The Foundation of Goodness is a holistic rural development model that seeks to bridge the urban-rural divide in Sri Lanka via 10 empowerment divisions across 900+ villages island-wide, and reached over 307,000+ beneficiaries in 2022 alone by way of 15 Empowerment Centres, free of cost.
The A. Y. S. Gnanam Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre in Trincomalee is the Foundation of Goodness’ 15th Village heartbeat Empowerment Centre and the second established in partnership with Tokyo Cement.
The centre is located on the premises of the Tokyo Cement factory in Trincomalee which was one of the first established by the late Mr. A. Y. S. Gnanam and the VHE Centre was declared open on in his honour on his birthday, 5th May. Centre was declared open by Mr. S.R Gnanam, Managing Director -Tokyo Cement Company, Dr. Harsha Cabral, Chairman – Tokyo Cement Company and Ms. Rashmini De Silva, Chief Operating Officer – Foundation of Goodness.
This is the first VHE Centre to be established in the Trincomalee District, it is also FoG’s first Centre to serve beneficiaries from Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities all in one location, conducting all programmes in both Sinhala and Tamil medium. Currently, over 280 student have registered for the programmes that we offer.
Children, women and youth from the surrounding villages will not have free of charge access to programmes that include Primary Education, Computer Training, English and Sinhala Link Languages, Mathematics, Science, Dress Making, STEM Activities, Planetary Health Education, Children’s Good Values Initiative, Goodness Agriculture Initiative and Sports Training.
This is a wonderful opportunity for the residents in the surrounding villages develop their skills and capabilities in order to advance in life and elevate their standard of living as the Foundation of Goodness continues to work towards bridging the urban-rural divide by bringing facilities and resources from the city to the heart of the village.