Category: Changing Lives

The Story of Valarmathy & Jeyamathy

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S. Valramathy and R. Jeyamathy; two of the war- affected females living in the north of Sri Lanka who were supported by the MJF Charitable Foundation to engage in a livelihood based on their skills, narrate what it is like to be empowered in a sustainable and dignified manner, post war.

Women’s Empowerment

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In 2007, the MJF Charitable Foundation Introduced Mankada Pottery project to Udawalawe, in South Eastern Sri Lanka to train female folk in the art of producing unique pottery products of international fame.

Bulk Bag & Cloth Bag Project

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The MJF Charitable Foundation run Dilmah’s bulk bag upcycling project & cloth bag manufacturing project are empowering a group of females in Udawalawe Sri Lanka. Decent work and a regular income for village housewives to support their families apart, the projects have instilled a sense of self-esteem in these individuals as a result of the […]

Story of K.Sivaranjini

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Parallel to the reawakening taking place in the north; post war, K.Sivaranjini feels a revival within; a revival brought about by the sense of satisfaction she derives from the livelihood activity she started with the MJF Charitable Foundation’s support.

Story of Edward Shanthi

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Among the multifaceted projects that the MJF Charitable Foundation has initiated in terms of post war rebuilding in the north, the Small Entrepreneur Programme (SEP) provides livelihood support for those traumatized and battered by the three decade long ethnic conflict. Edward Shanthi; a hardworking and capable individual, when supported by the Foundation became a productive […]

Story of M. Kamaleswary

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For M. Kamaleshwary, a war widow, livelihood support of the MJF Foundation came at a time when she was coping with a personal loss while the wounds of the three decade long ethnic conflict she experienced, first hand, were still fresh upon her mind…Foundation’s livelihood support , to some level, healed her aching wounds, she […]

MJF Kids Jaffna

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The MJF Kids programme was established in the belief that every child has inherent and outstanding ability, requiring only the means to nurture that ability. The MJF Kids and their parents benefit from art, life skills, supplementary conventional education and a caring environment. The educational and nutritional programmes of the “Anjali Aham” Psychosocial Counselling Centre […]

The Story of H A Premaratne

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This is the story of H.A Premaratne who was assisted by the Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation (MJFCF) in 2011 to rebuild his life after he lost his income following an accident. Today, he has been able to turn the small garden compound of his humble home into a fruity and vegetable haven. The prosthesis […]

The Story of Mithun Madushan

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As a kid who was growing up in the care of old grandparents, the biggest problem faced by Madushan Mithun was lack of proper direction and guidance in terms of education and career. Mithun spent much of his time idling with the children in his neighbourhood without any focus on education or on his future. […]


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