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The Minnesota Sri Lanka Friendship Foundation is an organization dedicated to promoting social, cultural, educational and economic ties between the people of Minnesota and the people of Sri Lanka.


We envision a community that has a basic level of shelter that provides a platform from which they can rebuild their livelihoods. We hope to support these rebuilding efforts for a limited period of time in order to ensure that the community has the capacity to orchestrate their own development in a manner that is sustainable. We see a community that can gather at a central location i.e., Community Center to engage as a public in a civic process that addresses issues of shared concern. We envision this community center as also a place where children can begin their early childhood education and adults have the opportunity to improve their vocational skills. We are confident that through this process we will be able to create goodwill and shared understanding between two disparate cultures in two distant parts of the world.

Strategic Intent

 Build a thriving and self-sufficient community that can organically grow - within the geographic scope of the area and develop a covenant with the local authorities in Sri Lanka to establish the process of development, distribution, ownership and transfer of ownership of property.

Our Core Values

Honoring the diversity of our members, partners and the communities we serve
Recognizing and honoring the diversity of employers and volunteers
Adopting a philosophy of embracing diversity of Sri Lanka and Minnesota communities

Being honest
Interacting in an open, respectful and civil manner
Upholding values in actions and decisions
Developing an environment of inclusiveness and mutual respect
Holding each other accountable to uncompromising ethics

Embracing and owning the Mission, Vision, and Values
Accepting and following through on commitments
Accepting roles and responsibilities
Seeking out and meeting challenging objectives
Supporting organizational decisions

Working together toward a shared vision
Seeking out, listening and considering differing points of view
Respecting and valuing differences
Recognizing the collaborative contributions of others
Establishing and maintaining effective relationships

Demonstrating financial accountability
Using all of our resources wisely in a transparent manner
Transparent in all transactions within legal parameters of both countries