It is with great honor that I am able to announce that this year The Sidi Project was the winning recipients of the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) Reporting Fellowship. Headquartered at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York City and founded in 1994, SAJA serves as a networking and resource forum for journalists of South Asian origin as well as for journalists and others interested in South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. Its mission includes acting as a resource to promote accurate coverage of South Asia and the diaspora.
This grant will allow me to continue The Sidi Project and specifically focus on the Afro-Sri Lankans during the month of September 2017. My self-funded trip in January to the town of Puttalam on the Island’s west coast produced the images you see on this site, but there are other communities on the island that I wasn’t able to visit due to time and financial constraints, who also need the opportunity to tell their story and be seen.
So a huge thank you to South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) for having faith in the project