Philantrophy

“Life is a gift and it offers us the privilege, opportunity and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” – Anthony Robbins

 

At Authenticities, the thought resonates with us. We believe we have been accorded the privilege to do good, and the responsibility to action it to the best of our abilities. We do believe that the world can be made a better place if all of us contributed our bit, in however big or small a way. We would like to think that each of us has the potential to do good and give back to society. It is the very least we can do as citizens of the world.

 

Doing our bit for society in the everyday is a wonderful gesture. But what if you could lend a helping hand in a far away land? What if you could see magic unfold even as you discover new places and embrace new cultures? Imagine the joy of being responsible for the smiles and spreading cheer along the way.

 

Keeping these thoughts in mind, at Authenticities, we have woven travel experiences with philanthropic initiatives that will add meaning and beauty to your voyage and discoveries. In a world that has been undergoing different periods of turbulence in recent times, it is the economically challenged classes that have borne the brunt the most. As humanity with a common legacy and a future that can be crafted together, we need to stand shoulder to shoulder and hold hands. We need to connect. At Authenticities, we hope to ease the lives of those less fortunate than us, by creating social awareness and having impactful resolutions facilitating hands to help us, and making that difference that we believe in to communities around us.

Let us join hands, connect and create.

The Connect Initiative

At Authenticities, our work centers around making the world a better place through education and travel and through expanding horizons. We believe in celebrating differences, in mitigating our own implicit biases, in identifying our common humanity and in becoming better and stronger individuals while embracing our diversity.

 

Our company was founded on the belief that travel is fundamentally about connection. We are at our best when we connect with each other. Whether we are travelling or at home, we learn and grow from our inherent diversity. In order for that to happen, we need to embrace each other’s humanity and insist that our systems be built on equality.

 

The core areas of our philanthropic initiatives are;

  • Supporting primary educational efforts in rural Sri Lanka. This involves infrastructure and sanitation, and  supporting sports and music advancements
  • Our “do good and give back” – where we encourage our travellers and partners to engage in sponsoring a child for one full academic year
  • Philanthropic leave – dedicate 3 full days of paid leave a year that an employee can use to support a charitable organisation of his or her choice

Supporting Primary Education

We believe strongly in the need to build bridges and connect lives, communities and their futures through the “Connect” initiative. Our approach is to identify communities, engage with them and extend a hand to them in their development and growth. This provides opportunities to enhance their skills.

 

Our aim is to enable them in such a way as to inculcate self-belief and build confidence, in the long run boosting social and economic stability. The “Connect” initiative cause is the closest to our hearts, as it revolves around children. We believe that in providing support to children, we  support strengthen the fabric of society.


Supporting Primary Education

We believe strongly in the need to build bridges and connect lives, communities and their futures through the “Connect” initiative. Our approach is to identify communities, engage with them and extend a hand to them in their development and growth. This provides opportunities to enhance their skills.

 

Our aim is to enable them in such a way as to inculcate self-belief and build confidence, in the long run boosting social and economic stability. The “Connect” initiative cause is the closest to our hearts, as it revolves around children. We believe that in providing support to children, we  support strengthen the fabric of society.

 

Each project is qualified through a simple, fast-tracked process where our regional experts identify rural schools, which are in urgent need of support. The scope includes any urgent infrastructural requirements such as building classrooms, renovation, providing desks/ chairs, adding a library and sanitation. We encourage extra-curricular activities by providing sports and musical equipment.

 

We set aside a part of our earnings towards all our philanthropy projects. We provide our partners around the world to participate and contribute to this cause.

Do Good And Give Back

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving” – Mother Teresa 

 

One of the best feelings in the world is giving. Positive energy is contagious. One act of kindness can inspire another, in turn several others, to go out and plant seeds of happiness through giving. Your greatest gift is the ability to share your blessings. It is what makes life meaningful.

 

This assumes an even greater significance when one travels and is able to spread this goodness. Over the last several months, our desire to do good has been further reinforced & when you travel, make it matter.

If you feel that this ethos resonates with you, then the travel ideas that we propose are for you.

 

Maybe you have thought of giving back to society, and you could do it as you travel. Here are some ideas:  working with marginalised communities, conservation of endangered animals, volunteering in local villages, distributing dry rations, Or even the simple thought of ensuring your trip is sustainable, can go a long way in empathising with our cause.

 

While you’re dreaming of your future travels, do not forget to envisage a trip to Sri Lanka with Authenticities. Not only do we deliver curated private experiences that are emotionally rich, conceptually sound and insightful, but we also have a wonderful program for our “Do Good” travellers!!

