At Templeberg, we are committed to our corporate social responsibility initiatives ( CSR initiatives) which include helping the environment of Sri Lanka, ethical and social responsibility and supporting our local and expat communities.
Since we opened, we have incorporated Sri Lankan eco-friendly principles in to our design including solar energy, recycling, limited plastic use and water efficient planting.
Through key partnerships with associations and charities in Sri Lanka and volunteers abroad, we have also sought to look after the people, animals and culture of Sri Lanka.
We also pride ourselves on offering guests experience travel Sri Lanka that emphasises responsible travel and local experiences Sri Lanka.
Our responsible travels philosophy consists of the following CSR program:
1. Social responsibility in business
Templeberg Villa Galle supports a number of social responsibility initiatives and tries to connect as many guests who are willing with the causes that we are passionate about supporting.
The Rosie May Home
Our guests are able to help any one of more than 20 young girls who have been orphaned or rehomed from poor Sri Lanka homes or disadvantaged families.
The Rosie May Home is helping improve the Sri Lanka living conditions and care for children in Sri Lanka through its home and by feeding, housing and educating poor and orphaned young women, and through year-round social programs and outreaches aims to help young Sri Lankan girls to grow in a safe environment.
In the past guests have assisted with adoption Sri Lanka, donations, sponsorships and visits and raising the standards of living conditions in Sri Lanka. It is possible to help Sri Lankan girls for $3oUSD per month which will cover one child’s education, food, clothes and medical needs for a whole month. For more information about the Rosie May Home visit Sri lanka Projects
CSR Social – The I Can Swim Can You Program
Templeberg supports Sri Lanka’s only Women’s Swimming Project.
The charity project Sri Lanka is run by Christine Fonfe after the 2004 boxing day tsunami. It is estimated that 80% of those who drowned in Sri Lanka’s tsunami were women and children, many of whom did not know how to swim.
The charity is UK registered and donations and support go to the local swimming teachers directly. Enquiries can be made about donations via firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting Sri Lanka Swimming Project.
Our 2014 Templeberg Writing Fellow Lucy Nelson made it one of her aims of travelling to Sri Lanka to learn how to swim. In the span of 30 days with the help of the I Can Swim Can You Program Lucy was able to learn to swim.
2. Cultural travel
Sri Lanka culture is rich and varied. At Templeberg we provide local Sri Lanka cultural experiences so guests can experience the best of Sri Lankan culture. Our introduction to Sri Lankan culture focuses on assisting our neighbouring communities in Kaduruduwa and showcasing our village to international guests. Examples of how guests meet the people of Ceylon include buying fruit and vegetables from our local stallholders, visits to our neighbouring Kaduruduwa Temple and donations of school materials for local school kids.
In 2014 we donated enough paint to the Temple to enable the monks to repaint the 45 high Buddha statute.
Templeberg Writing Fellowship
One of our measures for demonstrating our commitment to social responsibility is through the annual Templeberg Writing Fellowship, we fund one Australian writer to fly from Australia to Sri Lanka. The fellowship includes international airfares, free accommodation and a $1000 stipend.The writer spends between two and four weeks at Templeberg Villa Galle to explore and exchange views, skills and writing.
The aim of the cultural exchange between Australia and Sri Lanka is to provide the opportunity for an Australian writer to travel to Sri lanka and be enriched by their experience which may start or further a writing project.
The annual cross cultural experience is arranged with the assistance of Writers Victoria in Melbourne and is open to applications every June. For more see Travel Writing Fellowship
3. Sustainable travel
Templeberg is mindful of its unique location on an 18th century coconut plantation and wherever possible incporates green and eco tourism elements into our guests holidays. Green holidays at Templeberg are made possible with our solar panel heating system, avoidance of small plastic drinking bottles and lighting.
Templeberg also has a specific eco-project which it runs every year between May and June in partnership with the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Sri Lanka Projects – Turtle EcoProject
Since 2014, Templeberg has partnered with the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project and wildlifevolunteer crowdfunding to raise money for Sri Lanka’s Sea Turtles.
Crowdfunding for Sri Lanka’s Sea Turtles is something we love doing so as to contribute towards removing many of the sea turtles from the endangered species list. The core of the initiative is a dedicated crowdfunding website, twitter and facebook campaign site. Templeberg has also helped bring awareness of the Centre’s environmental work through global media interviews.
In 2014 Templeberg helped raise funds to build a new turtle tank. Money raised in 2015 is for powering the centre.
Dudley and his Family also work with Templeberg to arrange volunteer holidays. Watch this short BBC documentary A Safe Haven for Turtles which was filmed at Kosgoda and features Dudley and his conservation Sri Lanka work.