The village development programme of the Dharmavijaya Foundation.
On the guidance given by Most Venerable Aggamahapandita Madihe Pannasiha Mahanayake Thera, Dharmavijaya Foundation was established in 1977 and was incorporated by the Parliamentary Act No. 62 of 1979. It is registered as an approved charity in the Social Services Department.
All contributions made to the Dharmavijaya Foundation are exempted from income tax. Dharmavijaya Foundation aims at making a just and fair society ensuring economic development as well as refinement on Buddhist principles. To achieve this DVF is geared to do the best within its capacity. Our motto is “Samavayo eva sadhu” which means that concord indeed is commendable, and spells out amity in its highest degree. A helping hand given to the development of destitute villages.
The village development programme of the DVF works towards the upliftment of destitute villages unable to rise up by themselves. Such a village identified would be guided towards full development.
This programme is based on the paradigm put forward by Most Ven. Aggamahapandita Madihe Pannasiha Maha Nayaka thera, to achieve human refinement as well in the process of material development.
Implementation of this programme
Having selected a destitute village a survey is conducted to gather information about all the families having. The plan for development is devised accordingly with the participation of the villagers, which would be implemented in order of priority. Followed up with progress review. The development measures are activated with the involvement of the villagers and the members of the DV Society in the village temple takes the lead role. Finances are managed by the officials elected to bear the responsibilities of the Dharmavijaya Society with patronage of the incumbent bhikkhu of the temple.
What is a Dharmavijaya Society?
A Dharmavijaya Society is set up in the village temple on the guidance given by the incumbent bhikkhu and with the participation of the parents, teachers and the students of the Dhamma school. Islandwide 466 such societies has been established. All development measures for the village including the strengthening of the Dhamma school are channelle d by the Dharmavijaya Foundation through the Dharmavijaya Society.
A village developed?
The village development programme carried out in Penasihagama in Tabbowa could be sited as a model. Situated by the 7th milepost on Puttalama Anuradhapura road, the Dharmavijaya society is established in Mahindaramaya of Penasihagama in Tabbowa and functions under the Patronage of the incumbent bhikkhu Ven.Walpola Mahinda, who gets 63 of the village families to participate in the progress of economic strengthening and the retirement as a Buddhist community. The field survey conducted in this village shows the following achievement.
- Fifty houses being developed in general.
- Temporary roofs are replaced with permanent roofs.
- Security provided with doors and windows for 13 houses with young children as well as young girls.
- Replacing walls made with temporary material with permanent walls in 17 houses.
- Replacing earthern floor with a cemented floor in 17 houses.
- Screening treating those with eye ailments
- Identifying students who would benefit with vocational training and providing the opportunity.
- Providing 35 Dhamma school kits for students.
- Setting up Dhamma schools providing the teachers and books needed.
- Providing English languages classes for 35 students free of charges.
- Improving 16 toilets.
- Making water available constructing a tube well at a cost of Rs.3 lakhs. (300,000/-)
- 23 patients examined for treatment.
- Developing the temple with a congregation hall for Buddhist observances and residential facilities for the bhikkhus at a cost of Rs.37 lakhs. (37,000,000/-).
The total spent this for the development of this village is Rs.60 lakhs (60,000,000/-). At the out set of the development programme the villagers disclosed that their poverty is such that they were unable to give food as alms to the temple. Eighteen families were in the grip of pawn ……………….. and loans taken. With a view to providing than with a regular income through cultivation one thousand …………. and pomegranate plants were provided. Young women with sewing skills, were given sewing machines and the required cost for textiles.
Thus with the attempt made to empower the villagers with a more stable economy, their spiral uplifement was also facilitated with the development of the Dhamma school activities. Conducting observance of eight precepts, meditation, and preaching Dhamma to guide them for better living in terms of Buddhism.
At the iniative taken by the incumbent bhikkhu of Mahindaramaya in Moneragala, the dharmavijaya society in the village conducted a survey and the basic agricultural requirements of each family to enhance their income were identified. They included water pumps, paddy threshing machines, hoses, canvas for tents insecticide sprayers, torches. hackers, axes, hoes, (mammoties) crowbars, bicycles, lanterns, roofing sheets etc the total of which cost one million. Thus the agricultural requirement of this village in general were met.
Oppressed with poverty
Unable to stand erect
If you could be supportive like crutches
You are a winner
In this life and thereafter