As a pioneer brand, Social Responsibility has always been an integral part of Ebert Silva Holidays. Through our long history it has been a continuous commitment and pledge to be ethical, transparent and responsible in all our activities. Our dedication to uphold the principles of sustainable development make a positive impact on society and respect and preserve the environment have been part of our core business, integrated and incorporated into our brand over the years.
1. Protecting the Environment & Sustainability
“Earth does not belong to us; we belong to Earth”
– Chief Seattle –
Protecting the Environment & Sustainability
Ebert Silva Holidays launched “Nidahase Daruwo” (Children of Freedom) coinciding with Sri Lanka’s 72nd National Independence Day, as a program to be held among school children across the island, annually. The objectives of the program were to inspire, motivate, and encourage future generations to commit towards the protection of our environment and it’s sustainability, thus becoming responsible and conscientious citizens. 150 students representing 5 schools participated at the inaugural program where plants and saplings were handed over to schools with students given the responsibility of protecting and nurturing them. Knowledge on managing and disposing waste and safeguarding the environment was also imparted to the young participants.
2. Empowering Women
“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back”
– Malala Yousafzai –
Ebert Silva Holidays celebrated International Women's Day appreciating all women in all their diversities. Honoring women of different faiths, races, ethnicities and disabilities and celebrating their achievements whether social, political, economic or cultural. We selected a group of women who were felicitated for their courageous, resilient and committed service to society. They were women who with dedication, silently serves society to ensure clean workplaces and surroundings amidst numerous challenges and obstacles.
‘Say NO to violence against Women!’
For over 100 years, Zonta International has contributed to help achieve a world free of violence against women and girls through service and advocacy. Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations and a global epidemic. Ebert Silva Holidays ardently support all efforts and endeavors that are initiated to stop gender based violence. The company was a steadfast supporter of the Zonta Club 1 of Colombo’s awareness campaign to stop violence against women in Sri Lanka. We joined in supporting its annual ‘16 Days of Activism’ creating awareness for the cause with the 'Colombo City Tour' service.
3. Medical & Health Care Camps
Medical & Health Care Camps
Ebert Silva Foundation together with Ebert Silva Holidays held the Eye Camp that benefitted nearly 200 deserving senior citizens. The Eye Donation Society of Sri Lanka joined hands at this event. Medical personnel tested the recipients and spectacles were distributed. Wheel chairs were also handed over to the Sri Lanka Army for the benefit of disabled soldiers. Pledges were also done for Eye donations which will enable many blind persons see the light of day as well as for the donation of human tissues.
4. Caring for our Elders
“A population that does not take care of the elderly and of children and the young has no future, because it abuses both its memory and its promise.”
– Pope Francis –
Caring for our Elders
Founder’s Day commemorated at Janadara Elders Home
Ebert Silva Holidays family was with the mothers and fathers of Janadara Elders Home in Moratuwa to celebrate our Founder’s Day on the 2nd of November. The day was filled with emotional moments as we expressed our gratitude and thankfulness to those who have given their best for the betterment of society. The day ended with happiness and contentment as they visited religious places of worship and enjoyed an unforgettable ride around the city on an open top bus singing and dancing to their favorite old tunes!
A Memorable Father's Day was celebrated with love and gratitude with 50 fathers and 25 mothers of the Elder's Home in Moratuwa. Extending love and appreciation we were able to replace the loneliness in their hearts on this special day with affection and care.
5. Promoting Sports for community development
“The sky has no limit. Neither should you.”
– Usain Bolt –
Promoting Sports for community development
Ebert Silva Holidays sponsors numerous sports based endeavors especially among children and youth with the objective of instilling the values of sports such as motivation, fair play and team work, thus contributing towards a better society. Our patronage for the Dehiwala Divisional Education Sports Meet encompassing 33 schools of both state and the private sector is among such efforts.
6. Inspiring and Empowering Children
“ Children are the world’s most valuable resource and it’s best hope for the future.”
