr. Priyantha, the Estate Manager received the dry ration packs on the 3rd of June 2021, Berendina’s initiative on providing COVID-19 relief to the vulnerable communities who were quarantined in the Estate resulted in prodigious feedbacks from the Estate Management, the recipients of the relief packs and other stakeholders.

Berendina conducts Mobile Public Awareness Campaigns as part of its response to the 3rd wave of COVID 19 in most parts of the Nuwara Eliya District

In response to the deadly 3rd wave of COVID 19, Mobile Public Awareness Campaigns are conducted in Hatton, Watawala and Ginigathhena Police Areas in the Nuwara Eliya District to raise awareness and educate the communities on COVID 19 preventive measures with the assistance of Mr. P.W.S.B. Palipana (HQI of Hatton Police Station), Mr. M. Viraj Vithanage (OIC of Watawala Police Station) and Mr. Laksiri Pranandu (OIC of Ginigathhena Police Station). Police vehicles accompanied with two police officers navigating to the respective areas in order to support the awareness campaign programs. Hence, this initiative which is a part of the project conducted in collaboration with The Asia Foundation on raising awareness on COVID 19 deemed at reaching the communities who are lacking information on the current pandemic situation thus regarded as victims of COVID 19 in the rural and plantation sectors of Nuwara Eliya consistently supporting them in taking preventive measures for a long life.

Berendina Launches Awareness Campaigns on COVID-19 for the Plantation Community

Public awareness campaigns were launched by Berendina Development services (BDS) and The Asia Foundation to raise awareness and preparedness of COVID-19 outbreak among the residents of Ambagamuwa Divisional Secretariat area in Nuwara Eliya District. Dr. Krishan Premasiri, MOH of Ambagamuwa, Mr. P.W.S.B. Palipana, OIC of Hatton Police Station and Mr. M. Viraj Vithanage, OIC of Watawala Police Station provided their corporation to carry out the campaigns successfully.

Berendina Provides self-hygienic kits to the Police Stations and Ambagamuwa Divisional Secretariat

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a range of unforeseen and unprecedented challenges for Government Service Sectors in Sri Lanka during the Pandemic Situation. Police officers and staff are often directly or indirectly involved in the pandemic response and thus have a higher risk of getting infected. In addition, many governments have taken emergency measures to protect their population and slow the spread of COVID 19.

Berendina Development Services in collaboration with the Asia Foundation focused on minimizing the spread of COVID 19 in Ambagamuwa Divisional Secretariat Area in Nuwara Eliya District. As a part of its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Berendina provided sets of much needed basic self-hygiene kits to Watawala, Hatton and Ginigathena Police Stations, covering 34 GN Divisions in Ambagamuwa DS Area and to the Ambagamuwa Divisional Secretariat Office on the 07th of January 2021.

Officials of Berendina handed over the self-hygienic kits which consisted of Face Shields, Surgical Masks, Hand Gloves, PPE Reusable Kits, Sanitizers, Hand wash and Infra-red Thermometer to Ms. B. Madusha Janeshi, Assistant Divisional Secretary of Divisional Secretariat Ambagamuwa Koralaya, Mr. P.W.S.B. Palipana, OIC of Hatton Police Station, Mr. M. Viraj Vithanage, OIC of Walawala Police Station and Mr. Jayanka Sampath Karunadasa, OIC of Ginigathena Police Station.

Berendina provides immediately required clothing items to quarantined Beggars in Anuradhapura

It came to the light that an 80 years old beggar who was undergoing treatment at the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital, was diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus which was revealed after a PCR test report received on 08th November 2020. He was begging near the Anuradhapura Sacred area. Subsequently, a special operation was carried out on the same day to detect more beggars in the same area with whom the infected beggar has been associating with and take them for quarantine with the assistance of the Police and the armed Forces. They were quarantined at Siri Dewamitta Primary school, Rambewa, Anuradhapura.

The quarantined group of beggars comprised 109 males and 23 females. Based on the immediate request made by Mr. R. M. Wanninayaka, District Secretary / Government Agent of Anuradhapura on the need of providing new hygiene clothing to the quarantined group, Berendina provided a set of much needed clothing on 10 November 2020 to be distributed among the quarantined beggars. The clothing set included sarongs, vests, blouses, skirts and personal wear.

Berendina officials handed over the clothing packs to Mrs. W. A. Y. S. Weerasinghe, Divisional Secretary, Rambewa, Anuradhapura. Mr. Sumith Rathnayake, NGO Coordinator, Anuradhapura and Mr. D. K. Prasad Siriwardana, OIC of Mihintale Police Station were also present at the occasion.

Micro Credit Clients in Bulathkohupitiya receive Banana Plants Under Berendina’s “Sahana” Initiative

Berendina recently distributed banana plants to micro credit clients attached to its Bulathkohupitiya branch. This distribution of plants was carried out under the ongoing Berendina’s “Sahana” - a special livelihood and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis. This initiative is implemented in line with the Government’s Policy to increase domestic food production.

On 15 September 2020, Berendina officials carried out the field level distribution activities. Under the initiative, 59 micro credit clients received 20 banana plants each to commence cultivation activities.

Harvesting Success!