How can you help?

#CONNECT is a private philanthropy initiative by Authenticities, helping to sponsor education in remote parts of rural Sri Lanka. With a one-time donation of US $ 75, you can sponsor a young child for one full academic year. As part of your travel itinerary, Authenticities will take you to meet the child you have sponsored and also visit the rural school they attend.

 

Do keep in mind that if you haven’t selected your travel destination yet, please speak to your travel consultant who will get in touch with Authenticities and we will figure out your own curated itinerary.

Our Proposed Methodology

1. Identify rural primary schools, through our regional staff.
2. Liaise with the Principals and obtain details of the most deserving children. Our regional staff will visit the family to authenticate and select the most deserving children, taking into consideration the income levels of the family.
3. Priority will be given to children with learning disabilities or those who may have lost one or both parents.
4. As part of the selection process, our regional staff goes a step further to verify the information from different sources before finalising the recipient.
5. They propose a recipient list based on priority.
6. Authenticities will further support them on individual scholarship funds through our “Connect” initiative.
7. A periodic review and a progress report of the child/ children will be sent to the donors.
8. Formulate success stories later on.
9. We will facilitate the opening of bank accounts for the family and donors can transfer funds directly to these accounts.

Philanthropic Leave

Authenticities has always been sensitive to the outpour of voices talking about critical issues such as injustice, inequality and the threats to our environment, animal welfare and social justice. We have helped allow those voices to be heard. As a company we believe in giving back. These dialogues are a part of our charitable programs. We believe in dignity, respect, safety, equality and protecting the environment and we can only begin to make that a reality for everyone when we all do something about it.

Philanthropic Leave

“Philanthropic Leave” is about giving an opportunity to all our staff members to support a charitable program of their choice. No work is small, and volunteers are an extremely valuable resource for any organisation, whether the contribution is on financial, mental or physical terms. Sparing time for causes promoting goodwill can do wonders for one’s mental and physical well being. Through these sentiments we hope to inspire those around us to take a leap of kindness.

Projects

For the past 6 years, Authenticities has been actively involved in the field of primary education in the rural parts of Sri Lanka. As part of our ‘Connect’ initiative and ongoing philanthropy projects, we have been allocating a chunk of our profits toward supporting various projects that help the cause of primary education.

 

Some of our projects include:

In April 2013, one of the earliest projects we handled was in Mederigiriya, where we identified a rural school where most classrooms required plastering and finishing. Work had halted due to the lack of Government funding and parents of children did most of the work. The donation from Mr. Chris Reiner of USA was used to assist the school to renovate the classrooms. The same year, at the Helboda Estate (Up Country Plantation), we identified a rural school which received donations from the French Marathon Group in the form of 5,000 schoolbooks, pencils, pens and school-bags.

For the past 6 years, Authenticities has been actively involved in the field of primary education in the rural parts of Sri Lanka. As part of our ‘Connect’ initiative and ongoing philanthropy projects, we have been allocating a chunk of our profits toward supporting various projects that help the cause of primary education.

 

Some of our projects include:

In April 2013, one of the earliest projects we handled was in Mederigiriya, where we identified a rural school where most classrooms required plastering and finishing. Work had halted due to the lack of Government funding and parents of children did most of the work. The donation from Mr. Chris Reiner of USA was used to assist the school to renovate the classrooms. The same year, at the Helboda Estate (Up Country Plantation), we identified a rural school which received donations from the French Marathon Group in the form of 5,000 schoolbooks, pencils, pens and school-bags.

 

In 2014, a school from Switzerland collaborated with us to provide stationery and musical instruments to a school in Habarana. The same year we teamed up with one of our premium Italian partner and friends, Ms. Silvia Terreni to rebuild a rustic school into something more solid and long-standing in a village called Sooriyagama, close to Habarana.

 

These are just a handful of examples. Over the years we have joined hands with various entities, organizations and individuals from countries across the globe, from Japan to France to Poland and several others, and even within our own country Sri Lanka, to build and rebuild school infrastructure (classrooms, toilets, libraries, playgrounds) and furnish material and equipment (books, stationery, etc).

