Trail Sri Lanka: Pressure by the International Community may have made a difference?


Photo courtesy Iromi Perera

Some argue that International pressure will not change Sri Lanka for the better; however, recent evidence reveals the contrary.

D.B.S Jeyaraj in a recent blog post argued that international pressure could not encourage progressive change in Sri Lanka. As he stated, “I don’t want to speculate about the possible turns and twists in International relations concerning Sri Lanka because I know there will be no real big change whatever the current excitement”.

However, the recent Trail Sri Lanka fundraising initiative, which has slowly gained momentum on the Island, over the last few weeks, seems to disprove Jeyaraj’s pessimism. Trail was initiated by an international non-governmental organization Colors of Courage Trust, which is based in the United States. The international effort has successfully gained a strong Sri Lankan corporate backing.  It has MAS Holding, one of Sri Lanka’s largest garment manufacturing companies, as a prominent sponsor.

I joined one of the smaller zones in Colombo, which ran from Panedura to Galle Face Beach. I was amazed to find several hundred individuals walking, donning Trail memorabilia in the shape of hats and t-shirts, while collecting donations from neighboring stores. Participants were predominantly from Sri Lanka’s corporate sector. I found myself amongst many employees of MAS Holding.

The initiative has arisen in the midst of the recent international campaign to “Boycott Sri Lankan Garments”. The boycott attested that Sri Lanka manufactured “blood garments”. It argued the revenue from international export was utilized to pay for harmful atrocities in the North-East by the Sri Lankan government. The boycott explicitly advocated against the purchase of Victoria Secret garments, which is largely manufactured by MAS Holding. Leaving one to wonder; whether MAS Holding’s sponsorship of Trail is to disprove the boycott. Regardless, one thing is clear; international organizations have the potential to encourage progressive post-war development on the Island. Colors of Courage Trust have proven this much. The international initiative has thrust Sri Lanka’s corporate actors into a world of volunteerism, which is not common in Sri Lanka.

However, criticism isn’t non-existent. Some see it as a publicity stunt, making re-development efforts fashionable; whereas others do not see Trail’s efforts as truly meeting the long-term needs of the communities in the North. Can there really be progressive development, without accountability for the atrocities of the past?

Yet, as I took in the Trail t-shirts, the truck filled to the brim with Trail donation boxes, the smiles, and enthusiasm; I thought, at least volunteerism for a good cause has become more attractive on the Island. Also, it’s being sponsored by some of Sri Lanka’s biggest corporations; including corporations that have been targeted by a discontent and concerned international community.

MAS Holdings physical and fiscal support can be viewed as assurance that powerful forces in Sri Lanka consciously, or unconsciously, are reacting to the pleas of a concerned International community.

  • http://www.pattapalboru.blogspot.com Patta

    In my view these are two different issues with very little congruence. As far as Trail is concerned, it is a fantastic effort to bring the country together by joining by way of a walk and fundraiser for a necessary and worthy cause. Sadly the cancer hospital is one the government should have funded without wasting money on commissions and cuts to those in power, but then we are not in a position to scrutinize the government actions, when we have a chance of making a positive contribution to the well being of all Sri Lankan citizens in the extension of cancer managing and curing facilities in Jaffna.

    With regard to the separate issue of whether the government can by international pressure be influenced to change for the better, I believe in the end it can if the pressure is put very strategically and with much cohesiveness of all those interested in a democratic and accountable Sri Lanka to take its rightful place as a senior member of the international community and not a failed state and one with no values as it the path currently adopted by the government.

    The method by which international pressure is brought about requires a long essay in itself and maybe I will write a blog entry just on my opinion on how this can be done constructively so that results can be achieved.

    • http://www.groundviews.org Groundviews

      Please link your article as a response to this post if / when you do pen something. Thanks.

  • eureka

    ”Some argue that International pressure will not change Sri Lanka for the better.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/09/world/asia/09srilanka.html
    Sri Lanka Ends Presidential Term Limits, 8 September 2010:
    Dayan Jayatilleka, a diplomat and political analyst said: “It is a constitutionalization of the wartime presidency.”

  • sr

    International pressure is a total of geopolitics of many countries and when Sri Lanka is in a geographically strategic location and for a long time to come there will be i. veto at UNSC whenever anyone tries to bring up Sri Lanka there and ii. will pit North against South and East against West.

    Natale, please go and see the women in the Northeast.

  • sr

    http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/2557

    ”…. Presidential offspring &MP Namal Rajapaksa is focusing on Kilinochchi where his father will lay foundation stone for Rs 325m sports stadium ….”

