Unlike larger organizations, Community Friends is designed to operate on a more direct “human scale” to ensure meaningful relationships and minimize unintended consequences.
Our programs are designed as a bottom-up response to our experiences on the ground. Because our co-founders are native to Sri Lanka, sharing language and cultural ties to the people we serve, there is the best possible connection between needs on the ground and the policy of our organization. We invest in people to create profitable income-earning opportunities that teach individuals to believe in their own abilities and become economically empowered and self sufficient. We have an opportunity to change the quality of life for multiple generations.
Since the 2004 tsunami, our programs have been directed at those who need it the most. Our relief efforts have been addressing malnutrition; supporting healthcare; resupplying water, food and sanitation infrastructures; providing school supplies; establishing scholarships for tertiary education; investing in microfinance projects; and planting 10,000 trees with our reforestation project. In its first two years of operation, our school lunch program built a kitchen, served over 50,000 hot meals, and raised school attendance by 25 percent, becoming one of the highest impact relief programs in the tsunami-effected village.
Through our reforestation project, we produce and sell carbon offsets to help support our programs. In April 2011, we developed The Carbon Game that we are now bringing to schools in the USA. The Carbon Game is a fun way for children to learn about carbon emissions, conservation and mitigation.
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