We are a growing global network of diaspora volunteers committed to the sustainable development of the traditional Tamil homelands in Sri Lanka. We are committed to helping shift diaspora engagement from charity to sustainability, from aid to economic development, and from sending remittance to building a knowledge economy instead.
Our core team is comprised of the following dedicated individuals, all of whom serve in a volunteer capacity.
We are also grateful for the contributions made by our former volunteers: Aarthi Achuthappa, Amarnath Amarasingam, Haran Aruliah, Don Embuldeniya, Geetha Gnanapragasam, Dharsha Jegatheeswaran, Thursica Kovinthan, Rajanthi Manivannan, Yohani Mendis, Aranee Murugananthan, Ahila Poologaindran, Suruthi Ragulan, Anupama Ranawana, Thenoosiya Ratnasingam, Yamuna Samuel, Sashi Selvendran, Vithya Shanthasoruban, Anita Sivabalan, Joanna Sugunathazan, Priya Tharmaseelan, Gobhi Theivendran, Matangi Thillai, Kirthika Umasuthan, Thuva Vanniyasingam, and others who wish to remain anonymous.
Annual Gala Co-Chairs
Our 2019 Sri Lanka Mission is made possible by the support of our valued local partners in the North and East of Sri Lanka
- Bridging 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.
- The 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.
- Friends of Youth is a non-profit, non-political, and philanthropic organisation that focuses on after school educational and leadership programs for children and youth, vocational training, women’s livelihoods, mental health and psychosocial support, as well as rehabilitation activities in the North and East of Sri Lanka.
- Healing Opportunity for Person for Empowerment (HOPE) organization provides an enriching and nurturing environment for children with disabilities. The organization works closely with educators and parents to support and encourage children with disabilities to participate in activities as a way to build confidence and skills, while empowering them to learn and grow.
- humedica Lanka is a registered non-governmental organisation that aims to support vulnerable populations with directed and sustainable aid. Based in Colombo and Jaffna, the different aid projects range from disaster relief after floods and landslides to long-term support such as Learning Centers, a Preschool and Mobile Clinics.
INFORM Human Rights Documentation Centre was established to monitor and document the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, especially in the context of the ethnic conflict and civil war. INFORM works by reporting on the situation through written and oral interventions at the local, national and international level.
Institute of Regional Development and Governance was founded by like minded local and overseas professionals for regional development by providing knowledge-based solutions to the complex challenge of post war recovery.
- Organisation of People for Engagement and Enterprise firmly emphasises a holistic and integrated programmatic approach where it works on social and economic development alongside local communities and measures progress by outcomes rather than outputs.
- Organisation for Rehabilitation of the Handicapped provides a range of services to persons of disabilities in the Vavuniya district of Sri Lanka. Its vision is “Equal rights and equal opportunities for persons with disabilities through barrier free society.”
- The Social Economical & Environmental Developers (SEED) aims to fight poverty and overcoming social exclusion of underprivileged groups. Likewise, it includes the promotion of environmental awareness and conservation to support the institutional goals.
- Sri Lanka Centre for Development Facilitation (SLCDF) is a non-profit organization committed to building and strengthening the network of CBOs and voluntary organizations to address poverty and other related social and economic issues. Learn More
- Sponsor a Mind Build A Life (SAMBAL) focuses on providing charitable assistance to children who are disadvantaged due to war, poverty, natural disasters, and other calamities.
The organisation focuses on improving computer and language literacy for children and youth by providing them with high quality STEM education and equal access to technological resources.
- Yarl IT Hub is a not for profit community initiative to create an eco-system which nurtures startup mindset, innovation, creativity, technological and business skills in the community. It also encourages knowledge sharing and fostering a spirit of entrepreneurship with Technology start ups from Jaffna.