Following the Tsunami Disaster of December 2004, Laureus began working with the Foundation of Goodness to develop the Seenigama Sport for Life Project. Today, post-tsunami, the focus is on a long-term commitment to community development and social change through sport.
Working with over 1,400 young people, the project combines sports training across eight rural schools in cricket, volleyball, swimming, netball and badminton with programmes that build life-skills such as leadership, confidence, communication skills and sports etiquette. Programmes are organised by a youth forum and include community aid work.
Sport is used as the means to tackle a wide range of social issues generating a positive impact on the region as a whole by building leadership and teamwork skills, introducing stability and a sense of enjoyment, increasing confidence and participation of females in community planning, increasing collaboration and information sharing amongst the villages involved and enabling the post-Tsunami healing process to continue.
The project has changed the lives of 4400 children for the better so far.