The aim of this project is to establish a brand new training center and a boat yard in the Northern part of Sri Lanka, a region that was severely affected by the civil war from 1983 to 2009. The training center will provide boat building training for underprivileged Tamil youth.
The beneficiaries of this project will be youth particularly the ones that are unable to fulfill higher secondary education, who are otherwise left out as they are unable to complete a tertiary education that provides them a job. This project will provide them an opportunity to apply their skills and talents that could contribute to their livelihood. It is planned to train 100 youths.
Furthermore, this would contribute to the economic development of the country by setting up multi-skill development, boost tourism related economy and develop rural areas.
The idea is to replicate in the North of Sri Lanka the successful model that the BAFF has materialized on the Southern coast with the creation of hundreds of employments for the local youth in the yachting industry.
Due to the Covid situation the project had to face some delays, but BAF Foundation is happy to announce that the construction of the training center has started in May 2021.
The project is recognized by the King Baudouin Foundation of Belgium and financially supported by BAFF Founders, friends of the Foundation and by the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association.