Nineteen48′s ethos is encapsulated in the following four values:
To treat everyone with whom we engage in a fair, honest and responsible manner.
To help inspire our industry to change for the better.
To maintain a high level of expertise within our business and to share that knowledge with others.
To help the people and communities with whom we work to prosper and benefit fully from their efforts.
An essential part of realising our vision is to have well-defined charitable and community projects to support. We are currently working with several charitable organisations that operate in Sri Lanka (see below for more information about these charities).
Whilst these projects are currently the main beneficiaries of Nineteen48’s charitable donations, we are open to other worthy causes and we continue to investigate other projects that we can support in the future.
Nineteen48’s long-term vision is to form a foundation which can provide funding to numerous charitable projects and social enterprises into the future.
Kandy Kids (Charity Number: XT37134) is run by Steve O’Driscoll and Edith Bluker, who are based in the UK. The charity has been operating since 2007 and is focused on three key areas – food, fun and education (http://www.facebook.com/kandykidscharity).
Kandy Kids supports several orphanages and children's homes in the Kandy and Negombo areas with food and equipment (both general and educational), as well as providing support in the form of scholarships to individual children from underprivileged families from the Kandy area. Hence, the charity has many of the same core values as Nineteen48.
Emerge Global is a Boston-based, non-profit organisation (EIN: 26-3230131) that aims to empower young women in Sri Lanka who have survived abuse and sexual violence, or are at high-risk to such abuse, to celebrate their personal sense of beauty, develop their self-sufficiency and become leaders in their own communities.
Emerge Global works with its Sri Lanka-based sister entity, Emerge Lanka Foundation (Company Number: GA2247), to implement the Emerge Beads-to-Business, Life Skills and Mentorship programmes. The programmes equip Sri Lankan teenage girls with skills and resources for their futures, using comprehensive curricula that emphasise leadership, life skills, and business knowledge, whilst simultaneously generating savings through jewellery design. Emerge currently works in three homes with a total of around 70 teenage girls at a time.
Nineteen48 is an ambassador for Emerge and has helped find new sales channels for their jewellery in the UK. We raise awareness and promote the good work of the charity, whilst simultaneously generating more money for the young girls they are helping.
The Rotary Club is one of the world's largest and most successful global membership and humanitarian service organisations, with 1.2 million members in over 200 countries. During the past 100 years, The Rotary Foundation has spent over $3.5 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects around the world.
We are one of the business partners of the Rotary Club of Westbourne, supporting their community work in the UK. Through our partnership, we are also able to undertake international projects in collaboration with other Rotary clubs worldwide. The Rotary Club of Westbourne Trust Fund is a registered charity in the UK (charity number 1111184).
The Rosie May Foundation
The Rosie May Foundation is a UK-based charity that undertakes projects in Sri Lanka, Nepal and the UK.
The charity runs multiple projects that cover their main objectives to protect children in crisis, reintegrate children from orphanages and trafficking survivors into family-based care, prevent the separation of families and support them to lift themselves out of poverty, empower vulnerable families to unlock their potential, promote gender equality and create change for future generations.