Flemingo Foundation partners with “The Music Project for Children”
Flemingo Foundation, the CSR arm of Flemingo International has signed an agreement to partner with The Music Project as part of its CSR initiatives. As part of this, Flemingo will sponsor the music education for the children of Lakdas De Mel College, Kurunegla for the period of April 2016 to March 2017.
The sponsorship includes their weekly classes, holiday programmes, festival programmes, competition as well as the Bi-annual UNITE orchestra residential workshop where the music project children from all schools come together.The Music Project is inspired by El Sistema (a publicly financed voluntary sector music education program in Venezuela,) and aims to foster a sense of musical achievement on an individual and personal level by providing those whose lives might have been affected by poverty, war or abuse, a therapeutic and holistic opportunity to excel and fulfil their own potential within a thriving musical community.
The Project aims to provide links between the children of the north and south using music as the link language and to ensure long term ties. As the programme progresses, the two orchestral communities from the north and south, work together to perform and participate in workshops that would involve instrumentalists and specialists. This end result would ensure that the kids of two diverse communities establish links through music, thereby achieving social cohesion, unity and harmony.
“Educate to Protect” Srilanka
Local partners – Inner Wheel district 322 club
Program overview: An educational and humanitarian mission to raise awareness
amongst Sri Lankan school children, as well as their parents and educators, against
silent child abuse, and provide them with a “1929” Emergency Call Number
facilitated in coordination with the Child Protection Authority of Sri Lanka. The
program was incepted back in September 2013, and has successfully and
effectively reached more than 25,000 children and more than 5800 adults.
Outreach summary (January’15 to June’15): During the period January to June,
around 6400 children and 1857 adults were reached through the awareness
sessions. In total, 15 sessions were conducted across regions including Habarana,
Tangalle, Pamunugama, Matale, Mulativu, Horowpathana, Tudella, Kurunegala,
Uswetakeiyawa, Kandana and Piliyandala.
Highlights of the year:
Educate to protect conducted on 23rd of March, 2015, two celebration sessions for more than 500 Sri Lankan school girls gathered at Nimala Maria Balika Vidyalaya School Hall in Tudella, in the morning and for 500 Sri Lankan Mothers in the afternoon of the same day, in the presence of 40 Educators, Members of the Provincial and School Counsels and representative of the Chief Minister of Women’s Affairs.
Conducted a session for 1000 school children covering 5 schools in Kurunegela on the 29thof April, 2015.
Conducted a session on the 28th of May, 2015 for 700 children and 300 parents at the request of Supreme Court officials.
Way Forward: The current Inner Wheel District 322 chairman Ms Shantha has stepped down this month and a new chairman has been selected. The CSR team is exploring possibilities of continuing this program with the new incoming team. There is a possibility of Inner Wheel not participating in the program for the upcoming year. The team is also looking at other options and a proposal would be put forward to the board in this regard.
“Project Inspire” India
Local Partners: SOS Children’s Villages Chennai, India
Project Goals - Partnering with SOS Children Villages, in Chennai, India on the creation of “Project Inspire”, where exceptional underprivileged children were adopted academically by Flemingo Foundation, and Flemingo is sponsoring their educational journey with the prospect of nurturing them into a having a brighter more secure future with Flemingo as their backbone and potential future employer.
Way forward: It is highly recommended we consider extending the program for this year.
Reasons for further support and funding: The vast benefits attained by the orphaned children themselves from Flemingo Funding both academically and psychologically instilling joy and hope in a bright future. In addition to the improvement in their general health and wellbeing by providing them with the necessary funds for these essential requirements by any child growing up in a healthy, productive and secure environment.
The journey of thousand miles begins with one step. Over the years, Flemingo has expanded its foot print globally.