Prabu is Stitch’s very own, walking contradiction. He is a realist, but he’s the biggest dreamer you’d ever meet. He’s a perfectionist but appreciates mistakes. He’s stubborn but never fails to consider another person’s opinion. He’s impatient but will never walk away from someone who needs him. He’s a leader but is never afraid to take direction from his peers. Prabu is the driving force and visionary of Stitch. It’s his creative spark that propelled Stitch to redefine the meaning of volunteerism and youth empowerment. With 7 years of experience in banking, 3 years in project cycle management and hands on experience in coaching, facilitating and management Prabu has tirelessly worked for many international and national organizations alike, where his work as a humanitarian and an activist has reached countless youth whilst inspiring and motivating them with his vision of youth mobilization.
Entertainment and Prathiba are synonymous with each other! He is a constant entertainer and his antics never fail to make a dreary day interesting! He is an amazing public speaker and has a talent of capturing everyone’s attention regardless of the capacity of his audience. Prathiba has been involved in humanitarian work for years where his skills as a facilitator, organizer and trainer has benefited various organizations and projects. He holds a diploma in Human Resources and also enjoys working in the advertisement industry producing educational TV programs in his free time.
After a fruitful career in the IT industry, Shiro left her job in order to apply her logic skills and time management to her baby and her even more infantine husband. She is the backbone of both her family and the Stitch core team, holding together all the loose ends that no one else spots and taking care of the most labour-intensive and time-consuming aspects of Stitch; she is a perfectionist with awe-inspiring patience. In her quiet demeanour, Shiro carries a hard-working punch that has helped carry Stitch through from its younger days and continues to enjoy coordinating activities, particularly Stitch’s signature Christmas With Love project. She chills out by watching sports, playing badminton and eating vanilla ice cream with Milo. She is currently sleeping with the Stitch boss.
Quiet and soft-spoken, Samalka is one of the many lights that help brighten STITCH. At a glance she spells the words sporty and funky, but what is more prominent is her love for volunteering and willingness to lend a hand. Hardworking and determined, her goal is to make a difference no matter how small. Samalka is currently reading for CIMA and a Diploma in International Relations. She is driven by her passion to give the under-privileged the love and care she has experienced and working towards motivating others to do the same. Her diversity, in interests and talents, is what truly makes her unique and a valuable member in the team.
Anisha is the creative’s person at STITCH and it is her attitude of “never saying no” when asked to do a last minute project that makes her stand out. She grew up in Colombo, loves telling stories and writing poetry. Working as a Public Relations Executive in her actual 9 to 5 job, she is part of United Nations Volunteers - part of their national youth taskforce to encourage volunteerism in Sri Lanka , alumni of the Training for Trusteeship programme and is also reading for her English Honors degree. She is committed to making a difference in whatever way she can and being involved at STITCH gives her the opportunity to reach out to those in need. Secrets to know about Anisha: writing is like breathing to her, she is obsessed with her camera, with reading every book she gets her hands on, is in love with shoes and she still makes time for her favorite thing to do: travel.
Columnist – iVolunteeri/Change “Saving the world one chicken at a time” are the words used by a friend to describe Annemari. Conscious of the environmental and social impact of her day to day life, Annemari spends too much time choosing the most ethically raised animals to consume and far too little time thinking about life after her undergraduate degree. Through her involvement in The Stitch Movement she believes she has combined her enthusiasm for writing with her passion for volunteerism; her friends know she has just found an excuse to rant about consumerism and individualist mentality to a wider audience. All the same, she hopes this involvement will be one of the initial steps to building a life dedicated to community service.
As a Computer Science student who works for an IT firm and revels in a passion of watching and playing football, Dilshan is not the geeky couch potato one would expect from this profile. He is a dynamic individual, infecting all of Stitch with his irrepressible sense of humour and love of company. He started off as a volunteer who regularly attended Stitch events but his consistent dedication and clear passion for his volunteer work pushed the Stitch mother-ship to beam him up into the core team. His involvement ranges widely, from project management to artistic design. His most important contribution is his fidelity to his own motto: ‘If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours’.
Minoli has always been a Jill-of-all-trades sort of girl, with interests ranging from biology to international relations to marketing to languages. Her passion lies in teaching and communications, which has found a creative vent through community service. She is known to talk with puppies, be followed by kittens and considers herself to be in heaven when surrounded with babies.
Adding flavour to our multi-diverse team, Eshini is a blend of many qualities. She 'looks' quiet at first glance; but she is able to strike up a conversation within minutes and is known to be quite talkative among her close friends. Currently working at a research company, she is a Bsc (Hons) graduate in Economics and Finance. Eshini spells the word versatile as she is talented in many ways and is undoubtedly a valuable member on the team. She enjoys many things such as reading, listening to music, travelling and water-related activities; but what remains close to her heart is her love for dogs and, surprisingly, food. Taking a stand to not be ignorant about social issues in society today,Eshini lends a hand whenever she can and shares her time and talents to help those in need.
A true Social Media junkie, Nisal is never seen without his phone, checking in wherever he goes to reach the next badge in Foursquare. Combining his enthusiasm for social media with his passion for community service, he handles social media accounts for Stitch along with his partner in crime. Working as a web journalist at a leading English newspaper, Nisal strives to use the latest communication tool of the world wide web to connect those in need with those willing to help.
Mostly harmless. Resident magician who doesn't believe in magic. I'll have a double cheese burger and a large coke, hold the onions.