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Foundation of Goodness updates include the month's featured stories, sector spotlights, upcoming events, and much more.
June 2019 Highlights




 



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There are a number of ways you can be a part of the Foundation of Goodness community development activities. Volunteer with us, join a Community Aid Tour or bring your Sports Team to SriLanka. FoG has a fully-fledged, flexible volunteering program where you can share your expertise with rural youth. Our Community Aid programme enables you and your friends to engage in social service activities of your choice. Our Sports Tour programme has sports teams from around the world come down to Sri Lanka to interact and play with our rural FoG sportsmen and women.
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IN APPRECIATION

Donors who have left a legacy



At FoG we firmly believe that 'gratitude is the best attitude' and we can never forget the outstanding contribution by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in making FoG what it is today. MCC has been a supporter of the Foundation since the outset, a partnership that now spans over a decade. We are truly grateful for this incredible relationship, noteworthy for the longstanding sponsorship on the MCC Centre of Excellence that has enabled us to take great strides toward the development of rural Sri Lanka.   
 The MCC Centre of Excellence was declared open in 2007 thanks to the compassionate response of the Marylebone Cricket Club to the plight of villagers in the Seenigama region affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Now, the Centre provides for over 10,000 beneficiaries annually, building skills, creating opportunities and increasing the confidence of rural communities to achieve a bright future for themselves and their neighbours. The MCC also helped establish the Sri Sumangala Lords Cricket Grounds in nearby Hikkaduwa which gives young people the skills and exposure that is reaping rewards for individuals and teams at local, regional and even international level. Previously playing on a gravel pitch, the teams now have an immaculate ground, with indoor practice nets, pavilion and changing rooms to practice their game, host events and run regular coaching programs. The MCC continues to maintain a wonderfully supportive relationship with us and sponsors up-and-coming cricketers every year with a sports scholarship aimed at producing national level cricketers from a rural background.
 

The Planet Wheeler Foundation has provided sustainability funding towards FoG, supporting diverse sectors within the Foundation. They had a vision to sponsor the Foundation at a time when they thought sustainability was what was most necessary for our forward march and have left an indelible mark upon rural Sri Lanka, through their work with us, including assisting with our Northern Development projects and building on the development of our human capital through meaningful and educational contributions in Capacity Building. Our sincere thank you goes out to PWF for their role, over the course of 8 long years, in supporting our journey towards bridging the gap between urban and rural Sri Lanka.

Featured Sector : English Classes

3,707 beneficiaries from 148 villages have benefited from the English Classes at the Foundation of Goodness to date. Learning the English language gives rural students the opportunity to develop skills that will give them an edge in an otherwise extremely competitive job market. Each year we have an average of 590 beneficiaries that pass out from the English Language Courses conducted island-wide via the MCC Centre of Excellence and Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centres, where classes are provided free of charge and these students are then able to find gainful employment within their communities after graduation.
 
Sustainable Income Generation Initiatives

Plates of Goodness 


A longstanding friend of FoG, Inosha, hosted an innovative fundraiser for the Foundation at her home in Australia. Inspired by our Sustainable Income Generation Initiative ‘Plates of Goodness’, Inosha organised a sumptuous Sri Lankan meal, where each guest's contribution went towards supporting beneficiaries from the FoG Women’s Empowerment Sector for the period of one year, with the purchase of their ticket priced at AUD 60. The ladies at Inosha’s table were delighted to have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal while helping their less privileged sisters across the ocean. 

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Good Life Experience Day

 
The 1st Good Life Institute Experience Day, ‘Better than I used to be’ launched with the participation of 10 guests. Guests were warmly welcomed at our MCC Centre of Excellence in Seenigama and started the day with a morning sea therapy session. The entire day was guided by Founder/ Chief Trustee Kushil Gunasekera, who shared his experiences and philosophy of living your best life. Following a delicious breakfast curated by our in-house-chef Asiri, made up of organic, wholesome, indigenous, vegetarian food, the guests engaged in a tour of the FoG Empowerment Sectors. The guests were then able to discover true Sri Lankan village life through a walking tour of the Udumulla Village. Following another organic, vegetarian lunch, the experience day moved to the guests engaging with the community through volunteering activities of their choice. The GLI experience day concluded with a tour of the FoG Sports Academy and an intimate discussion with Kushil on living a life of goodness and well-being! 

