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.
Over the past two decades, The Foundation of Goodness has made significant strides in empowering rural communities across Sri Lanka through a diverse range of courses at the OYOB Centre of Excellence and the 17 Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centres. As we continually update our offerings to cater to the evolving needs of our beneficiaries to help enable their future, we are also committed to preserving Sri Lankan art and tradition,
One remarkable initiative is the Angampora martial art class, which kicked off at the Polonnaruwa Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre. Angampora, a centuries-old combat art, has been on the brink of extinction. However, the enthusiasm among children, both girls and boys, to learn this ancient practice is truly heartening. Beyond physical skills, this class instils discipline and respect. We hope that by creating more awareness and opportunity on this traditional art form we can ensure the survival of this valuable tradition.
Another endangered art, Beeralu, is experiencing a resurgence thanks to our efforts. Beeralu, an intricate craft native to Sri Lanka, had been dwindling in popularity. However, of late we have found that this craft is making a popular come back and is starting to be featured in recent fashion and is fast becoming a trend. Having recognized its potential in local fashion and launched a Beeralu class to revive this dying art form, breathing new life into this traditional craft.
We also understand the importance of equipping individuals with modern skills to secure sustainable incomes. One such course is the Sugar Flower and Cake Topper Course, which was recently introduced at the Women’s Empowerment Centre at the Centre of Excellence in Seenigama. This six-month program empowers students to craft their cake toppers and sugar decorations, catering to the growing demand in the market. The remarkable response to the course, with 24 students enrolling this year, demonstrates its relevance in contemporary society.
The Foundation of Goodness is committed to balancing tradition and modernity, coupled with its dedication to the empowerment of rural communities. By offering courses that range from the traditional to the contemporary, The Foundation of Goodness is not only fostering skills but also preserving the rich cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. As they continue to update and expand their offerings, the Foundation of Goodness remains a beacon of hope for rural communities, helping them build better futures while celebrating the essence of Sri Lankan art and tradition.