Today is International Youth Day; this year’s theme is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production.”
SRI LANKA, August 12, 2016 – Wajira’s early life was bleak and dark, struck by extreme poverty. The 21-year-old and his family come from a rural village in Dambulla in Sri Lanka where they experienced deprivation and constant hunger.
With an inborn talent in art, Wajira decided to volunteer in a foundation that had been working in his village for some time. The foundation granted him the opportunity to study information and communications technology (ICT). This opened new doors for Wajira and he is currently pursuing a degree in fashion design at the Open University of Sri Lanka. With the training and education he received, Wajira and his colleagues started YES films, a social enterprise, which produces short films that aim to bring social issues into the public sphere.
Through his hard work and the foundation’s unconditional support, Wajira was able to break through the vicious cycle of poverty. He is now a well-respected social entrepreneur who continues to serve the nation.
It was the Shilpa Sayura foundation that brought light into his life. The Shilpa Sayura Foundation and its project “Digital Rainbow” was one of the many projects funded by the Youth Solutions regional grant through a partnership between the World Bank and Microsoft.