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Your favourite Foundation of Goodness merchandise is now at your fingertips! We're on Tradesbarn! Shop from anywhere in the world and support a worthy cause. 
All proceeds from FoG 'Shop for Good' merchandise goes towards our FoG rural community development work.
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JUNE ACTIVITIES

Relief efforts for the victims of the Easter Sunday Attacks

Phase I of the FoG relief efforts for the victims of the Easter Sunday Attacks at the Zion Church in Batticaloa has now concluded, with grocery packs being provided for 88 families. Phase II of the project, which will be the distribution of scholarships will begin later this month, followed by Phase III when financial aid will be provided for the long term medical needs of victims.
Watch this space for updates on this ongoing project.

Meanwhile, a counselling programme lead by Sr. Canice takes place every Sunday for survivors at the Katuwapitiya Church in Negombo.  
 
Harry Solomons visits Seenigama

Harry Solomons, the Managing Director and Founder of Kingsgrove Sports Centre Australia, together with his wife Rohini, visited our MCC Center of Excellence and the site for the upcoming Bat Repair Unit. Harry, a long term friend of the Foundation, will be sponsoring the Bat Repair Unit which is the first of its kind in the island. He will also be lending his experience and expertise towards the training and equipping of staff at the repair unit by way of his specialisation in trading and distributing sports gear. 

Melan wins the prestigious Laureus 'Next Young Artist' Art Competition
Congratulations to 15-year-old Melan from FoG whose drawing won the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and IWC Schaffhausen's 'Next Young Artist' Art Competition. Melan beat over 400 entries from over 150 community sports-based projects across 40+ countries supported by Laureus Sport for Good, to win this coveted award. Melan’s drawing will be engraved on the reverse of the 2019 IWC Schaffhausen Laureus Sport for Good special edition timepiece (above collage shows the engraving of previous FoG winner's art on a similar timepiece). This is the 4th time that a young artist from FoG has won this accolade for Sri Lanka. We are so proud of Melan’s achievement and have replicated his winning artwork as a mural on the walls of the Lahiru Pre School.

Upcoming Inauguration of the Mahawilachchiya VHE Centre

 Founder of the Mahawilachchiya Community Centre, Ms. Lovina Charles, who has made an incredible impact on the people of the area through her dedicated social service throughout the years, has entrusted the management of the Centre to the Foundation of Goodness. In anticipation of the upcoming collaboration, a group of ladies from Mahawilachchiya dropped in to observe and learn more about the operations of the MCC Centre of Excellence in Seenigama, which the VHE Centre will be modelled after. 

MCC Centre of Excellence

Life Skills Development Programmes

FoG conducts regular Life Skills Development Programmes for our various beneficiary groups. This month two Life Skills Workshops were held at the MCC Centre of Excellence. 50 students from our Women's Empowerment Centre and 35 students from the Beauty Culture and Food Processing classes participated in the sessions. The topics covered were Financial Management, Leadership, Business Success and Life Values. The Sessions were conducted by FoG Founder/ Chief Trustee Kushil Gunasekera, Mrs. A.K. Hewagama, Mr. Harin de Silva Wijeyeratne, Mr. Sussil Liyanage and Mr. Raj Vijayasiri.

Women’s Empowerment Centre

The Women’s Empowerment Centre conducted a Business Planning and Implementation programme that covered the technicalities of designing a business plan to suit your trade. Each semester we design innovative classes and programmes to educate our FoG ladies in marketable, economically profitable skills that will empower them to be independent and self-reliant.

Dixon Ashley Mendis Memorial Scholarships 

The Dixon Ashley Mendis Memorial Scholarships were awarded to the two students who achieved the best GCE Ordinary Level Examination results for 2018. The 2017 winners’ scholarships were also renewed for their final year of study. A big thank you goes out to our donors Prof. Asoka and Janine Mendis for sponsoring this award over many years. 

SLASSCOM Training

Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM) conducted a training for the teachers of our computer classes in order to introduce the SLASSCOM TechKids workshops which will run for ten consecutive weeks at the MCC Centre of Excellence for our young computer enthusiasts. 

13th Anniversary of Lahiru Pre-School 

In celebration of the 13th Anniversary of the FoG Lahiru Pre-School that has brought quality early education to many rural children free of charge, an alms-giving was organised at the Wellawatta Elders’ Home.