    In the present condition of Kilinochchi and its surrounding districts the priority for a sports stadium is very low. Anyone interested in the people would not do this. But anyone interested in their personal political life would not do anything else.

    There must be a trail to the Northeast by conscientious Sinhalese to oppose this.

    • http://www.pattapalboru.blogspot.com Patta

      That is the irony! This trail opening was attended by the very same offspring Namal, so it has the govt. rubber stamping its approval as it saves them having to fund it!

      If it is a trail to oppose the stadium, you can be sure the opposition to it will be stage managed by the goon squad with state backing, and people will be frightened to take this step. Anyway look at the mess the Sooriyawewa Stadium is in now, barely months after the world cup. The grounds have not been taken care of and the stadium is in a terrible state of disrepair, this in Namal’s backyard. A few pics of this in the press will get his back up no end, and even this the press is frightened to do. SO what chance has opposition to the Kili Stadium?

      Into whose pocket did the overspend of Rs 4Billion, on Sooriyawewa go to?

      • vino

        what will become of the numerous stadia if Commonwealth Games are held here spending how many m/billions ????????

    • Thevaram

      Sr you are correct that Sri Lanka is not ready to offer justice and fairness for Tamil minority . Their needs are ignored and equality is not given to them.

      Why does Sri Lanka Government want to build an expensive stadium in the Tamil Homeland where most Tamils live in the flimsy tents and are desperately destitute only dry food rations from UN are saving them from starvation ?

      Therefore, The Pressure from the International Community will make a huge difference. For nearly 63 years, the successive Sri Lankan governments have trapped this country in a vicious cycle of abuse and impunity.

      The Anti – Tamil Hate, Riots, Pogroms become ingrain in the Sinhalese Minds.

      My Sinhalese friends will praise me as a hero as long as i do not write/speak about the legitimate grievances of the Tamils, but if i do, i’will become a traitor, tiger, terrorist, LTTE-proxy, TTD etc, etc.

      This is the impression I get when I read some comments here. The same response I also get if I raise this issue within professional circles.

      The majority of the Sinhalese are good people but the moment one speaks about Tamil grievances you can see metallic shine full of hatefulness in the majority of the Sinhalese eyes and conversation is over !! :(

      This is some kind of collective lunacy !!

      That’s why I feel Tamils have only one option: mobilise international opinion and resolve against the war crimes, genocide and ethnic cleansing – nothing else will ever work in Racist Sri Lanka

      • sinhala_voice

        EXACTLY WHAT ARE TAMIL ONLY GRIEVANCES IN SRI LANKA ?

        1. Is it that Tamils have an exclusive say in Running Northern + Eastern Province in Sri Lanka ?

        2. Is it that they want that plus special priviledges in every other part of Sri Lanka ?

        3. Do you consider the Tamils in the Central and other non-Northern + Eastern Province Tamils NON-SRI LANKAN Tamils ?

        If you want point 1 isn’t it bit like an Aparheid regime where a group/ethnic group in minority runs a state only for themselves.

        THE TAMIL GRIEVANCE = TAMILS FOR TAMILS AM I CORRECT OR NOT ?
        LTTE WAS THE MILITARY MANIFESTATION OF THIS PHENOMENA.

    • mary

      Deasr sr

      We hear there are already thosands of Tamil youths in custody without charges(for up to 10,15 years). Do you want the Sinhalese to join those in custody?

  • luxmy

    “blood garments” is the tip of the humiliation wreaked on generations:

    http://www.llrc.lk/images/stories/docs/Kumar_Rupasinghe.pdf
    Kumar Rupasinghe, Chairman, Foundation for Co-existance, 20 October 2010: ‘’key findings of the report is abundant with instances of humiliation ….”

  • vino

    ”donation boxes” to make up for:

    http://www.thestar.com/news/world/dalailama/article/880196–amid-sri-lanka-s-boom-life-for-tamils-remains-bleak

    Amid Sri Lanka’s boom, life for Tamils remains bleak, Rick Westhead, 23 October 2010:

    ”.… In 2008, the governor nixed a new law that would have introduced motor vehicle licensing fees, a venture that could have raised as much as 1 billion rupees ($100 million) a year for the province. More recently, the governor killed an effort to pass a bill that would have allowed the provincial government to formally collect contributions from the Sri Lankan diaspora. ….”

  • vino

    Donation boxes will be followed by signature campaign forcing those in the North to put their signatures where these box-collectors want them to sign ?????

