“Helping asylum seekers

and internally displaced is difficult ,

but together we can improve thousands of lives”



Tamil Refugee Assistance Network

Raising the voice of the invisible


Internally Displaced by Conflict, struggling for better future

International Tamil Refugees assistance Network (I-TRAN) is registered in Canada and partnering with local NGO agency called MNR Trust Fund which is registered charity in Sri Lanka. This partner agency acts as an intermediary, and we have agency agreement with these locally registered charity. For more information, visit our web site: www.i-tran.ca

Contact Details


Name of the NGO in Sri Lanka

Muthu Nava Ratna (MNR) Trust Fund


Registration or Charity#:



Contact Number in Canada

(204) 333-9277  or (204) 996-6650

Principle Objective:

To provide assistance to people displaced by the conflict, those returning to their places of origin or relocating to new land and IDPs living in “Welfare centers”

Total number estimated of Internally Displaced People up to 44,000 as of December 2015 in Sri Lanka:

Action Plan

The people who were affected by war, facing challenged of socioeconomic problems, domestic violence, displacement, lost family, abandoned their family and child abuse. To help them to improve their live, we need the resources in place to act on it.

Distribution of war stress in the community

During civil conflicts, arbitrary detention, torture, massacres, extrajudicial killings, disappearances, rape, forced displacements, bombing and shelling became common distribution of war stress in the community

    Direct stress

Death of family/friend/relation

Loss to property

Injury to friend/relation

Experience of bombing/shelling/gunfire

Witness violence


Injury to body



     Indirect Stress

Economic difficulties


Lack of food


Ill health

MNR Trust Fund Current Project 1

Poultry Farm

MNR Trust Fund, currently are taking up this poultry farm project in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka.  This pilot project is to generate a permanent income sources for the people who affected in the war.

Construction Completed on April 20 & 250 chicks placed on June 10, 2016

Poultry Farm Pilot Project Input and Output Model                                           

Two acre land had been leased to construct the poultry farm to accommodate 750 chicks. The construction had been completed on April 20, 2016.  Total of 250 Chicks purchased and placed on Friday, June 19, 2016. MNR need funds for purchase second batch of 500 chicks and maintain the initial cost for next five months starting from month of May.  


This poultry farm project has created jobs for the local construction company, employed a local family to manage the poultry farm and also, provide the house for living for this employee. The income generated through sale of eggs is used to support mentally challenged people who are living in Kilinochchi at Nursing Home Residence’s operational expenses. This picture below shows, Nursing Home Residences with MNR Trust Fund helper celebrating the Tamil New year, April 2016 in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka.

Tamil New Year 2016 celebration with nursing home residences

MNR Trust Fund Future Project 2

 Egg Incubators and Hatchers

Egg Incubator


Specialized infra-red heating lamp

Why MNR TF start a hatchery?

This business is a highly profitable and the return on investment is very quick. The poultry industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world. Chicken meat is the fastest growing protein of all proteins and the demand for poultry meat is ever increasing. No specialized knowledge is needed.

MNR Trust Fund can start with very little money and start generating an income within 3 weeks from starting! MNR can also start off with one or two incubators and buy more incubators as your business needs grow. This concept of starting own small to medium scale hatchery with it's unique product offering.

MNR Trust Fund invests in incubators and hatchers within 12 months of starting. It is safe to work on 80% hatch rate when calculation potential output. There are several factors which can influence this return on investment; however we have seen these types of returns in practice.

The great thing about investing in an Incubator and brooders are that MNR will start making money in as little as 3 weeks after starting. The first batch of chicks will hatch after 21 days. As soon as they hatch MNR can sell them for profit!  This future income generated through sale of chicks can help the concern people to improve their live.

Emergencies: Power Outages

In case of emergency power outage occurs, MNR Trust Fund requires Portable standby generators, can provide an alternative power source until conventional power is restored. This is additional cost for MNR budget for the projects to buy a generator.

MNR Trust Fund future Project 3

The future development

MNR Trust Fund is planning to purchase suitable land or offer cost less free land to do construct the poultry farm to accommodate 1000 or more chicks, goat, diary, agricultural farming, create small cottage industry, housing project, education and school facilities and community facilities to create or develop a village and improve the thousands of lives by using income generated through the eggs, chicks sales and farming.

MNR Trust Fund seeking the Tamil diaspora expertise’s for entrepreneurial skills training for the community. The Learners can put their newly acquired skills to practical use by either seeking employment from someone else or by creating a ‘business group’, which is a group of five to ten participants that agree to start a business together.

This Entrepreneurial skills are defined by an expertise of Education and Culture as “the ability of basic entrepreneurship skills trained through productive learning and income generating skills which could raise literacy levels and income of learners, either individually or collectively as one of the efforts of literacy enhancement as well as poverty alleviation.”

This Entrepreneurial skill is consequently turned into a prototype that could be used for further research, apprenticeships, support, education and training for any institution with an interest in the village. Eventually, the model was replicated in other villages across the province. The simple framework of the model is below:

Food Security

Democratic  Engagement





Local Business

As most participants come from war conflict region and poor or disadvantaged backgrounds, they need:

Life skills education is necessary for income generation and   livelihood development.

