The Change Trust Fund
The Change Trust Fund
The Change Trust Fund was established in 1999 by Dialog on an innovative locally engineered, usage based charity computation. Under the programme, post-paid subscribers are invited to donate half a percent (0.5%) of their Dialog Mobile bill to the Fund up to a maximum of Rs. 25/=, with Dialog matching this donation.
The fund is disbursed to disadvantaged communities of society upon evaluation on a case by case basis within the same five outreach CR thematic areas identified by Dialog. Hence every call made from a Dialog mobile can make a positive change in transforming the future, today. Volunteerism is a core element of Change Projects within the organisation and enables employees from cross functional teams to collaborate with customers for an altruistic cause.
The Change Trust Fund is a powerful reminder that Corporates have a significant role to play in the development of the community & its welfare and was awarded the prestigious World GSM Award, in 2001.
Empowering the Differently Able
Kosala Dullewa Foundation
The Kosala Dullewa Foundation for Children with special needs, established under an act of parliament, was formed to assist underprivileged children of different physical and mental disabilities irrespective of their caste, creed or religion to become equal and useful citizens of our motherland.
Dialog together with the Kosala Dullewa Foundation organised a medical camp for differently able children to mark the World Down Syndrome day which is 21st March. We provided an opportunity for the children to get themselves checked by General Physicians, ENT specialists and Dentists who are government certified medical practitioners. The medical camp was sponsored by Dialog. Our aim was to identify special needs of these special children and help them with medical care.
Project was completed on the 21st March 2009
The EASE Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which provides training in Facilitated Communication to non-verbal autistic children. The Foundation was established by Chandima Rajapatirana who has used Facilitated Communication very successfully since 1991,and works to introduce this technique as well as other alternative communication techniques to Sri-Lanka.
Dialog funded the training of a group of teachers in ‘Facilitated Communication to Non-Verbal Autistic Children”. Our objective in funding this program was to help empower the differently able in our society.
The project was completed in December 2008
Youth and Education
Panapitiya Sir Razak Fareed Vidyalaya
The school consists of 185 students and was inaugurated in 1948. Classes are conducted in Tamil medium for Ordinary and Advanced level students. They had an area, which was used as a Hall and library at the same time. The school did not have sufficient furniture for the library. They were using a cupboard, which belongs to someone else. Dialog donated necessary furniture, equipment and books to set up a fully-equipped library in the school. Dialog’s objective was to inculcate the habit of reading in children by facilitating library lessons.
The project was completed in January 2009
Watawana Kanishta Vidyalaya
This school is situated in Mahiyanganaya in the Sora Bora Janapadhaya, and comprises of approximately 250 children from grade 01-11. A very old classroom in poor condition is currently being used as the library and the school is in desperate need of a library room. Dialog will be funding the construction of a new building to be used as the school library and providing them with other requirements for the library. The objective of donating a library to the school is to help enhance rural children’s literacy levels.
Rambodagama Vidyalaya is a government school situated in Ramboda, which conducts classes from grade 01 to grade 05. However, the school receives minimal support for development. As a result, the school only has one building for all purposes.
Dialog decided to provide the school with play ground equipments since the school consists of children from Grade 01-05, as they are essential for children of that particular age group.
ICT for Development
Sri Dharmodaya Daham Pasala
Sri Dharmodaya Daham Pasala is situated in a little village called Hatamuna in Hingurakgoda, which belongs to the Polonnaruwa District. Hatamuna is located around 5 km from Hingurakgoda town and has around 300 families living there. The villagers are engaged in farming as their main source of income. The temple was founded in 1948 and the Sunday school was started by the present head monk in 1971 and has been in operation ever since. Sunday school is the most important educational institution in any village. We at Dialog helped the temple with setting up a Computer Centre to educate the children in computer technology and open doors for idea generation and innovative thinking.
This school consists of students from under privileged families. Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim students who are mostly from broken families are educated in this school. To make the students computer literate in order to be competent in today’s rapidly growing computer culture, Dialog will be setting up a computer unit at the school from scratch.
Kaloogalla Tamil Vidyalaya
Kaloogalla Tamil Vidyalaya is a government school, which is managed by the Central Provincial Council. The school, situated in a hilly tea estate dates back to 1908. The school consists of 200 students studying from grade 01-08 and 08 teachers. The Principal and teachers are keen on teaching Information Technology since, the subject has been included in the new syllabus for classes above grade 8. Due to lack of resources in the area, these children have never seen a computer before. Dialog hopes to facilitate access to Information Technology for children in rural areas and to create awareness on the importance of computer literacy in pursuing jobs. Dialog provided computers with other peripherals, computer furniture and also refurbished a room to be used as the computer lab in order to facilitate computer education in the school.
