Pizza Hut and Social Services Dept to empower differently-abled | Sunday Observer

Pizza Hut and Social Services Dept to empower differently-abled

21 February, 2021

Gamma Pizzakraft Lanka (Pvt) Ltd  has partnered with ChildFund Sri Lanka and the Department of Social Services, to improve the economic engagement of youth with disabilities, especially girls with disabilities, in quality vocational training programs in a safe and conducive environment.

This partnership has led to the inauguration of an industrial food technology unit and renovation of the accommodation facilities for girls with disabilities at the Vocational Training Centre, Amunukumbura.

This mega-project is being executed under the concept of ‘An Equal Slice For Everyone’, which is the Social Purpose of Pizza Hut International. ChildFund Sri Lanka has enrolled girls with disabilities and has widened the streams available for training and quality of teaching. The Department of Social Service hopes to make Persons with Disability (PWD) community active stakeholders, by unlocking their fullest potential to aid national economic development. 

The food technology unit at the vocational centre with a state-of-the-art kitchen will provide a comprehensive curriculum, ranging from food and beverage, hygiene and food safety standards to proficiency in English. Upon the successful completion of the course at this food technology unit, they will be employed within the Pizza Hut chain or with other socially responsible entities in the country, with whom discussions have already been initiated. 

Director of Human Resources of Gamma Pizzakraft, Kaushal Mendis said, “We firmly believe that our efforts will not only improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities but also promote and safeguard equality, self-determination, dignity and social inclusion of such persons.”