Kalmat Foundation is a non-profit organization that was created in 2011 to help children in South Asia. It is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code. Our initial focus is on the children in the island nation of Sri Lanka.
"While we were in Sri Lanka in 2005, we saw many children in rural areas, walking to school on the hot tar roads in 100F/40C degree weather without a pair of shoes. We realized these children and their parents could not afford to buy shoes."
In Sri Lanka, the average price of a pair of school shoes are about Rs.1800 (USD$14.00). After a lot of thought on how to help these children, the plan finally came together and we decided to make it a priority in our life. Therefore, we created this foundation to raise funds to help not only children in Sri Lanka, but across the globe with shoes and school supplies. By creating this foundation, we are able to give a helping hand and fulfill a child's dream of becoming 'somebody' one day.
We seek to improve living conditions of children around the world by providing help to meet their basic needs. We want them to grow up in a healthy environment and have a fair chance to achieve their full potential.
Poverty Indicators in Sri Lanka 2009/20010.
(retrieved on 05.08.2011)
HIES p.8, Table 2.5, 2009-2010 No schooling from HIES data: 4.4% (note this is population aged 5 years and above, because 5 years is the beginning of school age).
(retrieved on 01.19.2013)
24.7% has an education only up to 5th grade.
(retrieved on 01.19.2013)
Information about Sri Lanka was taken from Wikipedia.org.
(retrieved on 06.05.2011)
Sri Lanka is a very poor country and the children are caught up in the poverty cycle and they can not seem to get out of it. The society is such, that if you are born poor you will die poor. The only way out is getting a good education and then moving on to a higher education in order to improve their lives.
These children come from really poor backgrounds and their parents are working hard to keep food on the table or they have been left behind due to economic situations and are under the care of a local Orphanage. These children have been through a lot in life even at such a young age (ages 8 and up). Some of them come to school and study all day with an empty stomach. May be the only meal they will ever get is dinner. Most of the children can not afford shoes. They wear rubber flip flops to school and those seem to have worn out while others can not even afford a pair of flip flops. When you add shoes, books, and school essentials that you need for class; one would think it is better to stay at home and look after the younger children or work in the farm rather than attend school. This is a struggle everyday. Twenty Five percent (25%) of the children drop out of school after grade 5 to work helping their parents with what ever and earning money rather than spending it on school and education. These are the children that will benefit from this grant.
President & Co-Founder: Mrs. Rita Mathew
Global Process Manager - Hilti AG, Schaan, Liechtenstein
Secretary & Director: Ms. Ruth Mathew
Community Liaison/Volunteer Manager, Urbana 12, Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship - Urbana, IL, USA
Treasurer & Director: Mrs. Chandani Perera
Accountant and Book Keeper - San Francisco, CA, USA
Director: Mr. Binu Abraham
Audit & Collections Manager - City of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, USA
Director: Mrs. Kumari Fonseka Abraham
Project Management Professional - Tulsa, OK, USA
Director: Ms. Cassie Turnage
Licensed Team Member - State Farm Insurance, Tulsa, OK, USA
Director: Dr. Zsolt Marton
Staff Scientist - Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc., Boston, MA, USA
Director: Mr. Norbert Tiringer
Head of Engineering - Northern Europe Hilti (Great Britain) Ltd. Manchester, UK
Director: Mr. Elmo Perera
Retired Banking Executive - San Francisco, CA, USA
CEO & Co-Founder: Mr. John C. Mathew
Consultant and Coach - John Mathew Consulting Buchs, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland
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