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.

Building Bridges Through Sport: A Journey of Unity and Reconciliation

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In an extraordinary display of solidarity and goodwill, the Foundation of Goodness and Vanni Hope orchestrated a transformative event in Seenigama, Sri Lanka. From March 14th to 17th, the Moolai Victoria Ladies team and the Yarlton College U15 boys team from Jaffna converged at the Seenigama Sports Academy for a series of cricket matches, which was a true testament of North and South reconciliation. 

 

 

The teams engaged in spirited competitions, but it was the exchange of cultures and experiences that truly defined the journey. Beyond the boundaries of sport, students from both teams had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Seenigama village life, witnessing firsthand the resilience of a community rebuilt after the devastation of the tsunami.

 

 

the North Vanni Hope Girls under-23 team went up against the FOG Girls under-19 team, where the the North Girls dominated the match, reaching 68 runs for no loss in just 7.2 overs, securing a decisive victory by 10 wickets. Meanwhile, on the same day, the North Vanni Hope Boys under-17/15 side went head-to-head with the FOG under-15 Academy team. The North Boys posted a competitive total of 119 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their allotted 20 overs. However, the FOG Academy Boys showcased their skill, chasing down the target with ease, reaching 122 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in just 16.2 overs, ultimately claiming victory by 6 wickets.

 

 

The sports camp transcended mere athletic competition. Through coaching sessions, friendly matches, and shared moments of camaraderie, barriers were broken, and friendships were forged across cultural divides. The event underscored the transformative power of sport as a catalyst for reconciliation, demonstrating that beyond the scoreboard, lies the potential to bridge divides and foster understanding, one match at a time. As the sun set on the final day, the legacy of this remarkable journey echoed in the hearts and minds of all involved, a testament to the enduring spirit of humanity and the power of sports to unite us all.

 

 

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