Plantation Human Development trust (PHDT) is a Human Development Organization, gazette under the Ministry of Livestock & Rural community Development, providing sustainable development programmes, to continuously improve the quality of life of the plantation community totaling to 951,291 people, consisting of 238,159 families.
PHDT has been established by a cabinet decision by the Government, on a proposal made by the then H.E the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Plan Implementation. In order to take over the responsibility to proved health, Childcare & Social welfare activities directed towards improving the social & living conditions of the plantation workers. PHDT was established in 1992 under the companies’ Act No 17th of 1982, as a nonprofit, tripartite organization. The present composition of the organization is Government Ministries (Ministry of Livestock & Rural Community Development, Ministry of Plantation Industries, Ministry of Finance & Planning and Ministry of Health) Regional Plantation companies and the two trade unions in the plantation sector, Ceylon workers’ Congress and Lanka Jathika Estate Worker Union.
It is head quartered in Colombo & has seven regional office namely Galle, Ratnapura, Badulla, Kandy, Kegalle, Hatton, N-Eliya spread across the palanatation sector while all Regional Plantation Companies, Sri Lanka State Plantation Corporation, Jantha Estates development Board and Elkaduwa Plantation Ltd are drawing on the benefits that flow into the sector by way of services and investment.
From the inception , the PHDT through its extensive network has been facilitating a wide spectrum of social development activities and interventions aimed at improving the quality of life in the plantation sector, besides adding value to its human capital and obtaining productivity gains in the sector. Some of the major activities facilitated by the PHDT over the years are;