Child at Koulara - January 2007

As the section title implies, this is nothing to do with tea, but a collection of images which I have taken on my travels around Sri Lanka, mainly whilst on our MJF Foundation projects. This image was taken at a little village near Uda Walawe, as we prepared to embark on our Local Heroes project to transform the beautiful but deprived village of Koulara. The innocent delight in this child’s face was a stark contrast to the plight his family faced. Fortunately, that has changed now, with the fruition of the Local Heroes project.


Dilhan is the younger son of Dilmah Tea Founder Merrill J. Fernando. Together with brother Malik, Dilhan has taken on the passionate commitment of his father, for tea, ethics in business and the concept of business as a matter of human service.