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.
A brand new programme introduced by the Foundation of Goodness this year is the ‘Stray Friendly!’ Animal Welfare initiative! During the COVID-19 lockdown period in Sri Lanka from April to June, the FoG team regularly fed stray animals who were finding it increasingly difficult to find food. There are hundreds of street dogs and cats across the island who are helpless and abandoned to starve on the streets, or to succumb to the fate of abusive humans. Therefore, we realised that it was vital to implement a humanitarian initiative which focuses on the welfare of these voiceless souls. Most importantly, through this initiative, we hope to encourage more Sri Lankans to treat animals with compassion and kindness.
Stay Friendly!’s primary objective is to implement a responsible feeding and vaccination programme for street dogs and cats within the neighbourhood and in communities close to the MCC Centre of Excellence, Village Heartbeat Empowerment and Good Life Centres based in the Galle District. So for, we have conducted three food drives, reaching approximately 70 stray animals during each phase, in and around the Seenigama village! These animals were provided with a specially prepared homemade meal and both World Humanitarian Day and World Animal Day. This initiative aims to feed 300 dogs & cats per week (approximately 60 animals in the vicinity of each Centre), to have an outreach within 5km radius from our flagship Centre, to vaccinate 150 animals per month who suffer from skin diseases/ rashes (approximately 60 animals in the vicinity of each Centre), and vaccinate to 300 dogs & cats against Rabies every three months (approximately 60 animals in the vicinity of each Centre).
As Sri Lanka once again faces a COVID-19 outbreak, and a quarantine curfew is imposed across the country, we hope to have more frequent food distributions adhering to health regulations, in order to care of these animals.