VISION

We are a Canadian network of diaspora changemakers committed to leveraging technical assistance for sustainable development of the North and East of Sri Lanka.

We are committed to helping shift diaspora engagement from charity to sustainability, from aid to economic development, and from remittance to knowledge-based economy.

OBJECTIVES

Since
2014

We are focused on:

  • Facilitating diaspora technical assistance and knowledge to strengthen local community-based organisations that serve vulnerable populations.
  • Becoming an open hub that consolidates information, encourages collaboration, and streamlines resources in order to enhance diaspora engagement in sustainable development.

PROGRESS

  1. April 2017:

    Formal launch of re-design programs focused on leveraging diaspora technical assistance for development

  2. December 2016:

    Seed fundraiser kick off to raise approximately $200K over two years

  3. October 2016:

    Participated in Engaging Overseas Sri Lankans: Promoting Responsible Investment and Technical Assistance conference hosted by International Alert

  4. September 2016:

    Legally incorporated as a non-profit organization in the Province of Ontario

  5. August 2016:

    Interviewed for diaspora research studies in Canada, United States, and United Kingdom

  6. May 2016:

    Leadership team renewed

  7. April 2016:

    Review of outcomes of two-year pilot and decision made to incorporate as a non-profit organization

  8. March 2016:

    Two field volunteer placed to support after-school program in rural Jaffna

  9. October 2015:

    Helped raise nearly $10,000 for various aid efforts in the North and East of Sri Lanka, and partnered with 10 diaspora organizations in Canada

  10. April 2015:

    Participated in Cultural Communities for Sustainable Development Consultation roundtable co-hosted by the Government of Canada

  11. March 2015:

    $2,300 raised to support 19 micro-gift beneficiaries

  12. April 2014:

    comdu.it launched as a two-year pilot initiative in Toronto, Canada

  13. February 2014:

    Partnerships established with eight local partners in Sri Lanka

  14. January 2014:

    Field mission to North, East and Central Sri Lanka to complete preliminary needs assessment

  15. December 2013:

    Broader community consultation on network mandate and objectives

  16. August 2013:

    Initial meetings with founding team to plan and design network.

PEOPLE

Our core team is comprised of the following dedicated individuals, all of whom serve in a volunteer capacity.


Aarthi Achuthappa
Hansika Gunaratne
Hansika Gunaratne
Bahi Kandavel
Bahi Kandavel
Kumaran Nadesan
Kumaran Nadesan
Hamsha Pathmanathan
Hamsha Pathmanathan
Muraly Srinarayanathas
Muraly Srinarayanathas
 Rajanthi Manivannan
Rajanthi Manivannan

We are also grateful for the contributions made by our former volunteers: Amarnath Amarasingam, Fenella Amarasinghe, Haran Aruliah, Deepa Bala, Don Embuldeniya, Dharsha Jegatheeswaran, Thursica Kovinthan, Yohani Mendis, Aranee Murugananthan, Achchana Nadarajah, Ahila Poologaindran, Suruthi Ragulan, Anupama Ranawana, Yamuna Samuel, Sashi Selvendran, Vithya Shanthasoruban, Gobhi Theivendran, Matangi Thillai, Kirthika Umasuthan, Ashwin Vadivelu, Melinda Yogendran, and others who wished to remain anonymous.

PARTNERS

Our work this year is made possible by the support of our valued local partners in the North and East of Sri Lanka.

  • american-ceylon-logoThe Church of the American Ceylon Mission focuses on early childhood education and nutrition, after school educational and leadership programs for children and youth, vocational training, women’s livelihoods, children’s homes, and a centre for children with mental disability.
  • ncit-logoThe Northern Chamber of Information Technology is the gateway to the information technology market and industry in Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Learn More
  • grace-girls-logoThe Grace Girls Home is a residence for girls aged 5-18, who are provided with shelter, food, an education, and access to medical treatment. The girls attend a nearby school, participate in extracurricular activities, and are offered religious instruction in the faith of their family. Learn More
  • capokalam-logoCapokolam delivers innovative educational arts programs to children in marginalized and impoverished communities in Sri Lanka, affected by war, natural disaster, and endemic socio-economic inequality, to bring about psychosocial rehabilitation and sustainable change. Learn More
  • bridging-lanka-web-logoBridging Lanka bridges ethnic, religious and geographic divides through people-inspired action. It harnesses the expertise and resources of diaspora participants for the benefit of locals in Sri Lanka – through livelihood support, business development, community advocacy, urban planning, education and social cohesion projects. Learn More
  • wercl-logoFounded in 1982 by a small group of feminist researchers and activists, the Women’s Education and Research Centre aims to increase women’s awareness, resources, and opportunities for effective participation in the economic, political, and social life of the country. Learn More
  • dr-samDr. Sam Education Centre is an after-school learning initiative aimed at supporting the educational development of students in the local community and supplementing their knowledge and understanding of the existing curriculum.

CORPORATE SPONSORS

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Virtace
Scarborough Rotary Club


We are also grateful for the support of our former local partners in Sri Lanka, including Caritas – EHED, Glorious Jaffna Foundation, Khemadasa Foundation, and Organization for the Rehabilitation of the Handicapped.


We have also benefitted from the support of a number of diaspora organizations in Canada, including Abinayalaya Natyalayam, Association of Sri Lankan Graduates of Canada, Childrens10, Canadian Tamils’ Humanitarian Association, Canadian Tamil Medical Association, Carnatic Youth Society of Canada, Innovation Ecosystem – Northeast Sri Lanka, International Medical Health Organization – Canada, TamilCulture, UTSC Tamil Worlds Initiative, Visions Global Empowerment, and X Change Charity.