– John F. Kennedy –
Ebert Silva Holidays has joined hands with two esteemed partners of Sri Lanka’s travel, tourism and hospitality industries to celebrate World Children’s Day and Christmas in the most unique and worthy manner. The national carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines and the Galle Face Hotel, joined us in these signature CSR efforts giving immense happiness and joy to children for the last 5 consecutive years. Children have enriched themselves through these remarkable experiences and together with our partners, we believe that it will inspire, motivate and encourage them to overcome impediments and challenges and to dream big and reach new heights.
Inspiring and Empowering Children
A Christmas Wish
The company was a part of the wonderful annual event bringing joy and smiles to little kids of the Apeksha Cancer Hospital in Maharagama. Joyous rides, Santa Claus with delightful gifts, making their own Christmas card, delicious treats, music and dancing completed a day filled with love, laughter and happiness for the little ones.
Nearly 115 children who were directly affected and devastated by the dreadful Easter Sunday bombing in Sri Lanka, on April 2019, were hosted to commemorate World Children’s Day. The objective was to inspire children of the tourism and hospitality industry with an element of fun. We hoped the day helped at least temporarily erase the trauma and dark memories of the most unfortunate event that had shattered their lives a few months ago.
The Spirit of Christmas
Sharing the joy of the Season and the Spirit of Christmas with 35 kids from the Apeksha Cancer Hospital.
Another memorable day for 100 deserving children from the Deaf School in Ratmalana and the Madduma Bandara Maha Vidyalaya in Kandy. It was a day filled with love and care, infused with inspiration and motivation. The day gave them hope to soar to new heights in the future.
A Beautiful Christmas
Ebert Silva Holidays was part to giving a beautiful and most memorable Christmas to 30 kids, parents and caretakers of the transit home of the National Cancer Hospital in Maharagama.
Ebert Silva Holidays joined hands with our partners to celebrate World Children’s Day with nearly 70 deserving children from orphanages. A joyous event that lasted for a day it was filled with five star hospitality and a visit to the airport. Open deck city rides gave the children a most memorable day to remember.
The Season of Caring
A wonderful team effort celebrating the true spirit of Christmas in giving, sharing and caring with 23 children with their parents and 12 adults from the National Cancer Hospital, Maharagama. Santa Claus delivered all the personalized gifts the kids had asked from Santa for Christmas, adding a magical touch to the children’s most memorable Christmas celebrations.
Celebrating little Heroes
We celebrated World Children’s Day together with our partners and nearly 70 children of the three armed forces and the Police, who were affected by war. We focused on paying honor and respect to children as they too at the cost of their carefree childhoods have been part of the sacrifice made by their parents. The day was commemorated with appreciation and gratitude letting children know that they too are heroes to the nation.
The three foremost partners in travel, tourism and hospitality in Sri Lanka, the national carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines, the Galle Face Hotel and Ebert Silva Holidays came together with nearly 75 deserving children for the first time to celebrate World Children’s Day.
Ebert Silva Holidays made the World Children’s Day a joyous and meaningful occasion for nearly 50 children of the School for the Deaf in Ratmalana. It was a fun-filled and educative ride around the city on the open deck double decker coaches. A visit to the Museum of Natural History in Colombo, treats with lunch and gifts concluded a most memorable outing which gave them a joyful and ecstatic experience. Despite the many challenges faced by the hearing impaired children it helped us inspire their little minds and motivate them to aspire to be their best.
Marking the 2nd Anniversary of the Colombo City Tour, the first ever open deck city sightseeing service in Sri Lanka, Ebert Silva Holidays organized a full day event for 100 children of the war heroes. It was the first time in the city of Colombo for many of these children. They were given the opportunity of witnessing and experiencing the unique heritage of the city with entertainment and fun. The day conveyed our appreciation and gratitude for the utmost sacrifices made by their mothers and fathers who laid down their lives and were disabled in the effort to bring lasting peace to our motherland.