Future for Jaffna was established in June 2011 by two friends from the University of Nottingham, Umesh Kumar and Nicholas Rooney. They had a vision to help those in need in Jaffna, not by simply giving handouts but to stir a change in the communities they worked with. Both of Umesh’s parents are from Jaffna, and the charity is small in size but has a strong personal connection to the area it works in.

Future for Jaffna is a UK registered charity (Charity Number: 1150107) which aims to relieve poverty in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. We will achieve our aim by empowering widows of the civil war to set up their own businesses, from making clothes to weaving Palmyra bags. This will significantly improve the widows’ income, taking them out of poverty and enabling them to comfortably provide for their remaining family.

Future for Jaffna returned from its first visit to Jaffna in July. We have established good relationships with several organisations, including the UN Development Programme and CORD Sri Lanka. Following our trip in December, working with our project partner- CORD Sri Lanka- we have started to help widows of Jaffna to set up their businesses. We hope to improve the lives of many more people from Jaffna over the coming years.

Future For Jaffna is affiliated with SIFE Nottingham Ltd, a company affiliated with the University of Nottingham. SIFE Nottingham has considerable experience in running successful international projects. Over the last 10 years, SIFE Nottingham has improved thousands of peoples’ lives across three continents undertaking various projects from working with disadvantaged young people in the UK to helping beekeepers in Africa set up their own businesses. More information on SIFE Nottingham is available at http://www.sifenottingham.co.uk/.