Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Women’s Empowerment Centre – The Foundation of Goodness
Spice Island works closely with the Foundation of Goodness (FOG), Women’s Empowerment Centre to empower rural women giving them an opportunity to earn their own living, enabling them to realize their dreams and aspirations. Spice Island recently established an operation involving the Women’s Empowerment Centre to export one of its 100% natural products to a large retail chain in the US market. This is the initial step in a series of events and activities planned by Spice Island to involve these women in its operations giving them the experience, exposure, training and confidence required to step out into the world. Spice Island believes that this initiative will be a good opportunity for these women to gain the required skills, training and inspiration to start up their own businesses including self-employment opportunities in the future.
About the Women’s Empowerment Centre
The Women’s Empowerment Centre focuses on skills development, knowledge and the expansion of opportunities for women and encourages them to actively engage in the development of their rural communities and to seek to address issues facing rural women, such high unemployment and lack of opportunities for participation in the decision-making process. By empowering local women and giving them confidence in their roles as leaders, this project hopes to give women in villages of Southern Sri Lanka a stronger voice in their communities and families, while providing them with livelihood skills and access to IT and English teaching, breaking down barriers that often exclude women in rural villages from their right to further education, choice of livelihood and financial independence.
About the Foundation of Goodness (FOG)
The Foundation of Goodness is a not-for-profit NGO registered in both Sri Lanka and USA. It was setup by Kushil Gunesekera in 1999, to provide essential services to his ancestral village of Seenigama. Since then he has been joined by a dedicated Board of Trustees and a committed team based in Seenigama and Colombo, all working together with villagers and donors to uplift the lives of rural communities in Sri Lanka. For more information on FOG please click http://www.unconditionalcompassion.org/indexc.ph
Preserve the Dance Scholarship with the Chitrasena Vajira Dance Foundation
Preserve the Dance Scholarship with the Chitrasena Vajira Dance FoundationSpice Island is proud to support the “Preserve the Dance” scholarship program of the Chitrasena Vajira Dance Foundation.
The Chitrasena Vajira Dance Foundation, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, is renowned for transforming the landscape of traditional dance in Sri Lanka through the work of the Chitrasena Dance Company and Chitrasena Kalayathanaya (School of Dance). Founded by Guru Chitrasena with a vision to “inspire and exhilarate through the traditional dances and drums of Sri Lanka”, the Chitrasena Dance Company pioneered bringing Sri-Lankan traditional dances to the modern stage locally and internationally, while the Chitrasena Kalayathanaya created a methodology and syllabus to train professional traditional dancers in Sri Lanka for the stage.
The Foundation has always believed in affording passionate and promising dancers, from across the country and from all backgrounds, the opportunity to train in traditional dance, regardless of financial means and circumstances—with their three dance scholarship programs being at the heart of the foundation.
One of their landmark dance scholarship schemes, the Preserve the Dance program, provides sponsorship for exceptional dancers who wish to pursue a career in dance the chance to train and perform full-time at a world-class level with the Chitrasena Dance Company.
Since it was launched in 2014, this scholarship program has given life to a number of exceptional Sri Lankan dance artistes and ambassadors, with previous scholars having set up their own dance companies; been selected as permanent members of the Chitrasena Dance Company; and become teachers and lecturers at leading universities and schools across the country.