Micro Credit clients Mrs. Sivarasa Malar and Mrs. Sivanesan Parameswari are seen with the first harvest of Spine Guard in their home gardens. Both of them are attached to BMIC branch in Kaluwanchikkudy in Batticaloa district. They are two of the 62 micro credit clients who received spine guard plants (30 nos each) from Berendina under “Sahana” - a special livelihood and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis, presently implemented by Berendina in its 11 operational districts. Each of them can harvest 4 to 5 Kg of spine guard from their plants every week. The current market selling price of spine guard is Rs. 500 per Kilo and they can easily earn Rs. 2,000 to 2,500 every week.

Berendina distributes Pepper Plants to Bulathkohupitiya Micro Credit Clients Under “Sahana” Initiative

Under the onging “Sahana” - a special livelihood and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis, micro credit clients attached to Berendina Bulathkohupitiya Branch received pepper plants recently. This initiative is implemented in line with the Government’s Policy to increase domestic food production.

The distribution was carried out by the Berendina officials on 09th September 2020. Berendina distributed 2,490 pepper plants for 83 micro credit clients each receiving 30 plants for cultivation activities.

Micro Credit Clients in Ipalogama Benefit by Berendina’s “Sahana” Initiative

Berendina Branch in Ipalogama distributed dry ration packs to micro credit clients attached to the branch under Berendina’s “Sahana” – a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis. The distribution activities carried out in the months of July, August and early part of September 2020.

3292 micro credit clients attached to the Berendina branch received their dry ration packs while 50 micro credit clients received coconut plants under livelihood empowerment initiative. Another 168 Economically Inactive Poor (EIPs) families also received dry ration packs under HSBC – Berendina partnered special initiative.

Berendina Welimada Branch provides Dry Ration Packs to Micro Credit Clients under “Sahana” Initiative

Under Berendina’s “Sahana” – a special livelihood and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis, micro credit clients attached to Berendina Welimada Branch received dry ration packs recently. 649 clients received their dry ration packs during the months of August and early part of September 2020 when distribution activities carried out by the Branch officials. Berendina also provided dry ration packs to 64 Economically Inactive Poor (EIPs) families under HSBC – Berendina partnered special initiative.

Under the “Sahana” livelihood initiative, 138 micro credit clients received tea plants and another 51 received pepper plants. This is to enable micro credit clients to be direct participants in increase of domestic food production.

Berendina Thirappane Branch Distributed Dry Ration Packs to Micro Credit Cleints

Under Berendina’s “Sahana” – a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis, micro credit clients attached to the Berendina Thirappane Branch received dry ration packs recently. “Sahana” initiative is presently implemented by Berendina in its 11 operational districts.

The inaugural distribution ceremony was held on 24 June 2020 while the field distribution activities were carried out by Berendina officials until 08 July 2020. A total number of 1,769 packs were distributed among micro credit clients.

Berendina Bulathkohupitiya Micro Credit Clients receive Clove Plants Under “Sahana” Initiative

Under “Sahana” - a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis, Berendina Bulathkohupitiya Branch distributed clove plants to its micro credit clients recently. This program is in line with Government Policy to increase domestic food production.

The field level distribution was carried out by the Berendina officials on 14 August 2020. 38 micro credit clients received 15 Clove plants each for cultivation activities. Mrs. Wathsala Jayawardane, Export Agriculture Officer – Bulathkohupitiya, participated in the event and shared expert knowledge on how successfully clove plants can be grown and used as income generation source.

Berendina Ragala Micro Credit Clients receive Dry Ration Packs and livelihood support through “Sahana” Initiative

Under the “Sahana” - a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis, micro credit clients attached to the Berendina Ragala branch received dry ration packs recently. Berendina is presently implementing “Sahana” initiative in its 11 operational districts.

Berendina provided Dry ration packets to 4,030 BMIC clients living in Nuwara Eliya and Walapane DS Divisions. The inauguration distribution ceremony was held on 18 July 2020 at the Berendina Ragala Branch premises. Berendina also distributed 142 dry ration packs to Economically Inactive Person (EIP) families residing in Nuwara Eliya and Walapane DS Divisions under the HSBC – Berendina partnered special initiative.

Under the “Sahana” initiative, Berendina also distributed Pepper plants to 100 micro credit clients who are involved in cultivation activities. Each client received 30 Pepper plants. Berendina also distributed 55 Kg of Turmeric Seeds among 11 clients, each receiving 5Kg for cultivation activities. These micro credit clients reside in Walapane DS Division. “Sahana” livelihood empowerment initiative is implemented by Berendina in order to encourage its clients to be direct participants contributing for domestic food production.

Berendina Micro Credit Clients in Bulathkohupitiya receive Tea Plants Under “Sahana” Initiative

Under “Sahana” - a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis, micro credit clients attached to Berendina Bulathkohupitiya Branch received tea plants recently. This program is in line with Government Policy to increase domestic food production.

The official distribution ceremony was held 15th July 2020 at the Panapitiya cluster. The field distribution was carried out by Berendina officials from 15 to 29 July 2020. Berendina distributed a total number of 34,255 tea plants to 527 clients who are interested in growing tea as an income generation activity. Berendina officials also provided instructions and advises on how to grow tea in a successful manner to earn additional income in a longer run.

Berendina Clients attached to Arayampathy Branch benefit by “Sahana” Initiative

Berendina has allocated Rs. 85 million budget to “Sahana” – a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis. Under this initiative, Berendina micro credit clients attached to Arayampathy Branch received dry ration food packs recently.

