Sharing the benefits of business with communities across Sri LankaBusiness is a matter of human service
Founder Merrill J. Fernando’s vision is our mandate. The MJF Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Dilmah Ceylon Tea Services and Resplendent Ceylon. We work with underserved communities investing long term in the lives of women, men, girls and boys to ensure that they have control of their futures and also pay it forward to their own communities.
Our Contribution towards Society
#PressforProgress - Women's Day Celebrations at Dilmah.
This year’s official theme of International Women’s Day, #PressforProgress, encourages women and men everywhere to take groundbreaking steps towards the progress of women. With a groundswell of momentum, on the 8th of March 2018, The Women’s Development Programme from The MJF Foundation Centre in Moratuwa organized an entertaining and informative program at Dilmah HQ, Peliyagoda to celebrate and advocate for the advancement of women from all walks of life. The theme of the event resonated with the wishes of millions of women across the country who struggle and strive for progress in life.
Crowning the culinary excellence - Empower Culinary & Hospitality School, Class of 2018 graduates.
The third intake of Empower Culinary & Hospitality School graduated on the 31st of March, 2018, after having successfully completed their intensive training course. The students prepared a custom-made menu which was presented the Settlor, Mr Merrill J. Fernando, his sons Malik J. Fernando and Dilhan C. Fernando, ECHS Governor Rohan Fernandopulle, Trustees, staff and friends of the MJF Charitable Foundation. The 3-course menu was a delectable display of their mastery of culinary disciplines, learnt during the programme.
Dhiriya Awards – Building the base for a better life.
‘Dhiriya’ gives hope to far-fetched goals in life. At Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation – Dhiriya Centre, 250 school children and young, ambitious adults, benefit from academic and vocational training which gives them ‘Dhiriya’ – the encouragement and support to excel in examinations and succeed in life as self-employed, independent individuals.
Sri Lankan Puppet Theatre Through The Ages
Different forms of theatre—such as indoor stage dramas, street drama and puppet theatre performances—have been a part of Sinhalese culture for centuries. In fact, puppet theatre performances, known as rukada sandarshana in Sinhalese, have been traced back to the days of the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa kingdoms.
Little girls can be giants
Wearing a colourful dress of yellow and orange with white lace around the neck line, she looked at the passersby with her large expressive eyes. Many who saw her, stopped in their tracks to take a picture of this pretty girl. Children were excited by the mere sight of her and a few intimidated, for she is all of 14 feet tall.