Donate to Micro Ecconomic Assistance

Give a small capital to establish a micro economic venture. Your kindness to give $241 to a poverty stricken WomanRead More . . .

Give a small capital to establish a micro economic venture. Your kindness to give $241 to a poverty stricken Woman Headed Household will help a great deal in their lives.

Many women are able to produce agro-based food for marketing. Supply direct to restaurants as and when the cooking is completed is one process. The other is the packeting type where the end product could wait for some time before marketing.

Some are comfortable in running small groceries at the home environment. Still there are women who can make very good handicraft items using Palmyrah leaves and there are others who can be useful lady tailors.

Thus, the very small capital required of $ 241 would do the miracle in the lives of the vulnerable WHHs.

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Donate Agriculture Equipments

A water pump with pipe lines and farming equipment (shovel, crow bar, pick-axe, buckets etc) worth $299 will make aRead More . . .

A water pump with pipe lines and farming equipment (shovel, crow bar, pick-axe, buckets etc) worth $299 will make a land owning Woman Headed household Self-reliant. Show your kindness to them once.

Banana cultivation, ground nuts, green grams and black grams, cow pea, vegetables, onions and chilies are some of the vegetation that is commonly produced by farmers. Paddy cultivation is special to farmers who have sufficient land area. Lime, coconut, sugar cane and similar crops are inter-cropped while the main cultivation goes on. The end result is the sustainable growth of the trees and continued income over some years.

The vulnerable families involving in the crops cultivation would usually have vegetables available for consumption always while during the harvesting season they are able to get sufficient returns.

Thus, your valuable contribution to make the WHHs become self-reliant through cultivation is well appreciated by the beneficiaries and the growing children in the families. Small contributions make big difference in the lives of the affected and vulnerable children and women.

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Donate Goats

Donate 3 Goats worth $289 to a Woman headed family could earn a monthly income of as much as $170Read More . . .

Donate 3 Goats worth $289 to a Woman headed family could earn a monthly income of as much as $170 after 4 years of Goat rearing.

Although goat milk production is not popular in the rural setting, disposing the grown up goats for meat has been a good practice. The goats fetch good price and the families can conveniently make a living out of the livestock maintenance. The goats multiply in numbers every 6 months and grow up quite fast. The formula gives good results by enabling at least one goat to be given away on a monthly basis that would bring in $170 average. The goat farming is easy in the village environment where grass and the gracing would not face many difficulties.

The beneficiary will not forget your kindness in uplifting them from poverty.

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Donate Milk Cow

Show your kindness by donating a Milk Cow & calf to Woman Headed family living in poverty. The Cost ofRead More . . .

Show your kindness by donating a Milk Cow & calf to Woman Headed family living in poverty.
The Cost of this kindness is $758.00 which will give a good quality cow which would give around 15 L of milk daily that could be sold for 60 rupees a liter. the daily income for the family would be 900 rupees ($6.00).

Thus, the vulnerable Woman Headed Household is able to earn an average gross amount of $180.00 per month. Setting aside the maintenance cost, the family could make out a net profit of around $100.00 per month. This is an earning above the poverty level in the country. Over time the WHH could get more returns when the livestock expands from one to two and three, thus lifting these WHH from poverty thanks to you kind donation.

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Information Technology and Skill Development Centre (ITSDC)

The project has a goal to create a society that could overcome the challenges of information and communication technology. TheRead More . . .

The project has a goal to create a society that could overcome the challenges of information and communication technology. The objective is to support students and youth to develop knowledge and skills in ICT by setting up a resource centre. The end result should see a strengthened society with sufficient skills to face the new challenges in the developed world. The direct beneficiaries would be 4710 students, children, youth, girls and boys in addition to those who are already employed including teachers.

Important outputs that are expected of the project include the following:

  • Children, youth and elders in the communities should become computer literate and develop abilities for better communication with the outer world.
  • The language capacity especially in English and Sinhala should have improved at least for 40 % of the students, children and youth of the total direct beneficiaries.
  • The people in the locality would have easy access for e-library and enhance knowledge.
  • Women are able to get training on home science and self-employment.
  • Those who have completed education should get facilities to continue and find appropriate self-employment opportunities.
  • Computer services and stationery sales would have become available in the area.

