Our flagship centre, the MJF centre located in Katubedde, Moratuwa is currently our largest and most vibrant centre invested in bringing positive change to people’s lives. Established in 2010 on the site of a former clothing factory, the centre is now an urban, verdant oasis - both literally and figuratively.
Dilmah Conservation’s (DC) urban arboretum featuring 550 native trees creates Sri Lanka’s first urban arboretum and creates a living laboratory for the young and curious. Similarly, the DC Sustainable Agricultural Resource Station (DCSARC) acts as a resources centre and nursery promoting organic, indigenous and nutritious food for healthy living. The newly restored Centre for Innovation and Design promises to act as a hive of thought technology and creativity with its inaugural project a collaboration with the University of Moratuwa on a new technology to recycle paper. Finally, the agricultural heritage centre show cases Sri Lanka’s rich traditional farming culture featuring farming and household implements used for centuries.
The centre commenced as a place for low income families from the surrounding area to send their children for educational support. From there grew the need to address the needs of children with disabilities. Therapies, counseling and schooling remained out of reach for many.
The Rainbow Centre was thus conceived and takes in children with Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, other Neurological and learning disorders. Today, the programme provides a haven for children not accepted by other similar schools due to the severity of their disability. Students arrive in the morning and return to their families or caregivers by early afternoon.
The Women’s Development Programme began as awareness sessions for the mums of the Moratuwa Centre. Little did we recognize the psychosocial value of giving women an opportunity to not only increase their skills in cookery, sewing and nutrition but the power of peer counseling.
Vocational Training evolved from carpentry lessons and the establishment of the Curtiss Institute of Design for courses in MS Office and Graphic Design and finally to the Empower Culinary and Hospitality School which commenced operations in October 2016.
Our latest addition to the Centre is a pilot catering to the youth. MJF Youth serves as a meeting place for the sharing of ideas, awareness, resources, job banks and small grants for young people aged 16-30. It seeks to promote opportunities, youth wellbeing and a forum especially for youth at risk and those who stop formal education following their O’levels.
In addition to the above the MJF Centre also hosts the Peace Centre. A place for individual or group counseling. These sessions are biblical in origin and by appointment. For further information, please call Pastor Anil + 94 718567784.
The Centre’s Arboretum, Heritage Centre and DC SARC are open to the public on Wednesdays for reservations or for further information please call 011 4822490.
The MJF Centre Moratuwa was established in 2011 to support Dilmah Founder Merrill J. Fernando’s vision of sharing the success of his Dilmah brand with the less fortunate and the poor. The Centre is located on a sprawling urban estate in Moratuwa, a populous city in the Colombo District. The MJF Centre houses the MJF Kids Programme, the Rainbow Centre for children with disabilities, a centre for women to seek support and solace, the Curtiss Centre for Design, Empower Culinary and Hospitality School and the Dilmah Conservation Sustainable Agriculture Research Centre.
The Horse & The Butterfly
Daco is a French urban artist whose geometry-inspired Graffiti has been featured all around the world. He was in Sri Lanka for the month-long French Spring Festival organized by the French Embassy and Alliance Francaise de Kotte.
Take a look at how figures of a horse and a butterfly emerge from a kinetic flurry of spray paints and geometric forms as he brings colour and life to the walls of MJF Charitable Foundation, Moratuwa with his latest Graffaune.
A boy from a tea plantation - winning the Best Commis in Sri Lanka
"A boy from a tea plantation … winning the Best Commis in Sri Lanka and going into the Asia Pacific Competition - and probably to the World Finals is a HUGE achievement” - Rohan Fernandopulle (President – Bocuse d' Or Sri Lanka)
Meet the ambitious and talented Dinesh; a graduate from the Dilmah Empower Culinary and Hospitality School.
We invite young culinary enthusiasts from Sri Lanka to join our school. Applications for the next intake are ongoing, for further information please call Manil Perera at 011 4888323.
'Celebrating Differences 2013' supported by the MJF Charitable Foundation
The MJF Rainbow Centre Moratuwa held its annual concert on 1 December 2013, bringing together all children from the MJF Charitable Foundation for an evening of artistic and creative expression.
This year's stage featured touching performances from both underprivileged and differently-abled children from the Moratuwa Centre, MJF Centre Peliyagoda and the Rainbow Centre in Moratuwa whose talent and flair were applauded and praised by an encouraging audience.
The concert was aimed at looking beyond social, cultural, economic and religious differences while celebrating the individuality of every child.
These children showed us that we are all different, That our differences -- whether Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy or any other -- can be celebrated, Through understanding, and focusing on what we can do, and not what we cannot. Celebrating Differences 2013.
Seeing the ability
The Rainbow Centre of the MJF Charitable Foundation hosted World Down Syndrome Day 2014 celebrations on 22 March 2014 at the MJF Centre, Moratuwa. The event, aimed at commemorating the lives of those with different abilities saw guests and volunteers joining together to raise awareness amongst the public about the abilities of individuals with special needs. Invitees and children with took part in interactive activities including mural painting, a fashion show, talent show and fun collective games.