LankaCorps

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Sri Lankan Ambassador to U.S. Speaks on How LankaCorps Can Aid Post-Conflict Reconciliation

June 15, 2016

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On May 18, The Asia Foundation held a reception at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington, hosted by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the U.S., Prasad Kariyawasam, as an opportunity for members of the area’s Sri Lankan diaspora and policy community to learn about the Foundation’s LankaCorps program. Over the past four years, 25 young professionals have serv… Read more

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2015 LankaCorps Fellows

November 28, 2015

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LankaCorps is a unique opportunity for young leaders of Sri Lankan heritage to professionally engage in social, cultural, and economic development activities in Sri Lanka. The program aims to foster the involvement and understanding of young members of the expatriate Sri Lankan community who have limited in-depth experience with the country of thei… Read more

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Updates from Washington, DC: September 2015

September 9, 2015

In this issue: Development Fellows, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Technology, Urban Governance, Sri Lanka, LankaCorps, Books for Asia, Conflict, and Myanmar.

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LankaCorps: A Conversation with Dr. Naj Nagendran

July 22, 2015

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Last week in Washington DC, The Asia Foundation held a fund-raising event to present its LankaCorps Fellowship Program, a unique opportunity for young leaders of Sri Lankan heritage to engage in social, cultural, and economic development activities in post-conflict Sri Lanka. Each year since 2012, the Foundation has selected an outstanding group of young people…

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LankaCorps Fellowship Program

July 13, 2015

LankaCorps is a unique opportunity for young leaders of Sri Lankan heritage to professionally engage in social, cultural, and economic development activities in Sri Lanka. The program aims to foster the involvement and understanding of young members of the expatriate Sri Lankan community who have limited in-depth experience with the country of thei… Read more

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LankaCorps

July 10, 2015

LankaCorps is a unique opportunity for young leaders of Sri Lankan heritage to professionally engage in social, cultural, and economic development activities in Sri Lanka. The program aims to foster the involvement and understanding of young members of the expatriate Sri Lankan community who have limited indepth experience with the country of their… Read more

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Volunteer for LankaCorps Flyer

July 1, 2015

LankaCorps is a new and unique volunteer program for young North American professionals of Sri Lankan heritage who want to contribute to this dynamic, multi-ethnic nation. Apply for a fellowship and help contribute to the island’s long-term recovery. Short-term placements are available with established businesses, nonprofits, and government departm… Read more

 

Asia Foundation Accepting Applications for LankaCorps

January 14, 2015

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Dinesha de Silva blogs from Colombo on Sri Lanka’s historic elections, in which citizens demonstrated “extraordinary resilience by voting overwhelmingly for a new president.” After decades of conflict, attention has now turned to rebuilding a cohesive state that restores critical institutions. Learn about LankaCorps, The Asia Foundation’s unique fe… Read more

 

NBC News Highlights LankaCorps Fellowship Program

January 7, 2015

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NBC News highlights The Asia Foundation’s LankaCorps Fellowship program. Read more: “LankaCorps Offers Youth A Connection to Sri Lanka.”

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2014 LankaCorps Fellows

November 28, 2014

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The third class of LankaCorps Fellows and their July – December 2014 placements: Ms. Angeli Jeyarajah, Verite Research Pvt Ltd Ms. Jeyarajah was involved in an initiative to support female politicians in Sri Lanka. Her work included liaising directly with MPs and parliamentary staff, providing research on areas directly concerning women such as dom… Read more

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LankaCorps: Engaging Youth of Sri Lanka Origin in Sri Lanka’s Post-War Development

December 30, 2013

LankaCorps is a unique volunteer program for young professionals, between the ages of 21 and 29, of Sri Lankan heritage who want to contribute to this dynamic, multi-ethnic nation. After decades of war, The Asia Foundation believes these fellowships will help contribute to the island’s long-term recovery. Fellows are placed in six-month assignments… Read more

The 2013 LankaCorps Fellows, left to right: Kaitlin Emmanuel (USA), Natale Dankotuwage (Canada), Tara de Silva (USA), Harshi Hettige (USA), Chethana Perera (USA), Charles Aruliah (Canada). Not pictured: Anthony Obeyesekere (Australia). 

