Future for Jaffna strives to become an agent for change and does not simply follow the many charities and foreign aid agencies that throw money at the many serious problems affecting the world.
Future for Jaffna’s ethos can be summed up by the famous adage; “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
The aim of the charity is to improve the lives of the people it works with, mainly widows of the civil war. Through creation of sustainable business co-operatives called Value Chain Associations (V.C.A’s) the charity aims to use the power of enterprise and community engagement to improve the quality of life and standard of living of the widows and children of Jaffna.
The vision of Future for Jaffna can be broken down into two main areas:
1) Creation of sustainable income sources for the widows of Jaffna- Future for Jaffna is currently focusing on working with up to 250 widows helping them set up their own business so that they can earn enough money to provide for themselves and their families.
2) The establishment of an “Entrepreneurial Academy” in Jaffna- the Academy will further our work with the many widows and women-led households of Jaffna. It will be a place where the widows can learn business ideas, be arranged into VCAs and sell their products. As the Academy expands, it will aim to further entrepreneurship in Jaffna by giving the necessary guidance and support to make business ideas a reality. The Academy will focus on the children of Jaffna who failed to get into university, transforming them into the business leaders of the future.
Through creating business for those who need it most and encouraging the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, Future for Jaffna will stimulate further economic growth within the region and provide a future for Jaffna and its people.