The distribution activity was carried out by Berendina officials 16 to 18 July 2020. It was a notable fact that 2,900 micro credit clients residing in Pattipalai and Manmunai Pattu DS Divisions had received dry ration packs under Sahana initiative. Another 176 Economically Inactive Person (EIPs) families also received dry ration packs under HSBC – Berendina partnered special initiative

Arayampathy Micro Credit Clients receive Spine Gourd plants under “Sahana” Initiative

Berendina micro credit clients attached to the Arayampathy Branch received spine gourd plants under the “Sahana” initiative recently. Berendina is currently implementing this special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis in its 11 operational districts.

The distribution event held on 14 July 2020 at BMIC Cluster in Kirankulam GN Division. 50 micro credit clients who are involved in cultivation activities were selected to receive the spine gourd plants. Mrs. K. Elilmathy, Agriculture Instructor of Kirankulam GN division participated as a Special Invitee and conducted an awareness session on spine gourd cultivation and distributed the plants to clients.

Berendina Bulathkohupitiya Branch Distributes Dry Rations Packs to Micro Credit Clients

Berendina commenced “Sahana” - a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis in its 11 operational districts. Under this initiative, 2,258 micro credit clients attached to the Berendina Bulathkohupitiya branch received their dry ration packs recently.

The official distribution ceremony was held at the Bulathkohupitiya Vihara on 25 July 2020. Field distribution in Bulathkohupitiya and Ruwanwella DS divisions were carried out by Berendina officials on 25 and 26 July 2020.

Berendina also provided dry ration packs to 150 Economically Inactive Person (EIP) families residing in the same DS Divisions under HSBC – Berendina partnered special initiative.

Berendina Valaichchenai Micro Credit Clients benefit by “Sahana” Initiative

Under “Sahana” - a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis, micro credit clients attached to the Berendina Valaichchenai branch received dry ration packs recently. Berendina is presently implementing “Sahana” initiative in its 11 operational districts.

Berendina provided Dry ration packets to 2355 BMIC clients living in Kiran, Valaichennai, Ottamavadi and Vahari DS Divisions. The field level distribution commenced on 10 July 2020 from kannagipuram and Kinnaiyadi clusters in Valaichchenai. Berendina also distributed 138 dry ration packs to Economically Inactive Person (EIP) families residing in same DS divisions under the HSBC – Berendina partnered special initiative.

Under the “Sahana” initiative, Berendina also distributed Spine Gourd plants to 30 micro credit clients living in Uriyankattu of Vaharai DS Division who are involved in cultivation activities. Each client received 30 Spine Gourd plants. Another 50 clients received 2kg of Ginger Rhizomes and 2.5 kg grower bags for Ginger Cultivation. These Clients are from Valaichennai (24) and Kiran (26) DS divisions. The Department of Export Agriculture facilitated a practical training program for the selected participants at the Community Hall.

Berendina also selected 27 clients from Pannichankerny of Vaharai DS Division and provided with 40 guava plants each. 30 Clients from Vahari (28) and Kiran (2) DS Divisions were provided with 10 cashew plants each to commence cultivation activities. The livelihood empowerment initiative is implemented by Berendina in order to encourage its clients to be direct participants contributing for domestic food production.

Berendina Micro Credit Clients attached to Nuwara Eliya Branch receive Dry Ration Packs

Micro credit clients attached to the Berendina Nuwara Eliya Branch recently received their dry ration packs under Berendina’s Rs. 85 Million budget “Sahana” – a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis. Berendina is presently implementing this special initiative in its 11 operational districts.

The inaugural distribution event was held on 10 July 2020 at Nuwara Eliya Central Community Hall followed by other locations, namely, Shanthipura GS Office, Meepilimaana Community Hall, Desford Estate Upper Division and Kaleegala Community Hall on 15 and 16 July 2020 in order to expedite distribution activities. A total number of 507 micro credit clients of Berendina residing in Nuwara Eliya DS Division received their dry ration packs while another 39 Economically Inactive Person (EIPs) families also received dry ration packs under HSBC – Berendina partnered special initiative.

Berendina Mawanella Clients receive Dry Ration Packs Under “Sahana” Initiative

Under Berendina’s “Sahana” livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative, 2552 micro credit clients attached to Berendina Mawanella Branch received dry ration packs recently. This initiative is presently implemented by Berendina in its 11 operational districts in response of COVID-19 crisis

The inaugural distribution ceremony was held at Beligammana Temple, Mawanella on 24 July 2020. Berendina officials carried out field distribution in Mawanella and Aranayake DS divisions which are served by the Mawanella Branch.

Berendina also distributed 133 dry ration packs to Economically Inactive Persons (EIPs) families living in same DS divisions under HSBC – Berendina partnered special dry ration packs distribution initiative.

Berendina Distributes Dry Ration packs to Micro Credit Clients in Dickoya

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Berendina is presently implementing “Sahana” - a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative in its 11 operational districts. Under this initiative 3799 micro credit clients attached to the Berendina Dickoya branch received dry ration packs recently. These clients are living in 85 GN Divisions in Nuwara Eliya and Ambagamuwa DS Divisions.

