Our Vision & Mission
“Giving the most vulnerable children from the North a chance to prosper through educational sponsorship and livelihood support”
“Providing resources necessary to education and livelihood on a sustainable basis to vulnerable children”
Mayilvaganam Velummayilum (19.12.1923- 31.8.1989)
Mr Velummayilum was a lawyer and former chairman of Point Pedro Urban Council.
What We Do
The foundation is set up to honour Mr Velummayilum and is driven by his family who live abroad. The founder and CEO is his son Daya Thayan.
Velummayilum Foundation aims to empower disadvantaged children from vulnerable families by providing financial assistance to support their education and improve their living standards.
These children, who will play a key role in a brighter future for Sri Lanka, deserve an opportunity to put their tragic past behind them and embrace the future with hope and stability.
Educational sponsorship will ensure a child’s schooling is sustained and take away the worry of not being able to complete their studies.
The foundation aims to remove any barriers to educational attainment that can arise from social status, ethnicity, religion etc. It will thereby put children on a better footing at the start of their life.
As well as sponsoring schooling, the foundation can also provide financial help and support to a child’s family to raise living standards.
Why We do it
The ambition of Daya Thayan and Velummayilum Foundation is to successfully build bridges between disadvantaged communities and people who are in a position to make a difference in their lives.
The foundation works in communities which have the most need and focuses on the worst affected members of those communities – the children.
The goal of the foundation is to provide not just financial support but a comprehensive strategy to break down ethnic and economic divisions. In so doing, the lives of sponsors and the respective beneficiaries are both greatly enriched.
Donors have the assurance of knowing exactly how they are helping while the child gains comfort from the realisation they are not isolated from the rest of the world. This gives them a more balanced and optimistic perspective on society and their place in it.
Velummayilum Foundation aims to heal the scars of decades of civil war in Sri Lanka through love and support. We believe quality education is essential for the next generation of children to reach their potential, and to eradicate the possibility of a recurring pattern of communal violence caused by illiteracy and deprivation.
Where We Are
Initially starting from Point Pedro division the foundation aims to extend its work to all divisions of Northern Province.
Scholarship scheme for Grade 5, GCE O/L and GCE A/L Students
Velummayilum Foundation will encourage students to successfully complete the government exams of Grade 5, GCE O/L and GCE A/L through a system of prizes and rewards, including educational tours in Jaffna, Northern Province etc.
Grade 5 students
The students who have passed the exam will receive a prize from the foundation. Those with the highest marks will win the chance of an educational trip.
GCE O/L Students
Students who have passed the exam and selected for further study of GCE A/L will be supported by us – dependent on the means of their family – with stationery, shoes, bicycles etc.
GCE A/L Students
The students who have passed the exam and selected for university will be supported by us with further study expenses dependent on family means.
Stationery items and extra tuition support for students facing the greatest economic challenges
We are happy to assist such students who are studying for the above government exams in schools from areas covered by the foundation. Initially we can arrange to pay for tuition fees and stationery supply.
In the future, Velummayilum Foundation will organise additional classes for children facing the greatest economic challenges to help them achieve exam success.
Computer classes for economically challenged students
We will be giving basic computer education to all who are interested and living in areas covered by the foundation.
Special classes in English, Science and Mathematics
Special classes will be organised by our foundation to provide extra support to students needing it. The aim is to bring economically challenged students up to the levels of GCE O/L and GCE A/L examinations.
Technical courses – Skill development
We have a strategy in place to encourage youngsters to follow government approved technical courses and support them with course fees. This will provide them with the skills to find a secure job to improve their life chances. Examples: house wiring, plumbing, tailoring, aluminum fitting, carpentry, printing etc.
Health Care Services
Health services will be organised by our foundation twice a year to benefit communities who do not have regular access to doctors due to insufficient financial resources, transport issues or a lack of awareness.
There are several families in the region living under great economic hardship. Velummayilum Foundation will aim to provide practical livelihood support and help these families manage their finances independently.
Types of support include the provision of a chicken run with a number of chickens, a goat shed with the animals, a small scale industrial enterprise or a sewing machine for clothes production.
To tackle incidents of child abuse in the county we will organise a child protection awareness programme in schools and the wider community.
Alcohol and Drugs Prevention Programme
Alcohol and drugs are the main reasons for violence in the community. The foundation will run an awareness programme to highlight the dangers of alcohol and drugs and facilitate social programmes, including yoga.