The Eden Resort & Spa reached yet another milestone in its long continued efforts of uplifting the lives and livelihoods of the Beruwala community by inaugurating the first phase of the building project at the Moragalla Junior School in Beruwala.
Initiated by the management and staff of The Eden Resort & Spa, financial assistance for the first phase of the Moragalla Junior School building was provided by Miss Chris McGrail, a frequent visitor to Eden hailing from West Midlands, UK. Affiliated to the Redhill School of England as the Deputy Head Teacher, Miss Chris McGrail spearheaded the fundraising activities for the construction of the school building through the students and parents of Redhill, UK.
The first section of the building was handed over to the Moragalla Junior School allowing them to increase its student intake. The opening ceremony took place recently under the patronage of Miss Chris McGrail, General Manager of The Eden Resort & Spa, Mr. Eksath Wijeratne, religious leaders, and the Principal of the school, Mrs. Kumarasiri. Teachers and students of the Moragalla Junior School, hoteliers of the Bentota-Beruwela region and members of the community were also present.
Launched as part of the Hotel’s corporate social responsibility programmes, the construction of the two-storey school building commenced in 2014 with the aim of completing the project in two stages. The building was designed to accommodate 08 additional classrooms, which would be constructed at a total investment of about Rs. 16 million. With the objective of early completion, the second phase of the project will commence soon with the financial support of the various fundraising activities organised by Redhill UK and the management and staff of The Eden Resort & Spa.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr. Eksath Wijeratne said, “Giving back to the community which we operate in is strongly aligned with the culture of our group (LOLC) and I am confident that this project will make a positive impact on many lives in this community and that it would be an immeasurable investment on the future of Beruwala. I take this moment to gratefully acknowledge the generous assistance extended to us by our honoured guest, Miss Chris McGrail as well as the students, parents and staff of the Redhill School UK for making this possible’.
Currently, the Moragalla Junior School provides education to 210 students, with 20 teachers and staff members on its cadre. In addition to the building project, The Eden Resort & Spa has provided financial assistance and held numerous educational programs aimed at providing greater educational facilities for the children of the Moragalla Junior School.
Miss Chris McGrail of Redhill UK, and General Manager of The Eden Resort & Spa, Mr. Eksath Wijeratne being welcomed by the students and Principal of the Moragalla Junior School.
Students of the Moragalla Junior School welcoming the guests
The completed first phase of the school which was ceremonially declared open
Miss Chris McGrail of Redhill UK, opening the new school building
Students of the Moragalla Junior School in their new classroom