The HNB Sustainability Foundation launched this initiative during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. We provided grants of Rs. 20 million to support 200 microfinance customers affected by the pandemic. Each customer was given up to Rs. 100,000 to upscale their business towards SME status.
Many HNB staff members donated a day’s salary to the healthcare sector with the bank matching this deposit to double the donation.
Our projects in 2020 included:
In 2021, we continued to support the healthcare sector through donations of medical and protective equipment. These included:
The following hospitals have also been beneficiaries of our donations.
1. Colombo North Teaching Hospital Ragama
2. Jaffna Municipal Council MOH
3. Jaffna Hospital New COVID-19 Ward
4. Kurunegala, Kuliyapitiya MOH
5. Giriulla COVID Center
6. Galle MOH
7. Habaraduwa MOH
8. Bope Poddala MOH
9. Karapitiya Teaching Hospital
10. Kandy Teaching Hospital
11. Gampola Hospital
12. Bandarawela DGH
13. Public Health Department -Colombo Municipal Council
14. Radawana Hospital – Kirindiwela
15. Pitakkote – MOH
16. Puttalam Base Hospital
17. Homagama Hospital
18. Maharagama Hospital
19. Bandarawela MOH
20. Batticalo MOH Office
21. Trincomalee MOH Office
22. Wellawaya MOH Office
23. Monaragala MOH Office
24. Bogawanthalawa MOH Office
25. Nuwara Eliya District General Hospital
26. Mahiyangana Base Hospital
27. Monaragala DGH
28. Negombo Hospital
29. Kalwanchikuddy MOH Office
30. Wariyapola COVID Centre
31. Polgahawela COVID Centre
32. Ambalangoda MOH office
33. Agunukolapelessa Hospital
34. Siyabalanduwa Base Hospital
35. Matara MOH Office
Providing safe drinking water and sanitation to many communities that lack this basic necessity, in line with the Millennium Development Goals has also been one of our priority projects over the past eight years. The Bank has supported villages, temples & churches, schools and drought hit areas with safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. Currently HNB is involved in a project to provide drinking water and sanitation facilities to pilgrims vising the Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada).
HNB continues to support the Cancer Counselling Centre . The centre established in 2007 in association with the Maharagama National Cancer institute, was the first of its kind in Sri Lanka to offer professional counselling services to patients as well as family members to overcome the trauma of being diagnosed with cancer. The HNB Sustainability Foundation took over the entire maintenance costs of the counselling centre in 2009, and approximately 3,000 people have been counselled to date. The Bank also helped set up a similar unit at the Teaching Hospital in Jaffna in 2011.
The HNB Sustainability Foundation through its ‘financial assistance to cancer patient's programme has supported 161 families to date. Patients/families identified by the Counseling Centre as those in need of financial assistance are provided a monthly financial supplement to overcome the financial burden of additional expenses due to cancer. This supplement is afforded over a period of 6 months and renewed depending on need.