Endorsements & Testimonials

"I am grateful for the great gifts that Jeyanthy Siva is bringing to the people of Sri Lanka. They include her own life experiences as a Tamil emigree, as well as her sensitivity and highly developed skills in training people in the art of compassionate communication. We have worked together for four years, both in the US and Sri Lanka, and I wholeheartedly support her in her life's work."

Joanna Macy (Jan. 2007)
Author, Teacher, Visionary
Berkeley, California, USA


"Jeyanthy's generous work flows from a deep and universal soul. She has helped to train our peace keepers in Sri Lanka to better understand nonviolence on many levels. Her work is both visionary and practical and requires constant courage. She helps guide me in my personal journey as well."

Mel Duncan (Jan. 2007)
Executive Director, Nonviolent Peaceforce
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA


"I have been following Jeyanthy's passion for giving back to the peoples of her birthplace, Sri Lanka, since she lived in California in the late 1990's. Her return to Lanka coincided with my visit to the island to offer a nine day International Intensive Training in Nonviolent Communication  in Kandy in 2002.

Since then I have been gratified to learn of her continued peacemaking efforts there. I share Jeyanthy's hopes for the people of Sri Lanka to live in harmony and mutual respect. I appreciate her energy and the devotion that she gives to her country and many others around the world whose lives she has touched". 

Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D (April. 2008) 
Educational Director, Center for Nonviolent Communication 
Developed Nonviolent Communication process in the 1960s


Testimonials from Participants both international and Sri Lankan

" The concept of trust is key to engage everyone in the society regardless of our differences and conflicts. The presentation of Ms. Jeyanthy and her efforts in founding the Sandhi institute shed light on this concept in a wide scope. She presented the characteristics inherent to trust and distrust cultures and how to move forward in implementing a trust culture within the society. It is not only about open government, it is more about an engaged society and how to establish the culture of trust and non violent communication between different groups in the society. Something that many societies today need to lean and adopt. "

Ashraf Hassan Abdelwahab, Ph.D (May. 2010) 
Deputy Minister, Ministry of State Administrative Development 
Government of Egypt 

(Comment after Jeyanthy Siva’s talk as part of panel on “Trust and Governance: Have a little faith in me: What part does trust play in the information society” at WCIT conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. May 2010)

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"I feel transformed. Now I can see the people from other ethnic groups with compassion, as human. I can see how they were suffering and were discriminated by the system. By talking about it openly (in NVC method), I learned to see them as human and to have understanding…”

Participant at a 10 day residential training in Sri Lanka, Feb. 2010

 

".. Recently, when I was stressed with too much work, I responded to an email from a colleague very strictly; doing everything I learnt 'not to do' in NVC. To which he responded defensively with no indication of doing what I requested ( or rather ordered) him to do. Afterwords, I read my email again and felt like kicking myself. I thought of Jeyanthy, and thought of everything I learned during her NVC training, and I felt so ashamed. I wrote my colleague another email, telling him frankly that I knew I hurt his feelings and I was giving it another attempt. So I wrote him the same letter again, with the same message, but expressed in a way that I was not blaming him, or commanding him to do my bidding, but opening space for him to respond;  checking with him instead of telling him; conveying how I felt without pointing what he did wrong, and throughout the letter, I tried to express that as his line manager I would stand by him, and support him when necessary. After writing the second letter I noted 2 things, one was my colleague, though a bit offended with my first letter, came back to me, and we discussed the challenges he had, and we made plans to complete the task. Secondly, I felt so peaceful the moment I sent that second email; complete opposite to how I felt after I sent him the first email..."  

- Chami, from a Sri Lanka Peace building organization, 16 Sep 2010