  • vino

    ”collecting donations from neighboring stores” ??

    Aid agents have been severely retricted from accessingthe detaineesin the camps and the returnees to their villages and the government has been asking the foreign government for money to help the IDPs !!

  • Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam

    Natale,
    I would recommend to the “Trail Sri Lanka” not to go on the well trodden A9 route. From Vavuniya the “Trail” should go to Madhu, Thunukkai, Mallavi, Mankulam, Oddusuddan, Mullaitivu, Puthukudierruppu, Visuvamadhu, Vaddakkadchi, over the Irranamdhu Tank Bund to A9, to Kilinochchi, Elephant Pass to Maruthankerny, to Nagar Kovil, Point Pedro, Thellipalai, Keerimalai, Illavalai, Sandilipai,to Jaffna Hospital. I am sure the Sentry Posts, Brigade Command and Divisions on the trail and inside will provide needed nourishment and Rest Stops to the “Trail.” I am not suggesting this path for you to drum up votes for the coming elections and the Northern Provincial election that may come, but such a less traveled path would benefit the Southern participants of the “Trail”. While on this main path, it will be educational to take the side lanes and chat with the people and tell them about the mission of the “Trail.” You may not collect any money from the inhabitants of these areas. But you will collect memories enough for a life time. I will recommend that the “Trail” take a PTSD specialist with you who can attend to emergencies some of the Trail participants may encounter during or at the end of their historic journey.

    • roger

      Ethir

      Thank you for the gem of a comment.

    • Lakshan

      Ethir

      Well Put.

      When the government relies on strong men like EPDP leader to coerce the allegiance of the Northern voter there can’t be a room for genuine reconciliation.
      I’m afraid the history might repeat itself if the present trend continues. After so much blood spilled on both sides , at least the people who run the government should understand that Tamil people should be given their legitimate rights without trying out Big Brother tactics. Though I sincerely hope it should not happen, the local council election would soon become something like JRJ’s notorious Development Council election .

    • Ravana

      Heh Heh Heh,
      Your sarcasm would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic as well. Don’t forget that most of the Sri Lankans overseas (Tamil or Sinhala) are also victims of past Governments and are traumatised. I think it is necessary for this community to reconcile with each other and recognise each others’ common grievances against the common enemy, GoSL.

    • http://thecarthaginiansolution.wordpress.com/ Mango

      Nagalingam,

      That’s an excellent route change. The pro-LTTE diaspora funders should also be made walk your route and see the devastation they encouraged, whilst not actually taking any risks themselves. Currently they’re too busy wining and dining their tame UK MPs and organising war crimes trials.

      http://thecarthaginiansolution.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/when-pig-fly-britain-preaching-human-rights-to-sri-lanka/

    • SK

      Dear Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam,

      I took part in the last three days of the Trail, because I felt it was for a good cause and wanted to do my bit. After the walk I took the route you suggested and saw the destruction with my own eyes.

      That was the battleground, and I didn’t expect it to look like a mess created by a big kiddies birthday party. LTTE was a terrorist outfit and they had to be wiped out. Period. JVP militancy was also a thing that had to be wiped out and it was. On both occasions there was loss of lives, but there was an end.

      Looking at the abandoned vehicles civilian population would have been very high, but were they there on their own free will. If yes, what do you expect when you are amongst the combatants? If not who kept them there?

  • http://religurd.wordpress.com PravNJ

    A post about a CSR initiative? really groundviews? really? when did you guys start becoming the mouthpiece of the corporations? tsk tsk #fail

  • Janaki

    No, No, No Madam Justice is dead in Sri Lanka.

    Only International effort will secure justice for all in Sri Lanka.

    Rajapaksa Regime offers only lies, gimmicks and broken promises not justice.

    This Dictatorship brings only poverty, discrimination, despair and fear to Sri Lankans.

    The Sinhalese brutality to their own is shocking!!

    Have you seen the human beings put in sacks and thrown in to rivers or half-burned bodies, garlanded with burning tires at roadsides?

    These all happened in 1988-89, not to Tamils but to Sinhala youths and in their thousands.

    And in Manemperi, the Matara beauty queen was shot and buried alive for not agreeing for sex of the Sri Lanka Army officer.

    Do you remember the mile high pile of dead bodies of the Tamil civilians in the North and witnessed all that horror, the survivors were dragged to the concentration camps for more torture, rape, murder.

    Does anyone get punished for these so far?