Distributing dry ration packs in field level commenced on 24 July 2020. Berendina also selected 150 micro credit clients who are into cultivation activities as well as dairy farming and provided them sweet potato and capsicum plants as well as CO3 slots for dairy farmers.

Under HSBC – Berendina partnered special initiative, 237 Economically Inactive Persons Families (EIPs) living in the same GN Divisions also received dry ration packs.

Berendina distributed Cashew Plants to Micro Credit Clients in Kilinochchi

Under the “Sahana” – a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis, Berendina distributed cashew plants to 31 micro credit clients attached to Kilinochchi Branch. Berendina distributed 310 plants among these clients who are residents of Uniankulam in Kilinochchi and involved in cultivation activities.

Berendina Micro Credit Clients in Dehiowita receive tea plants under “Sahana” Initiative

Under the “Sahana” - a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis, micro credit clients attached to Berendina Dehiowita Branch recently received tea plants. “Sahana” initiative is presently implemented by Berendina in its 11 operational districts.

The official distribution ceremony was held on 18 July 2020 at the Berendina Dehiowita Branch and Mr. U. P. Chandana Anurudda Piyadasa, Divisional Secretary, Dehiowita participated as the Chief Guest and Mr. A. L. P. Liyanage, Admin GN Officer as Special Invitee.

Berendina Dehiowita Branch officials carried out the field level distribution activities and distributed tea plants for 850 micro credit clients residing in 46 GN Divisions in Dehiowita.

Micro Credit Clients attached to Berendina Chenkalady Branch benefit by ongoing “Sahana” Initiative

Berendina Chenkalady Branch distributed dry ration packs, spine gourd and coconut plants as well as cassava stems to its micro credit clients under “Sahana” - a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative presently implemented by Berendina responding to COVID-19 crisis. This special project is implemented in Berendina’s 11 operational districts..

1692 micro credit clients from Manmunai West and Eravur Pattu DS Division received their dry ration packs from Berendina Chenkalady Branch. Another 100 Economically Inactive Persons (EIPs) also received their dry ration packs which comes under HSBC – Berendina partnered special initiative..

Under the “Sahana” initiative, Berendina also distributed Spine Gourd plants to 78 micro credit clients who are involved in cultivation activities. Each client received 30 Spine Gourd plants. Another 73 clients received 10 coconut plants each while 34 clients received cassava stems (400 cuttings each). This initiative is implemented by Berendina in order to encourage its clients to be direct participants contributing for domestic food production.

Berendina Branch in Gampola distributes Dry Ration Packs under “Sahana” Initiative

Under the “Sahana” - a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis, 1262 micro credit clients attached to Berendina Gampola Branch are entitled to receive dry rations packs. This special initiative is presently implemented by Berendina in its 11 operational districts.

Berendina staff commenced field level distributions on 16 July 2020 in Doluwa and Ganga Ihala Korele DS divisions in Gampola. Berendina also distributed dry ration packs under HSBC – Berendina partnered special initiative to 85 Economically Inactive Families (EIPs) living in Gampola. Field level distribution is expected to complete on 26 July 2020.

Micro Credit Clients of Berendina Kalmunai Branch receive Dry Ration Packs

Berendina Kalmunai Branch commenced distributing dry ration packs to 2758 microcredit clients attached to the branch under “Sahana” – a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis which is implemented presently by Berendina in its 11 operational districts.

The inaugural distribution ceremony was held at the Navithanvely GN division on 20 July 2020. Mr. Navanitharajah, Divisional Secretary, Navithanvely Divisional Secretariat graced the distribution ceremony as the Chief Guest and Mrs. Lathaharan, Director of Planning, Navithanvely Divisional Secretariat along with other government officials and dignitaries were also present and distributed the dry ration packs to the clients.

Berendina also distributed dry ration packs to 117 Economically Inactive Families (EIPs) living in Navithanvely and kalmunai which comes under HSBC – Berendina partnered special initiative.

Micro Credit Clients of Berendina Kothmale Branch receive Dry Ration Packs

Berendina has allocated Rs. 85 million budget to its ongoing “Sahana” – a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis which is implemented presently in its 11 operational districts. Under the “Sahana” initiative, 3,139 micro credit clients attached to Berendina Kothmale Branch are entitled to receive dry ration packs.

The inaugural distribution ceremony held at the Divisional Secretariat Office in Kothmale on 16 July 2020. Ms. O. S. Perera, Divisional Secretary, Kothmale Divisional Secretariat graced the distribution ceremony as the Chief Guest while other government officials and dignitaries were also present and distributed the dry ration packs to the clients.

Berendina also distributed dry ration packs to 147 Economically Inactive Families (EIPs) living in Kothmale which comes under HSBC – Berendina partnered special initiative.

Berendina Clients in Thambalagamam receives Dry Ration under “Sahana” Initiative

Berendina micro credit clients attached to Thambalagamam Branch received dry ration packs under the ongoing “Sahana” - a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis, presently implemented by Berendina.

The distribution activities carried out by the Berendina officials on 05 July 2020. 876 clients representing 32 clusters in Thambalagamam and Kinniya received their dry ration packs. Berendina has allocated Rs. 85 million budget to its ongoing “Sahana” initiative, benefitting 83,000 micro credit clients living in 11 operational districts.

