The MJF Centre Moratuwa was established in 2011 to support Dilmah Founder Merrill J. Fernando’s vision of sharing the success of his Dilmah brand with the less fortunate and the poor. The Centre is located on a sprawling urban estate in Moratuwa, a populous city in the Colombo District. The MJF Centre houses the MJF Kids Programme, the Rainbow Centre for children with disabilities, a centre for women to seek support and solace, the Curtiss Centre for Design, Empower Culinary and Hospitality School and the Dilmah Conservation Sustainable Agriculture Research Centre.
The Rainbow Centre
The Rainbow Centre provides holistic development for children with special needs through education and therapy for those with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism and other developmental disorders. The Centre houses a pediatric physiotherapy unit with state of the art equipment while there are full time physiotherapists and speech and language therapists attached to the centre to work with students having speech and sensory impairments. The early intervention programme for the toddlers, special education, life skills and vocational training for the youth have resulted in a marked development in these special needs children.
Women’s Development Programme
The Women’s Development Programme was introduced in 2013 to meaningfully deploy the young mothers of the programme participants in various activities such as home gardening, cooking, sewing, arts and crafts to support them reach entrepreneur levels in their chosen area of talent.
MJF Kids Programme
Empower Culinary & Hospitality School
A premier culinary and hospitality training facility, the School has the objective to create new avenues for underprivileged and marginalised youth with empowerment through education in the gastronomy and hospitality industry of Sri Lanka. The school uses an intensive training method with visiting international culinary professionals supplementing the Sri Lankan faculty to provide the students with comprehensive knowledge and global perspectives on cuisine and hospitality.
One Earth Urban Arboretum
The urban arboretum, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka, consisting of 500 different types of plants and trees was initiated by Dilmah Conservation in an effort to encourage the preservation and expansion of forests in urban areas and thereby promote a more greener and sustainable world. The arboretum exposes urban communities, particularly the younger generation to nature and educate them on the multiple functions of trees and their significant value to society, the environment and its inhabitants
The Butterfly Garden
Dilmah Conservation set up a butterfly garden at the Moratuwa Centre to nurture the declining butterfly population in the country. Sri Lanka is home to a diverse butterfly population, slowly declining due to extensive urbanisation and reduction of nectar and host plants. It is estimated that there are around 247 butterfly species residing in Sri Lanka and of this, more than 50 species have been identified at the Butterfly Garden in Moratuwa.
Dilmah Conservation Sustainable Agriculture Research Centre
The Dilmah Conservation Sustainable Agriculture Research Centre (DCSARC) at the Moratuwa Centre has the objective to support research on sustainable agriculture and to promote organic home gardening methods such as vertical gardening, bio char production and fertilizer composing. The project aims to encourage the use of cost-effective and sustainable methods to improve the quality of small-scale agriculture.