Foundation of Goodness
The Foundation of Goodness was established in 1999 and has worked extensively following the 2004 tsunami that devastated the lives of thousands of Sri Lankans to develop a one of a kind holistic rural community development model which today delivers a wide range of programmes to over 50,000 beneficiaries from 50+ villagers via our 30 activity sectors which include Arts & Multimedia, Children, Enterprise & Empowerment, Environment, Housing, Dental, Medical & Psycho-social supports, Scholarships, Sports Development & Management, Sustainable Income Generation, Village Heartbeat Project, Village Welfare & Development and Volunteer Management.
It was founded by Kushil Gunasekera, and has as its key Trustees, Sri Lanka’s biggest cricketing stars, Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena and Russel Arnold. The Foundation of Goodness is an organization that aims to bridge the gap between rural and urban populations. We operate principally out of the MCC Center of Excellence, Seenigama in the South of Sri Lanka and also work extensively with villages in the post-war North and East of Sri Lanka.
“Once I had interacted with Indira it was easy to comprehend why she is so passionate on the subject of serving humanity which to my mind is the best work of life. She is blessed with impressive characteristics that are foremost for this avenue of expertise being extra kind, generous, humane with a positive attitude and the noble vision of helping those in need to succeed by creating productive pathways.
Pursuing further on compatible grounds we decided to enter in to a partnership between my charity the Foundation of Goodness and hers Sahana SriLanka to consolidate on our collective strength to do more good for the betterment of those underserved to be empowered for greater prospects.”
Kushil Gunasekera, Founder-Chief Trustee
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Tdh has been active in Sri Lanka since 1978 and undertakes projects to improve mother and child health, access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as to strengthen child protection mechanisms. In 2013, more than 15’052 people benefited from the activities implemented by Tdh.
A majority of the northern and eastern communities, who were able to return to their villages after the war, still face difficulties surviving. Despite the huge government and NGO investments, many needs are not met. Infrastructures (housing, wells, toilets, health centres, schools) for example, are under reconstruction. Access to basic services is still limited. Economic opportunities remain rare and professional training possibilities need to be developed. It is within this context that Tdh intervenes with the aim to help rebuild this northern and eastern region.
“Support from Sahana Sri Lanka allowed Tdh to help particularly vulnerable female headed households in a way that would not otherwise have been possible. The integration of livelihood support into our work provided the opportunity to identify and respond to individuals whose acute vulnerability exposed them to the dangers of exploitation. The project proves that at the individual level a small intervention can contribute to significant outcomes”
Geoff Cordell, Country Rep, Tdh Sri Lanka