LOS ANGELES, California – Green Globe Certification supports the Foundation of Goodness – a Sri Lanka based charitable organization committed to improving the lives of people in rural communities in Sri Lanka.
Over the course of 2011/12 the Foundation of Goodness has worked relentlessly to make a difference to the lives of people in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka; lives which were devastated by the 26-years of civil war. Working in the Mankulam, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, and Eastern areas of Sri Lanka since January 2011, the Foundation of Goodness has positively affected more than 10,000 beneficiaries. The foundation’s aim is to narrow the gap between urban and rural life in Sri Lanka by tackling poverty through productive activities.
“It is our vision to create a sustainable community model designed to inspire other regions and empower disadvantaged communities around the globe,” said Kushil Gunasekera, Founder of the Foundation of Goodness. “Our overall goal is to strengthen less privileged rural communities worldwide so that they may have equal opportunities to excel in life. Families need adequate shelter and access to appropriate services, sanitation and clean water, education has to be made affordable to everybody, cultural and religious needs should not be discriminated. We are dedicated to operate in a transparent and professional way, so that the rural poor receive maximum benefit from the generous donations made by our supporters.”
Sustainability of the rural environment is fundamental to the development of the village as part of a global community. The Foundation of Goodness implemented an Environmental Management Program that focuses on recycling, establishing home gardens, clean ups, and raising awareness for the local environment. Ongoing tree planting projects help replenishing foliage and protecting vulnerable coastal areas and inland waterways. While bio gas is already being used as an alternative fuel for cooking, the Foundation of Goodness is currently working on moving its entire electricity supply to solar power.
Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, commented: “We happily support the Foundation of Goodness, an organization that impresses with their unconditional compassion. When the Tsunami struck the Sri Lanka coast on December 26, 2004, the Foundation of Goodness was able to respond quickly by mobilizing villagers, coordinating volunteer efforts and providing the emergency items needed. In the following months the Foundation of Goodness became a point of contact for donors wishing to help. The organization has a proven track record in disaster response and is deeply committed to peace-building and community development in this new and historic era for Sri Lanka.”
ABOUT FOUNDATION OF GOODNESS
The Foundation of Goodness was set up by Kushil Gunasekera in 1999, to provide essential services to his ancestral village of Seenigama, located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Since then he has been joined by a dedicated Board of Trustees and a committed team based in Seenigama and Colombo – all working together with villagers and donors to uplift life of rural communities in Sri Lanka. The Foundation of Goodness has a unique approach to their work, providing a holistic response to community needs. The work of the Foundation of Goodness extends beyond the village boundaries to provide a compassionate response to the need of the rural poor communities throughout the country.
Contact: Swanthri Jayawardena, Communications Manager, Foundation of Goodness, Head Office, 30/32 Longden Place, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka, Phone +94 11 258 6536 / +94 11 258 6345, Email firstname.lastname@example.org , www.unconditionalcompassion.org
ABOUT GREEN GLOBE CERTIFICATION
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