The Inauguration of the Alumni Association - Empower Culinary and Hospitality School (ECHS)
Young men and women from less fortunate communities in the area are offered free culinary training as a part of Dilmah Tea Founder, Merrill J. Fernando’s wish to replicate his story in the lives of others. The schools in the East and West have nurtured 250 plus chefs who are now working as professionals in the hospitality industry in Sri Lanka and overseas. Their food tastes twice as good because there is nothing more fulfilling than making life better for someone else and their family. The Chefs are taught discipline, respect for ingredients, and each other’s and asked to give back by showing kindness to others. Many of the graduates returned to initiate the Empower Alumni Association at their first General Meeting.
Empower continues to grow in a new chapter and helps communities with the knowledge and skills on human nutrition, food safety, and reducing waste.
Asela, a former MJF Kid, shone bright at the Culinary Art Food Expo 2023!
Asela, a former student at the MJF Kids Centre now turned talented Commis Chef, secured an impressive 2nd Place in the Live Cooking Seafood Challenge - B4 Category, held from 9th -11th June 2023. Today, his mother works with us at the MJF Kids Centre as a staff member and his elder brother visits our Rainbow Centre for therapy and education. His journey exemplifies perseverance and determination, having overcome setbacks and finding his passion for the culinary arts.
Despite the heavy rains, it was a joyous evening of fun-filled activities with the participants of the 75th Edition of the Dilmah School of Tea at our MJF Centre in Moratuwa! This is how every cup of Dilmah Tea supports our numerous community empowerment efforts at the MJF Foundation....
Caxton College, Spain – Supporting Wheelchair Camps in Sri Lanka
It’s wonderful to see the year 5 students from Caxton College in Spain, walking to raise funds to support wheelchair camps conducted by the MJF Charitable Foundation for differently abled children in Sri Lanka
The Cricket Live Foundation (CLF) successfully completed its Cricket Live Premier league for the 9th consecutive year. Hundreds of school girls and boys from rural schools in Moratuwa and Siyambalanduwa areas joined us in the competition.