Keells responds to farmers under lockdown in Sooriyaweva
Keells has been one of the frontliners who were ready to support the community at the time of need. During the lockdown, they took measures to look after their key suppliers of fresh goods.
As Sooriyaweva has been one of the key locations in the supply chain of organic produce for Keells since 2010, local authorities reached out, stating certain areas in Sooriyaweva were under lockdown and homes under self-quarantine required essential goods. In response, Keells arranged 300 packs of essentials that were distributed to this community, with the support of the officials from the Sooriyaweva Divisional Secretariat on 2nd May 2020.
The farmers in the area of Sooriyaweva has been continuously supporting the business by providing fresh vegetables and fruits that have contributed to the growth of Keells, therefore during these challenging times, ensuring these families are supported in whatever way necessary is an undertaking the business is willing to commit to, in order to rebuild their lives and help them regain a steady source of income. Together with the John Keells Foundation, Keells has facilitated 180 English language scholarships in Sooriyaweva since 2016, to children in the age category of 12 to 14 years.
Supporting community efforts during this COVID-19 pandemic period will play an important role in ensuring vulnerable groups of the population & the needy are adequately supported. In late March, Keells donated 20 tons of vegetables to armed forces, the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) and to charity organizations just before the lockdown. A request from the Gampaha District Hospital for face masks was also fulfilled by providing the hospital with 500 N95 masks in April. As Mr. Charitha Subasinghe, President Retail for the John Keells Group ascertains, “It is by supporting one another and working together that a challenge of this magnitude can be overcome. Even corporates, have a responsibility to ensure all stakeholders make it through these challenging times and that is possibly how, together we can overcome this as a nation”.