One of our oldest centres; the MJF Centre in Siyambalanduwa began as a tuition class in a local church in 2008! Years later we support English, Sinhalese Science, Mathematics and Tamil to over 500 students attending their Ordinary level exams across a 10km radius.
The Province of Monaragala and the Siyambalanduwa Division has a high rate of child labour and low school attendance in Sri Lanka. That coupled with one of the lowest levels of income in Sri Lanka means that children are at risk of not being able to complete their education up to O’levels and have fewer alternative education opportunities.
There is little else in terms of livelihoods and income generation in this farming community. This has led to the youth of the area entering the service sector. Climate change and low profits generated from farm produce has led frustrated Youth to abandon their parent’s plots preferring to migrate to urban areas or take up livelihoods in search of work and an easy income. Another key issue in the area is early marriage especially in the case of girls. To counter these, the MJF Foundation through their coordinator Chaminda, has established not only the educational support to ensure a greater number of children pass their O’levels but also look beyond for much needed Computer and IT skills training. The Foundation also supports scholarships for Advanced levels and University as well as vocational training geared towards the apparel industry and the setting up of micro enterprises. The impact has been immense with a marked improvement in the rates of O’levels pass out rates AND school attendance .
To support children in schools and encourage them to complete their secondary education, our Cricket Live Foundation, a collaboration with Alex Reese and his academy in New Zealand, reintroduced cricket to encourage young boys and girls and to provide them with sporting and lifeskills.