In wake of the tsunami that raged near by his hometown, Sri Lankan native and Danfoss engineer Ajtth Wijenayake approached his bosses with an idea.
"There are so many kids that lost their parents, so we try to see whether we could make a long-term commitment to them," Wijenayake said.
The international business with a Loves Park location responded in a big way. Danfoss will match half of the donations to the company's foundation to the relief effort. It's an investment Wijenayake is excited will pay off for future generations.
"To help maybe so kids to educate them and get their college educations. With the help of Danfoss, it will be a huge win for everybody," Wijenayake said.
The company is also pitching in for the short-term. Danfoss is donating three water systems that will convert sea water to healthy drinking water and keep an invaluable resource flowing clear.
"We all see the need today, but we know the need is going to go on and on. It hopefully will be something that will serve the people, not only in current times but in future times," Bill Widen said.
And while the Sri Lankan admits the challenging relief is just beginning, he's thrilled his employer is doing their part to speed up the recovery and his homeland's healing.
"The scale is huge, but the good thing is a lot of the countries are now sending supplies, but it will take much more time," Wijenayake said.
It’s a recovery timeframe that's getting a jumpstart.