Literacy skills also need to be incorporated into the daily activities of participants.

Decision is yours, to help them to improve their live; we need the resources in place to act on it.

Refugees flee by conflict, struggling for better future

Where Are the Refugees?

According to the UNHCR, there are a total of 146,098 Sri Lanka Tamil refugees including asylum seekers in 56 countries, which are indicated on the map below in red and black spots are able to view the countries on this link.  The black spots on the map are Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangkok, and India. 




The problem

Refugee camps cannot offer any prospect of an independent, stable life—when fleeing their country, most refugees avoid them and settle in large urban centers, mainly in developing countries. Contrary to a popular belief, most refugees do not live in camps or in Western countries but in cities of developing countries, where they face major challenges and often precarious living conditions.

Refugee-led organizations exist in most cities of the developing world, working to provide urgently needed services and support for the urban refugee community, including psychosocial support, and courses for out-of-school children.

Our Solution

Our solution is identifying the problem of refugees and internally displaced people. It is inputs on topics such as project management, fundraising, and communication with media, advocate and social networks, create an innovative income generate project, awareness and relationship building with NGOs in locally and internationally. The goal is to work collectively and use with these tools to continued support of the refugees and internally displaced people. This will bring positive outcome to these concern people.

We advocate for refugees

Through consistent advocacy efforts to change policies affecting refugees who are living the countries not party to the 1951Convention relating to neither the Status Refugees nor its 1967 Protocol. Where we advocate for education, health care, legal to work and resettlement and organize meeting in with policy makers, government authority and we coordinate joint advocacy strategies at the regional and UN levels. By changing one key policy, we can change thousands of lives.





According to the UNHCR, there are a over of 146,098 Sri Lanka Tamil refugees including asylum seekers in 56 countries, which are indicated on the map below in red and black spots are able to view the countries on this link.



Meeting NGOs and Human Right Lawyers in Malaysia 2010

Gathering Tamil refugees and listen to their story in Malaysia 2010

Meeting with Malaysian forum and Tamil Refugees in Malaysia 2010

Conversation with UNHCR officer in Ecuador and high court ordered to release them on April 22, 2011. Some refugees are resettled in industrial countries

Tamil Refugees are in Ecuador High Court in 2011

Tamil refugees were detained  at the National Gendarmerie police station in Togo, 2011

We tried and work with the UNHCR, but Togo government not corporate with us. These all refugees were sent back to Sri Lanka 2012  

Tamil refugees sheltering in UAE granted asylum in the USA, Europe and Brazil in 2012

Tamil Refugee conference in Malaysia 2012

After the meeting with UNHCR officers in Malaysia 2012

Public meeting with local Tamils and foreign affairs Department in Switzerland 2012

Meeting UNHCR in Geneva, long term detainees in Australia, June 2014

Meeting UNHCR in Malaysia on Sept 2014

Attending meeting with Asia Pacific Consultation on Refugee Right Network in Bangkok 2014: Discussed the focus “Building a Framework for Regional Protection”

I-TRAN Advocacy team meets in Bangkok 2014

I-TRAN Advocacy team met the UNHCR in Indonesia 2014

I-TRAN met the Tamil refugees in Indonesia 2014

Tamil Refugees in Detention camp in Indonesia 2015

Meeting with UNHCR in Malaysia on Feb 5, 2015

Tamil Refugee conference in Malaysia 2012

Meeting with Prime Minister Office in Malaysia on Feb 6, 2015

Meeting with NGO, OfERR on Feb 11, 2015, Tamil Nadu, India

David Matas lectured at Madras University on Feb 12, 2015,

 Tamil Nadu, India

Meeting group of students at Madras University on Feb 12, 2015, Tamil Nadu, India

I-TRAN Visited Refugee camp Gummindipoondi 2015, Tamil Nadu, India

I-TRAN Visited Refugee camp Gummindipoondi 2015, Tamil Nadu, India

David Matas & Maha Ramakrishnan met the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNHCR and Tamil refugees on October 19, 2015 in Brazil.  (Discussed possible resettlement)

Meeting with Parliamentary caucus in Malaysia, 2016

I-TRAN team met, Chris Alexander former minister of Citizenship & Immigration Canada 2014

I-TRAN engaged with Hon minister of Refugee, Citizenship & Immigration John Mc Callum at CTC dinner in Toronto on Jan 2016

David Matas giving speech at St Mary’s Academy girl’s school in Winnipeg on May 9, 2016: Human Rights & global Refugees struggle

In the long term

Our dream is create an International Tamil council, a federation of all these non-governmental organization (local & International), aid agencies, self-groups, local leadership, Tamil diaspora organizations and individual encouraged to resume traditional and habitual patterns of behavior, re-established social networks and community functioning at the grass root level. To maintain this level, the nursing home required resources from these organizations and individual that gave the concerned people accomplishment and fulfillment in the recovery process.

