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The Hemas Outreach Foundation is a Sri Lankan Government approved charity and focuses on educating and empowering the under-privileged children of Sri Lanka.

Established by Hemas Holdings PLC one of the largest conglomerates in Sri Lanka, the Foundation has two key projects – Project Piyawara and Project Big Heart – focusing on children aged 3-12 years.

Big Heart
Hemas Piyawara

Initiated in 2002, the Piyawara programme was launched in partnership with the Children’s Secretariat of the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs. The programme aims to enrich the lives of underprivileged children of Sri Lanka by focusing on key aspects within the framework of ECCD.

Piyawara is managed by the Hemas Outreach Foundation (www.hemasoutreach.com) and stands today as a successful initiative, a sustainable and ongoing project by Hemas and the Children’s Secretariat, demonstrating the success of government - private sector partnerships in addressing national issues and creating strong communities.

Our Vision

Impact the lives of 1 Million families in Sri Lanka through “Healthful Living” by 2025

Our Mission

To nurture young children with good care in order to provide a SOLID FOUNDATION for a life long journey

Hemas Ayati

Ayati Trust Sri Lanka is a charitable trust incorporated between the University of Kelaniya, a state university in Sri Lanka and Hemas Holdings and MAS Holdings.

Disability includes mental and physical disabilities. Children with disabilities have individual, innate strengths and talent through which they can contribute positively to society. It is with this understanding that Ayati (meaning ‘Hope’ in Sanskrit) was setup, to help improve their quality of life and independence, and provide them with the opportunity to develop and blossom into their full potential. This will help these children become included into mainstream society and have a significant impact on their lives, their families and society at large

Our Aims

Ayati is a long term national initiative which has three main aims.

  • Constructing and operating a National Centre for children with disabilities
  • Changing the mindset of the public to eliminate any stigma and promote acceptance of children with disabilities
  • Extending the services to the rural areas of Sri Lanka in time to come
Hemas Big Heart Project

Big Heart Project

Launched as a project to mark the 50th anniversary of the Hemas flagship brand Baby Cheramy in 2012, the Big Heart Project partners with the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs to support children impacted by poverty continue their education uninterrupted. Through this project, 69 under privileged children between the ages 6-12 were provided scholarships consisting of a monthly stipend of Rs. 2000 to assist them complete their primary education from Grade 1 to Grade 5. The first phase of the project which included a batch of 57 children was completed in October 2019 while the second batch of 12 children from the Haldamulla area will continue to receive scholarships till the end of 2020. The project is monitored by the Department of Child Probation and quarterly progress reports are sent to the foundation. ​