Berendina Dehiowita Branch distributes Dry Ration Packs to Micro Credit Clients and EIP Families

Under the “Sahana” - a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis, micro credit clients attached to Berendina Dehiowita Branch received dry ration packs recently. This special initiative is presently implemented by Berendina in its 11 operational districts.

Berendina Dehiowita Branch officials carried out the field level distribution activities on 17 and 18 July 2020 to 1941 micro credit clients residing in 46 GN Divisions in Dehiowita. Berendina also distributed dry rations packs to 141 Economically Inactive Families (EIPs) under the HSBC – Berendina partnered special initiative.

Berendina Distributes Dry Ration packs to Micro Credit Clients in Kilinochchi

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Berendina is presently implementing “Sahana” - a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative in its 11 operational districts. Under this initiative 2688 micro credit clients attached to the Berendina Kilinochchi branch received their dry ration packs.

The official commencement of the distribution in Kilinochchi held on 02 July 2020 at the Karachchi Divisional Secretariat Office with the presence of Mr. T. Muhunthan, Divisional Secretary, Karachchi, as the Chief Guest. Field level distribution of dry ration packs was carried out by the Berendina officials on 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th of July 2020.

Berendina Clients in Ginigathhena receives Dry Ration Packs and Yam Seeds under “Sahana” Initiative

Berendina micro credit clients attached to Ginigathhena Branch received dry ration packs and yam seeds under the ongoing “Sahana” - a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis, presently implemented by Berendina in its 11 operational districts.

The distribution for Dehigasthena and Bulathgama GN Divisions were held on 11 July 2020. The distribution activities were carried out by the Berendina Ginigathhena Branch officials. 209 clients received their dry ration packs while another 45 received yam seeds for cultivation activities. Berendina also distributed dry ration packs to Economically Inactive Families (EIPs) living in the location, under HSBC – Berendina partnered special initiative.

Berendina Distributes Yam Seeds to Farmers attached to Warakapola Branch

Under “Sahana” - a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis, 35 farmers in Warakapola recently received Yams seeds for cultivation. This program is in line with Government Policy to increase domestic food production. These farmers are micro credit clients of Berendina who have been into cultivation activities.

The distribution ceremony was held on 26 June 2020 at the Berendina Warakapola branch premises. The branch officials had also invited Mr. D. P. R. S. Dissanayake, Assistant Director, Agriculture Office in Ambepussa, who gave a technical awareness session on yam cultivation to the participants.

Berendina Clients in Vavuniya receive Dry Ration Packs under “Sahana” Initiative

Under the “Sahana” - a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis, 1925 micro credit clients attached to Berendina Vavuniya Branch received dry rations packs recently. This special initiative is presently implemented by Berendina in its 11 operational districts.

Mr. S. M. Saman Bandulasena, District Secretary of Vavuniya District participated as the Chief Guest at the inaugural distribution ceremony held at the District Secretariat Office on 08 July 2020 and Mr. Thiruchchelvam Thireskumar, Additional District Secretary of Vavuniya District and Ms. Shabarja Kunabalasingam, Assistant District Secretary of Vavuniya graced the event as Guests of Honour.

The distribution activities carried out by the Berendina Vavuniya Branch officials concluded on 12 July 2020. Berendina also distributed dry ration packs to 127 Economically Inactive Families (EIPs) living in Vavuniya District which comes under HSBC – Berendina partnered special initiative.

Berendina Clients of Kaluwanchikudy Branch benefit by “Sahana” Initiative

Berendina has allocated Rs. 85 million budget to “Sahana” – a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis. Under this initiative, Berendina clients of Kaluwanchikudy Branch received dry ration food packs and plants such as Coconut, Spine Gourd, Banana and Guava at a ceremony held at the Vellavely Divisional Secretariat Office on 10 July 2020

Miss. R. Rahulanayahi, Divisional Secretary, Vellavely was the Chief Guest at the event and Mr. S. Sasikumar, Assistant Director - Planning, Vellavely and Mr. Kalaiselvan, NGO Coordinator, Vellaveli DS Office graced the event as Guests of Honour

It is a notable fact that 3,044 clients attached to Kaluwanchikudy Branch will receive dry ration packs under Sahana initiative. 50 clients are selected to receive coconut plants and another 50 will receive banana plants. It is also scheduled to distribute Spine Gourd to 62 clients and Guava to 8 clients. Another 162 Economically Inactive Families (EIPs) will also receive dry ration packs under HSBC partnered project

Micro Credit Clients attached to Berendina Thambalagamam Branch receive Coconut plants and Cassava Stems

Berendina Thambalagamam Branch distributed coconut plants and cassava stems to its micro credit clients at a ceremony held at the branch office premises. Mr. Udagethara, Admin Officer of DS Office was the Chief Guest at this distribution ceremony held on 23 June 2020 and 50 clients received coconut plants and another 50 received cassava stems from the Special Guests present at the event.

Berendina commenced a special initiative titled “Sahana” - a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis in its 11 operational districts and presently distributing turmeric seeds, yam seeds, seed ginger, cassava stems, plants such as banana, coconut, Bangkok guava, cashew, papaya, spine gourd, pepper, tea and also Bee keeping among its micro finance clients to restart their livelihood activities. This will also enable them to be direct participants in increase of domestic food production.

