Foundation of Goodness

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Out of the misery and devastation of the 2004 Tsunami, the `Foundation of Goodness’ was born – a movement of goodwill and `unconditional compassion’ that today has helped thousands of families affected by the devastation in the Seenigama area, about 20 kms north of Galle. Founded by Kushil Gunasekera, whose ancestral home serves as the nerve centre of this project, the movement currently touches the lives of over 20,000 men, women, and children from over 25 villages in the south, strengthening their inner being, skills and knowledge, and offering them a brighter future.

Most of the disaster response work is now drawing to a close at Seenigama, and the Foundation is focusing on long-term programmes, targeted towards improving the lives of these rural communities. Children’s programmes include pre-school education, development of English skills and sports. A lot has been achieved through sports – several cricketers in the Sri Lanka Under-19 teams, such as Pulina Tharanga, have passed through the Foundation’s cricket academy. Famous cricketers including Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, and the current captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team, Kumar Sangakkara are all trustees of the Foundation and play an active role in coaching the kids and providing financial support. Other children’s sports programmes include football, netball, volleyball, and swimming. Coaching is extended to the neighbouring village schools and regular cricket matches are held at the Seenigama Oval.

Adult programmes are geared towards developing skills that are essential for income generation. Comprehensive programmes in English and business skills development, computer training including web and graphic designing, motor mechanics and electrical wiring, industrial and domestic sewing and cookery, hair styling and bridal dressing are conducted on an ongoing basis. Preventive and curative health care is another important sector and regular medical clinics including paediatric, gyneacology, and general medical clinics are provided. Counselling and providing emotional support for children and adults is also a major component.

The Foundation is currently working to extend the activities to the North and East coast, which has undergone more than 30 years of hardship as a result of the war between the Sri Lankan Army and the LTTE. With the official end of the conflict in May 2009, the Foundation is developing its community development activities in these areas.

Foundation of Goodness

The Foundation of Goodness aims to narrow the gap between the urban and rural sector in Sri lanka through a holistic approach using productive activites,thereby empowering over 25,000 lives across 50+ villages via 30 sectors in action free of cost annually.

 

 

Diving & Training Centre

Opened in August 2008 thanks to funding from IYF/Nokia ,in a grand ceremony with special guest US Ambassador Mr Robert Blake,this centre provides professional diving training for rural youth.