  • renu

    ”…The international effort has successfully gained a strong Sri Lankan corporate backing. It has MAS Holding, one of Sri Lanka’s largest garment manufacturing companies, as a prominent sponsor…”

    Dear MAS Holding,

    Please put together the following:

    1.Corporate Social Responsibility

    2.The UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework for Business and Human Rights – http://www.reports-and-materials.org/Ruggie-protect-respect-remedy-framework.pdf

    3.In the forward to the book, CEYLON : A DIVIDED NATION(1963), Viscount Soulbury (Commission headed by him was in charge of handing over independence) expressed his regret: ‘’In the light of later happenings I now think it is a pity that the Commission did not also recommend the entrenchment in the constitution of guarantees of fundamental rights, on the lines enacted in the constitutions of India, Pakistan, Malaya , Nigeria and elsewhere.Perhaps in any subsequent amendment of Ceylon’s constitution those in authority might take note of the proclamation made by the delegates at the Arfrican conference which met in Lagos two years ago: ‘Fundamental HUMAN RIGHTS, esp. the right to individual liberty, should be written and entrenched in the constitutions of all countries’.

    No improvement in human rights of the ethnic minorities for decades:

    i.Submission by Friday Forum to LLRC, 1 October 2010:
    ”Meaningful constitutional reform should necessarily put in place a strong legal régime of HUMAN RIGHTS protection. The evolution of human rights violations before and during the war, points to the need to recognize that healing, reconciliation and looking for a better future require a holistic view of human rights.”
    ii.Submission by Harim Peiris to LLRC, 7 October 2010: ”Strengthen individual HUMAN RIGHTS and fundamental and democratic political freedoms, by acceding to Sri Lanka’s international and treaty obligations and in keeping with Supreme Court Judgments in this regard.’’
    iii.Submission by Justice C. G. Weeramantry to LLRC, 29 November 2010: ”There are certain essential prerequisites: ‘’ A total commitment to i. democracy in all its aspects and ii. the Rule of Law and to HUMAN RIGHTS.” His submission also states how he tried with previous Heads of governments to have appropriate constitution for equality for all citizens.

  • luxmy

    Will all this be inluded in your trail, Natale?
    Quite a long overhaul:

    http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/2157
    Issues and problems facing people of Northern and Eastern provinces – by M.A. Sumanthiran MP, 10 July

  • Sivaraja

    Lame Judicial Courts are spineless supporters of the criminal Rajapaksa regime.

    The thousand of relatives of the” Disappeared” in Sri Lanka Government custody still don’t have response on the whereabouts of their loved ones. No one knows how many people were killed in the war because Sinhala Authorities are keeping quiet about it. The death certificates are not given to the war widows in an attempt to hide the casualty’s numbers.

    Everything about this government is manipulation, lies and the agreements torn apart.

    Rajapaksa promised political solution for Tamils many times.

    He said ‘I will go beyond the 13 plus’, but nothing has happened so far

    This is another broken promise. Even India is fuming now.

  • Citizen

    i just wonder how wealthy tamil diaspora would contribute with the trail?
    will they donate a single $ for the project?

  • peace

    Dear organisers of all Trails,

    Please trail to stop Prsident Rajapakse laying foundation for a sports stadium(Rs 325m) in Kilinochchi and use it for building urgently needed medical units in hospitals around the country. We need leaders with eyes on the country in long-term progress but not with eyes on the next elections.

    Please trail to have proper plans for development for every province with the participation of proper people.

    Please trail to stop arbitrary ”projects-for-elections” by parliamentarians.

  • peace

    ”it’s being sponsored by some of Sri Lanka’s biggest corporations; including corporations that have been targeted by a discontent and concerned international community”

    will now and then may happen as long as the mindset of the South remains this:

    http://groundviews.org/2009/02/08/rajapaksrized-chauvinism-in-flowery-prose-sri-lankan-diplomat%E2%80%99s-outright-humiliation-of-sri-lankan-tamils/

    Rajapaksrized Chauvinism in Flowery prose: Sri Lankan Diplomat’s outright humiliation of Sri Lankan Tamils, Maitree de Silva, 8 Feb 2009:

    ”M.Govintharaja: Your reply is why Federalism cannot be introduced or accepted. Can you give a reply why Federalism will not work in Sri Lanka.
    Dayan Jayatilleka: It won’t work because it cannot make it to first base; it cannot be introduced. Parliamentarians are sensitive to public opinion, and will not vote in favour, therefore it will not obtain a two-thirds in Parliament. If the courts refer it to the people at a referendum it will be shot down in flames. …..”

