Creating a Child Friendly Safe Space, in Sri Lanka

Hope of community empowerment

 

Creating a Child Friendly Safe Space in Sinnapaduwa

Good Shepherd Sisters in Sri Lanka celebrated the 220th birthday of St Mary Euphrasia on 31st July 2017 in a special way.  They launched a new project in partnership with Kindernothilfe (KNH), a German NGO founded to support vulnerable and marginalized children and young people to develop their full potential.

The project was inaugurated with a simple ceremony that marked the beginning of Good Shepherd sisters wanting to move into a deeper dimension of Sinnapaduwa Community, to offer possibilities for positive change in the life patterns of children, using a holistic approach.

 

The dream and hope of the sisters

Our dream is to pave the way to create a child friendly space for the children of the community of Sinnapaduwa where they will be enabled to bring out their inborn talents.

We hope that this effort of ours will ensure the rights and the protection of the child.

We believe that creating a space for children will enhance their rapid growth and bring about positive change in their lives.

We hope to interact with the parents especially the mothers, to be more sensitive to offer opportunities for growth in the lives of their children.

We also hope to form self-help groups to empower the mothers in the village, to support them to take responsibility for the wellbeing of their village and the safety of their children.  

As we take this initiative in the hope of working with this community in a way which is empowering, it is the partnership of KNH that strengthens our journey together and makes our dream a reality.

 

A new project is launched

The inauguration took place in the presence of Dr Valence Mendis, the Bishop of Chilaw, Sr Francine Muthugala the Province Leader of Good Shepherd Sisters and Mr T A S Vimalan the Country Coordinator of KNH. There were religious leaders, KNH Staff Members and other Government Officials who graced this occasion. The parents and other members of the community of Sinnapaduwa gave their fullest cooperation. We extend our heartfelt sentiments to all present.

 After the hoisting of the flags and unveiling of the plaque a Prayer Service followed.

The gathering was addressed by Bishop Mendis, Sr Francine and Mr Vimalan.  The colourful performance of the girls of Kandalaya Vidyalaya added beauty and meaning to the ceremony (see photo at top).

 

Relying on God's blessings

We pray and rely on God’s blessings for the success of this project and wish that the children enjoy freedom and protection.

 

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