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 commenced the Goodness Agriculture Intiative in order to teach our rural students different techniques on farming, gardening and to encourage team work by looking after a ‘Home Garden’ at each Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre.
This also resulted in many of our students planting trees, vegetables and fruits in their own homes.
This year, these Home Gardens become more valuable as the food crisis hit Sri Lanka and prices soared to nearly unaffordable levels. Rural families that had grown fruits and vegetables were able to live off their own produce and mitigate their spending on food.
This year, in addition to the Home Gardens, we also began the Food Security Project by distributing seeds and tree saplings to 50 families in the vicinity of our Centres. This was to encourage rural families to grow as many fruits and vegetables in their own homes.
Those seeds will provide much needed fruits and vegetables to the local families. We hope to reap a bountiful harvest soon!