02/10/2014, 00.00
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Sri Lanka, one Christians’ commitment to safeguarding nature to save minorities

by Melani Manel Perera
Dilmah Conservation, an association that deals with sustainable development sets a new goal. Founded as an offshoot of one of the largest tea brands in the country, the foundation has organized a "two day campaign" to raise awareness among children and adults. The founder, a Catholic, affirms: "As Christians we have a responsibility to protect the environment and people".

Colombo ( AsiaNews) - To support the empowerment and development of minorities in Sri Lanka through safeguarding the environment. It is with this spirit that Dilmah Conservation, a local foundation that deals with sustainable development, organized a program for children and adults, on 7 February. According to the founder of Dilmah, Merrill J. Fernando, a Catholic, "we Christians have a responsibility to protect nature and people".

Titled Who cares about Nature, the gathering was held at the Colombo's Lakshman Kadiragamar, an institute for international relations and strategic studies. During the "two days", participants analyzed the role of the economy and the business world in the service of the community, nature and mankind. A variety of activities, from arts and crafts workshops, exhibitions and a quiz were organized to involve children.

"Dilmah Conservation - the founder explains to AsiaNews - owes its success to the quality of Ceylon tea [considered one of the best varieties in the world - ed.] To do this, our approach is based on a long-lasting bond with the land and communities in which we operate. We have been pioneers in minimizing our impact on the planet, to promote respect for the environment and ensure its protection by encouraging a harmonious coexistence between man and nature. We believe that safeguarding the environment is important for the people and the future of the human race. These core values ​​allow us to meet and exceed the expectations of our clients on sustainability".

Founded in 2007, Dilmah Conservation is an offshoot of Dilmah, one of the largest tea producers in the country, known for Ceylon tea, which is considered one of the best qualities of tea worldwide. As a Catholic, Merrill J. Fernando has always sought to carry out his business with particular attention to humans and the ecosystem. To do this, the top 10% of profits are invested in developing communities in need. This led to the birth of Dilmah Conservation.

 

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