The project would have the following main activities:

  • Construction of the Information Technology and Skills Development Centre (ITSDC)
  • Complete the electrical wiring work for the building
  • Procure and fit the total furniture and fittings for the building
  • Implement the under mentioned activities necessary for the social development of the community:
  1. Computer Training
  2. Language development
  3. E-Library and Distant Learning
  4. Youth / girls self-employment training and facilitation
  5. Provision of Training Hall
  6. Conduction of Library
  7. Computer services

The stakeholders of the project include:

  • DS/Puthukudiyiruppu
  • Science and Technology Unit
  • Labour Department
  • Human Resource Development Unit
  • Pradeshiya Shaba

It is proposed that the complete building of the project would become available within 18 months after commencing the project. Within the next 6 months the beneficiaries would be able to access the services planned systematically. A committee consisting of mixed professionals would be created to successfully monitor the project. They would include members from civil society and appropriate academics.

Budget

The two storied building is of size 84’ x 37’ and costs around Rs 22 m. The cost of furniture, fittings and equipment is around Rs 10 m.

Cost (Aprox): LKR 32 Million.

Supported by Child First (UK)

Thatchadampan Community Hall

Date: 7 April 2016 Location: Thatchadampan Community Hall, Oddisuddan Team: Diaspora: Siva and Team Consultant: Selvin CFCD: Nathan and KohulRead More . . .

Date: 7 April 2016

Location: Thatchadampan Community Hall, Oddisuddan

Team:

Diaspora: Siva and Team

Consultant: Selvin

CFCD: Nathan and Kohul

Participants: 11 women members and a man from the village
Introduction
End of the war in May 2009 has seen many socio-political changes in Sri Lanka from the racial barriers becoming reduced to positive changes in the political sphere. The more than 500,000 Diaspora populations from the North and East of the country could come back freely to meet and see the differences in the homeland. The war has created big gaps among communities and families with the loss of individual members to the destroyed property and livelihoods. The rehabilitation task is rather heavy and it might take more time than anyone could guess. However, fast infrastructure development is noticed especially in the urban areas with affluent families trying to rebuild their lives quicker. In the rural set up the picture is vague and people want support to make them realize the goals.
With the global attention shifting to disaster and conflict affected countries the priority has taken a sharp shift from Sri Lanka to other countries in the post-war scenario. Thus, the flow of funds from international donors including UN agencies has got reduced drastically making the marginalized and the vulnerable returnees and resettled families feel the impact quite heavily. The environment is much worse for the more than 40,000 women headed households (WHHs) especially young women with young children in the North and East.
The Diaspora population all over the world is concerned of the well-being of those affected by war which is a welcome signal and an encouragement for those with no support at all. They are trying to provide assistance individually and through organizations. Just like any other donor agencies the Diasporas too want very clear accountability, transparency and honesty in the identification and execution of projects through their hard earned money.
In that sense, this field visit has been arranged by the Centre for Child Development, a Local NGO functioning in Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya Districts, for interested Diaspora personnel to see and identify specific needs of a special vulnerable group in Mullaitivu District.

Background

Physical location

Mullaitivu is one of the five districts of the North which has been severely affected at the last stages of war. It has 4 DS Divisions and one is Oddisuddan. Puthiyanagar is a village in Thatchadampan GN Division falling within Oddisuddan DS Division. Thatchadampan is around 6 km from Mankulam towards East and from there Puthiyanagar is around 3 km towards South. The path going to Puthiyanagar from the main road is of gravel and the people face many difficulties during the rainy season.

History

Puthiyanagar is a new settlement made by the government for the returnees and the displaced with the end of the conflict in 2010. The people are from many parts of the country who had no other alternatives but to accept the offer of the government. They lived at IDP welfare centres and with friends and relatives for almost 14 years. The government allocated ½ an acre of state land per family through ‘permits’ and allowed them to get settled. They are from Murukandy, Killinochchi, Vavuniya and the Upcountry. There are 76 families in the settlement.

