Mettā Youth Centre

Mettā Youth Centre ( MYC ) was conceived in early 2005 in the aftermath of the Dec 2004 Asian Tsunami crisis by Ven W. Ratanasiri Mahāthera, Religious Advisor of the Ti-Sarana Buddhist Association (TBA), to provide residential and rehabilitation support to victims in the Matara District of Southern Sri Lanka.

The project (named Mettā Butterfly project) was undertaken by the management committee of TBA with  financial support from The Red Cross Society managing the Asian Tidal Waves Fund and with generous donation from the Lee Foundation. Officially opened on 26th December 2006, MYC has a staff strength of 9 staff looking after about 70 children between the ages of 7 and 18 years. MYC is jointly managed by TBA and Mettā Social Services Foundation ("MSSF"), a registered non-governmental organisation in Sri Lanka. TBA provides financial and moral support to MYC while MSSF runs its daily operations. 

Besides providing a safe and conducive residential facility, MYC also runs special programs for the children including English, Mathematics and Science enrichment classes, cooking and music courses and sports. In addition, MYC has a language lab and a computer lab where the children can further develop their English and computer literacy skills. Each child is given the opportunity to build a bright future for himself or herself. Having benefited from the care and guidance at MYC, the children in turn are taught to do their part by offering their services in various local community projects.
Metta Social Services Foundation, Matara, Sri Lanka