Country Profile: SOS Children’s Villages in Sri Lanka
SOS Children’s Villages has been in Sri Lanka since 1981, right before the lengthy Civil War that began in 1983.
After the 2004 tsunami, programming was further increased to include an emergency relief program. Family homes as well as social and educational facilities were re-constructed.
And, when the civil war ended in 2009, SOS’ Emergency Program provided aid in the northern regions in order to help those most affected by the violence.
Despite the end of this conflict, many child rights challenges currently persist in this country. Child labour is a common phenomenon among poor families where children are sent to work to support their parents, stripping them of the opportunity to attend school. Additionally, an estimated 340,000 children in Sri Lanka grow up without either one or both of their parents.
With challenges every day, SOS Children’s Villages continues to increase its programming, Currently, we support Sri Lankan children, adolescents and families in six different locations by providing care, education, vocational training opportunities and medical services.
SOS Children’s Village Jaffna
SOS Children’s Village Jaffna, in the Northern Province, is the most recent addition to the many programs that SOS provides in Sri Lanka. The year 2014 began with the achievement of the long-awaited dream of SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka to establish its sixth Children’s Village to provide a ‘loving home’ for Sri Lankan orphaned or abandoned children.
Meet SOS Children’s Village Jaffna Siblings
Kaneshwari, Jeewanraja and Jeewankumar are biological siblings. Once they arrived to the SOS Children’s Village Jaffna, they were not separated but received the opportunity of being in the same family. Jeewanraja is 9 years old and Jeewankumar is 10 years old. Being the eldest in the family, Kaneshwari was taking care of her brothers, who did not go to school, before they found a loving home at SOS Children’s Villages. When they were welcomed by the SOS mother, they quickly became inseparable from her. Now at SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka, they receive warmth, love, care and an opportunity to go to school.