  • Date: 2021, March

    Location: Kapugollewa

    The Wagollakada Jayantohi Primary School in Kapugollewa was in need of support with the development of the current facilities available for their students. Lama Mithuru Nokai, with the help of Authenticities worked with the parents of the pupils to separate the main hall of the school into separate classrooms. Partition walls were put to divide the hall into three classrooms and this will help the teachers conduct their classes without any disturbances. The school was also in need of a basic water supply, and a deep well was dug at the school premises. This tube well will also be a source of clean water to the families living in the close vicinity too. The school staff as well as the community were very thankful for the assistance and generosity extended by the two organizations.

    Donors
    Lama Mithuru No Kai (NPO) 🇯🇵

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    Date: 2021, March

    Location: Katuwattewela

    Lama Mithuru Nokai with the help of Authenticities worked on improving the school building at Katuwattewela Primary School. The necessary material was bought and all the work around the school was carried out with the help of the parents. The floors of the building were damaged and were cemented again. The pavement around the main hall was in bad shape and it was re-constructed. The Grade 5 classroom walls were plastered and painted too. The teachers and students were very appreciative of the support and kindness that was extended.

    Donors
    Lama Mithuru No Kai (NPO) 🇯🇵

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    Date: 2021, February

    Location: Haldummulla

    Lama Mithuru No Kai together with Authenticities donated a mini water purification plant to Kaithady Navatkuli Government Tamil Mixed School with the aim of providing the school with cleaner drinking water.

    The school is situated in a village known as Kaithady in the Jaffna district.

    Donors
    Lama Mithuru No Kai (NPO) 🇯🇵

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    Date: 2020, June

    Locations: Habarana, Yala & Udawalawe

    In keeping with our Purpose, Values & Culture of the organisation, we helped 130 daily income Earners – This time Safari jeep drivers of Habarana, Yala & Udawalawe who were deprived of their incomes in the absence of Tourism. We provided them with 13 KG dry ration packs each to see through the difficult months – a cause that resonates with our Ethos. Another FIRST reaction to the Crisis from Authenticities.

     

    Donors
    Authenticities Sri Lanka  🇱🇰

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    Date: 2019, August Location: Jaffna

    Lama Mithuru No Kai together with Authenticities donated a mini water purification plant to Kaithady Navatkuli Government Tamil Mixed School with the aim of providing the school with cleaner drinking water.

    The school is situated in a village known as Kaithady in the Jaffna district.

    Donors
    Lama Mithuru No Kai (NPO) 🇯🇵

     

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    Date: 2019, March Location: Panadura

    Pinwatte Primary School with history of 112 years, currently there are 204 students, 7 teachers including a principal with classes from grade 1-5.The last time it was renovated was in 2004, just after the Tsunami. The employees at The Colt Technologies which is a multinational company, organized a renovation campaign at Pinwatte Primary school during their Annual Awards Ceremony in Colombo.

    There were around 80 COLT employees participated this event.

    Donors
    United Kingdom 🇬🇧

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    Date: 2019, January Location: Dambulla

    Wewala Temple is a very historic Temple and Monastery situated in the outskirts of Dambulla, in the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka. The temple also conducts a Dhamma school for the children from the nearby villages and novice Monks, and Authenticities, through its Connect fund constructed desks and chairs for the Dhamma School

    Construction of desks and chairs for the Dhamma School at a cost of LKR 200,000.00

    Donors
    Authenticities Sri Lanka  🇱🇰

     

     

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    Date: 2018, November Location: Pollonnaruwa

    The requirement of the school was to fix an iron mesh around the classrooms of grade 1, 2 and 3. As this an open building, there had been several attacks by monkeys on students as well as parents.

    The regional representative of Authenticities facilitated all coordination and handed over the required materials to the school authorities.

    Donors
    Lama Mithuru No Kai (NPO) 🇯🇵

     

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    Date: 2018, November Location: Sigiriya

    Authenticities joined forces with Lama Mithuru No Kai (NPO) to help Polattewa Primary School which is located in Sigiriya. The requirement of the school was to build the school playground for the children.

    The regional representative of Authenticities facilitated all coordination and handed over the required materials to the school authorities.

    Donors
    Lama Mithuru No Kai (NPO) 🇯🇵

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    Date: 2018, April Location: Galenbindunuwewa

    Dabagolla Primary School is situated in a very rural village North of Habarana, in the Anuradhapura district. The school was in need of new classroom, which was identified by Authenticities, and together with the students of Stafford International School, Authenticities managed to successfully construct the new classroom which would allow the school to continue the classroom sessions without any interruptions from weather.

