Children in Haburugala attend school at Haburugala Maha Vidyalaya in the Monaragala District, approximately 175 kilometres from Colombo. The school, which houses 260 students, is six kilometres from the main road and only accessible by foot. The children walk the length of road daily to get to school. With the children coming from backgrounds of sheer poverty, at times the teachers have to use their personal funds to help the children so they can continue to attend school.
Deutsche Bank Colombo Branch provided funds to build two classrooms, which also double as the school hall during functions and assembly. Prior to the construction, the classrooms housing grade nine and ten students were merely a tin shed that could not function during inclement weather conditions. The four existing toilets, which were unsanitary and rundown, were renovated and supplied with water, solving a long overdue hygiene need at the school.
On November 22, official handing-over ceremonies of the new school building and 400 drinking water filters were held, with the participation of Deutsche Bank Colombo Branch Corporate Responsibility committee members, Education Department officials and area divisional secretariat officials amid a large gathering of villagers. The water filters were on display at the ceremony and the correct method of operating and maintaining the water filters to achieve the maximum benefit of the unit was demonstrated to villagers present.