Our small but mighty force

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Hazel Rajiah - Tetteh

Country Manager

"Emerge is a light in the dark"

 

Hazel is an international trainer and experienced coach who specialises in communications, people management and personal development. Prior to joining Emerge Lanka Foundation as its Country Manager, she worked with MDF for 6 years and delivered Leadership and People Management courses for MDF clients throughout the region, including Afghanistan.  Hazel was part of the Results-based Programme Management training team, with a focused involvement in the design and delivery of the Leadership and People Management courses for the MDF Centre for Authentic Leadership. Hazel has a passion for working with community based organisations for development and advocacy, with special interest in collecting stories and conducting storytelling sessions for change and awareness. She also uses drama as a tool for healing, awareness, and advocacy. In 2015, she received Training of Trainers training in Adult-Learning methodologies in the Netherlands. She is also a trainer in personal development, presentation and public speaking skills and customer service and a consultant in Organisational Development.

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Uadaya JK Sivakumar

“Emerge is Empowering, Motivating,  Encouraging, Resettling, Guiding, and Elevating teenage survivors of sexual abuse.”

Uadaya Sivakumar has worked in the development field for ten years and believes deeply in equity and equality. Before joining Emerge Lanka Foundation as its Financial Officer (her first role with Emerge), she has attended many trainings on women’s rights, gender-based violence, Muslim women’s Issues, women’s political participation, and engaging men to prevent violence against women.  These workshops fueled her commitment to the issues which affect women and children of Sri Lanka. Her fluency in all three languages is an asset to Emerge.

Chief Operations Officer

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Kaavya Pathirana

Communications Lead

“Emerge is the big sister who guides and loves; where we celebrate the worth of each survivor, and empower them to be their own silver lining.”

 

Kaavya has always been inspired to join the field of Relief Working as an activist focused on telling impactful stories. She worked as the Communications Officer with Emerge back in 2015 for two years and fell in love with fighting for the cause. She later joined Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka and was able to travel around the island while writing about the transformational impact of poverty housing, and was able to expand on her Resource Development skill set in that capacity.  The work of Emerge remained close to Kaavya's heart and purpose, and she returned back to Emerge in 2020 to continue to fight for the cause. She sees the Emerge participants as some of the strongest young women in society - and is a huge advocate for their untapped potential to re-claim their life and power. Kaavya is determined to refine the program curriculum so that the girls will not only have the practical knowledge they require to live a healthy, wholesome life outside of the shelter, but also be equipped with emotional intelligence to reclaim their lives.

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Ashani Hans Ehaliyagoda

Reintegration Lead / Trainer

"Emerge creates the determination and strength to overcome boundaries and empower the lives of countless young survivors."

Ashani is a Psychology major, following her degree at the ICBT Campus, who has always wanted to be an activist of a cause led movement. Ashani has been a part of Emerge for the past 3 years. She deeply believes in the cause of Emerge, and is highly supportive of making a difference in the lives of all survivors. While working as a trainer of Life Skills and English, she also works in programming and report writing. Her passion for teaching and writing are both heightened with the work she does at Emerge. As she has seen the many atrocities of life that survivors face every day, she wants to provide the closure, knowledge and skills these young women require when they enter the outside world; as any young individual has the right to learn. Being an older sister to these young women, Ashani’s passion has broadened and has brought her closer to the cause. Joining Emerge has been one of the most empowering and best decisions that she has ever made. Not only does she teach, but she also learns a lot from the girls. She is happy to be a part of this family, and is excited for the future of Emerge.

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Amanda Piyaratne

Psychologist

"Every single individual has a beautiful story, and it deserves to be heard”


Amanda is a Psychologist with an undergraduate in Psychology from Coventry University and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colombo.  As a Psychologist and mental health advocate, she works with adolescents and adults by taking a holistic approach to Mental Health. Her main goal is to support, listen and hold a space for individuals; giving them a safe, validating space to  reflect, recognize strengths and build resilience. Amanda joined Emerge in 2020 and has been passionate about working with survivors of trauma. Through trauma focused interventions, she continues to help participants voice their needs, feel safe, empower them to manage their emotions and develop healthy coping strategies for them to come back into the society and speak their story even louder.

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Shehani Perera

Fundraising Officer

Shehani joined Emerge in April 2022 to support Emerge in fundraising. As a person that has been involved in community service through employment in her own start up, JustGoodness, a platform to support local SMEs working in the space of rural empowerment and sustainability, for over 5 years, Shehani sees the work that Emerge does as fundamental for the development of a healthy and happy society. She's passionate about the role she plays in supporting Emerge to sustain their operations and build a better world. 

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Sujeewa Dilrukshi

Admin Support

Sujeewa has been with Emerge for years and has been a key source of support to the entire team. A power-woman even in her personal life, she gracefully ensures that each member of the Emerge team has all the support they need. She takes pride and joy in being a part of an organization that gives a voice for children in our society who are overlooked. Sujeewa always adds her insights during team discussions and is always a reliable voice during challenges. Sujeewa’s positive and motivated attitude gives the team its flare.

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Theja Jayasinghe

Programme Officer

"Emerge is hope”

Sujeewa has been with Emerge for years and has been a key source of support to the entire team. A power-woman even in her personal life, she gracefully ensures that each member of the Emerge team has all the support they need. She takes pride and joy in being a part of an organization that gives a voice for children in our society who are overlooked. Sujeewa always adds her insights during team discussions and is always a reliable voice during challenges. Sujeewa’s positive and motivated attitude gives the team its flare.