Elevate Sri Lanka, a groundbreaking initiative led by the Community Service Avenue of the Rotaract Club of University of Kelaniya, emerges as a beacon of hope in the face of economic challenges. With a visionary approach, it aims to tackle four critical segments of the economy that have been grappling with pressing issues.
Firstly, the initiative addresses the dollar crisis, which has been causing instability and hindering economic growth. Secondly, the energy crisis is a pressing concern that hampers progress and development. This initiative aims to find innovative solutions to overcome energy shortages, ensuring a reliable and sustainable energy supply for businesses and households alike. Furthermore, the fertilizer crisis has been impacting agricultural productivity, threatening food security and the livelihoods of farmers. Lastly, the tourism industry, once a thriving pillar of the economy, has suffered a significant setback due to the global pandemic. Elevate Sri Lanka endeavors to revive this industry by implementing strategic actions.
ELEVATE SRI LANKA | Energy Section
Conserving energy through sustainable practices and innovative efforts is a powerful act that shapes a brighter future for our planet.
Project Elevate Sri Lanka, initiated by the Rotaract Club of the University of Kelaniya, has set forth a noble mission to combat various pressing issues plaguing the nation. Among these challenges, the project’s Energy Section focuses on addressing the energy crisis that has befallen Sri Lanka, offering innovative and sustainable solutions.
The first step taken by the team was to identify energy-saving measures specifically tailored for the university system. With a commitment to lead by example, the team of ESL energy section embarked on a field visit to assess the current energy consumption patterns within the university premises. This hands-on approach provided valuable insights into potential areas for improvement.
To deepen their understanding, the team members reached out to industry experts, seeking their guidance and expertise. Through interactions and knowledge-sharing sessions, they delved into various energy-efficient technologies and explored their feasibility within the Sri Lankan context.
Conducting a comprehensive feasibility analysis became the subsequent task. The team meticulously examined different solutions and their potential impact on energy consumption. This critical evaluation allowed them to select the most promising strategies for implementation.
To further their cause, the team decided to launch “RenewX”; a magazine dedicated to promoting renewable energy and sustainable practices. This publication would serve as a platform for sharing knowledge, showcasing success stories, and inspiring individuals and organizations to contribute to the energy revolution.
The Energy Section of Project Elevate Sri Lanka embodies the commitment of the Rotaract Club of the University of Kelaniya to drive positive change. Through our tireless efforts, we are not only addressing the energy crisis but also encouraging a broader shift towards sustainability. By empowering communities and fostering innovation, we aspire to elevate Sri Lanka to new heights of progress and prosperity.
Written by Rtr. Christine Hamit
ELEVATE SRI LANKA | Dollar Section
Unraveling the tangled knots of the dollar crisis is paramount, as it holds the key to unlocking economic stability and rekindling the flames of financial prosperity.
The Dollar Project under the project Elevate Sri Lanka is the latest initiative of RACUOK which was created with the sole purpose of addressing the economic difficulties which are currently faced by Sri Lanka. We, the Rotaract Club of University of Kelaniya believe that Sri Lanka, being a country filled with small-scale yet highly talented entrepreneurs and their unique indigenous crafts and arts, still has a prodigious unreached potential in the international arena.
The Dollar Project aimed to support and uplift small-scale entrepreneurs who have not yet been exposed to the export industry, by providing them with the necessary resources, training, and support to enhance their business operations and stimulate economic growth. The project encompassed a thorough analysis of the factors leading to the crisis, capacity building, mentorship, access to finance, and creating an enabling environment where small-scale entrepreneurs could thrive and contribute to the overall socio-economic development in Sri Lanka.
In conclusion, The Elevate Sri Lanka Dollar Project played a significant role in many aspects of challenging the dollar crisis by addressing the challenges entrepreneurs faced through targeted capacity building, access to finance and facilitating the growth and sustainability of small-scale enterprises. The project’s outcome contributed a new dimension of thinking, income generation, and overall economic empowerment of small-scale entrepreneurs, thus fostering a more inclusive and resilient economy in Sri Lanka.
Written by Rtr. Rajith Ekanayaka
ELEVATE SRI LANKA | Tourism Section
The ESL Tourism project has a vision to revolutionize the tourist experience in Sri Lanka by creating a comprehensive and user-friendly website. This platform will serve as a valuable resource, offering accurate information on more than 150 attractions, and empowering visitors to plan their itineraries efficiently. Each attraction will have its own dedicated web page, providing in-depth details on its history, location, available accommodations, transportation options, and fees. With an intuitive interface, interactive maps, and high-quality images, visitors will be able to virtually explore these attractions and gain a deeper cultural understanding.
The website, named “TripSL,” will also feature search and filtering options to cater to personalized searches, ensuring that visitors can find exactly what they are looking for. In line with promoting sustainability, the platform will provide eco-friendly tips and information on various sustainable initiatives.
To raise awareness and engage the audience, strategic PR efforts will be carried out on social media platforms. This will not only support Sri Lanka’s tourism industry but also enhance the country’s reputation as a top destination for a memorable and responsible travel experience.
Overall, the ESL Tourism project aims to transform the way tourists experience Sri Lanka by offering a comprehensive and user-friendly platform that promotes responsible travel and showcases the country’s rich cultural heritage.
Written by Rtr. Dewmini Abhisheka
ELEVATE SRI LANKA | Fertilizer Section
Nurturing a solution to the fertilizer crisis is vital for cultivating sustainable agriculture, bountiful harvests, and safeguarding the food future.
In a proactive endeavor to tackle Sri Lanka’s fertilizer challenge, a comprehensive project was initiated with a primary focus on the country’s esteemed tea plantations. Engaging closely with the Small Holdings Development Authority, entrusted with overseeing tea cultivation, we embarked on a journey to gain invaluable insights.
By engaging in fruitful discussions with tea plantation officers, we were able to immerse ourselves in the intricacies of the procedures that precede tea planting. Our exploration delved into critical aspects such as land selection criteria and maintenance costs, among other pertinent details.
The objective of this dedicated research endeavor is to empower farmers with valuable knowledge. By equipping them with insights into sustainable practices, we aim to enable them to optimize tea production while effectively addressing concerns related to fertilizer usage. Ultimately, our aim is to support tea farmers in embracing sustainable practices that not only enhance tea production but also contribute to the overall well-being of the environment. By addressing fertilizer concerns and promoting sustainable approaches, we can help ensure the long-term success and sustainability of Sri Lanka’s tea industry.
Written by Rtr. Kavindu Bandara
Elevate Sri Lanka, skillfully extended its reach to touch the four corners of the economy, each segment representing a vital pillar for the economic growth of the nation.
With a shared vision and unwavering determination, the organizing committee embarked on a journey to not only add value to the project but to create a profound and everlasting impact. With each step taken, Elevate Sri Lanka left an indelible mark, igniting a spark of inspiration and aspiration within the hearts of individuals and businesses alike.
Elevate Sri Lanka was not just a project; it was a testament to the power of collaboration, passion, and vision. It was a symphony of ideas and actions, orchestrated with precision and purpose, to create a harmonious melody of growth and success.
Compilation by Rtr. Rahma Zuhri