Our main aim is to unite all Sri Lankans, Sri Lankan diaspora and well-wishers under one umbrella in order to rebuild the lost unity among all Sri Lankans and Sri Lankan diaspora and to help rebuild the broken economy of Sri Lanka and to have open discussions regarding the needs and wants of all Sri Lankans living in Sri Lanka So that we can all get together with the President and the government of Sri Lanka and find solutions to their problems.
We would like to create the environment to strengthen democracy Justice Law and Order in the country so that we can create a new Sri Lanka with hope and opportunity for all in Sri Lanka.
For those who would like to know a little bit of the history of Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan diaspora can read the following information.
Little bit of Sri Lankan history
Sri Lanka has long been referred to as a Paradise island on Earth in the past. The people of Sri Lanka have set an example to many progressive nations by electing world’s first ever women prime minister, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, which show a deep sense of their equality, opportunity and democratic nature. For a welfare of such stature, it comes as a bit of surprise and disappointment that a civil conflict occurred which lasted for almost three decades in Sri Lanka. The world has witnessed one of the bloodiest and the most brutal human rights violation in this country.
It all started when the internal war broke up in Sri Lanka in 1983 and lasted for almost three decades has thrown the country in deep turmoil and now face a daunting task to save themselves from succumbing to the aforementioned crisis.
Sri Lanka has seen bloodshed and economical damage which has set the country on a back foot in terms of progression, both socially and economically. Sri Lankan government finally put an end to the internal war in Sri Lanka on May 2009. Reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction programs have started since then and not to forget the recent Easter Sunday terror attacks April 2019 in churches and hotels in Sri Lanka had paid heavy losses of human lives and destroyed the country's economy very badly.
This great tragedy could have been avoided had the good people raised their voice and create required awareness among the citizens of Sri Lanka against the civil outburst. Instead, their silence has paved the way for evil people to press their forces, causing chaos among the people and eventually leading to this unfortunate situation that changed the course of the nation’s progress. The aftermath of this civil outburst and internal war is the silence of these citizens against the wrongdoings of the bureaucracy and themselves alike.
At the time of civil outburst and internal war, none could have estimated this level of destruction. And for this reason, we need to encourage the people of Sri Lanka to raise their voices in favor of overall development of the nation instead of silent gestures towards the destructive forces that proved so costly. This is the grass root foundation of democracy: OF the people, BY the people and FOR the people as phrased by Abraham Lincoln.
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
We at Mankind are passionate about diasporas. We should regard them as a terrific national asset, and not as a loss of actors.
Emigration was a great centrifugal force, dispersing people all around the world. Diaspora is an instant convergent force, bringing people back to their home countries.
We believe in such things as diaspora capital. Capital resources are the overseas resources that are available to a country and they are made up of three flows: flows of people; flows of finance; flows of knowledge. Every country has this to varying degrees. This is emotional work; it's about visions and dreams.
To make this work, we first need to have a dream. We at Mankind have a strategic plan because it can be difficult and disputatious, which can lead to diffusion, diversion and distance - there can be tensions and there can be contradictions. Diaspora work is non-competitive.
It's all about ideas, creativity, talents and innovation. By definition that's about people, and people slip and slide from country to country, so we need to put in place strategies to find out where they are and what they are doing. If we do not put in place strategies, policies, programs and projects soon, we will lose a terrific opportunity.
We believe over 3.5 million Sri Lankan diaspora exist in the world today. To our knowledge, just in remittances alone between 8 and 10 billion dollars were sent last year to Sri Lanka by Sri Lankan diaspora. Sri Lanka is an island. Sri Lanka's total area is 65,610 sq km. Its population is around 22 million, out of which over 3.5 million are Sri Lankan diasporas. They can be a terrific national asset if we approach them correctly.
We need to put some humanity into human eyes. In order to win the trust and confidence from the Sri Lankan diaspora, extraordinaire events, such as music events, heritage events, traditional sporting events and traditional cultural events need to be organized and delivered to the Sri Lankan diasporas around the world to build up unity among all Sri Lankans. This can be called the "Magic of Diaspora" project.
This world is connected like never before. The measurement of power in this world is connectedness. The information age is here - everything is available to everybody at the flick of a switch.
We should all work towards equality for all Sri Lankans in Sri Lanka, with an end to discrimination and racism, and an emphasis on altruism, kindness, generosity and empathy. The differences in language, religion and ethnicity are completely overshadowed by the similarities and shared characteristics which forms our humanity.
Today there are more than 3.5 million Sri Lankan diaspora, and many of them are doing extremely well, and their investments to Sri Lanka will make a difference to the Sri Lankan economy. According to our studies, many Sri Lankan diaspora do not know how to contribute in a positive way to those who are less fortunate back home in Sri Lanka. For a speedy progress, we at MANKIND INTERNATIONAL come forward and request your mandate to act on your behalf to create a permanent, united and peaceful Sri Lanka by working with the President of Sri Lanka, the government of Sri Lanka, all political parties in Sri Lanka and also with the people of Sri Lanka, so that all can live in harmony and peace forever. It is our lack of action that results in people with their own political agendas approaching the government and leading it astray.