    The new classroom enables the school to conduct classes without interuptions from the weather

    Donors
    Stafford International School and Authenticities 🇱🇰

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    Date: 2018, April Location: Jaffna

    Lama Mithuru No Kai (NPO) together with Authenticities, donated books to the Jaffna Public Library in order to enrich the collection of bookings.

    The books were handed over to Mrs. Suganthy Sathasivamoorthy, Chief Librarian of the Jaffna Public Library (left) by Kabilan, our regional representative.

    Donors
    Lama Mithuru No Kai 🇯🇵

     

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    Date: 2017, June Location: Sigiriya

    This is a charming little rural school located close to the World UNESCO World Heritage site of Sigiriya. It has a student population of 55 currently supported by a dedicated bunch of teachers and its Principal. The school badly required playground facilities for its primary students and this was indeed a much important requirement identified by Authenticities. Our management and regional staff in the area visited the school several times and undertook this project which was completed in June 2017. Total CostLKR 234000.00 (USD 1560.00)

    Playground renovation for the rural school Nagalawewa Primary

    Donors
    Authenticities 🇱🇰

  • Date: 2017, May  Location: Dambulla

    Authenticities joined forces with NPO Lama Mithuru No Kai to help Alakolawewa Primary School, which is located in Dambulla. The requirement of the school was as follows, repairing some classrooms, fixing an iron mesh and construction of a playground for the children. The regional representative of Authenticities facilitated all coordination and handed over the required materials to the school authorities. Total cost LKR 218850.00 (USD 1458.00)

    Donors

    Lama Mithuru No Kai (NPO) 🇯🇵

     

     

  • Date: 2017, April Location: Kimbissa

    Authenticities joined forces with NPO Lamamithuru No Kai to support Palatuwa Primary School situated in Kimbissa. The requirement of the school was to improve the safety of the Grade 4 and 5 classrooms by fixing an iron mesh to the windows. The relevant materials to carry out the construction were purchased and checks until the completion were carried out by our regional expertise. Total Cost LKR 149500.00 (USD 997.00)

    Donors

    Lama Mithuru No Kai (NPO) 🇯🇵

     

     

     

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    Date: 2016, July Location: Kegalle

    Ambanpitiya Primary school is based in the Sabaragamuwa Province in the Kegalle District. Supporting of this school project was identified and funded by LAMA MITHURU NO KAI based in Japan. The requirement of the school included mattresses, blender, steel cupboards, desks and chairs. The regional representative of Authenticities facilitated all coordination and handed over the required materials to the school authorities.

    Donors
    Lama Mithuru No Kai (NPO) 🇯🇵

     

     

  • Date: 2016, July Location: Passikudah

    The Eastern Province requires greater attention in respect to educational development efforts. Based on an initiative by the Lama Mithuru No Kai foundation from Japan, this project was identified. The funding was urgently required for the water pump, water filter, white boards and cupboards for the classroom and sports equipment for this rural school. The regional representatives of Authenticities coordinated efforts between the school and the donor and we sourced the required materials and equipment based on the budgets and handed over to the school authorities.

    Donors

    Lama Mithuru No Kai (NPO) 🇯🇵

     

     

  • Date: 2016, July  Location: Dambulla

    Kap-Ela is rural village in Dambulla bordering part of the Kandalama Tank. Predominantly a farming community, the village school required 2 desks and 6 chairs for the children and in addition another 2 chairs for the teachers to facilitate the requirement. This project was funded totally by the Connect Initiative, a philanthropic effort mainly focusing in uplifting educational efforts in the rural areas of the Island. The regional representatives from Authenticities coordinated all efforts including budgeting, sourcing and providing the required items to the school.

    Donors

    Authenticities 🇱🇰

     

  • Date: 2016, July Location: Sigiriya

    Thalkote is a small village off Sigiriya, which is also a dominant farming community set against picturesque paddy fields. The main schools in Dambulla and in Sigiriya are too far for the children in theseareas to attend and have to settle for the small schools in the village. The requirement for this school is mainly playground facilities (including sea-saw, slides and swing) so that children of this primary school have activities apart from their educational efforts. This project was funded totally by the Connect Initiative, a philanthropic effort mainly focusing in uplifting educational efforts in the rural areas of the Island. Regional representatives of Authenticities coordinated efforts including liaising with school authorities, sourcing and installation of playground equipment

    Donors
    Authenticities 🇱🇰

  • Date: 2016, July Location: Kandy

    Yahalatenna primary school is based in the Central Province in the Kandy district. This project was identified by the LAMA MITHURU NO KAI foundation in Japan to provide musical equipment. The regional representative of Authenticities coordinated the efforts of budgeting, sourcing and providing musical equipment whilst installation of playground facilities to the school.

