In the aftermath of the now concluded war, some areas in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka remained secluded from the public eye and from the development that was taking place at a rapid pace. Whilst, main cities and adjacent towns were renovated, infra-structure developed and roadways widened and tarred, some areas remained hardly touched by this wave of development. Many communities in far out places remained scarred by war and marginalised due to their remoteness. This was one of the areas that the MJF Charitable Foundation has been addressing since the end of the war.
Whilst providing welfare and care for marginalised communities living in and around Colombo and in the Dilmah tea gardens remain as priorities, the welfare of those needing help in the North and East is also considered as important. These people face significant hardships, much of which revolve around health, nutrition and livelihood issues. Children and the aged are particularly vulnerable and the extent of the overall difficulties that these communities face is quite extensive.
In recognising these problems, the Foundation has implemented a number of projects with the aim of improving the lives of these communities. This includes free health camps with the aid of volunteer doctors in the plantations, donation of medical equipment, vision care programmes and the distribution of uniforms and footwear for marginalised children in the Eastern Province as an extension of the Eastern Province.