House Recipients - Dunkeld Estate Projects
“I used to work as a factory labourer before and was later promoted to a professional driver at Dilmah’s Dunkeld Tea Estate. In 2009, my family became the new house occupants at the Lower Division of the estate as part of MJF Foundation’s housing projects. It was a life-changing moment for all of us. We have a new life under a new roof now. This house is spacious, has basic amenities and located in a place that is convenient for us to attend to our daily affairs. The children feel happier at home now. My eldest son is currently working as a shop assistant in Colombo. It gives me a sense of relief when I think that I was able to provide them with a comfortable life thanks to the work I chose to do.
Dilmah’s Plantation Programme does a lot to enhance the quality of our life. Our estate has its own dispensary and pharmacy. The kids at Child Development Centres receive their mid-day meals for free. Those days, our family of 6 survived in a ‘line-room’ with minimal, basic necessities. The move has without a doubt affected my life in the most profound way.
We are grateful to our Founder Merrill J Fernando for providing the people of the plantations with better access to resources and education for children to lead a dignified life. His vision & compassion has transformed the communities in which we live.”