We think the best hope for Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan diaspora and well-wishers to come forward and give a helping hand to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is in great need of their help to stabilize the economy of the country specially after COVID-19.
We need to start marketing to welcome the millions of Sri Lankan diaspora who want to return home to Sri Lanka because their time is running out and they are getting old, and some are getting sick and for some it's too late.
I am sure as born-and-bred Sri Lankans who have lived a part of their lives in Sri Lanka, they would definitively like to spend their last years in Sri Lanka, but we need to approach them in the right way. They have a rich pension which they have paid and worked for, and they have the capital for investments. They also have family and friends to visit them when they live in Sri Lanka. This is one big boost to the Sri Lankan economy. This will open the doors for everyone to think positively and work positively.
We need to welcome all Sri Lankan diaspora to return home and help rebuild Sri Lanka together. We need to create the climate for them to feel that their investments are secure and useful to the country and that they can expect a good return on their investments.
They have the economy, the knowledge, the expediency and the ideas to rebuild Sri Lanka to suit the modern environment.
There is an old saying: "even though mustard is a very small ingredient, its flavor is very strong."
This saying applies to the minorities of a country. Even though the minorities are small in a country, their contributions to the developments of the country are very big.
It is apparent that the major share of Sri Lankan resources are untouched. With the help, knowledge and experience of the Sri Lankan diaspora, we can make the maximum use of these resources to develop Sri Lanka.
We are proud to say some of the Sri Lankan diaspora living in the industrial world have become very successful.
The best hope for Sri Lanka is to work on the integration policy to integrate all Sri Lankan diaspora to return to Sri Lanka and help rebuild a new Sri Lanka with unity, prosperity and hope.
Many of the Sri Lankan diaspora are getting old and sick, and some have passed away. Most of these Sri Lankans who left the country 20-30 years ago are doing extremely well with a lot of disposable income and capital, and they do not know what to do with these. On the other hand, Sri Lanka is looking for investors to invest in Sri Lanka and to promote tourism. If we approach the Sri Lankan diaspora in the right way, Sri Lanka can win their confidence and support to rebuild the country.
The Sri Lankan diaspora have been visiting Sri Lanka annually since the war ended because they have emotional ties to Sri Lanka, having spent part of their earlier lives there. Last year Sri Lanka was visited by about 2.2 million tourists, and we believe around 60% of this was Sri Lankan diaspora. The majority of the children born to Sri Lankan diaspora are born outside Sri Lanka and they hardly know Sri Lanka nor have an emotional connection to Sri Lanka.
We at MANKIND are more than ready to work side-by-side with the President of Sri Lanka and the government and all political parties in Sri Lanka for the unity, prosperity, hope and peace in Sri Lanka forever.
Posted on Apr 21 2019 21 apr. 2019
You Reap What You Sow.
If you sow seeds of kindness,
Then kindness is what you'll reap.
If you sow seeds of forgiveness,
You'll reap untroubled sleep.
If you sow seeds of anger,
of hatred or discontent,
You'll reap a crop of violence,
Discord and evil intent.
If you sow seeds of brotherly love,
Then love you will receive,
But if wickedness is what you sow,
Then wicked you will be.
The lesson here is pretty clear:
You reap just what you sow.
Therefore, strive to sow only good seeds,
And spread them wherever you go.
Sri Lankans are truly trying hard to make up for the lost unity. Give them your support and help them achieve their goals. Thank you.
During the internal war in Sri Lanka, we were working for many years on how to end this war, and we came to the conclusion that the best way to pave the way and achieve this is through education, and in 2003 we at MANKIND decided to start career educational courses in the war affected areas of Sri Lanka. This included the affected areas on both sides of the war - the government side and the LTTE side - and we communicated with both the government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE in order to achieve our goals. We received positive responses from the government of Sri Lanka but did not receive any responses from the LTTE.
The career educational courses in Sri Lanka were planned for 3 years at a cost of 37.5 million Swedish krona, and we communicated with the Swedish government through SIDA and they were willing to support us with 80% of the project, with the remaining 20% of the cost being covered by interested private companies.
Since the project was designed to help both sides, it had to be cancelled due to one side not cooperating with us. When the internal war in Sri Lanka ended in 2009, we wanted to start up the career educational courses in 2010. We found it difficult to find the necessary sponsors so we decided to give our project plans to other NGOs and we were glad to see many NGOs starting many career educational courses in Sri Lanka. Even today the need and demand of career educational courses in Sri Lanka are great, so we are planning to start up career educational courses in Sri Lanka to meet the demands and these will be to International standards.