Many families find the allocated land to be insufficient to involve in their livelihood activities and thus encroach in to state lands in the surrounding areas with some knowledge of the GN Officer. However, the Forest Department personnel are not quite happy on the move of the villagers and they keep on warning the people to pull back to own territories.

There are 44 women headed households in the village who are mostly in their mid-thirties. When the resettlement was initiated they lived in fear for being lonely and isolated in a forest environment. However, in late 2012 when CFCD came for an intervention and made them in to small groups of 15 in each they gained confidence gradually and provided mutual assistance and support as and when required.

The families are involved in farming, livestock development and micro enterprises apart from many women going out for farm Labour work when they get paid Rs 600 per day.

Landscape

The terrain is almost flat and contains jungle trees. Water channels to the farming land could be noticed and the flow of water is sufficient for highland crops in the irrigated areas. Ground nut, onion, chilies, banana and vegetable crops could be noticed to grow healthily. Grass for the livestock, cows and goats, is available in plenty and also steps could be taken to grow the special grass varieties required.

Infrastructure

There are 76 families in the settlement and they have permanent houses provided under the Indian Government’s 50,000 houses @ Rs 550,000. The internal roads are of gravel and pose great risks for travel especially for school children, elderly and the sickly people during rainy days.

A community hall has been constructed but gives an old look where the preschool functions. The WRDS is active and has to be registered.

The villagers have to reach out to adjoining small towns for the basic primary health facilities and the government offices.

Water

The village has a total of 34 open dug wells constructed with the support of JEN, a NGO. Four families are without direct water facilities. The water source is sufficient in general for family use but during extreme drought conditions it becomes difficult and people have to find alternate options. The quality of the water is good for consumption.

Education

The children from the village attend two schools situated around 3 km away on the main road. Most children walk the distance and are very much used to the difficult conditions. However, the rainy days become difficult to manage with the gravel roads floating with flood water. The schools cater up to GCE (OL) and there is total enrolment of all the eligible children from the village and parents are well aware of the importance of education. The parents are active at the village sponsored preschool and take turns in the preparation and provision of nutritious food to the toddlers.

Services

The village has private bus service to connect the villagers to Mankulam town and Oddisuddan. The service is a minimum of one in the morning and another in the evening. Otherwise the women and men depend on push bicycles and a few on motor bicycles. Three wheelers are also available for hire during any emergencies. Isolated grocery stores could be seen in the village and people primarily depend on the local boutiques to satisfy their needs. Electricity supply is available in the village and the families are able to make use of modern electrical appliances depending on their capacity. Telecommunication facilities with the mobile phones have become quite familiar to almost everyone in the community with good signals to connect with the outer world.

NGOs

CFCD has been working with the WHHs to empower the livelihood aspects since mid-2012 with combined funds of TECH Norway and Development Fund Norway. 27 households were provided support for the preferred livelihood activity. 17 received assistance for rearing goats, 9 for cows and one for agriculture. Although a few families could not get good results through goat rearing the others showed improvements in their livelihood status. Savings groups initiated through the intervention is successfully functioning now and the women meet weekly to discuss issues, recollect loans and disburse new loans.

JEN is the other NGO which is quite active to solve the water problems of the villagers. One open dug well serves 4 adjoining families in some places while it becomes two in other locations and yet there are a few cases of individual wells supported.

Needs Identification

The visiting team had useful and interactive discussions with the members present without much publicity. The sudden visit did not allow time for the villagers to understand and prepare themselves for any planned submissions. Thus, the discussions brought out the true status and feelings of the participants in general which formed the basis for further discussions and collaborations.

The participants feel that they have lost everything and yet cannot build up their assets. The earnings they make through the various efforts are just sufficient to make them survive and lead average or just below normal lives.

The emphasis is that the families require further financial support to become self-reliant. As an example, for a person involved in livestock development two potential cows are necessary so that the earnings would continue with no disruption. However, they were provided only one cow and even that the total cost was not provided. A cow costs around Rs 90,000 while the input provided was only Rs 60,000. Thus, most families prefer the support for two cows.