Berendina Branch in Arayampathi distributes Coconut plants to Micro Credit Clients

The Berendina branch in Arayampathi distributed coconut plants to its micro credit clients at a special distribution ceremony held on 08 July 2020. This event was held at Pattipalai Divisional Secretariat Office with the presence of Mrs. Dinesh, Divisional Secretary, Pattipalai, who graced the event as the Chief Guest and Mrs. Puvikumar, Additional Divisional Secretary, Pattipalai, as the Guest of Honour. This distribution initiative comes under the “Sahana” - a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis, currently being implemented by Berendina in its 11 operational districts.

33 Clients selected from Ambilanthurai, Kadukamunai and Mahiladithivu divisions which comes under Pattipalai DS Division received the coconut plants from the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and Berendina officials. The Arayampathi branch will also distribute dry ration packs to its micro credit clients in coming weeks.

HSBC Partners with Berendina in “Sahana” – Special Relief Programme

HSBC has joined hands with Berendina in its “Sahana” – a special relief and livelihood empowerment initiative which is currently being implemented responding to COVID-19 crisis. Under this initiative, 3700 Economically Inactive Poor (EIP) families identified in 67 Divisional Secretariat divisions will receive Nutritious Food Pack for two months’ period. These DS divisions are located in 11 operational districts of Berendina including Ampara, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Batticoloa, Kandy, Kegalle, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Nuwara Eliya, Trincomalee and Vavuniya districts. HSBC has partnered with Berendina in many of its past projects benefitting the rural and plantation communities.

One of the communities most severely affected by the COVID-19 related lockdown is Economically Inactive Poor families (EIP) living in rural and plantation sector. These people, whose capabilities are extremely insufficient to engage in a productive economic activity due to many hindrances such as age, physical/mental strength and care commitments. These inherently vulnerable groups of people include abandoned elders who are physically not fit to engage in any kind of income generation, disabled people and widows with infants who has no regular income source.

The survival of these people are more often depended on the government social security programs and support receive from close relatives who are still struggling with their livelihood even the county is opened for economic activities. Responses in ensuring their food security are absolutely critical in making sure no-one is left behind during the crisis.

The Inauguration program of Nutritious Food Pack distribution held on 25th June 2020 at the Divisional Secretariat Office, Ambagamuwa at Ginigathena. The Chief Guest of the event was Mrs. Sithara Ruwini Gamage, Divisional Secretary, Ambagamuwa Divisional Secretariat while Mr. Jagath Harishchandra, General Manager, Berendina Employment Center was the Special Guest and distributed food packs along with the officials of Berendina to the members of EIP families who were present at the event.

Berendina Clients in Kahatagasdigiliya receive Dry Ration Packs

The micro credit clients of Berendina in Kahatagasdigiliya recently received dry ration packs under its Rs. 85 Million budget initiative “Sahana” – a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis. The distribution ceremony held on 24 June 2020 at the BMIC branch premises.

Dr. D. U. B. Pitahawatte, Head of MOH, Kahatagasdigiliya graced the ceremony as the Chief Guest while Police Officers attached to Kahatagasdigiliya Police Station, Agriculture Officer and other distinguished guests along with Berendina officials were present and distributed the dry ration packs to participants. 3,055 clients attached to the BMIC Kahatagasdigiliya branch will receive the dry ration packs through this initiative.

Berendina provides Yam Seeds to its Clients in Galigamuwa

Berendina distributed yam seeds to its clients attached to BMIC Galigamuwa Branch recently. “Sahana” - a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative is currently being implemented by Berendina responding to COVID-19 crisis. 78 clients who are into cultivation activities received yam seeds on 19th and 22nd June 2020 at the distribution ceremonies held at the Galigamuwa BMIC Branch. A technical awareness session on yam cultivation also was conducted to the clients by Mr. Saliya Senevirathna, Agriculture Instructor, Yasogoda Govijana Seva Centre.

Under the “Sahana” Initiative, Berendina has commenced distributing turmeric seeds, yam seeds, banana, Bangkok guava, cashew, cassava stems, coconut, ginger, papaya, pepper, spine gourd and tea plants for cultivation activities as well as Bee keeping among its micro finance clients to restart their livelihood activities. This will also enable them to be direct participants in increase of domestic food production. Earlier in May 2020, Berendina also provided turmeric seeds to a set of clients of BMIC Galigamuwa branch under Sahana initiative.

Berendina Clients in Serunuwara received Coconut Plants and Cassava Stems Under “Sahana” Initiative

A special distribution ceremony was held on 22 June 2020 to distribute coconut plants and cassava stems to 100 clients attached to BMIC Branch in Serunuwara recently. This distribution initiative comes under the “Sahana” - a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis implemented by Berendina in its 11 operational districts.

Mr. Seenitambi Muralitharan, Additional Director for Planning, Divisional Secretariat Office in Serunuwara was the Chief Guest of the ceremony while Mr. K. Santhirakanthan, Agriculture Development Officer and Mr. I. Jegathees, Technical Officer of Divisional Secretariat Office, Serunuwara, were the Special guests and distributed the coconut plants and cassava stems to the participants along with Berendina Officials.

Berendina Kilinochchi Clients received Coconut Plants Under “Sahana” Initiative

Berendina is presently implementing a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis in its 11 operational districts. Titled “Sahana” and under this initiative, 151 clients attached to the BMIC Kilinochchi Branch received coconut plants at a ceremony held on 17 June 2020 at the Kachcheri of Kilinochchi.

