Lycamobile commits £1 million long term investment in schemes to help people in Sri Lanka overcome poverty through education, livelihoods and health.
International mobile operator Lycamobile has joined forces with The British Asian Trust, a Prince’s Charity, to provide access to education, employment and health care in Sri Lanka’s poorest regions. A £1 million grant from Lycamobile was announced by HRH The Prince of Wales recently at Windsor Castle.
“In Sri Lanka we are involved in grassroots projects such as helping fishermen to purchase their boats to enable them to support themselves. It is a literal example of that old adage “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to fish and you feed him for life,” said The Prince. “To help make all this possible, I was thrilled to learn that Lycamobile has committed £1 million through its Foundation to be dispersed by my Trust to aid education, health and the building of livelihoods, and for that I am enormously grateful.”
One of The British Asian Trust’s leading corporate partners, Lycamobile will now be supporting crucial charitable work in both India and Sri Lanka.
Subaskaran Allirajah, Chairman of Lycamobile said, “Lycamobile is committed to providing long term support to people in need. Our current partnership with The British Asian Trust has already been successful in the on-going Skills and Training project which enables youth from slums in Chennai, India to gain employable skills. I am delighted to extend this partnership to Sri Lanka where we can make a significant impact on the lives of disadvantaged people.”
The £1 million grant over four years is Lycamobile’s second major donation to The British Asian Trust. Lycamobile is already working with the Trust in Chennai, India to foster employment for 1,500 young people through skills and training.
Manoj Badale, Chairman of The British Asian Trust, welcomed Lycamobile’s continuing support. “Our partnership with Lycamobile is transforming disadvantaged individuals, families and entire communities. Lycamobile’s charitable support means a lot to us. Working together we are catalysing change across South Asia,” he said.