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Founded by Kushil Gunasekera, whose ancestral home in Seenigama serves as the nerve centre of this charity, the Foundation of Goodness provides a comprehensive community development programmes via 30 empowerment sectors to improve the lives of more than 25,000 people from 38 villages affected by the tsunami. The Foundation now offers an opportunity for travellers to combine a holiday in Sri Lanka with work towards uplifting village communities in need. Spend a week teaching a sport to a group of children; share your specialised knowledge in IT, English, sewing or even cookery with young adults; or just spend time assisting in a pre-school or medical clinic. A minimum volunteer period of one week is recommended in order to understand the cultural values and lifestyles, and get actively involved in a programme of your choice. Red Dot will plan your holiday itinerary and arrange for your volunteer programme at the Foundation of Goodness. [More]
The Foundation of Goodness offers clean and comfortable accommodation in Seenigama village for volunteers. The accommodation ranges from a/c double rooms to dormitory style cottages and is situated within close proximity to the main office at Seenigama. Rice and curries and light snacks are prepared by trained village cooks. In the nearby beach resort of Hikkaduwa there are beachside cafes, restaurants and hotels that suit those on a budget. It should be noted that alcohol is not permitted at any of the project venues or accommodation premises.
Lahiru Villa: Kushil’s ancestral home, which was badly affected by the Tsunami, has now been fully refurbished and houses the Centre of Excellence which is the hub of the Seenigama project. Many of the intervention programmes for children and adults are carried out around this centre. The Lahiru Villa, which is part of this centre, has five comfortable a/c double bedrooms with attached toilets. The rooms are equipped with twin beds and there is cable TV and wi-fi internet in the living room. The rooms open out to a central swimming pool, living and dining area.
Udumulla Village Heartbeat Centre: Ten minutes walk from the Centre of Excellence is the Udumulla Village Heartbeat Centre which houses a training centre and village library. Volunteers can stay in a five-bedroom cottage located on the banks of a tranquil river. Rooms are furnished with single beds fitted with mosquito netting and have fans. There are two bathrooms and a small kitchen and dining area that guests can share. Meals could be arranged at the Village Heartbeat Centre accommodation on request, but the volunteers would either have to buy provisions or ask accommodation centre staff to get them on their behalf. Receipts will be produced and a reasonable tip should be offered.
Rathgama Village Heartbeat Centre: A second Village Heartbeat Centre is located 20 kms away from Seenigama at Monrovia Estate in the village of Rathgama. This centre consists of a community centre, English teaching, Women’s empowerment, library, computer lab, and a play ground for young children. This centre offers accommodation for two volunteers set in rural surroundings amongst the villagers who were resettled in this area following the Tsunami. Meals could be arranged at the Village Heartbeat Centre accommodation on request, but the volunteers would either have to buy provisions or ask accommodation centre staff to get them on their behalf. Receipts will be produced and a reasonable tip should be offered.
Seenigama Sports Academy: Those who wish to volunteer in the Foundation’s many sportsprogrammes can opt to stay at the Sports Academy which has dormitory accommodation. There are two separate houses overlooking the Seenigama Oval, each with three bedrooms with bunk beds, enabling 8-10 guests can be accommodated in each house. The rooms have fans and a toilet block which includes showers. Each house has a living, dining area and kitchen. The Sports Academy accommodation is ideally suited for overseas cricket teams participating in the Seenigama programmes. Volunteers are welcome to use the sports facilities at the Academy including a 25 metre swimming pool. Meals could be arranged at the Sports Academy on request, but the volunteers would either have to buy provisions or ask accommodation centre staff to get them on their behalf. Receipts will be produced and a reasonable tip should be offered.
Foundation of Goodness is a charity established to assist rural villagers in Seenigama, a coastal fishing village along the South West Coast that was affected by the devastating Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004. Seenigama is located near coastal town of Hikkaduwa and about 20 kms north of Galle. The journey from Colombo’s international airport will take around two hours via the southern highway.
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