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.
Despite Sri Lanka being a higher middle-income country, nearly 80% of all Sri Lankans live in rural communities. These rural communities face a hard climb out of a vicious cycle of poverty that prevails through generations. The MCC Centre of Excellence represents change. It aims to bridge the gap in opportunities that often separates rural Sri Lankans from the rest of the country. It offers a variety of courses which are provided free of charge to those in need and have been able to reach out to thousands of beneficiaries from villages all over Sri Lanka.
On the 11th of January 2020, the Foundation of Goodness celebrated the 6 months of hard work put in by the second batch of students to enroll in 2019.
The 477 graduates this year had enrolled in courses from 4 avenues; women’s empowerment, dive, business & language skills and computer, all of which are available free of charge at the MCC Centre of Excellence.
Presided over by Chief Guest Mr. Athula Kithsiri, Senior Corporate Trainer and Founder/ Chief Trustee of FoG Mr. Kushil Gunasekara, students received their certificates for their successful completion of courses in Computer, Photography, English, Tamil, Electrical Installation & Maintenance, Compering & Diving courses.
In addition, the graduation ceremony of the Women’s Enterprise and Empowerment Centre also took place on the 11th of January 2020. The event was graced by Ms. Ruwanmali Jayasinghe CEO and Managing Director of Suriya Home Décor and Founder/Chief Trustee of FoG Mr.Kushil Gunasekara.Often caught between family obligations and being independent, many women feel that they would never have the chance to develop the necessary skills for employment. The Women’s Empowerment Centre has changed this for the better.