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Sep 29, 2017

HNB launches ‘PRAGNA’ for SOS village children's education

Recognizing that knowledge development and education is the basis for a child’s intellectual, emotional and social development, HNB together with SOS Children’s Villages, launched the ‘PRAGNA’ account, to support and fund the education and schooling needs of over 4500 children, across all of the SOS Children’s Villages in Sri Lanka.

A simple ceremony to mark the occasion was held at SOS Village in Piliyandala, graced by SOS Villages’ International President Siddhartha Kaul together with top-officials from HNB’s senior management.

HNB, ‘Pragna’, meaning wisdom, can be accessed across all of HNB’s branches island-wide as well as their ATM’s. The Account will fund and support education of children housed at SOS Villages, most of whom are orphans, without parental care and those at the risk of losing parental care, thereby giving the children an opportunity of good education throughout, including undergraduate studies.

Expressing commitment to the cause, HNB’s Managing Director, Jonathan Alles said “We believe every child, whatever background, has the right to good education. By simply depositing as little as Rs 100/- into ‘Pragna Account’, can change the future of a child. By equipping the children with knowledge and education, undoubtedly gives them a head-start on their journey in life and we at HNB are privileged to be playing a role in it”.

Commenting on the initiative, SOS Children’s Villages International President said: “Education is a pre-requisite for preparing young people for a secure life. At SOS Children’s Villages we strongly believe and advocate, investment in education is the best way to ensure a child’s future’’

“My vision is to empower young people through education enabling them to have employable skills when they leave our care, giving them confidence to stand on their own two feet and make a meaningful life in their society,” he added.

Currently, there are over 21 students, who lived and were brought up at SOS Children’s Villages, at Universities in Sri Lanka and overseas.

‘Pragna’ by HNB hopes to raise Rs. 120 million by the year 2018, exclusively for schooling and school needs plus tuition and extra educational activities to ensure that the child receives adequate support for quality education. Those seeking to make a deposit towards this worthy cause can make a donation in the name of Pragna Account Number: 038020462474.

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