    Ethirveerasingam: I like to share conversations I had with Lalith Athulathmudali and Ranil Wickremasinghe 12 years later.
    On Feb 4th 1985,…. Finally I asked him why not his party with more than two-thirds of majority in parliament propose a federal constitution. He said that SLFP will oppose it. I said that as they have only 7 or 8 MPs their vote will not make any difference, especially with the TULF and CWC votes to add to the UNP. He said proposing a federal constitution, “Will be political suicide.” My older brother later said that, a majority of the UNP MPs will not support, let alone the majority Sinhala voters.
    On May 13, 1997, after an hour of discussion I asked him why not the UNP propose a federal consittuion. He said: “We are a political party. Like any other political party, we will not do anything that will not get us into power, nor would we do anything when we are in power to lose power.”

  • mary

    ”Trail memorabilia in the shape of hats and t-shirts” in the case of this charity.

    ”Vehicles and hotel bills” in some other cases despised by the government.

  • mary

    ”…..it’s being sponsored by some of Sri Lanka’s biggest corporations; including corporations that have been targeted by a discontent and concerned international community.”

    Ahhhrgg…

    UN/Commonwealth members have not been mobilised by decades of politico-economic discrimination, series of pogroms, PTA and army of occupation, suppression of dissent …….
    But now ”a discontent and concerned international community” has mobilised the South corporations and the South masses ….. !!

  • mary

    ”international organizations have the potential to encourage progressive post-war development on the Island” is

    the idea behind

    i.Corporate Social Responsibility and
    ii.UN Business and Human Rights initiative.

  • sr

    ”an international non-governmental organization Colors of Courage Trust”

    Greatly enthused I googled for Colors of Courage Trust and got:

    http://www.coloursofcourage.com/

    http://www.coloursofcourage.com/aboutus.html
    Colours of Courage: Board of Trustees
    Dian Gomes
    Hans Wijayasuriya
    R. Theagarajah
    Nathan Sivagananathan
    R. Senathi Rajah
    Mahela Jayawardena
    Ranjan Seevaratnam

    Looks like Sri Lankans gone international ?

  • renu

    ”Can there really be progressive development, without accountability for the atrocities of the past?”

    Can there be progressive development without accountability for the atrocities of the present?

  • renu

    ”Some argue that International pressure will not change Sri Lanka for the better; however, recent evidence reveals the contrary.”

    Let’s recap-

    Trail was initiated by an international non-governmental organization Colors of Courage Trust(googling shows Sri Lankan bank account – http://www.coloursofcourage.com/getinvolved.html and a board of trustees whose names look very Sri Lankan) which is based in the United States.
    The international effort has successfully gained a strong Sri Lankan corporate backing.
    The initiative has arisen in the midst of the recent international campaign to “Boycott Sri Lankan Garments”. The boycott attested that Sri Lanka manufactured “blood garments”. It argued the revenue from international export was utilized to pay for harmful atrocities in the North-East by the Sri Lankan government. The boycott explicitly advocated against the purchase of Victoria Secret garments, which is largely manufactured by MAS Holding. Leaving one to wonder; whether MAS Holding’s sponsorship of Trail is to disprove the boycott. Regardless, one thing is clear; international organizations have the potential to encourage progressive post-war development on the Island. Colors of Courage Trust have proven this much. The international initiative has thrust Sri Lanka’s corporate actors into a world of volunteerism, which is not common in Sri Lanka.

    Mmmmhhhhhh…

    It looks like a section of Sri Lankan expatriates try to thwart the protest(their parents would have been in 1956, 1958, 1961, 1977, 1981, 1983,…. inconveniences in Sri Lanka) of another section of
    ”a discontent and concerned international community”

  • renu

    oops, the end of the previous posting should have been:

    It looks like a section of Sri Lankan expatriates try to thwart the protest of another section of ”a discontent and concerned international community”(- parents would have been in 1956, 1958, 1961, 1977, 1981, 1983,…. inconveniences in Sri Lanka)

  • rita

    I agree with sr:

    International pressure is a total of geopolitics of many countries and when Sri Lanka is in a geographically strategic location and for a long time to come there will be i. veto at UNSC whenever anyone tries to bring up Sri Lanka there and ii. will pit North against South and East against West.

    DBSJeayaraj knows what he says..

    Natale, while you are here try to see if you can get statistics about the physically affected during the last 5/6 years in the Northeast – some religious clergy have been prevented from getting it by the occupation army.

