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Sammu Malsha Lekhani

Sammu Malsha Lekhani

BA Business Management 2015

University of Sunderland graduate Malsha Lekhani juggles her job as a Finance Executive at RIU Hotels and Resorts with protecting and saving endangered sea turtles. 

In her role as a Project Manager at Ahungalla Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Centre, Malsha overlooks the day to day operations in this centre based in Sri Lanka.

The project was developed by Malsha’s nephew and it soon became the family project.

Malsha, who recently become a mother of a three-month-old baby girl, explained: “My nephew Chalana Ameer developed the idea of setting up a conservation centre to protect sea turtles that are currently of the brink of extinction. We decided to come forward to protect these marine species from extinction and increase hatching rates. 

“Some of our staff patrols the beach all night looking for mother sea turtles that come out of the ocean to lay their eggs. We protect the mother turtle during the nesting process and when she is finished laying the eggs we put her safely back in the ocean. We also relocate the eggs from the beach to our hatchery. This is done concerning threats that endanger the eggs in their original nesting locations such as erosion, traffic of tourists, dogs, crabs, birds and irresponsible human action. 

“Once the baby turtles are born we release them back into the ocean.” 

Talking about her time at the University of Sunderland, Malsha said: “I enjoyed the international environment and made good friends. I also liked the lecturers and the way they taught us, especially Areeba Zafar.” 

After graduating from her BA in Business Management, Malsha came back to her home country and landed a job in one of the biggest hotel chains RIU Hotels and Resorts. 

Now, the graduate is enjoying motherhood and has got her sights set on becoming a finance controller one day. 

She added: "We are looking for volunteers to work in the Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Centre. If you are interested, please visit our Facebook page to make contact with us: https://www.facebook.com/SeaTurtleConservationandResearchCentre/ or our website http://ahungallaseaturtles.com/volunteer.php"

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