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 […]



The 7th Annual Merrill J. Fernando Challenge Trophy

Hope for the visually impaired through cricket Cricket is more than just a sport to many Sri Lankans and has become a platform for unity and equality since Sri Lanka made its international debut in the 1975 inaugural Cricket World Cup. Bringing together those of all walks of life, ethnicities and communities, this game has […]


Cricket Live 2014

Game of Hope

“Cricket is my favourite sport and I’m so happy that the Life through Cricket programme is giving me a chance to play this match with all my friends. We are learning to be a team and have lots of fun. I wish they continue this in the future,” said Chirantha Wijesuriya, a child of the […]



Creating Awareness on Reproductive Health for Dilmah Employees

Over 650 staff members of Dilmah Tea employed at the Peliyagoda factory premises attended a Sexual Reproductive Health and Family Planning workshop on 7 July 2014. The programme, organized by the MJF Charitable Foundation (MJFCF) together with the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka discussed family planning and contraception, safe motherhood (including components related to […]



116 students graduate from the Curtiss Centre for Design

It was day of celebration and commemoration that saw the 4th batch of students from the Curtiss Centre for Design graduate at a special Certificates Awarding Ceremony held at the MJF Centre in Moratuwa on 28 June 2014. The event took place amidst a large gathering of invitees, students and parents and was graced by […]