Bridging Lanka is undergoing a transition from a group of pioneers to a formal well-established organisation. The initial task was to identifying a constructive role for members of the diaspora at this juncture in Sri Lanka’s history and to develop a model of post-conflict engagement.
After almost four years as ‘Diaspora Lanka’, its members have opted for a name change to Bridging Lanka. This name will be registered both in Sri Lanka and Australia to better reflect its purpose – to bridge ethnic, religious and geographic divides.
In Mannar where most of our grounded work occurs, we have established the Mannarin Marumalarchi Trust (‘the renaissance of Mannar’). In late 2011, a 10 year vision for Mannar’s development was articulated by the people who identified six sectors for improvement.
The Trustees will coordinate the action of the six sectors – women and community development, eco-tourism, town planning, business development, education and environment.