We, a group of students who were classmates at Jaffna Hindu College during the period 1971 to 1977 got together for a friendly discussion through an online meeting on 18th April 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic lock-down time. The  main outcome of this meeting was a healthy conclusion that we have to pool our vast experience and expertise amassed during this pandemic ‘leisure’ to contribute in a meaningful manner to the betterment of our community back home and in general to vulnerable communities globally. Thus originated the ORAAYAM FOUNDATION.

The members of this Foundation are all past students of Jaffna Hindu College now  living in the following eight countries : USA, Canada, UK,  United Arab Emirates, India, South-Africa, Australia and Sri Lanka. The  ORAAYAM FOUNDATION has been registered in Canada as a non-profit Organization.

The Foundation is to focus on Development Programmes on Education (especially on-line education), Agriculture & Environment (like home garden and green environment), Cottage industries, Water resource and conservation, Healthy Living – awareness of medical and health issues including  elder care), Waste Management & Sustainability and Youth Empowerment and Employment (education for the youth with respect to their  voluntary contribution to society while also educating them on benevolent life including  care of parents).

In order to organize and implement the above goals, the following sub-committees have been formed :

1. Education
2. Agriculture & Environment
3. Water Resources
4. Healthy Living
5. Waste Management & Sustainability
6. Youth Empowerment & Employment

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