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.
In rural villages, there are people with hidden talents and dreams. Away from busy city life, these communities hold untapped potential, that quietly thrive often unnoticed. Despite being far from the spotlight, there are many people with different passions and aspirations. Among the unlikeliest of backdrops, there are stories to be told, dreams to be pursued, and talents to be discovered. Now in the ever-changing world of technology and a more connected world individuals now have the opportunity to step up, share their brilliance, and enrich our lives and pursue their aspirations.
At the Foundation of Goodness, we focus our efforts to empower and bridge the urban-rural divide by providing rural individuals with a platform to illuminate their talents. In a world often dominated by urban centers, the Foundation of Goodness stands as a testament to the brilliance that resides in every corner, fostering a space where rural individuals can step into the spotlight.
One such story is that of Uminda, a humble member of the maintenance staff at the OYOB Centre of Excellence in Seenigama. Despite his unassuming role, Uminda’s story is nothing short of remarkable. This young father of two, behind his everyday tasks, Uminda conceals an extraordinary secret: he created an Instagram handle @lovedoginstagood that now has an astounding 600,000 followers and counting. Through self-driven learning and tireless research through youtube and other online resources, he cracked the code of social media engagement and digital creation all on his own. But Uminda’s journey doesn’t stop there. His aspirations stretch further, aiming to touch the coveted milestone of one million followers. He is constantly researching, analyzing metrics and data to reach his goal.
Uminda has now become a popular figure at the Foundation of Goodness as he is a unique soul with a distinct perspective on life. He embraces a different approach, firmly believing in doing things in a different way. Whatever task he undertakes, he does so with unwavering passion. Even the seemingly ordinary act of cleaning classrooms holds deeper meaning for him. Uminda views it as his personal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of the students. Through his individuality and dedication, Uminda exemplifies how a different viewpoint can infuse even the simplest of tasks with purpose and significance.
We are truly proud and inspired by Uminda, as his story exemplifies how hidden within the most ordinary of places, extraordinary talents can emerge, and how a simple man can sweep the digital world with inspiration.