     

    Donors
    Lama Mithuru No Kai 🇯🇵

     

  • Date: 2015, August  Location: Kurunegala
    With the assistance of LAMA MITHURU NO KAI, Japan, we funded an amount of Rs. 154,000 to completely resurrect the abandoned building to facilitate graduating students of the rural school Siri Parakum Vidyalaya Udugama in Kununegala. The project is expected to complete by the end of August 2015.

     

    Donors
    Lama Mithuru No Kai  🇯🇵

  • Date: 2015, March Location: Habarana
    We undertook the 2nd project supporting this rural school located in Habarana primarily funded by BMW Poland and supported by funds from CONNECT Authenticities. The school children didnt adequate toilet facilities and water supplies which caught our attention when we visited the school with Ms Paulina Jaworska Brand Manager of BMW, Mr Kris Pobozniak President of Haxel accompanied by Dilshad Sadiq Vice President of Authenticities Sri Lanka.We identified that building a new school toilet was a priority, which would be a great benefit to the school children. The funding and contribution came from the directors and representatives who visited Sri Lanka as a group in March 2015. They subsequently visited the school to meet the teachers and children and also to inspect the progress of the toilets they were funding. The BMW representatives also donated hundreds of schoolbooks to each and every children of the school. They also donated sports goods such as footballs, volleyballs with nets to the principal of the school to be used for recreational activities. Anthem and a touching local Poem and the clients joined in and sang the Polish National Anthem. Parents and Teachers of the school were kind enough to prepare local herbal tea and offer seasonal fruits to clients as a gesture of gratitude.

    Donors
    BMW (Poland) 🇵🇱

  • Date: 2015, March Location: Habarana

    MMA Insurance, France funded a project by supporting a local rural school in Hathareskotuwa, Sigiriya by building school racks and furnitures for the school library. Funding of the project coincided with the group traveling in March to Sri Lanka with 104 of their participants. The building of school racks and furniture were undertaken by staff of Authenticities and coordinated many efforts to ensure that the delivery, installation and arrangements went well. Today the school is proud to have its own furnished library where school children could store and protect books and the chairs and table at the library being very useful. The school principal organized a wonderful welcome by getting the school band to escort the group from the entrance of the school to the college where the band played and the school children sang locals songs to entertain the group. During the visit, the group also funded to provide all children and teachers with a simple snack and fresh juices. Following the school band performance and later, children and teachers indulged themselves to the snacks, over 300 balloons filled with helium were offered to the children to be released into the air.

    Donors

    MMA Insurance 🇫🇷
  • Date: 2015, February Location: Habarana

    Sooriyagama is a rural village close to HABARANA, a highly popular zone which has close access to four UNESCO world Heritage sites. AUTHENTICITIES identified this project together with one of our friend and premium Italian partner Ms. Silvia Terreni, Product Manager of MISTRAL based in Torino, Italy. Sooriyagama School in Habarana, a government rural school consisting of little over 40 students. After a thorough inspection of the school premises, Silvia identified to re-build the primary section together with AUTHENTICITIES. The primary section building was a wattle and daub structure with a cadjan roof, which leaked whenever it rained.

    Donors
    Ms. Silvia Terreni, MISTRAL 🇮🇹

     

  • Date: 2014, September Location: Habarana

    A Group from Switzerland donated Musical Instruments and Stationery to a school in Habarana with Authenticities.

    Musical instruments and stationery items

    Donors
    Switzerland 🇨🇭

     

     

     

     

  • Date: 2014, July Location: Trincomalee

    A Montessari School which needed support to the School children.

    Donation of 50 School Bags and 50 Water Bottles

    Donors

    Mr and Mrs Vollan  🇳🇴

     

     

     

  • Date: 2013, October Location: Pussellawa

    At the HELBODA Estate (Up Country Plantation). We identified a rural school Donated 5,000 School Books, Pencils, Pens and School Bags

    5,000 Books, Pens, Pencils, School Bags

    Donors
    French Marathon Group  🇫🇷

     

     

     

  • Date: 2013, April Location: Medirigiriya

    We identfied this rural school where most classrooms required plastering and finishing. Most work was halted due to lack of Govt funding and parents of children did most of the work. The Donation was to assist the school to renovate the classrooms

     

    Donors
    Mr. Chris Reinier 🇺🇸