Former Overseas Flagship Project - Y-Care Sri Lanka - Work for conflict-affected young people (2009 - 2014)

In September 2009, following on from the very successful HIV/AIDS project in India the Foundation adopted a new Overseas Flagship project to help conflict-affected young people in Northern Sri Lanka.

This again is in cooperation with Y-Care International.  We have committed to a total of £40,333 between late 2010 and 2013.

Sri Lanka has been ravaged by civil war for over 25 years.  The war was particularly bitter in the Northern Tamil part of the country that was trying to secede.  Many young people there have never known peace and are left with severe psychological and physical from the war.

Many aid organisations and NGOs are have difficulty in gaining access and operating in the area.  The YMCA organisation however has six active YMCAs in the region and is an organisation well respected by national and local government.  This gives us, through Y-Care International, a unique opportunity to help at the earliest stage.

The project's work is in three main areas;-

- To improve the livelihood prospects of 250 conflict-affected young people through vocational and business development training.
- To improve psychological health of 500 conflict-affected young people.
- To promote social integration.



Former Overseas Flagship Project - Y-Care India - HIV/AIDS education (2002 - 2009)

During a visit to the Indian port cities of Marthandam a Ghandinam in 2002 the Chairman gained first hand knowledge and experience of the work undertaken by the local YMCA centres to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.  The dedication and enthusiasm of the YMCA staff involved in the programme particularly impressed him.  Following his report to the trustees, it was agreed that the Foundation would support the project with an annual gift of £6,000 over three years.

 

At a conference held in June 2003, the decision was taken to extend the programme to four new sites including Mangalore and Nagpur which had been identified as having an emerging AIDS problem.

 

Before providing assistance beyond the initial three year period, the trustees needed to be satisfied that the project was proceeding satisfactory and that the Foundation’s  donation was indeed making a difference.  To this end, the Chairman visited both these new sites in October 2005 to review at first hand the Y-Care work being undertaken.  The quality of the work surpassed his expectations.

 

Due to the sensitive nature of the work, dealing as it does with sex education and prostitution, Y-Care had difficulty in funding the project and out of a budget of £50,000 per annum the Foundation was the largest donor.

 

The Foundation increased its support from £6,000 to £10,000 per annum.  

 

The Foundation's funding of the project continued till mid 2010 by which time it was judged that the local YMCA's were in a stronger position to raise funds locally. In addition, the Aids problem in India has mercifully not developed into the epidemic proportions evident in much of Africa.  Over the last eight years, the Foundation gave total of £53,331 to this cause.


The trustees are currently evaluating a new Overseas Flagship Project along with Y-Care International. A final decision on support is expected to be made late 2010.