About Bridging Lanka
Bridging Lanka Bridging Lanka Bridging ethnic, religious and geographic divides through people-inspired action. Vision A unified, peaceful and prosperous Sri Lankan community both in Sri Lanka and abroad. Mission Bridging Lanka links expatriate and ‘in country’ Sri Lankans by harnessing the expertise and resources of one for the benefit of the other - through livelihood support, business development, community advocacy, urban planning and social cohesion initiatives. In Sri Lanka, we also build bridges between the centre, its administration and assets, and peripheral areas of the country. All our programs embed ethnic, religious and social interaction. Objectives To respond to social, economic and environmental issues in the lagging regions of Sri Lanka; To act as a credible knowledge, business and investment link between Sri Lankans abroad and nation-building opportunities in Sri Lanka; To work towards improved relations through constructive engagement between expatriate Sri Lankans and the Government and polity of Sri Lanka; To explore a Sri Lankan approach to diversity management that affirms the notion of a religious and ethnically-cohesive nation; To pursue the relief of poverty, suffering, sickness, disability, helplessness and distress by accessing resources through various ethical means. Principles Open hearted – a global and united diaspora, demonstrating their heart connection to Sri Lanka by working for the peace and prosperity of the country Reconciled – an acknowledgement of the collective pain, dispossession and trauma caused by past conflicts and a commitment to journeying together Cohesive – the right of every Sri Lankan citizen, regardless of ethnicity, culture or religion, to enjoy equal opportunity to contribute to and benefit from the social, cultural and economic life of the nation.
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