FoG Team Visits Mankulam for the 7th Consecutive Month
On the 09th of July, the Foundation of Goodness set out on another journey up North, bearing needy donations for people of Mankulam. These donations were made possible by the generosity and compassion extended by a few extremely considerate individuals whose passion for uplifting others’ lives is immaculate.
With S C Crossette – Thambiah, Pradeep Karunagaran, Kanthi Wettimuny and Kumuduni De Zoysa contributing towards sponsoring 50 bicycles; Dr. Stanley and Suramya Rajapakse sponsoring 50 packs of farming packs and Ramya Tennekoon and her friends from Queensland, Australia contributing to sponsor 40 grocery packs, the Foundation of Goodness team met the recipients at Mankulam Maha Vidyalaya and at the FoG relief coordinate secretariat that is still under construction.
Background research was done on families that had children who are studying to sit for Ordinary Level and Advanced Level Examinations in the near future. These families were given preference to receive bicycles because being equipped with a mode of transportation ensured that children went to school without fail. In total, 50 families became eligible to receive a bicycle each in July.
In our last visit to Mankulam on 9th June in consultation with Vavuniya and Dambulla Agriculture officers from the DS office, an assessment was done on the most suitable crops for the season. It was determined that, onion bulbs were the most suitable for the season considering that a high yield of 15-18 Kilos could be expected as harvest from every 1 Kilogram of onion bulbs planted.
In accordance with this finding, the Foundation of Goodness team visited families who are already maintaining home gardens as a way of sustaining themselves for food and profit. Fifty (50) identified families coming from 5 different villages within Mankulam area were thus recognized as eligible to receive packs of farming provisions consisting of 35kg of onion bulbs, each. If cultivated with proper care and nourishment, these 35kg will yield a crop of 525 – 630 Kilos of onions for each family from which they can make a sustainable living.
Likewise, forty (40) families living around the (soon to become) FOG relief coordinating secretariat received grocery packs consisting of supplies that will help them sustain for three weeks. The distribution event each pack was worth Rs. 2661/= and included white 5 kgs of rice, 2kgs of dhal, 1kg of green grams, 1 pack of milk, 200g of tea leaves, 1 bottle of Jam, 1kg of Soya, 2kg of Sugar, 1kg chick peas, 250g of garlic, 5kg of flour, 1 liter of coconut oil, 1 pack of salt, 1 pack of biscuits and 1 pack of papadam.
With the generosity of Dilip Jayawickrama, another very kind contributor for Foundation of Goodness’ humanitarian efforts, we were able to gift two mosquito nets to two families with babies. Another two families received a flask, water can, and a kerosene lamp each.
It is the aim of the Foundation of Goodness to bridge the gaps and inequalities that exist in our modern society in every little possible way. Our journey so far in the North has been a massive success with improvements taking place while positive changes are being made. It is our dream to see the people of North flourishing with prosperity and success while leading a peaceful life. Our efforts extend to reach this National goal in the shortest time possible and we salute our generous donors and contributors for their purity of intensions as well as for their valuable humaneness that is portrayed through their noble act of giving unconditionally to uplift others.
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.