Stichting Sandhi Institute Policy Plan for 2010 – 2015
Our mission: To support healing, reconciliation and peaceful co-existence of different ethnic and religious communities in Sri Lanka (and other Asian countries). Focus is primarily on grassroots leaders and populations who are excluded from access to resources and participation in the political and economic system.
Description of Goal:
The foundation aims to raise funds for the “Sandhi Institute” in Sri Lanka. The Institute is engaged in spreading nonviolent communication in Sri Lanka and other Asian countries.
The foundation will distribute the funds to the Sandhi Institute in Sri Lanka and / or to individuals or organizations which provide training, products or services which support or enable the work of the Sandhi Institute.
The Foundation’s goal is not to earn a commercial profit and the Foundation is totally independent in presenting itself.
About the Sandhi Institute:The Sandhi Institute is a not for profit organization in Colombo, Sri Lanka.The goal of the Institute is to teach Nonviolent Communication (a.k.a .Compassionate Communication) among (for?) all communities in Sri Lanka specifically through training, organizing seminars, facilitating meetings, offering mediation sessions and professional coaching. In the trainings Compassionate Communication mostly goes along with other mindfulness practices and teachings which include systems theory and other holistic approaches to personal, interpersonal and systemic change.
The founder and chair of the institute is Jeyanthy Siva, an experienced NVC trainer.
She does training and coaching and facilitationwork in USA, Europe and Asia.
Together with different trainers and co-workers she organizes and trains people from all the different ethnic and religious communities in Sri Lanka in Nonviolent Communication. All the members of the Institute do their work mostly on a voluntary basis with very little means, because the majority of the participants are grass-root people, who live in challenging situations and who have little money to spend.
As a child Jeyanthy has witnessed the beginning of civil war in her country. When she was 12, her family fled to the USA, where she studied Psychology/Philosophy/Sociology and other social science subjects as well as Nonviolent Communication. In the late 1990s, she co-founded the Diversity project with BayNVC and was part of the emerging thriving community of NVC trainers and practioners in San Francisoco bay area.
In 2002 she went back to her motherland in order to contribute to healing, reconciliation and peaceful coexistence of all the different communities which have been embroiled in decades long war in Sri Lanka. Step by step she gained interest and trust from people who wanted to learn “Compassionate Communication”. She started with people in her community and expanded her network to the other ethnic communities through patience and dedication of many years. Along with trainings, she gave empathy-sessions and coaching to leaders, from health care professionals (doctors, psychiatrists & therapists), teachers, university students, lecturers, staff of organizations, multi-religious clergy, journalists & others. Although the main focus of the work is in Sri Lanka, periodically, the Sandhi Institute is invited to similar trainings in other Asian countries (e.g., East Timor, Singapore, India).
The Foundation for Sandhi Institute is set up in 2009 to enable people to donate money so they can support the work of Jeyanthy and her team in Sri Lanka and other Asian countries.
How do we raise money for the Sandhi Institute?
- We organize e-mail campagnes to inform potential supporters about
projects of the Sandhi Institute and to solicit support,
- We meet individuals (donors, potential donors, in field of training and organizational consulting as well as people in the NVC community) to build a network of supporters.
- We make PR materials (flyers, articles etc.) to present at events and conferences.
- We attend related conferences/meetings and give presentations about the work of the Sandhi Institute.
- We have set up a bank account to gather the raised money and when the Sandhi Institute requires it, we send money to them or to people who work for them.
- In doing so we want to live principles of inclusive decision making and use NVC as well as a sociocratic way of decision making.