New Fair-grounds child care centre on Vellaioya Estate
Fair-grounds Foundation opens new child care centre
In presence of nearly 150 residents of the plantation, including many children, Arnoud Francken and Marcel Vogel of the Fair-grounds Foundation conducted the official opening of the new Fair-grounds child care centre on Vellaioya Estate, Upper Division Dandukella, in Sri Lanka on March 23, 2016. At the opening also the ambassadors of the PW Foundation from the Netherlands were present and they took the opportunity to offer Fair-grounds Foundation a nice cheque in the value of € 500,-.
We were warmly welcomed with garlands and in a long procession with music and dancing children we walked towards the new nursery. After unveiling of the opening plaque with loud firework popping and the cutting of the ribbon, children performed traditional local dances and people warmly expressed their gratitude by many speeches.
The final building result is impressive. This new day care centre has a surface of 159 m2, is equipped with a spacious playroom, good sanitary, a kitchen, small office and a separate sleeping area with cots. About 30 children aged 0 to 5 years whose parents work in the plantation, will be nursed in this beautiful place. Funds for this project are mainly acquired through the sales of Sunleaf® tea of Axxent Masters in Tea, as we make a reservation of € 0,50 for every kg sold.
Playground material like swings and seesaws was also installed next to the nursery, which was made possible through a financial donation from the employees of our banker Rabobank Alkmaar e/o. In an appropriate manner, attention was drawn to this aspect.
We all are very proud of this achievement and are very appreciative of the efforts done together with the people of Vellaioya Estate.
With the opening of this nursery, the Fair-grounds Foundation since its start in 2009, has built five nurseries on tea plantations in Sri Lanka. We consider it a common responsibility to maintain the condition of the buildings in good condition, so that future generations can benefit from a nice place to stay and play. .
We thank the estate and all friends of the Fair-grounds Foundation very much for making this project possible and wish all people involved a prosperous future in good health.
Would you like to donate after reading this news? Feel free and so via IBAN NL53TRIO0390369667 at Triodos Bank in the name of Fair-grounds Foundation - Gorinchem, The Netherlands. Thanks a lot!