I want to save my community

War Child Sri Lanka Jaffna anoniem

Photo: Jeppe Schilder

Children and youth in Sri Lanka continue to experience the negative effects of exposure to armed conflict - nine years after the country’s civil war came to an end. Many young people have lost their confidence, their trust in others and any belief in a better future.

War Child works to support children living with the ongoing effects of the country’s civil war. We provide vital psychosocial support to enable children to cope with their troubling experiences. Participants in our I-DEAL programme take part in structured recreational activities to develop their self-confidence and trust in others.'

Tharskia (15): “Alcohol is a problem where I live. Many young people are addicted to alcohol - and not in a position to concentrate on their education."

“Children who should be in school are often sent out to work."
Tharskia

"Fathers spend their wages on alcohol and create trouble at home. Mothers can’t buy food to cook meals because there is no money. Children who should be in school are often sent out to work - and the fathers take their wages for their own needs. Alcohol has created a social destruction.”

“I like to go to school to meet my friends. We learn good habits there. Almost all of us take part in the I-DEAL programme - it helps us to get to know each other.”

“My ambition is to become a nurse - because I want to save my community.”

“My ambition is to become a nurse - because I want to save my community."
Tharskia