The project was completed in January 2009
St. Rogus School, Chilaw
Ambakandawila St. Rogus School is a school in Chilaw, which consists of approximately 700 students starting from grade 01 up to Grade 11. Most of the children in the school hail from fisher families in the area. These families in general float very close to the poverty line and as a result, parents stop their children from schooling at a very young age and encourage them to take on fishing. Dialog provided the necessary computers, peripherals, and furniture to establish a computer room. The provision of more computers helps accommodate more children per computing session and thereby aids computer education in the school.
Sunflower Village is a government-approved charity initiated with the objective of setting up a self-sufficient facility for the differently able. In 2006, Dialog provided them with facilities requested for their computer center. The most valuable and appreciated contribution started in April 2007 when the Dialog scholars of the Moratuwa University Engineering faculty volunteered to come forward to train these children in computer studies. Dialog continued to support the computer unit by focusing on continuing the computer program, which was initiated in 2006. Dialog provided more computers and peripherals to improve the facilities of the computer lab.
Project was completed on the 27th May 2009
Safe Bottle Lamp Foundation
Kerosene burns are a common home accident due to the wide use of kerosene lamps. Many people use unsafe lamps made out of used bulbs and vitamin bottles that topple easily causing extensive burns, resulting in pain lasting months and severe scarring, sometimes associated with blindness, loss of fingers and even death. As a result, consultant surgeon Dr. Wijaya Godakumbura with help from a committee of ten designed the Safe Bottle Lamp Foundation with the approval of the WHO and many other organisations. Dialog’s objective was to minimise usage of unsafe bottle lamps and introduce safe bottle lamps to families in rural areas. Dialog funded the foundation to purchase 10,000 lamps and distributed them to villagers in areas such as Attanagalla, Dambulla, Welamitiyawa, Alawwa, Mahaoya , Kurunegala & Athanagalla where there is no electricity.
The last phase of the Project was completed on the 20th June 2009
Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Borella
LRH in Borella is the premier tertiary care hospital of Sri Lanka with 875 beds and is the largest children’s hospital in the South East region. Our objective was to provide entertainment and education to children who visit LRH for treatment and to create a hospital environment that is more pleasant and hospitable. Dialog provided the cable networks and the satellite receivers and Dialog TV connections with 04 relevant channels (Rupavahini, Pogo, Cartoon Network, and Discovery) in some of the wards and waiting areas.
Project was completed on the 27th February 2009
Mental Hospital, Angoda
The Mental Hospital in Angoda prominently stands out as the main psychiatric hospital in Sri Lanka since it was initiated more than 80 years ago. So far, the hospital is trying to cope with rising patient numbers and various other issues, yet trying its best to offer a good service to the community with limited resources. The hospital currently has more than 1,000 inmates. The hospital is in the process of refurbishing some of their wards and Dialog contributed towards the interior of the new wards.
The project was completed in February 2009
Sahanaya, National Council for Mental Health
The National Council for Mental Health is a community mental health resource centre for rehabilitation, education, & training in mental health care. The place is run by funds from donors. We at Dialog funded Sahanaya towards giving the main play area, dining and kitchen areas a facelift by painting the interiors of these halls. Dialog’s objective was to make it a more homely and hospitable environment for the patients.
The project was completed in November 2009
Varam – Youth Self Employment Project
Varam Sri Lanka is a non-profit social service organisation, registered with the social services ministry aimed at supporting children in the tourist areas prone to abuse. Dialog helped the center with setting up a mini paper recycling plant last year. Dialog’s aim in supporting this center is to help change the lives of children who are vulnerable to abuse in the tourist-coastal areas in the south. In 2007, Dialog funded the construction and purchase of machinery for manufacturing of handmade paper. This year we will be providing them with the additional requirements and introduce new markets for their products.
National Cancer Hospital
The Maharagama Cancer hospital provides OPD and in-house treatment to thousands of cancer patients from all parts of the country. On an average 2,000 to 2,500 patients receive treatment from the Maharagama Cancer Hospital each day. The hospital has the capacity to accommodate up to 170 in-house patients. Dialog has been offering assistance to the hospital under the Change Trust Fund in the past years to make the stay at the hospital more comfortable for the patients by providing their basic requirements. This year Dialog will be refurbishing a ward and providing them with the necessary furniture.
Kidney Transplant Support Foundation
The foundation was established to help those Kidney patients who would otherwise die due to lack of facilities, to perform regular dialysis or kidney donors. The Renal failure is rapidly on the increase and there is no distinction of age, or gender to be a potential candidate. Sri Lanka has over 8,000-end stage renal failure patients who need over 1,000 Dialysis machines to provide adequate Dialysis (Purification of the blood) and only 100 machines exist to cater to the need. As a responsible corporate citizen, Dialog donated Rs. 500,000 in cash to the foundation towards the betterment of the facilities offered to patients.