Johnson Matthey has extended its commitment to the Thumbe school in Ullala, Sri Lanka, with its most recent contribution invested in building a wall at the school compound to prevent children from falling and injuring themselves.

The new wall will prevent children from falling and injuring themselves.
The new wall will prevent children from falling and injuring themselves.

Support following the Boxing Day tsunami

When the tsunami hit the Indian Ocean on 26th December 2004, water destroyed many people's livelihoods. Johnson Matthey swiftly reacted, along with the global community, and pledged not only to send immediate relief, but to help the affected communities deal with the long term consequences.

As part of this commitment, JM has been supporting the education of Sri Lankan children by sponsoring their school supplies and fees. This is made possible through JM's association with charity organisation UK Friends of Galle, which is run by Siri, a Sri Lankan man living and working in the UK.

Every penny that Johnson Matthey donates goes towards the children's education – none of it is lost in administration – and the funds are providing much needed and appreciated support. JM's donations have helped to rebuild a school and orphanage and will soon kick-start a project to build a library for the Thumbe School.

Modest gesture, big impact

Siri said: "Sri Lankans do not do ceremonies by half, so there will be a big event at the end of the month to inaugurate the wall, together with the local chief Minister and local dignitaries."

Johnson Matthey's Sustainability Director Sean Axon said: "It's great to see tangible outcomes from our ongoing commitment to enabling children's education around the world. Health and safety is our priority so it's particularly gratifying to help keep the children of Thumbe school safe as they learn and play. As we move beyond our Sustainability 2017 goals I look forward to exploring more opportunities to support communities in Sri Lanka and beyond through our local partnership initiatives and our international charity partner programmes."