Om Shanti Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation. We focus on helping people in the poor rural villages of northern Sri Lanka which are still rebuilding after the civil war.
Om Shanti Foundation was founded by Shanti Sivaraj, a Perth-based businessman born in Sri Lanka.
The foundation name combines two Sanskrit words: “om”, the mystic symbol and sacred mantra of Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism, and Shanti’s own name, which means peace.
Our fundraising activities include our Kids for Kids sister school program, fundraising events and direct donations.
Located in the Indian Ocean south-east of the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka is an island nation of lush beauty and rich culture. But it still bears the scars of the brutal civil war that raged between 1983 and 2009.
Ethnic tensions between Sinhalese and Tamil citizens ignited the conflict. Some of the heaviest fighting between government forces and the Tamil Tigers took place in the northern province of Jaffna.
Around 100,000 people lost their lives. Other people were forced off their land or lost their houses, schools and livelihoods. Even basic services such as water wells were destroyed.
The 2004 tsunami compounded the trauma and tragedy in already underdeveloped and war-torn communities.
Today there are few men but almost 90,000 war widows in the rural villages of Sri Lanka’s north. Rebuilding is underway but many people are still struggling to establish life’s bare necessities such as water wells, sanitation and schools.
This is where Om Shanti Foundation is striving to change lives.