A holistic rural development model that seeks to bridge the gap between the urban and rural communities in Sri Lanka via 10 empowerment divisions across 900+ villages island-wide reaching over 68,000+ beneficiaries annually, free of cost.
Volunteering is essentially a sacrifice of time, money, energy and expertise. In today’s busy world of endless meetings, social events and occasions our time has become the most precious commodity and giving that time to someone else is the greatest gift. Volunteering can completely change your perspective of life, revolutionize the way you think and empower your self-confidence and humanity. The Foundation of Goodness has the extraordinary opportunity to meet and work with individuals from all over the world who put serving others above themselves and come volunteer with us.
In the past 5 years alone, we have had 650 exceptional volunteers who have worked towards elevating the standards of rural under-served communities through our holistic rural development model.
One such extraordinary volunteer was Dr. Jayani Perera, who joined us from December 17th to the 21st in 2019. Dr. Jayani Perera, who is a dentist by profession, not only shipped 3 boxes of dental items to us prior to coming to Sri Lanka, but also raised GBP 2250 together with her family and friends to sustain our Dental Clinic. She conducted two special dental clinic programs for 15 pre-school kids and 17 children from the childrens’ good values initiative, to educate them on the importance of healthy teeth!
Moreover, Dr. Jayani also volunteered at the dental clinic and was also a guest of honour for the Shelton & Marlene Memorial Swimming Meet. She has pledged to continue her support even after returning to the UK after her time with us and we look forward to all the happy smiles we can put on the faces of our beneficiaries with her help.
Another remarkable individual who joined us last year was Ms. Sally Fordy, who volunteered from the 23rd of July to the 10th of August 2019. We were very excited about her time with us as she was our first volunteer to be placed in the North! Her courage and perseverance were exemplary, as she volunteered at our Mathagal, Village Heartbeat Empowerment Centre in Jaffna, despite the challenge of being the only volunteer at the property which was once a half shattered house that was occupied by the SL Army, Indian Peace Keeping Force(IPKF) and also the LTTE, during the civil war.
This proved a strong reminder of the difficulties Sri Lanka has overcome and the reconciliation processes still underway. Sally described our Mathagal VHE as a “haven” and said the “real feeling of joy and happiness that is experienced between the children of the local community” was indescribable. We salute Sally for paving the way for more volunteers in the North of Sri Lanka. Sally also volunteered in the South, working at the MCC Centre of Excellence, Sports Academy, ELders’ Homes and the Udumulla VHE Centre.
We would like to thank Dr.Jayani Perera, Sally Fordy and all our volunteers, for putting those who are less fortunate above themselves and we encourage everyone to volunteer in even the smallest of ways and find that joy that only comes with being part of something bigger than yourself.