Community Consultation Tool, in Sri Lanka

Shepherds seek the flock in the Post War Era

Good Shepherd in Sri Lanka is working on a Province-wide Mapping and Research Project. The project goal is to contribute to the reduction of violence, abuse, neglect and abandonment of children in Sri Lanka

 

Click here to read more about Mapping and Research Project - http://www.goodshepherd-asiapacific.org.au/project/135

 

The Community Consultation Tool described here is an important component in the design and development of child friendly safe spaces

 

Community Consultation Tool

A tool for planning of child friendly safe spaces approach to

community child protection programming

 

These tools should be used following community research and mapping exercises to identify communities with which GS Sri Lanka will partner to address child protection priorities. The tools will be used to inform the design of the community child friendly safe spaces component of Good Shepherd Sri Lanka’s Community Level Activities for Child Protection.

 

Seek and obtain approval from Grama Sevaka (Village Headman)

District:     Mullaitivu

Divisional Secretariat:      Oddusuddan

Girama Niladari Division: Muthuiyankaddukulam

Number of Villages:          Jeevanagar, Katkulam, (Forest), Anaiviluntha I D Pannal, (Forest)

MuththayankaddukulamIdathukarai.

The last visit to the Grama Sevaka on 5th May 2016 was very satisfactory. We are happy to note that he is willing to support this project as we have discussed with him the expectations of the parents and children of the village.

 

Good Shepherd Sri Lanka – Child Protection Home Visit

The child friendly safe spaces approach serves as an entry point for community child protection programming of the Good Shepherd Sisters Sri Lanka, the initial step in the community engagement and consultation process to informing the development of the child friendly safe spaces programme.

The purpose of the home visits is to establish a personal relationship with parents in the community and to use the opportunity to note any observations with regards to possible issues relating to child protection issues or risk factors.

  • We visited 377 families from two villages Jeevanagar and MuththayankaddukulamIdathukarai.

  • At Jeevanagar, Amman Kovilpulliyaddi in this area we have formed a children’s club, to create a child friendly safe space.

  • We organized a workshop with these children and through the activities we found that there are a few physiologically affected children.

  • Parents too have their own expectations, such as: 

    • Tuition Classes, English Classes, Computer Classes, Life Education and Parenting Skill for parents

    • Awareness programs for parents regarding child protection, alcohol and drug addiction, and psycho-social support.

    • Rehabilitation for the women working in prostitution and men involved in alcoholic (Kassipu) production.

 

A Village Map was drawn up with the help of some children and community leaders.

 

Click here to see photos -  Community Consultation Tool