Mount Lavinia Hotel takes a momentous step towards social sustainability in partnership with AOD’s ‘Design for Sustainable Development’ project.

–         Mount Lavinia purchases custome designed hotel range produced by the North- Palmyrah artisans working in Palmyrah Development Borad Cnetres in Jaffna and Mannar.

The historic Mount Lavinia Hotel, known for its pioneering initiatives in eco-tourism and farm-to-table cuisine that promotes local agriculture, has become a part of yet another project that supports social sustainability. This project, ‘Design for sustainable Development’ (DFSD) which provides stable livelihoods for artisans in rural and war-affected areas in Sri Lanka, was initiated by the Academy of Design (AOD) under the invitation of the reawakening project of the Ministry of Economic Development. DFSD is currently executed under the Palmyrah Development Board (PDB) undet the Minitsry of Traditional Industries. The project helps artisans and communities engaged in craft through design, product development while connecting high-end clienteles such as the Mount Lavinia Hotel with the artisans through large quantity production orders.

Artisans from Jaffna Pungudutivu Island and Mannar visited Mount Lavinia Hotel early this week, to present the completed order of Palmyrah products to the hotel. Mr. Anura Dewapura, the General Manager of Mount Lavinia Hotel accepted the products from the artisans. “Mount Lavinia has always been a firm supporter of ecological and social sustainability and has made it an integral part of our corporate value system.  We were delighted to place an order for the products made by these artisans, not only because it helps to establish better livelihoods for them, but also because their new products are spoecificially designed for our purspose and co ordinate by the project set up by AOD which makes the entire project feasible. I’m honoured to accept this delivery of the products from the artisans themselves,” said Mr. Dewapura.

Senior Advisor to the Minister of Traditional Industries Mrs. Jegarajasingham and Personal Assistant to the Minister of Traditional Industries Mr. K. Dayananda, also attended the event representing Honourable Minster of Traditional Industries. Representatives of the Sri Lanka Palmyrah Board were present for the event too.

Linda Spledewinde, Managing Director of AOD expressed her thanks to Mount Lavinia Hotel for pioneering in social sustainable hospitality; “This marks the beginning of the involvement of Sri Lanka’s hospitality industry with the national development agenda in a completely new way. We’re confident that other leaders in the hospitality industry will join hands with us too

“Our Income has increased over five fold because of these orders – AOD has worked with us very closely and treat us very sincerely. From earning RS 8 and hour we now earn Rs 50 and hour. This order from Mount Lavinia Hotel has helped us to have hope for the future” Artisans – Jaffna Pungudutivu Island Palmyrah Weaving Centre.

“We were only earning around Rs. 2000 per month, but now because of these orders we earn Rs. 8000 per month” – Artisans, Narivilikulam Centre, Mannar

We had no steady income before this project. Now we have a new livelihood that was created for us with a new centre being developed for Plamyrah Weaving.” Artisans, Mananr, Pavilanpattu

For more information about this project – Design for Sustainable Development conceptualized and developed by the  Academy of Design (AOD), log on to www.dfsd.lk or reach us at29, Lauries Road, Colombo 04 | (+94) 115 867 772/3, (+94) 115 742 480/90

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