Deutsche Post DHL Group partners with SOS Children's Villages Sri Lanka to empower youths



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Left to Right- Najeeb-ur Rahman, Country Manager, DHL Global Forwarding Sri Lanka, Divakar Ratnadurai, Deputy National Director, SOS Children's Villages Sri Lanka and Dimithri Perera, Country Manager, DHL Express Sri Lanka


Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL), the world’s leading postal and logistics group, recently partnered with the SOS Children's Villages Sri Lanka to support youth from challenged backgrounds to gain employability and foster empowerment. SOS Children's Villages Sri Lanka is an umbrella organization under SOS Children's Villages International.


As part of a global partnership initiated by DPDHL Group in 2011 to uplift the personal and professional skills of youth in developing countries, a unique development program will be launched with the SOS Children's Villages Sri Lanka.


The Group will launch its Youth Employability Skills and Competencies program, initially at the SOS Children’s Villages in Piliyandala. The program will commence during the fourth quarter of 2018 and will continue annually. It will cover a wide variety of activities held over the course of the year to help participants gain employment with training in job-hunting skills, personal maturity and social skills. The program will empower youths and enhance their employability.


Commenting on the program launch, Dimithri Perera, Country Manager, DHL Express Sri Lanka, said: "As a socially responsible company, we believe we have a part to play in fostering youth participation in training and employability programs, which will help them to gain the relevant skills and confidence to achieve an independent and sustainable livelihood."


About 25 youth between the ages of 15 and 20 housed at the SOS Children’s Villages in Piliyandala will have the opportunity to attend these sessions. Employees of DHL Express Sri Lanka and DHL Global Forwarding Sri Lanka will volunteer their time to implement the program and mentor the participants. Selected industry professionals will also assist the students.


"We strongly believe our program will have a positive impact in creating employment opportunities for these young people. Our employees are looking forward to participating in the program and being an inspiring influence for the youths," noted Najeeb-ur Rahman, Country Manager, DHL Global Forwarding Sri Lanka.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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