Have you found your purpose?

I found mine this summer.

I first left Jaffna, Sri Lanka as a refugee in 1990 – over 25 years ago. Leaving at an early age, I couldn’t fully comprehend the circumstances that forced my family to leave our home.

And then in July of 2017, I stepped foot in Jaffna again – with purpose. This time, I fully comprehended the circumstances of my return. I had chosen to come back as a young professional from the diaspora as part of comdu.it to make a contribution by helping my people rebuild their lives. It was a privilege that I didn’t take lightly.

In the three weeks that followed, I shuttled back and forth between remote villages in the North and the East helping run leadership programs for a local partner. It wasn’t easy work – and it was made even more challenging by the socio-cultural, economic, and political contexts that have gripped these regions.

What kept me going, though, was the resilience I witnessed in the young people I had the opportunity to work with. It is this bright memory that compels me to share my experiences with anyone who is willing to listen.

As one of comdu.it’s changemakers this year, I want to do my part in making it possible for someone else to find their way back as I did.

My time in the North and East has showed me the great amount of work that remains to be done.

This is why I’m asking you to consider supporting comdu.it this holiday season by investing an amount of your preference to help more volunteers find their purpose and contribute back home in 2018.

Or give another amount: http://gofundme.com/comduit

Thank you — and let your gift today help other young people find their purpose.

With gratitude,

Sai Ravindranathan
2017 Diaspora Changemaker