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.
At the Foundation of Goodness, in addition to our various empowerment activities, we conduct many awareness programs to inform and educate not only our beneficiaries, but also the many rural communities in which our Centres operate!
These awareness programmes focus on topics that are of importance, subjects which are often not spoken about in society and those which are underprioratized in schools with a special focus on mental health.
COVID-19 awareness programmes, conducted by Dr. Shirley, have been ongoing during this lockdown, keeping our staff and beneficiaries informed on the evolving nature of the virus and how to keep themselves safe.
Ms. Chandima also held an awareness session for the students of the Women’s Empowerment Centre, discussing topics such as how to start small businesses utilising the skills gained and with a limited budget, how to face the new normal and start small businesses, what type of loans are safe to apply for in order to improve their small business and how to market their home products successfully! These students greatly appreciated this mentorship and knowledge, provided at no cost.
The Medical and Dental Clinics of the OYOB Centre of Excellence in Seenigama conducted a virtual awareness session on how to maintain oral health for the members of the Udumulla VHE Centre children’s good values initiative. A special thank you to Dr. Milton for conducting this programme, often not taught in rural Sri Lankan schools.
Our Community Psychosocial Unit conducts many awareness programmes in the local community, speaking about essential topics such as child nutrition (physical and mental) & parental attention with the parents of the Lahiru Preschool students, the beginning of a successful tomorrow with the beneficiaries of the MS Office Course and the online technology education pattern.
Education and information is one of the strongest forms of empowerment, allowing many rural Sri Lankans to make informed decisions and life choices. We hope to continue these awareness and extend our reach in person and online to as many rural communities across the country as possible.