The village has sufficient land area to grow the special CO3 grass for the cows with minimum effort. The veterinary office is situated around 9 km at Oddisuddan and the services rendered by the department could not be termed excellent but the facilities could be obtained. The families have a fair knowledge and experience in the rearing of cows for some time. The milk collection is done daily at the door steps by NESTLE at around Rs 60.00 per liter. There is no limit of quantity that could be supplied.

Thus, it becomes clear that if the veterinary department could be brought more closely for the villagers to get immediate guidance and facilitation as and when required rearing of cows on the increased mode should bring in fruitful results for the villagers towards sustainability.

Pappadam making has been brought forward as a group initiative. After lengthy discussions it became evident that the commodity is highly competitive and as such should be very carefully produced with appropriate value addition techniques and marketing strategies. The production should be through using machinery and by a very limited number of workers so that the available profit margin is sufficient to sustain the venture.
The positive aspect is that one woman within the group has a very long experience in the industry for around 14 years and is confident of achieving good results. However, she has no idea or knowledge about the modern machinery that could be used to make the base-paste, roll and sharply cut in to required shapes and sizes. Maintaining primary hygienic standards during the entire production routine is another challenge, often making such home based industries to become RED marks for the PHIs.

The initial cost of setting up the micro industry is large including the cost of the building with its many hygiene standards, the procurement of machinery, the provision of appropriate furniture, the facilities to maintain personal hygienic standards including uniforms, hand gloves, over coats etc and the investment on marking and packeting the end-products. Support to market the products through appropriate linkages, advertisements, campaigns and sales promotions successfully to maintain regular supply chain is the other challenge. However, the total number of persons who could be involved in this heavy investment cannot be more than five initially and the members should have the capacity for free movements to cover miscellaneous tasks so that the initial profits could be sufficient to support the members.

Case Stories

Goat Rearing

A woman member from the village who is a beneficiary of CFCD’s livelihood support under DF project has an energetic success story which she would not want to disclose publicly. She has a few personal reasons for the situation. She is a young woman living all alone with the history of two marriage failures but has no off springs. The community is suspicious about her social behaviors and is not prepared to accept her as a normal woman.

CFCD provided her two goats at the beginning and now she has developed herd of around 40 goats within the past 4 years. The goats reproduce every six months and she has capitalized on the goats and is able to dispose at least two goats to make satisfactory earning for a month. She says that it is the devotion and good maintenance which is required to develop such a large number of goats and without one’s hard work and willingness it would not be easy to achieve good results.
In general, in the village goat rearing has been looked down as something of a wasted investment by many others.

Abused Woman

The village has more young WHHs than families living with male counterparts. This creates all sorts of situations for the helpless women to be abused by men including the armed groups. One such young woman was seen in the village with her third child who is just around one year. The woman is said to be having mental disorders in addition to being a mother without a male support. The story is that someone has contacts with the woman who is being abused and who has no knowledge on the responsible male person fathering the children.

The situation requires urgent intervention for the benefit of the children and the health of the young mother having mental disorders. The community as a whole has to take up the responsibility to provide security and safety to such an innocent woman and the children.

Recommendations

The field visit has created a lot of discussions among the visiting Diaspora members and opened their eyes to the hard realities of the situation of the resettled vulnerable families.

The Diaspora members want to consider the weak economic side initially of the families which is the primary cause for the total social disorders. From there they could come up with further plans of strengthening the social structure and the social networking systems.

The assistance and the future work plans may be either taken forward by delegated persons of the Diaspora members or through CFCD which is already working in the village for the past 4 to 5 years with minimum financial resources.
Diaspora members have made their direct contacts with the community including the field Animator for future visits and dialogues and to get more information when necessary.

CFCD is glad that at least one needy community in Mullaitivu district has been spotted by well-wishers who want to do positive development and see definite changes in the lives of the under privileged and war affected people. The task has to reach many more lives in the district as well as in the other districts of the North and the East gradually.

Cattle farm

Pilot Project / Draft Concept Paper Introduction Centre For Child Development (CFCD) is a registered non-government organization functioning in the NorthRead More . . .