Medical Centre

The Medical Centre Team conducted their monthly wellness check-ups at the Hikkaduwa, Madampagama and Wellawatta Elders Homes. Our elders were able to complete their check-ups, ensuring their continued good health.
Meanwhile, Doctor Shirley conducted a Health Awareness workshop for the Kahawa Child Resilience Centre parents, on dengue prevention and the dangers of diabetes and cholesterol.

Beach Cleaning 

Committed to keeping the Seenigama coastline clean and beautiful, FoG organises regular beach clean-ups. This month the Seenigama Children’s Good Values Initiative and Dive Centre students took turns cleaning up the beach.

Community Psycho-Social Unit (CPU) Activities

The Community Psycho-social Unit had a busy month organizing a number of awareness programmes. A drug awareness programme was conducted for the Dhamma School and Menaka & Suresh led a workshop on the power of the spoken word for the Computer Centre Students. We were also delighted to have Prof. Gaithri back with us to conduct a training session for our Psycho-Social team following which they received a certification in Working with Children with Special Needs.
 
Children and Youth Education Values

Performing-Arts Exhibition

The students from the 'Dance for Good' dance class held an amazing performing arts exhibition complete with displays crafted by their own hands. Our Chief Guest for the event was legendary Sri Lankan Spin Bowler Rangana Herath. The event was also graced by special guests Mr. Sussil Liyanage, Mr. Raj Vijayasiri, Mr. Sanjeewa Kasthuri and FoG Founder/ Chief Trustee Mr. Kushil Gunasekera.

Tree Donation Campaign

Our Seenigama Children’s Good Values Initiative donated plants to the residents of the area, promoting a greener neighbourhood. During this programme, the kids braved the heat to present a variety of plants to the people of the area as an initiative to protect and preserve the environment. 

World Environment Day Activities

In celebration of World Environment Day, the kids at the Kahawa Child Resilience Centre and Eravur, Murukandy and Thirukkovil Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centres' Children’s Good Values Initiatives conducted tree planting programmes around their communities. The children all came together to plant trees while their teachers explained the importance of protecting the environment.

Children Make a Stand Against Drugs and Alcohol

The Rathgma Children’s Good Values Initiative members conducted a community clean-up programme, while the Kahawa Child Resilience Centre conducted a Drug and Alcohol Prevention walk and made donations of essential items to rural pregnant mothers. 


VILLAGE HEARTBEAT EMPOWERMENT CENTRES
The Foundation of Goodness Village Heartbeat Empowerment (VHE) Centres are designed to empower rural disadvantaged villagers, especially through English and IT which are essential to reduce the levels of poverty. Other programmes also include life skills & values, educational subjects, vocational training and sports to help them make better progress overcoming the disparity between the urban and rural communities.
 

VHE Best Performers

Computers were gifted to the students who obtained the best results at the 2018 GCE Ordinary Level Examinations from our FoG VHE Centres while the most outstanding performers from each VHE Centre's Children's Good Values Initiative were recognized by the Centre Heads and presented with a stationery pack and some delicious treats. 

VHE Highlights

Our VHE Centres were busy with many activities this month. The highlights being the Udumulla VHE Centre’s Dengue Prevention Campaign, Eravur and Thirukkovil English and Sinhala Days, a Slipper-Making Course being introduced at the Rathgama VHE Centre and the Murukandy VHE Centre’s Dress Making Exhibition. 

Thirukkovil VHE Centre IT Graduation

The Graduation Ceremony for the Thirukkovil Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre Information Technologies students took place and 20 students graduated from the programme. 

SPORTS

Hemantha Devapriya Cricket Coaching Camp

39 Under 13 & Under 17 cricketers and 9 coaches from the Seenigama Sports Academy took part in the monthly coaching camp facilitated and conducted by renowned cricket coach Hemantha Devapriya. The coaching clinic is sponsored by Tokyo Cement Group, provided free of cost to the participants so that the up and coming cricketers have exposure to quality training that is otherwise only available in the cities. This project is a long-term endeavour of FoG to identify, train and develop the incredible sporting talent that lies dormant within rural Sri Lanka.

National Olympic Day Celebrations

Foundation of Goodness Sports Academy participated in the National Olympic Day celebrations in Polhena, Matara and also participated in the National Olympic Day Run. 

