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.
July is an exciting month at Foundation of Goodness as our 1st batch of 6 month vocational training courses for the year, comes to a conclusion and we get ready for the graduation ceremonies of our beneficiaries. The MCC Centre of Excellence was resplendent this month with 461 students passing out of their respective courses.
228 students from 60 villages graduated from this semester’s Women’s Empowerment Programme. The graduates completed their studies in dress making, beauty culture, soft toy making, cookery, bakery, food processing and a variety of other courses.
The graduation ceremony was preceded by an exhibition of the work that the ladies had accomplished throughout the Semester. The Chief Guest for the ceremony was our very own consultant for Special Needs Projects Fuzzie Ibrahim. The Graduation Ceremony was also graced by FoG Founder/ Chief Trustee Kushil Gunasekera along with Harin De Silva, Matthew Sugden, Dr. Charmila Sugden, Rahul Iriyagolle and Charu Therawathanthri and family.
To date, 4,876 rural women have learned new skills, under the mentor-ship of the Foundation of Goodness, through our Women’s Empowerment Sector.
Congratulations to the wonderful FoG ladies as they embark on a new chapter!
The crowning jewel of the Beauty Culture arm of the FoG Women’s Empowerment Sector, is the Bridal Show, where the students get an opportunity to showcase all they have learned throughout the semester. 38 students presented their showstoppers at the fashion show.
Popular Sri Lankan actress Angela Seneviratne presided as the Chief Guest and judge of the Bridal Show. The graduates had dressed brides according to the various cultural heritages present in the island. It was a colourful evening, where we celebrated the talent of rural Sri Lankans. We were incredibly privileged to be able to provide these ladies a platform to showcase their abilities to a larger audience, outside of their villages.
The event was also graced by the presence of Mrs. Priyadharshini de Soyza, Mrs. Damayanthi Fonseka, Mrs. Kanthi Gunasekera, Mr. Harin De Silva Wijerathna, Mr. Rohan de Silva Wijerathna, Mrs. Nilanthi de Silva Wijerathna, Mrs. Wasantha Warushawithana, Mrs. Romana, Miss. Iva, Mr. Mathew Sugden & Dr. Chamila Sugden, Mrs. Charu Therawathanthri and family.
233 students from 59 villages, graduated from our MCC Centre of Excellence; IT and Business Skills & Language Training Centers. The Chief Guest for the occasion was former Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Nanotechnology, Mr Harin De Silva. FoG Founder and Chief Trustee Kushil Gunasekera was Guest of Honour.
To date, 2918 students have graduated from our Information Technology Course, while 1399 students have passed out from the Business Skills and Language Centre.
Congratulations to all the graduates as they move forward equipped with their new qualifications to a brighter more fruitful future!