Pilot Project / Draft Concept Paper

Introduction

Centre For Child Development (CFCD) is a registered non-government organization functioning in the North and East of the country since 1997. The primary mandate of the organization is to see that the lives of all children are improved with appropriate protection and facilities available for continuing uninterrupted education. CFCD is being managed by a diverse group of 9 eminent Board members of whom 3 are women. The main office is located in Jaffna while temporary project offices are available in the Vanni for implementing projects.

The scenario in the environment changed drastically with the end of the more than 3 decades long war in the country and showed quite clearly the vulnerability of more than 90,000 widows in the North and East, mostly young, who have been forced to take upon the leadership roles in the families contrary to the traditional roles played by them so far. If the children in such families are to be supported properly it should be the mothers who should be developed economically. Thus, the mandate of CFCD has to be adjusted accordingly over time to suit the reality and the need of the hour.

Thus, CFCD considered it necessary for possible economic empowerment of vulnerable Women Headed Households (WHHs) so that the intervention could give hopes to the growing children in the young families.

The women in the target families are able to involve in livestock development especially cattle and goats farming for which they have sufficient land area in own compounds in the Vanni. Also, the type of activity does not demand the women to be out of homes unnecessarily and make them safe to some extent. The involvement of CFCD in the sector shows that in the past 4 years 125 women have been supported for cattle farming and 120 women for goats farming. Sale of milk and milk based products are not challenging these days as any amount of milk could be sold and standard milk collection centres are available in rural villages.

Situation Analysis

Many organizations have been providing assistance to develop livestock for economic empowerment of marginalized families during the war and post-war periods. The fact is that not many have been successful in the initiatives even though technical guidance has been linked properly with the support of the Department of Animal Production and Health. The challenge has been the availability of good quality animals in the area. This has resulted in the beneficiaries to reap limited benefit from the intervention wasting the local available resources. The beneficiaries are not showing interest to move from the open dairy method to the farm method either individually or jointly.

Geographical Area

Visvamadu is in Mullaitivu District which has been identified as a suitable place for livestock development. Lift-irrigation scheme available in Visvamadu has not encouraged supplementary food crops cultivation as expected. There are a number of farmers who have experience in animal husbandry in the area and thus Visvamadu has been identified as a potential area for such initiative. A total of 7 acres of coconut lands are available in two plots of 4 acres and 3 acres without any lease that could be made use of as a livestock farm.

Purpose

The primary aim of the project is to provide educational sponsorship to 50 vulnerable children through the establishment of a pilot livestock farm at Visvamadu in the lift-irrigation area managed by CFCD.

Results:

  1. Successful livestock farm in operation.
  2. Provision of support to 50 vulnerable children to continue education on a monthly basis.
  3. Motivate others to replicate such farms over time to boost milk and milk based products.

Project Description

This is a project owned and managed by CFCD to provide necessary and needed assistance to 50 vulnerable children for education from Mullaitivu District. Thus, from the first moth itself a turnover of Rs 50,000 is required to meet the urgent needs of the identified vulnerable children, which has to be continued over the months and years until the children complete their education. In addition, the project has to earn a minimum repayment amount monthly to make out Rs 500,000 at the end of each year.

The two land plots of 4 acres and 3 acres lay side by side at Visvamadu divided by a lane in between. The coconut lands have to be properly taken over from the owners though with no lease amount to avoid any future legal issues. The fencing and construction of minimum sheds for the animals and stores need to be looked in to properly at the beginning. Arrangements to get sufficient water supply including appropriate electricity supply also have to be attended to. The farm would have a maximum of 4 workers who may be males and females depending on the availability and their capacity.
The procurement of cattle would have to be done together with the Dept of AP & H so that high quality cows are bought which could give good yield from the very first month. The utensils required for feeding the animals would have to be procured in advance including the tools and implements that may be needed for routine and day to day cleaning and maintenance of the farm. The utensils to collect milk and store should be very carefully selected so that the contamination would not create any future difficulties.

Linkages with Milgro and Nestle are very important who would make necessary arrangements to collect milk from the doorsteps at pre-arranged times.

