The decision was made by Rose Charities Sri Lanka Program Director Dr Yoga Yogendran, in conjunction with Mr Frank Borowicz, Governor of the Vancouver Board of Trade, to found the facility. The VIBE Center will be one of the first international facilities of its kind and will be equipped with the technology to enable people in remote rural communities to engage in on-line learning and knowledge management through the VIBE e-learning portal, in conjunction with the local Chamber of Commerce. It will also be on of the first learning centers through which a unique new kind of on-line specialized English language training developed by “KnowledgeOne” (a Vancouver group) will be made available.
The formal opening of the VIBE Center will be at the end of November.
Rose Charities Sri Lanka was registered in Sri Lanka following initial emergency relief, medical and counseling teams were sent from Canada. Mr Anthony Richards, now Chief Executiver Director of Rose Charities Sri Lanka traveled to Sri Lanka from Canada with the first emergency team and has devoted his life ever since to the building up of Rose Charities Sri Lanka. Projects now include, education, health, peace-sports, micro-credit, income generation and community development. The VIBE Center will be a huge step forward for the Kalmunai Community, one of the worst affected by the tsunami in Sri Lanka