Celebrations of World Down Syndrome Day 2015

The Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation (MJFCF) organized a celebration of ‘World Down Syndrome Day’ – 2015 to encourage children with disability to participate fully in extracurricular activities so that they too would develop their skills and capability to lead independent lives in society. On 24th March 2015, 300 children from the Foundation’s Rainbow Centre […]



“I cannot express what it feels to hold the keys to our own home”

Handover of permanent houses, medical centre and child development centre in Dunkeld Estate by Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation  (Dickoya, Sri Lanka – 26 January 2015): “I cannot express what it feels to hold the keys to our own home,” said Jasmine Radhakrishnan (27), born and bred on Dunkeld Estate. “This new house is a […]



Cricket Live Premier League

A week long cricket tournament, the Cricket Live Premier League (CLPL), has just concluded at the De Zoysa Cricket Stadium in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. The young cricketers, all from poor backgrounds in the locality, are rejoicing after a week of tough play and enjoying the post-awards ceremony camaraderie, an opportunity received to celebrate the end […]



Celebrating Differences – 2014

The children of MJF Charitable Foundation held its annual concert on 12 December 2014, bringing together all children for an evening of artistic and creative expression. Titled ‘Celebrating Differences 2014’, this year’s stage featured touching performances from children of the MJF Centre in Moratuwa and Peliyagoda, the Rainbow Centre in Moratuwa and Cerebral Palsy unit, […]



School uniforms gifted to children in former war-affected areas

Over 4,500 school children from 28 schools in the Batticaloa West Education zone in Vavunativu DS Division received a set of school uniforms from the MJF Charitable Foundation at the Munaikadu Tamil MV school. This was in response to a needs request expressed by the Zone Education Director Mr. Sivanesan in March this year. Although […]



Livelihood support: earning a living with dignity

The MJF Charitable Foundation recently made its fifth round of Social Entrepreneur Programme (SEP) funding grants targeting war-affected families in the East. Over 50 war-affected women received livelihood grants in the form equipment for agricultural support, dressmaking/ tailoring, home-based processed food products, and cattle and goat livestock raring. Additionally, 24 former-combatants received livelihood support for […]


New Zealand Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy demonstrating a forward defensive stroke

Live cricket with Stephen Fleming

‘Life through Cricket’ – a joint initiative between the MJF Charitable Foundation (MJFCF) and Cricket Live Foundation (CLF), New Zealand held a cricket coaching program in Moratuwa (03 Nov.) for 24 underprivileged children and their coaches. Founder of Cricket Live Alex Reese said: “Coaches and teachers from New Zealand are responsible for educating a large […]



Dilmah helps empower differently-able in sport

Harshini Kumari Pathiraja, studying for the Advance Level in the Commerce stream, came all the way from Kurunegala to take part in 2014’s AIDEX (Aid to the Ex-Abled) Sports Festival that was held in Colombo. A regular entrant in the event organized by the Colombo Friend-in-Need Society for the differently-able, it is held annually for […]


Plantation Doctors

Against All Odds

Dr. Balakrishnan Sathyaraj from Dilmah’s Somerset Estate and Dr. Kuppusami Kanageswari from Dilmah’s Dunsinane Estate were the children of tea pickers and plantation workers. Their determination and courage to better their lives and those around them were rewarded by the scholarship programme of the MJF Charitable Foundation (MJFCF). The MJFCF supported their Advanced Level and […]