The Russian Centre in Colombo in partnership with the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) had its first book donation exchange as the first step of lending a helping hand to the underprivileged children within Colombo City limits.
The Public Library, which works under the governance of the CMC conducts a ‘Reading Promotion Programme’ to nursery children and their parents in the Colombo area.
The book donation took place at the Russian Centre in Colombo with the presence of the Chief Librarian of the Public Library, Ms. Varuni Gangabadaarachchi, Deputy Chief Librarian, Ms. Chintha Ailapperuma, Committee Member of the Public Library and long-standing friend of Russia, Mr. Iqbal as Madam Anastasia Khokhlova, First Secretary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation and Director of the Russian Centre in Colombo, along with Mr. Buddhapriya Ramanayaka, Chief Executive Officer of the Russian Centre in Colombo handed over children’s books by Russian authors translated into the Sinhalese, Tamil and English languages worth of over LKR 20,000.
These books will be distributed among the underprivileged children who will be a part of the ‘Reading Promotion Programme’ by the Advisory Committee of the Public Library. Russian Centre is planning to continue participating in the activities within the Programme in future.