A Village in the Wake of the Wave

By Kushil Gunasekara.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Having identified the need to serve my ancestral rural village community in the south 06 years prior to the tsunami, we aimed at empowering better opportunities to the disadvantaged communities in the region which worked very effectively with our holistic approach but the tsunami devastation was such that the entire village was ruined on that fateful day.

Since then it has been a huge task in rebuilding not only the entire village but also uplifting the community at large to stand on their own feet as well as addressing the numerous concerns to make this enormous setback turn into a blessing with the waves of compassion that followed stronger than the waves of destruction enabling us to strive towards the goal of achieving a rural community model with the future in mind……….

For more details you could view the web site of the Foundation of Goodness www.unconditionalcompassion.com

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp.145-148. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 497.872KB).

Kushil Gunasekara

Sri Lanka

As a young boy growing up in the small coastal village of Seenigama in South West Sri Lanka, Kushil Gunasekera felt extremely lucky and privileged that he had the access to a good education through a reputable school (Ananda College) in Colombo whilst many friends weren't so fortunate. He vowed to himself that one day he would devote his time, energy and money towards assisting the people of his region so that they too could live meaningfully and purposefully with equal opportunities to excel in life. And he did. On 3rd March 1999, Kushil Gunasekera realised his life-long dream and established the Foundation of Goodness. Now a registered Sri Lankan non-governmental organisation (NGO) and a highly reputable force in the region, the Foundation has been active in the community of Seenigama and more than 25 surrounding villages for over the last seven years. During his college years, Kushil struggled academically and was more interested in playing cricket. However, the quality of compassion that developed within the heart of this young man was more than a life of academia could ever teach. Whilst Kushil did not attend university, he was the Secretary of the first ever under-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka as well as the Secretary of the governing body for cricket in Sri Lanka during 2000 and 2001, and the Chairman of the two organising committees at the Sri Lanka Cricket Board. More recently, he has inspired many throughout the globe via the development of a rural community model designed for other regions and disadvantaged communities to follow. Kushil Gunasekera has committed himself to humanitarian service and community development for at least the past 15 years. He is presently engaged in managing four charities - the Foundation of Goodness, the Muralidaran, Vaas and Gunasekera Foundation (MVGF), and a scholarship fund for 500 children of diseased soldiers - all of which are committed to enriching the quality of life. As a member of Rotary International for over 12 years, Kushil received the Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) award from Jaycees International for voluntary humanitarian service in 1993, the Best Club, President's and Community Service Director awards from Rotary International District 3220 in 1990 and 1991 and the Rotary Centennial Service Award for Professional Excellence in 2005. Since the tragic Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, Kushil has surfed a 'Golden Wave’ that has taken him to many corners of the world, including a visit to Buckingham Palace to discuss tsunami relief issues. Most recently, Kushil visited the Pentagon, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and USAID, through the International Visitors Leadership Programme sponsored by the US Government. To this day, Kushil has retained his strong ties to the world of cricket and remains the manager of famous Sri Lankan bowler and the highest wicket taker in both forms of the game in the history of cricket, Mr Muttiah Muralidaran.

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