Johnson Matthey began its support of the schools after the devastating tsunami in 2004

Sri Lankan school children supported by Johnson Matthey
Sri Lankan school children supported by Johnson Matthey

Johnson Matthey has a long tradition of charitable giving; we can trace this back to 1838 when we began a partnership with the Royal London Society of the Blind, an organisation that we still support today. Since then we have worked with many charities that make a positive impact through education.

Making a positive impact

As part of our Sustainability 2017 strategy, we support work in this area by partnering with organisations around the world that foster educational opportunities for the next generation. This includes our longstanding support of three schools in the Galle region of Sri Lanka through the charity, United Kingdom Friends of Galle (UKFG).

Johnson Matthey began its support of the schools after the devastating tsunami in 2004 and has built on that relationship for more than 10 years, financing scholarships for 36 children. Two of the recipients are now at university, one of whom gained one of the highest O Level results in the country before passing her A Levels.

Empowerment through education

Our funding is having an incredibly positive impact, as the Chair of our Charity Investment Committee discovered when she took time out to visit the schools whilst on holiday last year. She had the opportunity to meet with students and hear first hand how they are benefiting from our support. She also made presentations to 14 students who had recently completed their 11+ exams, something that wouldn't have been possible without the work of UKFG.

Johnson Matthey's commitment to education has already created a lasting legacy for these communities and the partnership will continue to grow. Next year, to mark our 200th anniversary, we will provide funding to construct a library for Thumbe, the most deprived of the three schools, through which we can support students' learning in Sri Lanka for many years to come.