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
When sewing becomes a small business.
Village sewing classes are thriving at the MJFCF, Centre in Pahalalanda, with the first year of trainees already pursuing their own tailoring businesses.
Seamstresses who found success in Pahalalanda.
Unemployed and struggling to make ends meet, for the women of Pahalaanda, the dressmaking course at MJFCF, Diriya Resource Centre has been a transformative journey. Seetha and Nandani are a two such passionate and persistent students setting an example for the rest of the village women who have gained inspiration from their humble yet powerful work. Thanks to the skills and mentorship provided by the Vocational Training Programme, they have achieved amazing success by breaking barriers in an industry that was dominated by males and regressive attitudes. They both dream of taking part in “Shilpa” - an annual exhibition organised by National Crafts Council which celebrates Sri Lankan artisans and handicrafts heritage.
The Empower Culinary & Hospitality School welcomes freshers for their 4th culinary boot camp.
The orientation programme for the class of 2018 of The Empower Culinary & Hospitality School was held on the 18th of June, 2018 at the MJF Charitable Foundation, Moratuwa.
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.