Mrs. Rupabathy Ketheeswaran, Government Agent, Kilinochchi, graced the ceremony as the Chief Guest and distributed the coconut plants to the clients were present at the event along with Berendina officials. Berendina officials also conducted field level distribution on 19 June 2020 in three locations namely, Selvanagar, Mavadiyamman and Mukkampan.

Berendina distributed Cassava stems to farmers in Thangavealuthapuram, Thirukovil

Under the “Sahana” – a special livelihood empowerment and dry ration distribution initiative responding to COVID-19 crisis, Berendina distributed cassava stems to 50 farmers of Thangavealuthapuram –Thirukovil recently. The distribution ceremony took place on 12 June 2020. These farmers belong to BMIC Akkaraipattru Branch and has been involved in cultivation activities.

Mr. R. Kajenthiran, Divisional Secretary, Thirukovil was the Chief Guest of the Distribution Ceremony while Mr. K. Sasisekaram, Assistant Divisional Secretary, Thirukovil and Mr. I. V. Kamalarajan, Chairman of Thirukovil Pradeshiya Sabha were participated as Special Guests and distributed cassava stems to the farmers.

Under the “Sahana” Initiative, Berendina has commenced distributing turmeric seeds, yam seeds, banana, Bangkok guava, cashew, cassava stems, coconut, ginger, papaya, pepper, spine gourd and tea plants for cultivation activities as well as Bee keeping among its micro finance clients to restart their livelihood activities. This will also enable them to be direct participants in increase of domestic food production.

Berendina commences “Sahana” – Dry Ration Distribution Initiative from Anuradhapura

Berendina commenced its “Sahana” – Dry Ration distribution initiative at Viharakallanchiya, Anuradhapura on 02nd June 2020. Berendina, an organization that supports the people at difficult times since its inception in 1992, has allocated Rs. 85 million budget to support its clients and beneficiaries through initiatives responding to present COVID-19 crisis. Under this significant initiative, 83,000 clients of Berendina from 11 operational districts will receive Dry Ration support. This project is one of the biggest dry rations distribution projects of the country.

Mr. Keerthi Gamage, Additional District Secretary - Anuradhapura District was the Chief Guest of the Ceremony. Mr. Gamini Senarathne, Divisional Secretary MaNuPa, Mr. Chandraguptha - Admin Officer, Divisional Secretariat, MaNuPa, Mr. Sumith Rathnayake, NGO Coordinator – Anuradhapura District, Miss. M. R. Dissanayake, Development Officer, Viharakallanchiya, Anuradhapura and Mr. Jagath Godakanda, Chairman, Berendina Micro Investments Company Ltd, participated as the Guests of Honour of the ceremony and distributed dry ration packs to 78 clients .

The distribution ceremony was organized following the heath guidelines such as hands sanitizing, wearing masks and keeping the required social distance among the participants..

In addition to its microfinance clients, Berendina also plans to distribute dry rations to 3,700 Economically Inactive Poor (EIPs) families who have received support including livelihood, housing and toilets projects in the past.

In addition to dry ration packs distribution, Berendina already commenced its support initiative to improve livelihood projects by distributing turmeric seeds, yam seeds and support for cultivating alternative crops to farmers attached to its branches in operational districts.

Berendina will also support banana, Bangkok guava, cashew, manioc, coconut, ginger, papaya, pepper, spine gourd and tea cultivations as well as Bee keeping among its micro finance clients in near future.

Berendina Distributes Yam Seeds to Farmers in Bulathkohupitiya Area

Berendina, an organization that supports the people at difficult times since its inception in 1992, has allocated Rs. 85 million budget to support its clients and beneficiaries through initiatives responding to present COVID-19 crisis. Under this initiative, 60 farmers in Bulathkohupitiya received Yams seeds for cultivation. This program is in line with Government Policy to increase domestic food production.

These farmers are Micro Finance clients of Berendina who were into cultivation activities. Two seeds distribution ceremonies were held at the Berendina Bulathkohupitiya branch Office on 27th and 28th May 2020 following the heath guidelines such as hand cleaning, wearing masks and keeping the required social distance. Each farmer received 5Kgs of yam seeds for cultivation.

Mrs. K. A. Nilanthi Wijesinghe, Assistant Director of Agriculture - Ruwanwella Region, Mr. R. M. H. Darshana Kumara, Agriculture Instructor - Bulathkohupitiya, Mr. B. M. P. Rathnayaka Area Manager, Kegalle Region - BMIC, Mr. Indika Branch Manager, Bulathkohupitiya - BMIC, Mr. R. A. P. Sampath, Enterprise Development Officer, BMIC and Ms. M. G. Minoli Sugathapala, PO – BDS were present at these occasions to distribute the seeds bags to the clients.

Under the same initiative, Berendina earlier distributed turmeric seeds to 75 farmers in Galigamuwa and Bulathkohupiya branches to start the cultivation in small plots in order to increase the income of local producers.

Berendina Staff and family members show their raw talents during Covid-19 Outbreak

Berendina Group organized special competitions to its staff and family members during the long locked down period in the country. These competitions paved way to show raw untapped talents of staff and family members in singing and drawing.

