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.
For nearly a month now Sri Lanka has been placed under strict travel restrictions due to an onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Our beneficiaries and staff have been confined to their homes, with lessons conducted online or home delivered. Being cooped up at home for long periods of time can lead to distress and frustrations, which is why when UN Volunteers introduced the #TogetherAtHome challenge we introduced it to our beneficiaries across Sri Lanka!
We challenged our beneficiaries to come with simple activities to #volunteerathome under the 5 themes introduced in the challenge; Responsible consumption and production, Good Health and Well being, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, Climate Action and Quality Education. Our beneficiaries were given the freedom to interpret each topic on their own and do simple activities with what each one meant to them.
The results were pleasantly surprising as our beneficiaries found unique ways of expressing their thoughts and ideas:
Good Health and Well-being
Our beneficiaries did simple exercises, played with their siblings and spent time outdoors.
Responsible Consumption and Production & Climate Change
Beneficiaries planted trees, looked after their home gardens and practiced sustainable methods of agriculture
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Two of our beneficiaries in Jaffna practiced Sinhala as their link language to signify reconciliation, while other beneficiaries distributed food packs to low income families in their locality.
Despite the difficulties of following lessons online or being unable to, many of our beneficiaries did their homework and studied hard.