Spring 2013

Briefly Noted

Hong Kong School Donates to Books for Asia in Memory of Student

In early 2012, Island School in Hong Kong was saddened by the tragic death of one of its students. Chloe Lai was a talented writer and avid reader who was never without a book. In planning for the school’s annual Charity Week, Phil Tudor, head of Fleming House, the student community to which Chloe belonged, felt that a donation to a charity that valued books and knowledge would be a fitting tribute to Chloe’s memory. He contacted Books for Asia and, together, they selected @ My Library, an innovative library in Luang Prabang, Laos, that helps educate youth from rural villages, as the right institution to support. Fleming House intends to raise funds for @ My Library for four years to commemorate the time Chloe would have spent at Fleming House. Fleming Charity Week, which took place in October last year, featured a bake sale, races, and a carnival, and collected 15,000 HKD (US$1,900) for the Chloe Lai Fund

Asia Foundation and Nagendrans Host LankaCorps Fellows

LankaCorps is a unique Asia Foundation fellowship program that provides an opportunity for young leaders of Sri Lankan heritage to live and work in Sri Lanka as volunteers engaged in development activities benefiting the country. The fellowship was designed to provide these young adults the opportunity to professionally and personally engage with the development of post-conflict Sri Lanka, and to bridge the gap between the diaspora and Sri Lanka. Based on the enthusiasm and stories shared by the inaugural class last month in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the program has proven successful on both counts.

On March 22, The Asia Foundation hosted the 2012 inaugural class of LankaCorps Fellows at our San Francisco headquarters for an informal luncheon, “Exploring Their Roots While Giving Back.” The next day, the group made a presentation to members of the Sri Lankan community in Los Angeles at the home of Dr. Naj Nagendran and his wife Gwen. Over the course of this 48-hour “reunion tour” the fellows – Mr. Sivashankar Krishnakumar, Ms. Seshma Kumararatne, Ms. Sabina Martyn, and Ms. Ann Selvadurai – shared their life-changing LankaCorps experiences with engaged and inquisitive audiences. A new class of young leaders will embark this summer to live and work for six months in Sri Lanka as 2013 LankaCorps Fellows. To learn how to apply or support LankaCorps visit our LankaCorps page.