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.

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The Foundation of Goodness strives to bring new opportunities to rural communities in order to bridge the gap between urban and rural Sri Lanka. This includes unique opportunities and experiences that would otherwise be out of reach for these rural Sri Lankans. Therefore, the OYOB Centre of Excellence in Seenigama was delighted to welcome Colette and her family from New York under the Colette’s Canvas initiative, which arrived in Sri Lanka with the aim of distributing over 500 beautiful art packs to rural students. 

Colette’s love for art was so big, that she flew across the world all the way to Sri Lanka in order to share her love for art with rural communities in Sri Lanka. 

I thought about how, surrounding me, there are so many kids who don’t have access to art and it brought my life into perspective on how I have such great opportunities to do art and I really just want to give that to everyone” said Colette on what inspired her to start Colette’s Canvas.

Colette’s Canvas donated 25 beautiful art packs and conducted a special art workshop at the OYOB Centre of Excellence in Seenigama,  where she taught our beneficiaries many art techniques, allowing them to create beautiful works of art.

I think the Art in Sri Lanka, walking around just on the sides of houses and walking down the alleyways, I think it’s really pretty. So what inspired me to bring Colette’s Canvas to Sri Lanka was just the art in Sri Lanka itself” –  Colette, when asked why she chose Sri Lanka

Colette’s Canvas also visited several rural schools in the South of Sri Lanka, facilitated by the Foundation of Goodness and distributed 50 art packs each to the following schools: 

1) Hambantota Beralihela Primary School

2) Hambantota Thissapura Primary School

3)Lunugamvehera Primary School 

4) Rural school in Kamburupitiya 

Colette shared her expertise on creating beautiful art among the rural students of these schools, bringing much joy and happiness to these students who have had a tough year due to COVID-19 induced hardships. 

Colette hopes to continue distributing art supplies and sharing her love for art with as many rural communities as possible, not just in Sri Lanka, but around the world.

We wish Colette’s Canvas the very best of luck in bringing joy to those in need!

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