Migrant Worker Project

Though migrant workers are the second highest foreign exchange earners, they do not receive the recognition and support that they ought to get. In fact, the migrant workers are the uncrowned Heroes of Sri Lanka. They do not receive adequate knowledge on Information Technology (IT), though the Foreign Employment Bureau provides some training for these migrant workers as appropriate for their employment abroad. It was recognized by SLANA that if knowledge on Information Technology (IT) is provided to migrant workers, it would help them immensely in their day to day lives abroad, as well as in pursing better careers later. Therefore initiating a process of empowerment of migrant workers through Information Technology (IT), SLANA launched yet another project with Microsoft Corporation with the support and collaboration of the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLBFE). For further strengthening the ICT knowledge enhancement amongst this population the Information and Communication Agency of Sri Lanka. (ICTA) is co-operating via their Nenasals. The project commenced in the year 2007 February.

SLANA operated well facilitated eleven Tele centers in Colombo, Kurunegala, Chilaw, Matara, Tangalle, Kandy, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Dambulla, Ratnapura, and Hali Ela. The main Tele Center which includes two computer training labs & a mini auditorium is located at the SLANA head office in Nawala. Under the national partnership, SLANA conducted free computer training courses weekly for migrant workers & their family members at its Tele Centers. 

This program is specially designed to empower the migrant workers with ICT knowledge and most importantly to introduce economical and effective communicating methods in order to enable them to keep in touch with their families. The purpose behind the whole project is to prevent initiation of hazardous practices like drug abuse due to dysfunctional families and the promotion of parenting via the internet. This partnership was even appreciated at the Microsoft Powerful Partnerships Awards ceremony held on the 13th of September 2011.