Irwin Cotler

Irwin Cotler, PC, OC, was the Member of Parliament for Mount Royal from 1999 to 2015. He served as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada from 2003 until the Liberal government of Paul Martin lost power following the 2006 federal election.

Mr. Cotler was a professor of law at McGill University and the director of its Human Rights Program from 1973 until his election as a Member of Parliament in 1999 for the Liberal Party of Canada. He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Yale Law School and is the recipient of ten honorary doctorates. He was appointed in 1992 as an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Mr. Cotler has served on the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and its sub-Committee on Human Rights and International Development, as well as on the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. In 2000, he was appointed special advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the International Criminal Court.  

Martin Mathew "Marty" Dolin

Marty Dolin is an American-born Canadian politician in Manitoba, Canada. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1985 to 1988, representing the north-end Winnipeg riding of Kildonan for the New Democratic Party of Manitoba.

Dolin was educated at the City College of New York, the University of the Americas in Mexico, and Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. In the Canadian federal election of 1972, he ran as a New Democratic Party candidate in Halifax. Dolin was employed as an executive director for family services.

Dolin moved to Manitoba, where his wife Mary Beth Dolin served as a cabinet minister in the government of Howard Pawley in the early 1980s. Following Mary Beth's death in 1985, he successfully ran to succeed her as the MLA for Kildonan, defeating Tory Bev Rayburn by over 1,000 votes. He was re-elected over Rayburn by a greater margin in the provincial election of 1986.

In 1994, he published a work entitled Education in a Multicultural Society.

After leaving politics, Dolin was a member of the Canadian Council for Refugees, the Interfaith Immigration Council and the Social Planning Council for the City of Winnipeg. He retired in June 2011 as head of Welcome Place, Manitoba's largest refugee-settlement agency. In 2012, he was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his public service for refugees


Tom Denton

Tom Denton graduate in Arts from Acadia University and in Law from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Tom is a writer, speaker and consultant on immigration policy.

Tom Denton has been since 2006, the Executive Director of the Administrative and Sponsorship work of Hospitality House Refugee Ministry of Winnipeg that historically has been a prolific private sponsor of refugees. It currently has 5,000 refugees under its active sponsorship. But Tom has been personally involved in the private sponsoring of refugees since the program began in 1979.


David Matas

 Honorary Legal Counsel

Suzie de Lucia  

Research Assistant

Sam M. Ratna

Country Coordinator

David is an international human rights, immigration and refugee lawyer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  He was educated at the University of Manitoba, Princeton University and Oxford University.  After graduation, he was a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Matas has been practicing international human rights, refugee and immigration law for the bulk of his professional career.  He is also an author and advocate, having produced ten books on a wide variety of international human rights subjects.  His work has received recognition through a number of awards.  In 2010, he was inducted into the Order of Canada.  That year he was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Suzie holds a BA Double Honors in Political Studies and Philosophy from the University of Manitoba. Her passion for Human Rights and Social Justice began with her volunteer work at various non-profit organizations in Winnipeg. She has been a student activist and advocate of democratic rights through spearheading the ‘Vote Anyway’ campaign. She is the recipient of the Emerging Leader Award, the United Way Community Service Award, and has been nominated for the Premier’s Volunteer Service Award.  Suzie is looking forward to continuing her passion for Human Rights with International Tamil Refugee Assistance Network NGO.

Sam is graduated as a Civil Engineering from East London University, London, UK. Extensive experience over 25 years in construction management and engineering in construction industry. He is working as Operation Manager for propertyd eveloper Spa Investments Ltd. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada In the last few years he has travelled widely with David Matas, attending several meetings with UNHCR and government authority in Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangkok, India and other countries to address the plight of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees.

Advisory Council


Andrew Vanderhorst

Andrew Vanderhorst is currently completing his honors degree major in political science and minor in history with York University in Toronto, Ontario. Andrew is the recipient of the York International Mobility Award and was a member of the Model United Nations at York University.

Andrew currently resides in Winnipeg, finishing his degree through the University of Manitoba and holds a position with the Manitoba Young Liberals as VP Policy. he has been actively engaged and working to organize awareness for I-TRAN with hopes of aiding in the process of resettling Tamil refugees seeking asylum from Sri Lanka

Kobra Rahini

Kobra Rahimi holds a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Winnipeg and she is currently in her second year of Law student at the University of Manitoba with an interest in Immigration and refugee law.

Having been born and raised at a refugee camp herself, Kobra is very passionate in advocating for the safety and rights of all refugees and expertise as a law student to work with I-TRAN to be a voice for Tamil Refugees worldwide

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Public meeting with local Tamils and foreign affairs Department in Switzerland 2012

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Guided by Tamil values and experience, I-TRAN is working to address the global Tamil refugee crisis.  We protect Tamil refugees throughout the world and displaced persons in home land, helping them to build new lives in safety and with dignity.

Why? Because as long as there are still places where it is a crime to be who you are, we have a mandate to be who we are.

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