The very name Sri Lanka conjures images of a pear shaped island fringed by golden beaches, lush greenery, a variety of wildlife and a rich heritage that dates back to the ancient civilizations.
With a population of 20 million people, Sri Lanka has an ethnic mix of 74% Sinhalese, 18% Tamil, 7% Muslim, Moore & Malay, and 1% Christian. The official languages are Sinhalese, Tamil and English.
Three decades of war waged by terrorists against the democratically elected government of Sri Lanka by the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) came to an end on May 18, 2009. The guns fell silent and Sri Lankans have eagerly embraced a new dawn where they can live in peace. People have returned to their communities after years of displacement in IDP camps. ChildCare INTERNATIONAL is committing to help hundreds of children affected by this horrific war through sponsorship programs that minister to the emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual development of children.
We are privileged to partner with the Community Concern Society (CCS) started in 1980 by a couple helping poor families in the beach slums. Their goal: to express compassion for the poor by helping the oppressed and needy, standing up for basic human rights for children and families, feeding the hungry, alleviating poverty and educating the unschooled. They have worked tirelessly to help victums of the Tsunami and today, through their many programs and National initiatives, they touch the lives of thousands of men, women and children each day.
Our program in Sri Lanka provides education, nutritious meals and access to better health care. Sponsorship also assists with school fees, school books, shoes, bags, supplies and a uniform. For children who experience difficulty with the educational system, a non-formal education is provided at the Morning Star School. In addition, there is a tutoring program available to help children with their homework and give additional assistance with their education.