SEED TO SUCCESS – 76th Village-Based Program

SEED TO SUCCESS – 76th Village-Based Program

SEED TO SUCCESS – 76th Village-Based Program

Location: Inguruwaththa Sri Siddhartha Maha Pirivena, Doluwa GN Division, Gampola

The serene ambiance of Doluwa in the Central Province of Sri Lanka witnessed a remarkable event in early May 2024, as Inguruwaththa Sri Siddhartha Maha Pirivena opened its doors to the 76th village-based environmental initiative. This collaborative effort, orchestrated by the esteemed Good Hands Initiative (GHI) and driven by the passionate advocacy of Mrs. N.G.S. Subadra, Director of the Agricultural Environmental and Social Environmental Organization, aimed to empower rural communities through sustainable agricultural practices. The seeds of this initiative were sown through a series of engagements initiated by the Mrs. W.G.Y.D. Dayarathna, Divisional Secretary of Doluwa, recognizing the transformative potential of village-based agricultural programs.

Following the success of previous arrangements, they extended an invitation to GHI to replicate the program in the economically challenged setting of Doluwa. Nestled amidst the picturesque surroundings near Galaha junction, Inguruwaththa Sri Siddhartha Maha Pirivena has been a beacon of dhamma educational excellence in the Gampola zone.

The program unfolded with enthusiasm as villagers, farmers, and members of youth communities, totalling approximately 150 individuals, eagerly participated in the enriching activities. Distinguished speakers, including GHI’s CEO Dr. Lionel and Assistant Manager of CSR & Sustainability division, shed light on pressing agricultural challenges and cultivation strategies, igniting a passion for sustainable practices among the attendees. Interactive sessions and informative presentations deepened participants’ understanding of agriculture, while carefully planned practical sessions allowed for hands-on learning experiences. Under the guidance of GHI experts and dedicated community leaders, participants engaged in activities ranging from preparing coconut pits to nurturing seedlings in designated nurseries.

In response to community leaders’ requests, GHI organized a seminar to inspire young participants to pursue higher education in agriculture-related fields. This initiative aimed to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the modern agricultural sector, thereby enhancing their future prospects. More than 150 coconut plants & coconut seeds were distributed, symbolizing the collective commitment towards sustainable agriculture. School supplies were donated to children to recognize their contributions, while GHI Coconut Cultivation Handbooks were distributed to supplement participants’ knowledge and promote continuous learning.

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