Green Globe certified member Cinnamon Lodge Habarana is involved in groundbreaking social and environmental programs that support economic development and wildlife in Sri Lanka. Management and staff members at the resort also contribute to positive wide-ranging programs that support the health and wellbeing of individuals living in the area.
The Cinnamon Lodge management team and staff members provided support to families affected by severe flooding in Ehaliyagoda, which caused massive damage leaving hundreds dead and millions displaced. Financial aid totaling 250,000 Rupees, 2,000 bottles of water and donations including retired linen (beds sheets, pillows and pillow covers), towels and slippers were distributed to 100 families whose homes had been completely flooded.
In the last year, community health programs highlighting HIV and AIDS Awareness were conducted for army solders. From the Security Force Headquarters comprised of the Kilinochchi and Welikanda Army troops, there were 2,454 participants in total including army officers and soldiers. In addition, from the Ampara Headquarters, Konduwatuwana Army Training School and Mannar Headquarters there were 1,346 participants in total including army officers and soldiers.
Sustainability Educational Programs
Cinnamon Lodge Habarana runs a number of educational programs for women and children. At the local Primary School in Habarana, an informative talk entitled “Sustainable Tourism – A Tool for Development” was organised for 40 young boys and girls. Another initiative entitled “Women in the Hospitality Trade” was conducted for female school children to encourage them to pursue tourism career options in the future.
For World Environment Day 2018, Cinnamon Lodge created an art competition based on the theme – Beating Plastic Pollution – to raise awareness amongst children regarding the impact of plastic and polythene waste. Twenty-one children aged from Grade 7 to Grade 9 from two local schools participated in the event. The enthusiastic entrants gained valuable knowledge of the importance of nature and saving the environment from plastic waste pollution.
The resort also supports local charitable causes and recently refurbished the Our Lady of Good Health Church in Habarana, providing painting services and furniture repairs for the parishioners.
To protect its natural heritage, Cinnamon Lodge Habarana is actively involved in conservation programs including the Cinnamon Elephant Project. Figures collected from 2017/18 indicates a growing interest in protecting these gentle giants – 70+ male elephants were identified, over 250 guests were engaged through photographic safari tours and there were over 100 visits to the Cinnamon Elephant Research Station. Currently the project’s facebook page has 210 members and there are hopes this number will swell as public interest in wild elephant conservation increases.