A holistic rural community development model seeking to bridge the gap between the urban and rural communities via 10 empowerment divisions across 500+ villages island-wide reaching over 35,000 beneficiaries annually, free of cost.

OYOB Centre of Excellence Graduation Ceremonies (January – June 2021)

Another 6 months of hard work has passed and hundreds of rural beneficiaries have graduated from the OYOB Centre of Excellence in Seenigama, after successfully completing the many empowerment courses offered free of charge at the Centre. The graduation ceremonies were held online due to COVID-19 health regulations. 


160 graduates of the Women’s Empowerment Centre, successfully completed 6 month empowerment courses in: 

Bakery, Curtain Making, General Cookery, Dressmaking, Advanced Dressmaking, Food Processing, Beauty Culture and Soft Toys Making.

These beneficiaries from 61 rural villages worked very hard despite the many challenges brought on by COVID-19 and the shifting of classes online to complete this course, offered free of charge at the OYOB Centre of Excellence in Seenigama. 

Every year hundreds of rural women are equipped and empowered with these skills so that they can better their lives and support their families. 

Additionally, another 198 beneficiaries from the Business Skills Centre, Computer Centre and Dive for Good Centre graduated after successfully completing courses in Photography, Diving, MS Office and much more. 

A special thank you to Rodney Arland, founder of the API Foundation for attending as the Chief Guest and speaking to our business skills beneficiaries and Miss.Vishmi Kawshalya, President of the Sri Lanka Youth Hikkaduwa Federation Council for attending as the Chief Guest of the Women’s Empowerment graduation on this special occasion. Founder Kushil Gunasekera also presided over the graduation ceremonies virtually.

We congratulate all our beneficiaries and hope that these skills enable them to reach open more doors of opportunity and excel!