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 Foundation of Goodness has long believed that computer skills are integral to bridging the gap between urban and rural Sri Lanka. The lack of facilities and opportunities for those in rural communities to access ICT knowledge and skills greatly hinders their progress in today’s world.
Therefore, a key objective of the Foundation of Goodness is to set up IT Centres in rural areas where youth do not have access to the necessary resources to learn computer skills. Depending on the needs of the local community, these Centres may eventually be developed into full fledged empowerment centres offering a range of subjects free of charge.
Our latest initiatives include the donation of 5 desktop computers to a small educational Centre in Kirulapone in support of their computer classes, an essential skill to be provided free at the Centre! The beneficiaries of this Centre are part of the growing population of struggling families in the urban areas. They are often overlooked for help as they live in the heart of the city.
In addition to this, 10 desktop computers were installed at the Education Resources Centre in Kataragama increasing their existing number of computers from 10 to 20, in order to expand the existing Centre so as to serve more underprivileged youth in the area. We hope to continue to develop these Centres into the standard of our Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centres islandwide.
The Oddusuddan VHE Centre in the Mullaitivu District too started out as a humble IT Centre and now supports over 300 rural beneficiaries in the area annually, via a range of empowerment programmes.