    I have great regard for your parents who have inculcated in you love of their country even after moving to the US.

  • Tony

    ”an international non-governmental organization Colors of Courage Trust” has been focusing on National Institute of Cancer, Maharagama,
    http://www.coloursofcourage.com/ncimaharagama.html.

    Thank you, Colors of Courage Trust.

    • Natale

      Hey, just to quickly respond to some of the interesting inquiries. For example, the whole issue about whether “Colours of Courage” is an American organization. I was going off the information at the bottom of the website. Where it says ” Copyright © 2011 Trail. Colours of Courage America Inc, New York, USA.”. This led me to believe it was an international initiative…

      And, Manga, I think you’re right. I’m more interested in seeing how Sri Lankan’s in the International community or Internationally Aware Sri Lankans can contribute to change on the Island.

      Also, folks, don’t take this article as my affirmation that everything is perfect. Nevertheless, to see several hundred individuals ( who, the critics argue, were a bunch of Sinhala chauvinists) walk through streets collecting money, for an initiative that would help individuals in the North, reveals a sense of concern for a greater community. It may not address every issue, but it’s one small part that needs to happen. People need to understand their sense of obligation to a community beyond imagined ethnic divides. And, even better, if international pressure can help people think in such a way.

      And, AB, cause you asked, The Sri Lankan Embassy has cancelled the tour. Thus, the page was taken down. Also, my observation of Trail has nothing to do with that or Mosaic Institute. Just personal curiosity.

      • LEMEK

        Please explain what you mean by ‘imagined ethnic divides.’

  • Tony

    Disprovable Proof that it’s the Southerners’ heart that can change the governance of this country and thus its fate.

  • AB

    Natale,

    Are you in Sri Lanka as part of the SL Govt sponsored “tour” targeting young people of Sri Lanka origin that you were promoting on Facebook earlier in the year?

    I remember you wrote the following on Facebook in response to someone’s critical response to the government’s propaganda efforts.

    “…I hope you understand that this trip isn’t simply to meet the President. Rather, it’s an effort to confront rising criticisms in the west and Eurocentric media. Thus, the Embassy proposes, rather than see the country through the white man’s eyes see it through your own. Therefore, the state is funding Transportation, accommodation, and opening their doors, as wide as they can open them…”

    before it was quickly taken down ;(

    Is this part of the same propaganda tour? Is this also linked to the Mosaic Institute based in Canada?

    SL Trail is an international effort of sorts but one that the GOSL calculated will deflect pressure off them and the business sector. This is not the pressure Jeyaraj was referring to nor is it pressure at all.

    “Trail began not long ago when CEO of MAS Linea Aqua Sarinda Unamboowe made himself a promise that when the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka came to an end he would walk the length of the country as a mark of his commitment to peace.” (trailsl.com about page)

    No one outside Sinhalese ultra nationalists and the most gullible of youth believe the ethnic conflict is over which tells us something about Sarinda, MAS, and you.

  • manga

    Natale

    DBSJ meant the international community of various states and various intergovernmental bodies.

    You meant the international Sri Lankans.

  • http://fuckgroundviews.com Sam

    THERE IS NO INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY Pressure

    The Colours of Courage Trust is a unique organization founded in 2008 as a means of addressing the needs of the National Cancer Institute, Maharagama. While a number of philanthropic projects have been aimed at the cancer hospital, many of them are not sustained. They are often one-off plans that see the donation of equipment or money to the hospital,

    http://www.coloursofcourage.com/weare.html

    • Natale

      Hey Sam,

      It is a unique organization, with potential American influence. As I have mentioned above, at the bottom of the page it says: “Copyright © 2011 Trail. Colours of Courage America Inc, New York, USA. All Rights Reserved.”

      This website will give you some insight on the connection between Colours of Courage Trust and Colours of Courage America: http://www.seravia.com/corporation/new-york/colours-of-courage-america-inc-1wz7261xxn#about

      ^ From the information here, one gets the sense that Colours of Courage Trust was registered in the States. Though, as you have mentioned, the organization is executed from Sri Lanka. I have made a mistake saying it is based in the United States. I should have said “registered” in the United States.

      Further, if someone donates from the United States of America it goes through Colours of Courage America: Check out the donation website. http://trailsl.com/?page=donate&mode=general

      Visa and Mastercard credit can be utilized for donations. These are American credit companies. Hm, I smell American Loans.

      Thus, the Trail initiative is evidently NOT free of the International communities pressure and influence.