2013 LankaCorps Fellows

November 28, 2013

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The 2013 LankaCorps Fellows, left to right: Kaitlin Emmanuel (USA), Natale Dankotuwage (Canada), Tara de Silva (USA), Harshi Hettige (USA), Chethana Perera (USA), Charles Aruliah (Canada). Not pictured: Anthony Obeyesekere (Australia). The second class of LankaCorps Fellows and their July – December 2013 placements: Mr. Charles Aruliah, Regional Ce… Read more

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Inaugural LankaCorps Alumni Share Experiences with Sri Lankan Diaspora

March 27, 2013

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In July 2012, five strangers – Ann Selvadurai, Sabina Martyn, Seshma Kumararatne, Sahani Chandraratna, and Sivashankar Krishnakumar – boarded a plane to Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, under the auspices of a unique Asia Foundation fellowship program.

 

The Asia Foundation Hosts Inaugural Class of LankaCorps Fellows in San Francisco

San Francisco, March 22, 2013

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On March 22, The Asia Foundation hosted the 2012 inaugural class of LankaCorps Fellows at its San Francisco headquarters for an informal luncheon entitled, “Exploring Their Roots While Giving Back.” Alumni fellows Mr. Sivashankar Krishnakumar, Ms. Seshma Kumararatne, Ms. Sabina Martyn, and Ms. Ann Selvadurai discussed their six-month experience wit… Read more

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Asia Foundation Accepting Applications for LankaCorps

January 30, 2013

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The Asia Foundation is now accepting applications for LankaCorps, a unique fellowship opportunity for young leaders of Sri Lankan heritage to professionally engage in development activities in Sri Lanka. Those who are selected will be placed across the country with host organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors for six months.  Le… Read more

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In Post-Conflict Sri Lanka, Language is Essential for Reconciliation

January 16, 2013

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As a Canadian of Sri Lankan heritage, I am part of the growing diaspora living in the West who grew up speaking English as my first language. Since arriving in Sri Lanka as a LankaCorps Fellow I have been able to explore my “mother tongue,” taking lessons in both Tamil and Sinhala.

LankaCorps is a unique new opportunity for young leaders of Sri Lankan heritage to professionally engage in social, cultural, and economic development activities in Sri Lanka. Five LankaCorps fellows were selected to live and work for six months in Sri Lanka as Asia Foundation LankaCorps Fellows from July to December, 2012. The program's intent is to foster the involvement of young members of the diaspora who have limited in-depth experience with the country. 

2012 LankaCorps Fellows

November 28, 2012

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The 2012 LankaCorps Fellows, left to right: Sabina Martyn (Canada), Seshma Kumararatne (USA), Sahani Chandraratna (USA), Sivashankar Krishnakumar (USA), Ann Selvadurai (USA). The inaugural class of LankaCorps Fellows and their July – December 2012 placements: Ms. Sahani Chandraratna, MAS Holdings Ms. Chandraratna was based in the Ratmalana office w… Read more

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The Island Profiles Inaugural LankaCorps Fellows

October 17, 2012

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For Sivashankar Krishnakumar, an electrical engineer from California who is placed with the Foundation of Goodness, organizing the Murali Harmony Cup was a stimulating experience, opening vistas hitherto unexplored. Born in Jaffna, Sivashankar left for the U.S. with his family as a young boy…

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Sri Lanka in Focus: Navam Perahera

March 16, 2012

The sights and sounds of the 2012 Navam Perahera in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Calling on Overseas Sri Lankans to Spur Post-War Progress

October 19, 2011

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For many first- and second-generation people of Sri Lankan heritage, Sri Lanka casts a curious spell. It may be a result of being fed a steady diet of their parents’ nostalgia pie. Other children of recent immigrants from Asia, Eastern Europe, Central America, and Africa might experience the same emotional tug, but if you’ve grown up in a Sri Lanka… Read more

 

The Asia Foundation Launches LankaCorps

San Francisco and Colombo, October 19, 2011

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Sri Lankan expatriates invited to apply for post-war volunteer program The Asia Foundation, the premier non-profit, non-governmental organization working to promote reform, development, equality, and prosperity in Asia, today announced the creation of LankaCorps, a new and unique volunteer program for young Sri Lankan expatriates who want to contri… Read more