Sampath Bank’s ‘Gasai Mamai Pubudu Pothai’ tree planting program kicks into high gear with vegetable garden initiative

Sampath Bank recently launched the expansion of its Gasai Mamai Pubudu Pothai tree planting program with the introduction of a market gardening program at the Zonal Education Office, Piliyandala. The Bank launched its “Gasai Mamai Pubudu Pothai” tree planting program in 2021 with the participation of schools located in areas where it had previously undertaken its “Wewata Jeewayak” reservoir restoration program. Satisfied with the progress and positive results of this program, the Bank launched this initiative – a market gardening program with the enthusiastic participation of students, teachers and head teachers from the Zonal Education Office, Piliyandala. In the future, the Bank plans to expand this program to selected 100 schools in Colombo and Colombo Suburbs.

The plan is to distribute ten types of vegetable seeds plus organic fertilizer and a set of cultivation tools per school, depending on the school’s request or at the discretion of each school. Sampath Bank purchased the seeds from the Seed Planting Material Development Center of the Ministry of Agriculture. Meanwhile, “Gasai Mamai Pubudu Pothai”, the planting program of young fruit trees launched last year is being successfully implemented in the education areas of Bibile, Kahatagasdigiliya, Talawakelle, Dehiattakandiya, Hingurakgoda and Jaffna.

The objective of this program is to instill the traditional values ​​of the culture in the younger generation, while building environmental awareness in the minds of these schoolchildren.

“Building on the success of the tree planting program was the next logical step,” said Lalith Weragoda, Group Human Resources Director, Sampath Bank PLC. “Planting trees promises great future benefits and encourages school children to develop long-term goals – Growing vegetables in school gardens is the next step to strengthen the connection between the environment and school children. It was the idea behind Sampath Bank’s “Gasai Mamai Pubudu Pothai” market gardening campaign.

Despite the obstacles currently faced by the banking sector in Sri Lanka, Sampath Bank has managed to maintain all of its capital ratios well above regulatory requirements throughout the first quarter of 2022. During this time, Sampath Bank has implemented all government-led moratorium programs for eligible customer segments impacted by the pandemic. The Bank’s digitization strategy has also continued to prove itself in these difficult times by ensuring a more accessible and secure banking experience for customers.

Sampath Bank is a 100% local bank deeply rooted in the lives of Sri Lankans. Established in 1987, the bank has grown into a state-of-the-art financial institution that continues to be a market leader today through its constant innovation and customer-focused approach to business. It has introduced many firsts in the Sri Lankan banking industry including the introduction of ATMs in Sri Lanka, extended opening hours, zero-slip banking and the adaptation of blockchain technology, to name a few. As part of its visionary 2022 approach, the bank is gradually transforming into a “technology-enabled bank” approach, starting from the traditional approach of a bank adopting technology.

Ryan H. Bowman