We are a growing global network of diaspora changemakers 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, Dharsha Jegatheeswaran, Thursica Kovinthan, Rajanthi Manivannan, Yohani Mendis, Aranee Murugananthan, Ahila Poologaindran, Suruthi Ragulan, Anupama Ranawana, Yamuna Samuel, Sashi Selvendran, Vithya Shanthasoruban, Anita Sivabalan, Gobhi Theivendran, Matangi Thillai, Kirthika Umasuthan, Thuva Vanniyasingam, and others who wish to remain anonymous.
Annual Gala Co-Chairs
Our diaspora changemakers are re-casting the roles and principles of diaspora engagement as we increasingly assumed shared responsibility for developing the next generation at home and half way across the world.
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.
- Aaruthal Sri Lanka is a registered charity that works with communities to address many of the human impacts resulting from civil war. It engages in various community projects including those aimed at developing sustainable programs in education, mental health and women-centred development projects.
- 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.
- The 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Street Child is a registered charity and England and Wales as well as a registered Voluntary Social Service/NGO in Sri Lanka. Street Child is based in Batticaloa, and focuses on delivering programs to address barriers in various thematic areas, such as quality and inclusive education and teacher training, disaster risk resilience, education in emergencies, and gender empowerment initiatives. Learn More
Former Local Partners
We are grateful for the support of our former local partners in Sri Lanka, including: Capokolam, Caritas – EHED, Centre for Women and Development, Ceylon Spinning and Textile Mills, Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development – Sri Lanka, Dr. Sam Education Centre, Glorious Jaffna Foundation, Gudppl, J/Kopay Christian College, Khemadasa Foundation, Lanka Evangelical Alliance Development Service, Mannar District Chambers of Commerce Industry and Agriculture, Muthu Nava Ratna Trust, Northern Chamber of Information Technology, Point Pedro Institute for Development, Siruvar Apiviruththi Munneduppu, Wellspring Centre for Learning, Women’s Education and Research Centre, and YarlIT Hub. We are also grateful to number of other organisations in Sri Lanka for their collaboration, advice, or exploratory partnership discussions, including: Adayaalam Centre for Policy and Research, Anai, Association of War Affected Women, Bismi Group, Centre for Poverty Analysis, CrowdIsland, Eastern University of Batticaloa, Families of the Disappeared, Groundviews, High Information Technology Education and Social Development Organisation, International Alert Sri Lanka, Jaffna Managers Forum, Jaffna Rotary Club, Jaffna Teaching Hospital, Kaveri Kala Manram, Lankan Angel Network, Mayilambaveli Children’s Home, Northern Women Coop Bank, Social Development and Research Organization, Shanthiham Association for Health and Counselling, Sri Lanka Centre for Development Facilitation, Suriya Women’s Centre, The Social Architects, Vallamai, and YGRO.
Diaspora and International Support
We are grateful for the support, advice, and conversation extended to us by several international organization and diaspora groups, including: Abinayalaya Natyalayam, Achieve Real Change UK, Abuse Never Becomes Us, Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention, Association of Sri Lankan Graduates of Canada, Canadian Tamil Humanitarian Association, Canadian Tamil Law Students and Lawyers, Canadian Tamil Medical Association, Canadian Tamil Professionals Association, Capokolam, Care for Education, Carnatic Youth Society of Canada, CASA Foundation, Children Aid Rehabilitation Education Program, Childrens10 Foundation, Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, Deutsche-Tamilische Studierende Bochum, Durham Tamil Association, Educate Lanka Foundation, Healing Northern Sri Lanka, Hope4Child Relief Mission, Initiative Tamilischer Studierender Aachen, International Medical Health Organization Canada, Innovation Ecosystem North East Sri Lanka, Isaiyarangam Performing Art Centre, Loving Mothers, Manaveli Performing Arts Group, Markham-Unionville Rotary Club, McMaster Tamil Students Association, Mennonite Economic Development Associates Canada, National Capital Region Tamils Association, Ontario Council for International Cooperation, Ottawa Tamil Association, Otthulaippu, Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School Tamil Students Association, Scarborough Twilight Rotary Club, Shylo Foundation, Senergy, Sri Lankans Without Borders, SV Robotics Foundation, Tamil Association of Professionals, Tamil Cultural Association of Waterloo Region, Tamil Entrepreneurial Network for Women, Tamil Health Association, Tamil Literary Garden, Tamil Medical Pharma Association, Tamils in Public Service, Tamil Studies Symposium (York University), Tamil Worlds Initiative (University of Toronto at Scarborough), TECH Outreach Malaysia, Thamilisai Kaala Manram, Thenmaradchi Development Association, UK Tamil Students Union, University of Toronto at St. George Tamil Students Association, University of Waterloo Tamil Networking Association, Vanni Aid Canada, Wilfrid Laurier Tamil Students Association, World Food Programme Sri Lanka, World University Services Canada, and X Change Charity.