In 2001, prior to establishing Change A Life, Computershare committed to support a small project that provides funding and materials to assist in the education of underprivileged children primarily based in Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka. 15 years later, we’re still supporting this project through Change A Life. The project, which has been almost entirely funded by Computershare and Change A Life, has an enviable record of integrity with close to 100% of funds going directly to beneficiaries.
Come-Share provides educational funding for children from year ten (O level) onwards. In Sri Lanka, education up until year ten is free and many children from poor backgrounds can complete up until year ten unassisted. After this point many children are forced into manual labour, even if their school results are very good.
The project has a strong focus on sustainability, and Come-Share is in the process of establishing a Voluntary Contributions Scheme for past beneficiaries. Many beneficiaries have expressed a desire to contribute towards the educational support of others in the same way that they have been helped, and the foundation hopes this will be an easy way for them to donate.
It costs just AU$6.27/£2.54/ US$4.81 per month to provide one student with further education opportunities and just AU$100/£40/US$77 a month to pay for a degree such as hotel management or computer studies.