Support designed to boost inner strength and trust
Photo: Jeppe Schilder
War Child’s programme in Sri Lanka is designed to increase the participation of children and youth in the decision-making processes that affect their lives. War Child operates a number of youth clubs in the north and east of Sri Lanka to develop the skills and self-esteem of youth who have experienced the effects of armed conflict.
Young people in the east of Sri Lanka also took part in our Children’s Parliament initiative. The parliament allowed children and youth to make their voices heard by decision-makers in charge of upholding child rights. Participants from different provinces came together to exchange views on the important issues in their lives.
Youth club member Thadshayani (21): “The War Child Youth Club mainly focuses on the issues faced by children in villages. They have also set up Child Protection Groups to develop solutions to these issues. We contribute by identifying important issues. We decided to raise awareness on the bad habits children are exposed to.”
“We selected children from a particular village and worked to instil positive behaviour and good habits in them. We held a workshop to explain to them what they need to do if they want to grow up to be healthy.”
“War Child also helped us to form a Children’s Parliament. I had a leadership role as the Speaker. I was able to provide leadership to around 15,000 children. Through the parliament we were able to highlight five key issues that affect the lives of youth - early marriage, school dropout, drug abuse, sexual abuse and absent parents.”
We arranged dramas, presentations and debates to raise awareness of these issues - among children and adults.”