The Guest, the catalyst
By staying at the glenrock, the guest contributes to the Happy Village; as a percentage of income earned by the hotel goes and has already gone on to make significant contributions toward the Happy Village. Some guests go the extra mile in directly assisting the village in meeting specific needs with contributions made through the hotel.
the glenrock village, unlike most other localities does not add burden to the national economy that is already laden with heavy foreign debt , but more importantly, helps the country pay off the foreign debt by channelling foreign currency to the national economy by converting natural strengths of the village to dollars through the glenrock.
the glenrock Contribution
the glenrock has been contributing to the above cause through following measures.
- Many who used to work in the city are currently employed at the glenrock (62% of the staff walk to work from home, while 74 % of the staff are from the immediate village or the surrounding villages Balangoda electorate). This allows some of them to do part time farming while working full time at the hotel, thus increasing their saving potential. Read More
- Opportunities are granted to village youth at the hotel to develop skills and become tradespersons.
- Organizing organic farming workshops to encourage the practice amongst villagers – a model farm is maintained at the hotel.
- Road development projects sponsored by the hotel.
- Preserving the culture and facilitating the spiritual needs of the villager. Eg. Facilitating the purchasing of traditional drums for the village drummer boys; allowing them to display their skills at the hotel and outside cultural activities for a fee. Building a place of worship (a statue of God Saman, the revered guardian god of the province) and assisting the places of worship in the area through donations and assistance in constructions.
- Providing assistance to the school to improve their standards and giving students dictionaries and books and other stationery items.
- Providing aid to individuals in hardship such as conducting eye clinics, donating eyeglasses, wheel chair, assisting times of sorrow( funerals etc)
- Encouraging farmers to sell their crops to the hotel at the retail selling price (Cutting the middleman to give more saving power)
- Preserving and protecting nature by planting trees in the hotel premises and the vicinity – the hotel plants two trees for each tree they use for the hotel’s construction needs.
The above contributions have been made by the glenrock despite operating with monetary losses so far. The remote location and the operational model (such as not allowing party revellers, noisy day out guests, making the restaurant and the bar exclusive for the in house guests etc.) have thus thrown many a financial and logistical challenge. Since too many guests could disturb the villagers’ peaceful lifestyle and also could affect the nature lover guest’s value expectation of a peaceful holiday, the hotel has purposely limited itself to only ten rooms. In fact, the hotel has not so far even reached the breakeven point as a business venture as increasing occupancy levels is harder compared to a conventional hotel due to the above said self imposed limitations. However, the glenrock is challenging this challenge without compromising the values on which it is founded, operated and promoted. The hotel would do their best to disprove the saying ‘ Road to hell is paved with good intentions’. Upon anticipated reaching the profit levels in the next few years, the glenrock , the unique social enterprise model would implement the above measures to sustain the happy village, by funding them as follows.