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HNB Donates Books to 200 School Libraries under its Nena Pubuduwa Programme







Hatton National Bank, the premier private sector commercial bank in the country takes pride in continuing to enhance its community development projects.

At a ceremony held on 19th November 2013 the Bank donated books worth over Rs 2.5 million to 200 under privileged schools in the country.

Most of the rural schools lack even the basic facilities. There is, for example, a scarcity of teachers, resulting in poorly developed students. Libraries with a good collection of wide-ranging books will promote self-study and enhance the minds of our children. Wishing to be part of a project that would provide resources that would touch people's lives and inspire their imagination, learning and creativity and taking a long term view to aid high literacy HNB launched the "Nena Pubuduwa" school library scheme in 2005.

The Nena Pubuduwa programme aims to provide opportunities to under privileged children in rural schools to enhance knowledge and derive the simple pleasure of exploring the world through books with a special emphasis on stimulating a love of reading and learning in children. It works to promote international and inter-cultural understanding and awareness, improve and expand knowledge of English and ICT thus creating opportunities for higher education and employment.

HNB believes in the sustainability of these projects and thus continues to support and facilitate the teaching and learning activities of the School, by adding to the collection of books each year and equipping the libraries with computers.

Hatton National Bank was named the Best Retail Bank in Sri Lanka by the Asian Banker magazine for the sixth consecutive year. And was named the Bank of the Year in Sri Lanka for the year 2012 by the UK based banker magazine.



Mr Jonathan Alles, Managing Director/CEO, Mrs Ruvini Thenabadu, Deputy General Manager - Corporate & Wholesale Banking & Mrs Chiranthi Cooray, Assistant General Manager - Human Resources handing over the books to the children of Mahinda Vidyalaya, Colombo 10. Mrs P A P S Wickremanayake, Vice Principal of Mahinda Vidyalaya is also in the picture.