Children of staff members participated in drawing competition under 2 categories – Under 10 and age 10 – 15 categories. The staff competed in open singing competition and their children also got an opportunity to compete under 15 category. A total number of 35 entries received from branches in various locations for the competitions. The winners’ details as follows:

Drawing Competition for the Children of Employees

Category 1: Under 10

1st Prize: Chiranya Senuthmi

Staff: Sarathchandra

Branch: BMIC – Mawanella

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2nd Prize: Swan Vaneesha

Staff: Kushanth Benedict

Branch: BDS – Batticaloa

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Category 2: 10 – 15 Years

1st Prize: Sandika Dulnaka

Staff: Shiromi Harrison

Branch: BMIC – Dehiowita

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Singing Competition



Category 1: Staff

1st Prize: Mr. Uditha Wickremasinghe

Branch: BMIC Kahatagasdigiliya YouTube: Watch Videohttps://youtu.be/Pe4zT3DEk5A

2nd Prize: Mr. Malindu Kalishka

Branch: Head Office

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Category 2: Children of Staff Families (Under 15)

1st Prize: Saswin Manthisa

Parent: Pubudu Wanigasundara

Branch: BMIC – Dehiowita

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2nd Prize: Thinaya Devmanthi Kumara

Parent: R.P.S. Kumarawansha

Branch: Head Office

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BMIC offers Debt Moratorium Scheme and Loan interest waver to its Micro Finance Clients

BMIC has decided to provide a debt moratorium scheme for its Micro Finance clients who are severely affected by the recent COVID-19 outbreak. One of the largest players in the Microfinance industry in Sri Lanka, BMIC has an active client portfolio well over 83,000 clients as at 31st March 2020 and decided to implement a special scheme to support its clients.

A lockdown curfew was a first time experience for many Sri Lankans. Though this tough measure was taken to protect the country’s citizens, it greatly affected all segment of people without any difference of their work or business environment. It also severely affected self-employed and rural entrepreneurs who fully depends on open business environment to offer their products and services. Entrepreneurs who established their businesses by receiving microfinance faced severe hardships as they could not make substantial income to pay their loans on time. This situation was same for clients of BMIC as well since most of rural economic activities have become non operative.

Though Central Bank has directed banks and finance companies to provide loan moratorium period for borrows by issuing circular No 4 & 5 of 2020, it was a notable fact that these guide lines are not applicable for microfinance industry.

Though BMIC is not obliged to implement a debt moratorium scheme to its clients, being a poverty alleviation focused company, the Board of Directors of BMIC had decided to provide a special program to ease the burden of its clients. Accordingly, this moratorium scheme is applicable from March 2020 for those who did not pay their due instalment in March. For those who paid in March this scheme can be taken from April onwards due to the government imposed lockdown of whole country. Accordingly, clients can manage their daily essentials with the money retain with them in this difficult time.

However, there may be a few clients whose income sources may have been heavily affected, and as such 3 months’ moratorium may not be adequate for them. Such clients will be identified separately and may be provided with an extended loan moratorium period up to a maximum of 6 months.

BMIC also decided to waive off maximum of two-months interest as appropriate If any client who does not utilize the moratorium benefit and willing to pay the instalments on time.

The staff of Berendina has maintained communication with their clients throughout the lockdown period and provided sound advices on health measures and counselling to keep the positive outlook in the bleak business environment. The application process for moratorium scheme was commenced from 4th May 2020.

Further, BMIC decided to waive off major portion of the interest applicable for loan extended period if client settle the loan within original loan tenor even they enjoy moratorium.

Berendina provides Turmeric Seeds to 75 Farmers in Kegalle

Berendina is an organization support the people and in hard times since its inception in 1992 in addition to their normal poverty alleviation related development work. Our country and the people are experiencing an extremely difficult situation due to COVID 19 crisis. Berendina has allocated RS 85 million budget to support its clients and beneficiaries through initiatives responding to COVID-19 crisis. Under this initiative, 75 farmers in Galigamuwa and Bulathkohupiya branches received turmeric seeds to start the cultivation. These 75 farmers will grow 2 Acres in small plots by each farmer. Good quality seed material was not available in Kegalle. Therefore, Berendina through its branch office in Akkaraipattru found good quality seed material and transported to Kegalle taking approvals from health authorities and following all the health and safely protocols.

These farmers are Micro Finance clients of Berendina who were into cultivation activities. This program is in line with Government Policy to increase domestic production substituting imports in order to increase income of local producers and to manage the balance of payment issues. The seeds distribution ceremony was held at the Berendina Galigamuwa branch Office on 14th May 2020 with the participation of Mr. Susantha Herath – Divisional Secretary of Galigamuwa, Mr. J. C. R. D. Jayaratne - Grama Niladari and at the Berendina Bulathkohupitiya branch Office on 15th May 2020 with the participation of Mrs. J. M. Ramya Jayasundara - Divisional Secretary of Bulathkohupitiya, Mr. M. R. U. D. Senavirathne - Grama Niladari, Mrs. J. M. N. Wathsala Jayawardena - Export Agriculture Officer, Regional, branch managers and staff of Berendina.

Turmeric is a product that has demand always in the local and export market. The demand for Turmeric was increased with the lock down due to curtail of imports from India. Therefore, the market for turmeric in the future will not be a problem.