XLV National Sports Festival Games

Congratulations to all our FoG swimmers who excelled in their respective age groups at the XLV National Sports Festival Games - Galle District Open Swimming Competition – 2019 and the XLV National Sports Festival Games - Provincial Open Swimming Competition - 2019.

Ravi Weerasooriya Cricket Training Camp

A big thank you goes out to our constant supporter Mr. Ravi Weerasooriya who conducted a training session at the Seenigama Surrey Oval with the FOG Club Cricket Team. We are deeply touched that Ravi always takes the time to train our young players during his visits to Sri Lanka.

Rangana Herath Spotting Talent Among Rural Spinners 

Celebrated Sri Lankan spin bowler Rangana Herath, spotting talent on rural spinners at a special coaching session for 25 of our aspiring FoG cricketers. It was an unforgettable day for the young players as they met one of their idols! 

Highlands Cricket Club from NSW Australia at FoG Sports Academy! 

After a lull in sports tours following the unfortunate incidents over Easter, we are happy to welcome the first international sports team, Highlands Cricket Club from NSW Australia, to play a rousing game of cricket with our Sports Academy team. These visits provide an invaluable experience for everyone because of the opportunity to play and learn from each other.

FoG Sports Academy Community Aid Activities

Our Sports Academy conducted a number of Community Aid Programmes, giving back to the community in diverse ways. The Sports Academy provided electricity for an under-served family in their neighbourhood, connecting the family’s home to the grid and covering all related costs totalling Rs.16,870.00 and also donated cricket matting material worth Rs 40,500.00/- to Siri Abhayathissa Maha Vidyalaya in Seenigoda. 
 
VOLUNTEERS
 
The Foundation of Goodness was delighted to have, four volunteers with us from Sri Lanka, USA and the UK; who added much value to our work. In light of the recent security concerns regarding Sri Lanka, we are taking all measures within our means to ensure the safety of our volunteers and guests.

 The inspirational Sugden family

Matthew and Dr. Charmila Sugden have been an inspiring presence over the past weeks, donating groceries, a guitar and an Electric Blood Pressure Machine as well as building and painting benches for our Kahawa Child Resilience Centre. Matthew who is an IT consultant by profession also taught our Graphics Class the 3D Max software and their latest project in Kuleegoda saw them personally build a home for an impoverished resident. The pair together with their children have previously donated computers and built more benched for the Akurala Child Resilience Centre. We are truly thankful for the personal touch they bring to their philanthropy and the involvement of the entire family in helping rural Sri Lankans. 

Kind Donors from around the world sent across a variety of items to elevate the standards of our rural beneficiaries including sports gear and even 02 small violins.
 
17 Village Welfare projects (which are in addition to the monthly ongoing sector programmes) amounting to Rs. 361,937.50/-  (USD 2,055/-)  divided among areas such as healthcare, education, and general welfare were facilitated this month to uplift the living standards of rural villagers to ease their burden in addition to the ongoing campus style of operation in place with the help of our donors, many of whom like the Elizabeth and Nicholas Nainani Foundation make monthly donations towards the well-being of others.


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PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES


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From the month of August, please expect our FoG newsletter to reach you by the 15th of every month!
 


MAJOR UPCOMING PROJECTS/EVENTS:​
 
Multiple international teams scheduled to visit the FoG Sports Academy this year for Community Aid Sports Tours.

Plans for establishing the 11th and 12th Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centres are in discussion over the next few months.

OYOB Tuk Tuk Ride in September/October 2019.

'Apps for Good' Research & Development activities carried out by the Rural Action App Business Team.

Potential collaborations with sports legends, organisations and entrepreneurs.

Muthiah Muralidaran Sports Memorabilia Museum to be established in Seenigama.

New and innovative enterprise avenues for Sustainable Income Generation underway to attain proposed self-sustainability by the year 2020.

Potential partnership with Sports Ledger Foundation.

Establishing a bat repair unit in partnership with Kingsgrove Sports - Sydney, Australia.

Solar Village Project in collaboration with APSL: Phase II.

Visit to Methsewa with the Cerebral Palsy Foundation Team.

'Be the Change' Caps to promote good values.

PMTT Tuk Tuk Ride in April 2020.

Jaffna Central College pool restoration project in collaboration with NOC.


 
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