Past and minor Involvements

Monday, April 12, 2010

Virtusa donates to Rehabilitation Efforts

I have been involved in a Virtusa CSR initiative to support the rehabilitation efforts in Sri Lanka for the Commissioner General Rehabilitation's Office. There are a lot of rehabilitates who are interested in a vocation in ITES/BPO and thus Virtusa was invited to help guide a program that would help meet those aspirations. Virtusa decided to make a significant donation at this critical post-civil war period to help the rehabilitation efforts. The donation included a computer lab with 30 computers (running Ubuntu) in Vavuniya, support for defining a program for those interested in a vocation in ITES/BPO and the development of a software solution to help better manage the training and rehabilitation efforts. The lab was opened on the 1st week of April by the President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapakse and it was a great honor to be part of that ceremony.

A further1300+ ex-combatants were released that day to their families and it was a heartwarming sight to see those who have suffered so much due to the civil war being reunited with their families with a fresh outlook for a peaceful future. Some of these kids are so talented and it is sad to see that they wasted so much of their lives being trained instead as lethal weapons. We hope they will have a better future in peaceful Sri Lanka.

The event also gave me another opportunity to observe the President quite close and I continue to be impressed with his charisma and down-to-earth nature with people, especially in this environment, where he was surrounded by ex-combatants, who not too long ago would have taken every opportunity to do him harm (as mandated by their previous commanders).

I was also very proud of our Virtusa team and leadership that gave their full backing for this initiative, given it's relevance to peace building post-civil war. I also had to opportunity to work with the Sri Lanka Army these past few months (from end of last year) on this initiative and I consistently found that everyone I met was very professional, ethical in their approach and disciplined on delivery. It was a pleasure and a honor to work with them and  we would not have been able to contribute on our CSR goals without their vision for rehabilitation and encouraging support of our contributions.

There is still a lot of work to do and you still find remnants of the war scattered around, yet you can see the progress being made on the ground. We hope and pray for a peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka of the future.