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.
The Foundation of Goodness is extremely happy to announce the opening of our 11th Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre in Puthiyanagar, Mullaitivu District, in the North Province of Sri Lanka. This Centre also marks the 4th Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre established in the North.
A dusty road through rural Mullaitivu, past farmers drying paddy on the main road, will lead you to the village of Puthiyanagar, home to 258 individuals brimming with potential and yet lacking the opportunities to utilise those skills. Many of them live in half constructed houses, with toilets built from the time FoG first visited the North and they often make a living off the land.
The Centre, which has 144 beneficiaires registered with the number continuously increasing as more rural students register for our courses, will offer free courses in Pre-School Education, Primary Education Classes, Computer Training, English Language, Sinhala Language, Dressmaking Course, STEM activities, Planetary Health Education Course, Sports Training: Volleyball, Children’s Good Values Initiative and the Goodness Agriculture Initiative.
The Centre was first identified by FoG and selected by the Association of Professional Sri Lankans UK for development by providing solar panels, a three-phase electricity system and Net Plus connection to the National Grid as an additional income source for the sustainable development of the village community.
A huge thank you to Dr. Kushwin Rajamani for sponsoring the building renovation and provision of equipment in getting the Centre beautiful and ready to begin our programmes.
Our heartfelt gratitude also goes out to Prath and Thilagawathy Balasubramaniam from Australia for stepping up as the sustainability sponsors of the Centre to ensure that we can deliver all these classes free of cost to our beneficiaries.
We wish our new team at the Puthiyanagar VHE Centre all the very best of luck in empowering this rural, disadvantaged community to uplift their lives!