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43rd Alumni of the Dilmah School of Tea visit the MJF Centre for Dignified and Sustainable Empowerment
One of the highlights of the morning was the children performing a dance from their concert Celebrating Differences. Their obvious pride in performing was heartwarming to watch and did not fail to enthrall the SOT participants as they joined in on the fun at the end of the performance.
The day also included visits to the newly opened Swashakthi Tea Room and Bakery, which means â€˜inner strengthâ€™ in Sinhala and Tamil that is located on the premises of the MJF Charitable Foundation. Offering food prepared by the students of the Culinary Centre the concept behind the Bakery is to offer affordable organic food. A modern concept, the mobile Bakery is made from the combining of two containers to create a sleek and modern interior that is both comfortable and functional. The outdoor sitting area is also cool and inviting.
Besides culinary training on how to cook healthy, the students of the Culinary Centre are to be trained in management, operations and accounts so that at graduation they will be able to manage their own Swashakthi outlet. The aim of this program is to promote the concept of the Swashakthi Tea Room and Bakery across Sri Lanka, promoting healthy food and providing the less privileged with a means to a sustainable income.
The impressive state of the art Culinary Centre is also fitted with a special work station for students in wheelchairs. Students from underprivileged families are given the opportunity to learn under some of the best chefs in the industry.
Other activities of the day included the SOT participants helping the kids prepare Vesak lanterns in preparation for the Buddhist religious festival Vesak that falls in May, celebrating the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha. During festival time the country is lit up by these beautifully decorated lanterns and extravagantly done up Pandols that tell a religious story.
The Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation helps the differently abled, empowers marginalized communities through education and the Small Entrepreneur Program, helps the plantation sector workers enjoy a better quality of life and conducts Women Development Programs. By the end of 2015, the Foundation has directly or indirectly benefited the lives of over 100,000 underprivileged Sri Lankans.
Dilmah launches The Genesis Project
Dilmah’s ‘The Genesis Project’ recently launched at the birthplace of Dilmah Tea in Maligawatte – will be an innovation hub and centre of excellence for Nature-based solutions. It will be an incubator that births and nurtures agripreneurs to reach their fullest potential and conquer international markets. And a home for industry experts and food and agri entrepreneurs to gather, share knowledge and inspire each other.
A Cup Of Kindness Goes A Long Way
With the help of your cuppa the Dilmah MJF Charitable Foundation and Kahawatte Plantations have joined hands to support the Suwa Seriya Ambulance Service. We have pledged our commitment to allocating 7 ambulances to 7 District Hospitals across the country, including DGH Nawalapitiya, Base Hospital Kahawatte, Glencairn District Hospital Dickoya, Teaching Hospital Nuwara Eliya, Kiribathgoda, Point Pedro and Teaching Hospital Batticaloa. Staying true to our Founder Merrill J. Fernando's purpose, with every cup of Dilmah you sip, 15% of the profits go towards serving humanity with kindness to people & nature!