Shop Goodness is an initiative by the Foundation of Goodness to support the local community and small industry by creating a space for current and past beneficiaries of the FoG Women’s Enterprise courses and other local artisans to sell their crafts and earn an income while also supporting the our humanitarian activities. Shop Goodness will have a stall at the Galle Fort market on the 28th of April (Saturday) so make sure to pop in if you’re in the neighborhood.
73 students selected as the Best Performers for 2017 from our IT, Diving, Sports, Women’s Empowerment, Dancing, Business Skills, Children’s Good Values Initiative, Language Training sectors and the Udumulla and Rathgama Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centres were felicitated at a special programme designed to motivate outstanding students to achieve their full potential, giving them the necessary incentives to succeed while also uplifting those around them.
The annual Shelton Gunasekera Memorial Swimming Meet was organised by the Foundation of Goodness at the Bryan Adams Foundation Pool Complex as a great opportunity for our young swimmers to test their skills against each other. This year too, we were delighted to see many talented swimmers take the plunge including the participation of 16 schools from the region, and we look forward to see what they will go on to achueve in the future.
10 bicycles, 30 Essential School Supply Packs, 100 vouchers for the purchase of school shoes and 165 ready-made school uniforms were handed over to rural students in Kilinochchi, Northern Province. To learn more please visit the North Journey So Far update (click here).
162 students from our Women's Enterprise and Empowerment Classes took part in a special Women's Day programme with eye opening sessions by lawyer Ms. Thanuja Navaratne, Ms. Hashi Peiris of the Kelaniya University and Mr. Anura Udawatta from HNB Grameen Bank.
The FoG Innovation Team organised a water rocket competition for the Children’s Goodness Club members which was a unique and interesting contest to encourage innovation, creativity, scientific learning, teamwork and leadership among our students. We were also delighted to have Mr. Harry Solomons, Mr. Sidath Wettimuny and Mr. Michael Tissera in attendance at this novel event (photograph above).
We were delighted to welcome 55 students from Asian International School- Colombo to the MCC Centre of Excellence in Seenigama where they toured the Centre to learn about our holistic approach to development following which the students divided up to conduct a number of group activities with our Children’s Good Values Initiative members including painting, arts & crafts, English conversation classes and lessons in basic geography.
Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centres:
The Foundation of Goodness Village Heartbeat Empowerment 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.
We were delighted to welcome Mr. Scott Walker from Australia to the Mathagal (Jaffna) and Murukkandy (Kilinochchi) VHE Centres which are sponsored by him, to spend time with the students and staff.
- Longstanding FoG supporter Aynkaran Sivaratnam from OYOB Property Group Australia conducted a workshop on personal growth at the Murukkandy Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre in Kilinochchi. OYOB Group sponsors the running cost of the Moneragala Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre.
- A special awareness programme for the parents of students attending classes at the Gandara (Matara) Centre was conducted by guest speaker, Attorney at Law, Mr. Sandun Gunawardena.
- The Thirukkuvil (Ampara) and Eravur (Batticaloa) VHE Centres oraganised English and Sinhala Days at the Centres to promote learning new languages among the children.
- A ‘Parent Appreciation Programme’ was organised for the students and their parents at the Rathgama VHE Centre (Galle). These events take place to strengthen familial bonds and create stronger relationships between the children and adults.
- Students and staff from the Mathagal (Jaffna) VHE Centre visited the Siva Poomi Elder’s Home as a community outreach project. By spending time with the elderly it lifts their spirits and makes them feel cared for and more involved in the community.
- Community clean-ups conducted by our VHE Centre beneficiaries this month included cleaning the premises of a local temple by the Murukkandy (Kilinochchi) VHE Centre students and efforts by the Rathgama (Galle) and Oddusuddan (Mullaitivu) students to beautify their VHE Centres and keep it clean an tidy.
- Students at the Murukkandy (Kilinochchi) VHE Centre participated in a Mine Risk Awareness Programme conducted by Spirit Of Soccer aimed at teaching them safety procedures regarding unexploded mines left behind from the decades of conflict in the region.
Special Events and Workshops
- A special creative workshop on making gift bags and boxes held at the Sports Academy helped our sportsmen and women to discover their more creative side and learn a new skills.
- A special Listening Assessment was conducted by WNS for members of the FoG Business Process Outsourcing Team.
- We were delighted to welcome Mr. Ishanka Madushan to the MCC COE IT Centre where he conducted a special workshop on hardware for our students from the MC Office class.
- The Women’s Enterprise & Empowerment Centre General Cookery and bakery students visited the Shangri-La Hotel in Hambanthota to gain more hand-on experience about the service industry and see the inner workings of an internationally acclaimed 5-Star resort.
- A big congratulations to FoG cricketer, 17 year old Kaveesha Dilhari who was selected to play for the National Ladies Cricket Team in a home tournament against Pakistan. At 17, Kaveesha is the youngest player on the team and we are incredibly proud of her achievements.
- Community aid sports tours this month included visits by Clifton College, Somerset Cricket Club and Fettes College all from UK. These friendly matches are a valuable experience for the local and visiting teams because of the opportunity to play and learn from each other.
- The monthly coaching camp by Sri Lanka's National Women's Coach Hemantha Devapriya sponsored by Tokyo Cement was conducted for 40 cricketers and 8 coaches at the Sports Academy in Seenigama while the 3rd North Coaching Camp took place in Vavuniya with 39 boys and 16 girls participating.
- A special coaching camp was also conducted by Former National Women’s Coach Harsha de Silva for 16 FoG Ladies Cricketers.
- Daily fitness training was conducted for all FoG sports squads to help improve their performance. In addition to fitness training the members of the FoG Elite Squad also attended IT and English classes to give them a more well-rounded approach to success.
Beneficiary Community Aid Projects
- Students from the FoG IT Classes have been busy conducting various community aid projects this month including a temple cleaning programme by the Kids’ Computer class and beach cleaning conducted by the MS Office students.
- The Medical Centre Team conducted their monthly wellness check-ups at the Hikkaduwa and Wellawatta Elders’ Homes to make sure that the residents remain in good health while the Dental Clinic continues its monthly oral care programmes introduced by American teenager Sonali Ranaweera’s Recycling4Smiles initiative.
The Foundation of Goodness is delighted to have 2 volunteers with us this month from Germany and UK, all of whom are adding value to our work.
18 Village Welfare projects (which are in addition to the monthly ongoing sector programmes) amounting to Rs. 106,000/- (USD 680/-) 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.