Job training for young people in Sri Lanka



This project provides high quality training in hospitality and tourism for young women from a highly deprived community. With many fathers in prison and mothers struggling, they have few opportunities to improve their lives. The course includes a two-month placement in good restaurants and hotels; on completion they will be helped to secure a good job. Providing these young women secure employment will provide them a clear route out of poverty and increase opportunities for their whole family.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Young people from this poor community find it very difficult to get good jobs. Many end up unemployed or hustling for casual work on a daily basis. Most jobs are gained through word-of-mouth, but poor families don't know the right people. There are many jobs in leisure and tourism, but people from deprived communities don't get them. A decent job is the most powerful step to escaping poverty, and this project will provide young people the chance to get a good job with a reputable employer.

How will this project solve this problem?

This project will provide training in hospitality and tourism to young women in a highly disadvantaged community. The course provides a well-recognized qualification and includes a 2 month placement in a high quality restaurant or hotel, enabling the young women to practice and improve the skills they have learned. The young people will then be recommended to reputable restaurants and hotels, giving them access to jobs they would not otherwise be considered for.

Potential Long Term Impact

These young people will gain skills and a qualification in hospitality and tourism. The placement will give them crucial work experience which will position them well for employment. Recommendations to future employers will open doors that usually remain firmly shut to young people from deprived communities. Having a steady job with a good employer will provide these young people a stable income and the potential for career progression, which will help to lift their whole family out of poverty.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: £7,486

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled £7,486 .  The original project funding goal was £13,085.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Asha Trust (Sri Lanka)
Asha Trust (Sri Lanka)

London, United Kingdom

Project Leader

Shyla Bynon

London, London United Kingdom

Where is this project located?

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