sri bodhiraja foundation
The foundation is headed by Venerable Dr. Omalpe Sobhita Thero, one of the highest monks in Theravada Buddhism. His work focusses on raising the socio-economic status and wholistic health of not only one of the poorest areas in Sri Lanka, Embilipitiya, but reaches to the northern Tamil region as well.
The foundation runs over 60 projects. Our newly opened Visaka Home is a home for young, teenage mom's and moms to be to give birth and raise their children. The home creates a family/community atmosphere for the girls and their children and build a life of sustainance. In the Home, they work together, learn skills for child care, work and living, get medical care, counseling, spiritual counseling, become a part of the larger foundation programs and grow.
Typically in Sri Lanka, these girls would be ostracized and sent out of their communities and generally become trafficked or become part of the juvenile justice system and separated from their children. Here, they stay with their children, create a loving environment, learn to raise them and while learnomg how to support them and re-integrate as a vital part of society.
There are currently 9 girls, 6 babies and 3 of the girls are pregnant. There are two more houses on the property where the home is located that we want to renovate in order to house more girls and have alternative activity space. Then, we want to scale these homes to open them throughout the region and country. Currently, this is the only home of its kind that is associated with a Buddhist temple and the second home for those girls in all of Sri Lanka. The needs are great! This is one of the ways that the foundation's programs enable these young people to be self-sufficient and not be trafficked.
Trafficking is a major issue in Sri Lanka with over 40,000 people going to the Middle East each year and very few able to return to Sri Lanka. Like with the pregnant teenagers, suicide is usually quite high amongst these folks as well. The programs that the high priest, Venerable Dr. Omalpe Sobhita, has created impact some of the very causes of the poverty cycle from creating bi-lingual education to providing means for improving nutrition and farming with their extensive cow release program to job training programs, an orphanage, after school help, medical programs, counseling...
We have over 1500 children in our International pre-schools thorugh College (grades 1- 13) who are learning in English, Sinhala as well as Tamil. In addition, we offer technical and trade training in hospitality and technical training.
Quality education is the key to bulding a future of opportunity. Here at the Sri Bodhiraja Foundation, we are committed to continuing committing to raise the bar of educaiton for our students and community.
The environment is very special. There is a strong sense of loving kindness and acceptance that permeates the country in many ways, especially at the temple and throughout our projects.
The Sri Bodhiraja Foundation is a non-profit charity organization incorporated based in Embilipitiya, a rural village 180 kilometres from the capital city of Colombo in Sri Lanka. Founded by Ven (Dr) Omalpe Sobhita Thero, the Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life and the well-being of the people in the Embilipitiya area many of whom are living at subsistence level and throughout Sri Lanka across cultural and language boundaries.
The Sri Bodhiraja Foundation has been the main initiator of a wide range of projects that serve to provide a wholistic basis for socio-economic devleoment for the community as well as projects throughout Sri Lanka. The Sri Bodhiraja Foundation Bhikkhu (Monks) Training Centre provides residential training for more than 50 monks. EDUCATION : over 1500 students in Bodhiraja International College, Pre- School Programme, Sri Bodhiraja International Montessori Pre-school, Day Care Centres, Home Based Child Development Programme, Sunday Dhamma School (over 1500 Students), and Scholarships COMMUNITY AND WELFARE SERVICES, Bodhiraja Children's Home, Youth Programmes, Women's Programmes, Temperance AND Counselling. HEALTH porgrams, Eye Clinic, Meditation Center, ARCHAEOLOGICAL Restoration and Preservation of ancient Buddhist relics.
Our recent launch of Visaka Home provides a home for young pregnant teenage women and their children to live and create a healthy life for themselves and their children.