Tamil Heritage Month Celebration

Unveiling ‘Welcome to Kingston - Twinned with Jaffna’ sign board on the Tamil Heritage Day

Tamil Heritage Month Celebration
£1,285.00 donated
+£283.75 Gift Aid = £1,568.75
32% of £4,000.00 goal
Ended Jan 22, 2022 12:00
but you can still donate!

CCD’s story

The United Kingdom is home to approximately 300,000 Tamils, with a large majority originating from the North & Eastern provinces of Ilankai/Sri Lanka and contributing to the economy and welfare of this country. Tamil is now the second most spoken language in the borough of Kingston upon Thames which is the home for approximately 12,000 Tamils from 4000 families. The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has a rich history of community cohesion. It has a great track record of twinning with other towns to share ideas on the best approach to tackling our shared challenges. The twinning with Jaffna celebrates the large local Tamil community and recognises the important roles they play in the borough. The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has been twinned with Jaffna (Yalpaanam) on 18 October 2016. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Hon. Justice C.V. Vigneswaran, the former Chief Minister of the Northern Province in a historic event at the Council Chamber of Kingston Guildhall.

To commemorate this historic event we are planning to erect a sign board near the Kingston boundary along Burlington Road, New Malden stating “ Welcome to the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames – twinned with Jaffna”. We plan to unveil this sign on the forthcoming Tamil Heritage Month which will be celebrated on 22 January 2022 in New Malden. On behalf of Kingston Borough Council ,the deputy leader Cllr. Tim Cobbett and the BAME champion Cllr. Thay Thayalan are co-ordinating this project with the Tamil community organisations. The Heritage Unit of Centre for Community Development and Tamil Information Centre along with The Kingston Institute of Tamil Culture, Surrey Tamil School and New Malden Tamil School would welcome your support to make this project and celebration a success. We are grateful to you for your donations.

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Centre for Community Development

The Centre for Community Development (CCD) is a registered humanitarian organisation committed to supporting poor and marginalised communities in the Tamil homeland and upcountry in Ilankai (Sri Lanka). It also seeks to empower and support the well-being and dignity of individuals who have fled the country and have settled in the UK to advance their own future. CCD’s initiatives in Illankai include the Disability Project (DP), War Widows Project (WWP), Village Regeneration Programme (VRP) and the Pre-school development and educational programme. CCDs UK based projects include the Healthy Mind Project (HMP) and activity centre, Tamil Women Development Programme (TWDF) and the Elders Empowerment Project (EEP). Both TWDF and EEP also provide targeted support back home through livelihood projects in Killinochchi and Batticaloa respectively. 

Centre for Community Development is a registered charity in England and Wales. Charity number 1109368​.

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