A 501(c)(3) humanitarian nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, CA
Mission & Vision ď‚§ Mission: To change patterns of inequality by supporting educational initiatives for youth affected by poverty and conflict. ď‚§ Vision: We envision a world where all youth, teachers and communities are educated, empowered and uplifted.
Volunteer organization, driven by youth and young professionals We work with underprivileged young people, teachers, and others in developing countries toward enabling them to become self-sufficient, leadership-oriented, healthy, and capable of participating in a global economy. Visions has operated in Sri Lanka (since 2003) and India (since 2008).
Where We Work Sri Lanka: Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Jaffna, Colombo, Hambantota India: Karaikal, Theni, Dindigul, Perambalur
Who is Visions? Founded in 2003; legally registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity in early 2009 Board of Directors + 1 part-time consultant + Chapter Coordinators Over 90 international volunteers have spent time abroad with us; joined by dozens of local volunteers Rely heavily on volunteers and on the goodwill of others, both locally and abroad
Leadership Training Program Student Scholarship Program Teacher Support Program Volunteer Program International Domestic/Chapters
Leadership Training Program
Reversing the “brain drain”
22 trainings held since 2003 across Sri Lanka, Kenya, & India
Over 1,300 direct beneficiaries and thousands more indirect beneficiaries
Developed own curriculum: Leadership & Life Skills, Human Rights & Citizenship, and Global & Local Issues
Kalagam Visions Learning Centre (KVLC)
The KVLC is a 5-story learning center being built in Colombo in partnership with Saiva Mangaiyar Kalagam. The facility will ease overcrowding at the attached all-girls school and provide supplementary education & extracurricular activities. In the long-term, it will also serve as a training facility that will benefit other teachers, students, local partners, and more.
Scholarship Program Visions’ local partners help identify students in need of scholarships. Support is provided in a number of ways School tuition Vocational fees Room and board for residential students Transportation fees
Teacher Support Program Visions coordinates and organizes teacher training programs by connecting experts in a particular subject to a group of teachers in needs of additional support. Some of the types of training include:
Psychosocial support English IT/Computers Leadership & Life Skills training
Other Past Efforts 1.
Capacity-building/support for local partner organizations
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Donation of MultiMedia room to Hindu Ladies College 3 library books shipments (Colombo & Jaffna) Various student scholarships for Sri Lankan youth Supported 2 apprentices for KVLC project English teacher training program Organized Young Professionals Conference in NY and IT Conference in LA IDP student support at St. John’s & Chundikuli Colleges in Jaffna
Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development—Sri Lanka Saiva Mangaiyar Kalagam (Sri Lanka) SAWED Trust (India)
Volunteer with us!
Visions Chapters Chapters –a group of motivated volunteers who work together and are committed to raising awareness, funds, and enthusiasm for Visions Visions has Chapters in the following cities & universities: San Diego, CA Los Angeles/Orange County, CA Northern California New York City, NY Toronto, Canada Boston, MA
UCSD UCLA Columbia University NYU University of Texas, Austin Harvard University
Help us Build Tomorrow’s Leaders!
Start or a join a Visions Chapter in your home city or university Demonstrate the true meaning of service by becoming a regular Visions Intern Inspire youth and transform your world view by volunteering abroad with Visions Offer your professional services Network on our behalf and spread the message of our work
Support Our Work $50—sponsors 1 child for a 7-day leadership training $100—sponsors 1 year of educational support for 1 child $300—sponsors 3 months of vocational training for 1 student $500—funds capacity-building training & teaching materials for 1 teacher
Get Involved with Visions
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