This project started in September 2016.
BMF started this project in the Jaffna area with 8-10 beneficiaries. Focusing mainly on individuals that became disabled because of the war and are currently struggling to fit back into society due to their disability. BMF first taught them English as a Foreign Language and then focused on teaching them web development skills. Using their newly learned skills, they will help local businesses to have a presence online for free. They created the website jaffnalife.com Businesses will have the option to pay to have a stronger presence. This will be paid advertising which will then be the income for the individuals. They will ultimately become self-sufficient and financially independent.
This project started in September 2016.
BMF started this project in Madduvil, a small village in the Jaffna peninsula. BMF teaches English to children and young adults twice a week for two hours. Teaching about 50 children from the age of 5 to 21. BMF also organised events in order for the children to express themselves and build confidence. These included singing contests, English and Tamil speeches as well as dancing among other perfomances. The ultimate aim is to teach them programming skills so they can build mobile phone applications as well as web applications. BMF strongly believes that the internet can help these young children in the long term in finding employment as well as giving them the opportunity to be more creative. Both of these projects, will not only relieve poverty but also have a positive impact on the local economy.
Once these initial projects are successful we will look to expand and help more individuals across the world following this model.
If you like what we are doing and want to help, we would be very pleased to accept your donations. As we are a small charity we will take the time to explain to you how your donations will contribute towards our projects.
If you would like to raise money by taking part in an event, you can use our JustGiving page
At BMF we are always looking for bright teachers. If you are looking for a great adventure in a beautiful country then contact us for more details! We will require all teachers to be TEFL certified or similar.
We are very transparent with our projects and views. If you want to know more about the organisation, the type of work we do at BMF and what our future plans are, don't hesitate to contact us below.
The founders of Blue Magpie Foundation are Thomas Kishan Ananthan and Thivya Ananthan. A young married couple that want to help relieve poverty around the world. They moved to Sri Lanka in August 2016 to start these first projects. They have returned to the UK after spending 17 months in Jaffna. They now manage these projects from the UK. These projects were initially fully self-funded by them. They have since received donations from friends and family across the globe. Blue Magpie Foundation is a UK registered charity 1169082. BMF is established for charitable purposes only for the public benefit.
Kishan is an IT professional that has worked for major investment banks in London and Paris since 2007. Computer Science graduate from King's College London. He does the Web development training as well as teaching English. He received an young inspiration award in 2017 from the UK Charity TWDF for BMF's work. See video below for more info
Thivya graduated from City University London with a Psychology degree. She recently worked for a science publishing journal. Prior to that she was part of the site editing team at Groupon. She is very passionate about helping others. She ensures the smooth running of BMF in Sri Lanka and in the UK.
We currently have three trustees and several volunteers. Our organisation is growing rapidly and we are actively searching for new trustees, executives and volunteers that would like to be part of BMF. We are currently looking for UK based volunteers in Social Media Marketing and Fundraising. Please do get in touch for more info.