Sarvodaya Finance nurtures children’s aesthetic skills via international exposure


Dr. Mrs. Charika Marasinghe - Member of Trustee Board and Child Rights Advisor delivering a special speech on ‘Child leadership and Child contribution to the 21st century’ and Renowned Malaysian artist Lim Jee Yuan conducting an educational session on Creative Arts.

Sarvodaya Development Finance Ltd., a leading financial firm in the forefront of Sri Lanka’s micro finance industry, recently held an aesthetically enriched workshop with international exposure for children at Ape Gama Premises at Battaramulla. Renowned Malaysian Artist Lim Jee Yuan and Sri Lanka’s veteran artist Deshamanya Jayasiri Semage shared their expertise in the subject, giving a one of a kind experience to the young participants.

The program was held under the patronage of Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne – Founder and President of Sarvodaya Movement, where Channa de Silva – Chairman of Sarvodaya Development Finance (SDF), Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne – Director of SDF, Chaminda Rajakaruna – Executive Director of SDF and Mr. Dharmasiri Wickramathilaka – CEO of SDF also graced the occasion.

Aiming to provide a platform to nurture budding young artists island-wide, Sarvodaya Finance’ children’s savings account ‘Pancha’ spearheaded an all island art competition by the name ‘Pancha Dinana Siththara’ early this year. Held in two phases - regionally and nationally under three age categories (viz. 4 to 6, 7 to 10 and 11 to 14), the art competition received over 1000 applications from all parts of the country, where 150 artworks were curated. These 150 students along with their artworks were convened to Ape Gama premises, where internationally renowned Malaysian Artist Mr. Lim Jee Yuan and Sri Lanka’s leading artist Deshamanya Jayasiri Semage further curated nine grand finalists, comprising three final winners for each category.

Apart from the 150 finalists and their parents, another 100 children from schools in Colombo district were invited to partake in a special art workshop conducted by Mr. Lim Jee Yuan. Joining the workshop, Dr. Mrs. Charika Marasinghe - Member of Trustee Board and Child Rights Advisor also delivered an insightful lecture on ‘Child leadership & Child Contribution to the 2st Century’, stressing on the importance of a holistic development to help a child become a full-fledged adult.

An art exhibition showcasing all 150 artworks was held at the Ape Gama premises, brimming with rustic backdrops and serene environment ideal for inducing inspirations among children. Interactive workshops were held by the two veteran artists – Mr. Lim Jee Yuan and Deshamanya Jayasiri Semage, building up from the fundamentals in drawing while inculcating innovative ideas for inspirations.

The program reached a culmination with the certificate awarding ceremony, where all 150 child artists were awarded with certificates of participation as well as attractive school bags. The nine grand finalists were awarded with the respective certificates as well as valuable cash prizes. To mark the iconic event, free Pancha savings passbooks with a deposit of Rs.500/- each were also awarded to 100 students, as a means of inculcating the habit of saving from a very young age.

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