Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation, established in December 2010 with a noble objective of supporting the marginalised people around the globe in achieving a sustainable means of livelihood, proudly moves to the next phase of charity in war-ravaged Sri Lanka, committing a mammoth 3000 million rupees on various projects. The motto of the Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation is – give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for lifetime.
Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation is an independent charity organisation, solely funded by Lycamobile. Being just four years old and having effectively completed its first phase of projects worth 589 million rupees, it has already committed 3000 million Sri Lankan rupees for identified charitable projects in eleven districts for its second phase. In some areas it carries out its own ambitious projects while in several other projects it fully funds charity organisations such as Sivan Arul Illam, aiming to achieve its objective of providing a sustainable means of livelihood and educational support to those who have been badly affected by the war.
The Patron of Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation Mrs. Gnanambikai Allirajah, Chairman of Lycamobile and Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation Mr. Subaskaran Allirajah, Deputy Chairman of Lycamobile Mr. Prem Sivasamy and Chief Executive Officer of Lycamobile Mr. Chris Tooley are ceremonially launching the second phase at newly opened administrative offices in eight districts in the North and the East.
The geographical locations selected for project implementation are Ampara, Batticaloa, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mulaitivu, Mannar, Puttalam, Polannaruwa, Trincomalee, and Vavuniya districts. These locations will be clustered into three groups for easy project implementation purposes. Accordingly, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mulaitivu districts will come under Cluster 1,
and Ampara, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Polannaruwa districts will come under Cluster 2 while Mannar, Puttalam and Vavuniya districts will come under Cluster 3. A 40-member team with eight able officers are joining for the smooth implementation of these projects.
The second phase includes a new project titled “Education and Livelihood support for the Vulnerable Communities”, aiming to bring up not less than 10,000 needy children and 660 families each year. Accordingly, 55 families from 11 districts will be identified and funded to livelihood support to make sure that they generate sustainable income to try and eradicate poverty at home.
Even five years after the end of the war, people in the North and the East with very high expectation are still looking for donations and assistance from the government and donor communities to ensure the future generation is developed with stability and dignity. As the anticipated assistance was not forthcoming for the past five long years, and the living conditions in these former war-zones continue to remain the same or further deteriorating with increased poverty, the communities in the North and the East, especially the younger generation and children continue to face many socio-economic hardships without any answers in sight.
Internal migration to other parts of the island with many risks associated, illegal migration voluntarily and forcibly by parents, increase in child labour, and other forms of abuses are some of the issues that are currently affecting the development and integration of this younger generation.
It is under these agonising conditions that Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation is continuing with its charity work, magnanimously targeting the people in need. The project activities and distribution of inputs are planned to support children and parents directly and improve their day to day living conditions to ensure a drastic reduction in school absenteeism and dropouts, improved physical and psychosocial capacities, improved teacher-student coordination, access to
resources and feel happy and continue to contribute for social development activities in these target locations.
The Second Phase will also comprise a project, aiming to meet the undying demands for special needs — such as holding regular medical camps and providing counselling — to deal with conflict-related anxiety and depression issues and organising English and Tamil tuition classes.
Items to be distributed:
- 2000 bicycles (ladies and gents)
- 2000 sewing machines
- School bags for 10,000 children living under poverty line
- School uniforms for 10,000 children living under poverty line
- Exercise books, reading books and writing utensils 10,000 children livingunder poverty line
- 500,000 pens and 500,000 pencils
- Funding evening tuition classes to further improve efficiency of schoolchildren living under poverty line
- Higher Education bursary for 100 undergraduates
- Funding leadership training courses
- Funding livelihood support
- Funding medical camps and counselling camps