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.
Along the Foundation of Goodness’ twenty year journey to empower marginalised communities across the island, we have encountered countless success stories that have time and time again highlighted the fact that rural Sri Lanka is brimming with girls and women who have astounding potential. This very fact has kept Women’s Empowerment at the forefront of the many development activities carried out by the Foundation of Goodness.
Since inception, our Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centres across the country have empowered more that 12,245 young girls and women, while our Women’s Empowerment Courses have benefitted more than 5,268 girls and women. We are also extremely proud of the 2,000+ young girls who have participated in our Sports courses, with some even going on to represent Sri Lanka at the international level! Our Dive for Good dive training centre has empowered three young ladies who were determined to complete our training and become professional divers.
All our Centres across Sri Lanka marked this special day under the 2021 Women’s Day theme of #choosetochallenge; a timely and inspirational theme for many, who face challenges based on predetermined, stereotypical and undermining opinions and social norms everyday.
The Centre of Excellence in Seenigama held a special day of workshops for 48 ladies from our Women’s Empowerment Centre and the IT Centre. The workshops revolved around the themes of Digital Literacy and Cyber Security, and were conducted virtually by Microsoft. In addition to this, the staff of the Centre of Excellence also painted a wall of the Seenigama Railway Station celebrating women and equality, with the intention of stopping the verbal harassment of women at the station.
Our Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centres also celebrated International Women’s Day 2021 with special activities, speeches by important figures from the local community and events that highlighted the theme of #ChooseToChallenge and overall women’s empowerment!
The Foundation of Goodness will continue to strive, inspire and empower women, not just on International Women’s Day, but everyday