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 (FoG) has been working in the Differently-abled Sector in order to provide aid and assistance to a severely neglected and marginalised group within Sri Lanka.
Our goal is to enable differently-abled persons and give them the opportunity to live complete, fulfilling lives full of love and dignity. To achieve this goal we facilitate and support a number of initiatives and organisations that work in the Special Needs sphere.
FoG provides equipment and tools to aid in the education of differently-abled students, while providing training of trainers and sponsoring much needed occupational, vocational and speech therapists specialising in differently-abled-persons-care to various institutions across the island. We also work with the government Zonal Education Departments to open and maintain Special Needs Units within state schools. FoG also coordinates transportation and wheelchair access for Special Needs children while sponsoring the refurbishment of homes for Special Needs Persons.
One of our most recent achievements has been the opening of the Special Needs Unit at the Kanagapuram Vidyalayam in Kilinochchi. Facilitated by FoG and the Serendip Foundation, the Special Needs Unit was sponsored by Dr. Nagendran and one of our longstanding donors Mr. Ganan Kanagathurai. This project holds a special place in our hearts as this was the first such Special Needs Unit that FoG was able to open purely with funds raised by FoG Donors. We upgraded the facilities, furnishing and equipping the Kanagapuram Unit with toys and other physical-therapy material. We also renovated the room to accommodate a more sensory directed structured learning approach, to further help the development of the children of the Special Needs Unit.
Mailarvili, our Speech Therapist works with the Special Needs Units in Government Schools in Kilinochchi. She also assists the Kilinochchi Hospital Special Needs Unit while visiting the residents at the Asset Home, once a week. She also teaches the mothers of children with Special Needs to how to better understand and communicate with their kids. Therapists like Mailarvili is in short order in the North, where their services are in high demand in communities still rebuilding after the war. Mailarvili’s specialised services will make a huge difference in the lives of her wards, as she guides them to be more communicative and enhances the quality of their interactions with family and friends.
We would like to thank all the outpouring of love and generosity from our Donors from around the world that have empowered us to provide these service to the Differently-abled community in Sri Lanka.