Training Center


The building A Future Foundation is currently developing a new training center in the Northern part of Sri Lanka (Poonakari). This project is supported by the King Baudouin Foundation of Belgium.

The Northern part of Sri Lanka is a region that was severely affected by the civil war from 1983 to 2009. The aim of this new project is to train 10 youths year 1, 10 youths year 2 and at term 30 Tamil youths per year and to provide them a sustainable employment with the development of  the yachting industry in this remote and untapped region. The idea is to reproduce in the North the same successful model that the Building A Future Foundation has materialised on the Southern coast of the island with the creation of hundreds of employment for local youth in the yachting industry. Today Building A Future.BE is looking for donations to build the training center and to equip the workshops in Poonakari.

The donations will finance:

The construction of a new building 
This includes a classroom, 2 workshops, a canteen, a toilet and a shower
66 754 EUR
The machines, the tools and the equipment’s to equip the workshops:
Mechanical workshop
Electrical & electronic workshop
Fiber glass boat building workshop
Tables, chairs, black board, etc for the classroom and the canteen
10 820 EUR
1 714 EUR
4739 EUR
1661 EUR
Security equipment’s:
Security shoes for 10 youths
10 T shirts
10 bicycles 
408 EUR
141 EUR
31 EUR
576 EUR
Total 86 844 EUR


Your Donations are welcome!

For tax deductible donations (in Belgium) please use the following account at the King Baudouin Foundation: BE10 0000 0000 0404 – BIC: BPOTBEB1 with the obligatory mention 128/3054/00080
Any donation from 40 EUR to the King Baudouin Foundation benefit a 45% tax reduction on the effective amount transferred (art.145/33 CIR).

For donations coming from outside Belgium, please use the following bank account at BNP Paribas Fortis in Belgium: 001-4861672-11, IBAN BE30001486167211, BIC GEBABEBB.


BAFF’s initial training center, located in Kabalana on the Southern coast of Sri Lanka, proposes theoretical and “on the job” training to underprivileged youth in areas which have a potential of economic development in the country. Up to today, more than four hundred young people benefitted from the multi-skills and boat building training programs.

DSCF1273The training covers several fields such as:

  • Boat building (fishing and leisure).
  • Sail and mast making.
  • Mechanical and electrical engineering.
  • Polyurethane and molder rubber products manufacturing.
  • Civil works: masonry, plumbing, carpentry, air conditioning and refrigerator repairs.

All training programs include written and spoken English, marketing, small businesses management, basic bookkeeping, IT, internet, e-mail and administrative software.

 The candidates usually have their O level and are aged between 18 and 22 years old.

The full training lasts one year and is divided in two periods of 6 months: Theoretical & practical classes and on the job training. A large majority, 95%, of the trainees succeed the examination and complete the training.

Most of the trainees get a job in one of the 7 SME’s created at the initiative of the Building A Future Foundation and some of them found an employment in other industries in the island.

IMG_8433Partnership with NAITA

BAFF established a cooperation with a public body locally recognized: The National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) acting under the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission of Sri Lanka.

BAFF and NAITA jointly promote employment opportunities for apprentices who succeeded NAITA and BAFF’s vocational training programs. Following the examination, the trainee gets a valid trade certificate from NAITA.


Benefits for the students

IMG_8429The training is free. The student receives a monthly allowances, breakfast and money to buy a lunch packet every day. BAF Foundation also provides all the uniforms, safety equipment’s and raw materials for construction. The trainees also have access to showers, a canteen and a library.