FOUNDATION SRI-LANKA DNA

About the foundation

“In everything we do we want to connect. By using our know-how and our network in both Europe and Sri-Lanka, we help to make a reunion between biological parents and adoptees possible” – Amanda

 

OUR BOARD CONSISTS OF:

Wendy Ridder
Secretaresse

“I am alone here”Read Wendy’s story

Amanda Janssen
Chairman

“When your papers are false, a DNA search is your only chance”.Read Amanda’s story

Boudewijn van de Graaf
Treasurer

“I know what it is like to long for your child”.Read Boudewijn’s story

Making contact between adopted children and their mothers in Sri Lanka through DNA-research

children adopted from Sri Lanka

Sri-Lankan adoptees in the Netherlands

Victims through false identity papers

Adopted Sri-Lankans in DNA database

Sri-Lankan natural mothers in a DNA database

Matches through Sri Lanka DNA-research

BACKGROUND OF SRI-LANKA DNA

After a research of the Dutch TV program Zembla , it came to light that, more than once, there appeared to be frauds in intercountry adoptions.

More than two thirds of de ca 3.500 adoptees from Sri Lanka living in the Netherlands have, according to the investigation of Zembla, false identity papers. 

In real life, this means that, in your search for your identity and your background, the paper trail is not to be trusted. 

Not knowing your background means more than just not wanting to know from which country you come from or what your cultural background is. But It also can have an enormous impact on your health, especially regarding hereditary diseases, but also on your mental health.

But the fraud goes beyond the fact of not knowing anything about your background, it also is the reason that brother/sister have been separated. At the opposite side are the Sri Lankan natural mothers. As the stigma around giving up children is fading away, more and more women dare to let the world know, that they also are victims of adoption fraud. 

In many cases they gave up their children against their will. There are indeed cases where the children were stolen and offered for adoption. 

SOLUTION: DNA-RESEARCH

As there are victims on both sides the enthusiasm to search for family is great. When the adoption papers don’t match, it must be made possible to find a different way to determine whether the children were stolen and offered for adoption. 

This we achieve through a DNA database. When DNA mothers and adopted child are registered in the same database, the chances of a reunion are greatest. Sri Lanka DNA made a deal with Family Tree DNA. Family Tree DNA has longtime experience in fraternity research among adoptees. Family Tree DNA facilitates fraternity research and will provide us with material (DNA kits) and with their expertise. 

BOTH SIDES DESERVE CARE AND ATTENTION

Daarom is het van belang DNA-onderzoek voor beide groepen, voor afstandsmoeders en geadopteerden, te faciliteren en begeleiden.

Therefore it is important to facilitate and accompany a DNA research for both groups: the natural mothers and the adoptees. In order to enhance the chances of finding family. 

Foundation

Sri Lanka-DNA

Sri Lanka DNA was founded to support the project to reunite families. 

The foundation is registered under 05914365.

The foundation shall not get any payment for the activities they perform for the foundation. 

Our policyplan 

Explanation of our financial statement 2020

2020, het jaar van alles gaat anders – Covid19 doet zijn intrede. Eind april zouden we een georganiseerde reis maken met geadopteerden naar Sri Lanka om hen te helpen zoeken naar hun biologische familie. Alles was geregeld, tickets geboekt en toen ging het niet door. We hebben gelukkig onze reissom retour gekregen. We hebben opnieuw drie nieuwe sponsoren aan ons weten te verbinden. Daar zijn we heel erg blij mee!

Wat ging er dan wel ‘gewoon’ door? We hebben ons netwerk in Sri Lanka weten uit te breiden. Onze website is vernieuwd en eindelijk volwassen geworden. Al onze activiteiten zijn hier nu goed beschreven, maar ook veel context over zoektochten, DNA testen, ervaringsverhalen en nog veel meer. Onze activiteiten krijgen steeds meer een internationaal karakter. We hebben ook geadopteerden geholpen uit Noorwegen, Denemarken, Zweden, Zwitserland, België, Frankrijk en Australie.

In augustus zijn we met behulp van onze lokale contactpersonen een campagne gestart ’10 moeders per maand’. Doel was in de 2e helft van 2020 om 50 moeders te voorzien van DNA kits, we hebben er 45 weten te realiseren. Een fantastisch resultaat, in een paar maanden tijd een verdubbeling van het aantal moeders in de DNA databank; De tweede match via de DNA databank – een moeder met een geadopteerde in Australie.

We hebben meerdere gesprekken gevoerd met de overheid en een plan in gediend om het proces van zoeken te versnellen: Het reconnecting home platform. In 2021 gaan we hier de eerste resultaten van zien!

Financial statement 2020

Beginsaldo 1-1-2020  €     9,166.79    
Opbrengst uit verkoopactiviteiten  €     5,647.54 Inkoop DNA kits  €     4,697.87
Sponsoring  €     3,679.75 Verzendkosten  €          770.51
    Marketing- en publiciteitskosten  €     2,524.63
    Project DNA moeders Sri Lanka  €          609.50
    Beheer en administratiekosten  €          866.61
Totaal  €  18,494.08 Totaal  €     9,469.12
    Eindsaldo 31-12-2020  €     9,024.96

Explanation of our financial statement 2019

We started this year rather good with the introduction of our website next to our Facebook community. In 2019 we made a connection with three sponsors. In spring we held a campaign in Sri Lanka using flyers to draw attention to our project providing DNA kits free of charge to mothers who are searching for their child. In the same summer we held a meeting to help adoptees in their search. We provided 15 mothers with DNA kits. All in all a successful year with very good prospects for our plans for 2020.

Financial statement 2019

Description
Expenses
Description
Expenses
Balance 01-01-2019
€113,52
Purchase DNA kits
€4.497,28
Output sales
€6.775,16
Overhead
€928,29
Sponsoring
€11.720,23
Shipments
€588,53
   
Marketing and publicity
€1.639,25
   
Project DNA mothers Sri Lanka
€1.621,39
   
Management and Administration costs
€166,68
Total Revenue
€18.608,91
Total expenses
€9.442,12
       
Revenues Closing balance
 
31-12-2019
€9.166,79
 

Explanation Annual Account 2018

This year we started the foundation Sr Lanka DNA Out intention is to reunite many mothers and children after adoption. In the eighties about 11.000 children from Sri Lanka were adopted.It wasn’t always voluntarily that the mothers gave up these children. A great many mothers is now searching for their children, but in many cases these mothers got false information. This makes their search almost impossible.The only chance, to find relatives is through DNA research. In September 2018 we made our first trip, at our own expense, and could provide, (free of charge), 15 mothers with DNA kits. During this trip we were able to lay down a solid network we can expand further in 2019.

Annual statement 2018

Description
Expenses
Description
Expenses
Opening balance 01-01-2018
€0,-
Purchase DNA kits
€3502,97
Revenues Sales activities
€4491,86
Shipments
€373,07
   
Foundation costs
€345,-
   
Logo costs
€157,30
   
Website costs
€76,24
   
Trip Sri Lanka*
€0,-
Revenues
€4491,86
Expenses
€4378,34
       
Closing balance
 
31-12-2018
€113,52
* Paid ourselves

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Can’t quite figure it out? Sri Lanka DNA is happy to help you with your search and DNA matching.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Tel nr: 06-84087754
Email: [email protected]
Chamber of Commerce: 72530502
Bank account number: NL14TRIO 0379 5441 99
In the name of: Stichting Sri Lanka-DNA

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