Coaching and mentoring of Amuthasurapi Development Organization is necessary to make them actively involve in the day to day monitoring and reporting tasks. Finally, it is CFCD that should be held responsible to make the farm a very successful venture so that there are many others who would want to replicate the system.

Target Beneficiaries

50 vulnerable school children from WHHs and other marginalized families in Mullaitivu District.

Funding

Approximately LKR 4 Million is expected on credit with the support of Diaspora community and the input has to be repaid less interest over a period of 8 years. It means that annually LKR 500,000 has to be settled.

Stakeholders

  • The following would become active stakeholders of the project:
  • District Secretary – Mullaitivu
  • Divisional Secretary – Puthukudiyiruppu
  • Department of Animal Production and Health
  • Milgro /Nestle
  • Amuthasurapi Development Organization

Budget

The following gives a brief summary of the budget:

Construction of sheds, fencing, water supply, electricity etc LKR 1.5 Million

Utensils, feeds, transport, management, grass etc LKR 500,000

Procurement of 20 quality cows LKR 2 Million

TOTAL Budget LKR 4 Million

Monitoring and Evaluation

Amuthasurapi Development Organization in Puthukudiyiruppu DS Division formed by CFCD would be involved in the routine monitoring and evaluation of the farm activities. The organization has all women members active in various livelihood activities and has proved its worth in the past 4 years through the efficient functioning. CFCD would be rendering necessary guidance and facilitation to the organization as and when necessary.

S.Yoganathan
Executive Director Jaffna / May 23, 2016

Send them back to School

Jaffna District has seen miserable war for nearly three decades that came to an end in May 2009. The cruelRead More . . .

Jaffna District has seen miserable war for nearly three decades that came to an end in May 2009. The cruel war has made many families to lose their male earning members who traditionally played the role of maintaining income. The loss of potential male members in the families has made at least 58,121 Women Headed Households (WHHs) in the district who had to take over the responsibility of finding appropriate income for the growing children. The swim against the rough tide is great that many young families have failed to make up. The end result has become a vicious cycle of poverty, unstable future and illiterate children. Although education is supposed to be free in the country the expenses incurred in day to day activities are considerable that the children from poverty stricken families find it hard to bear. Thus, they opt to discontinue from the normal stream and find alternate routes detrimental to the families as well as to the society.

Centre For Child Development (CFCD) is a Non-Governmental Organization working in Jaffna since 1997 with a clear mission to endeavor to provide a secure environment and opportunity for education for each child in the community and develop them into youth with ability, good habits and knowledge. One of the important roles of CFCD has been the provision of a monthly assistance of at least Rs 3,000 ($19) to identified vulnerable children to conveniently continue their education until they complete their secondary education. The support is continued until completion of university. At present CFCD is supporting 270 children through the Child Sponsorship Program in Jaffna district.

The need is much more and there are many children wanting to be active participants of the program and continue their studies to get to some position in the society.

The present hope is to raise assistance to another 315 deserving children from under privileged families in the district that could provide a monthly financial assistance of Rs 3,000.00 for the next five years.

We believe that there are many gifted souls to provide minimum support to this humanitarian cause.

The whole project cost is 315 Kids x 60 months X $19 = $359’100.00

If you intent to sponsor the whole project please contact US via email info@cfcdJaffna.com or by phone +94 21 222 0483

Livelihood support

Goal: Improved living conditions of Female-headed households in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Beneficiaries: 283 Female-headed household Phase Period: June 2012 –Read More . . .

Goal: Improved living conditions of Female-headed households in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.

Beneficiaries: 283 Female-headed household

Phase Period: June 2012 – December 2016

Budget (2016): LKR 6,486,800.00

Supported by: Development Fund, Norway (80%), TECH-Norway (20%)

Education sponsership

Jaffna District has seen miserable war for nearly three decades that came to an end in May 2009. The cruelRead More . . .

Jaffna District has seen miserable war for nearly three decades that came to an end in May 2009. The cruel war has made many families to lose their male earning members who traditionally played the role of generating income for the household.

The marked increase in women-headed households (WHHs) is arguably one of the most significant features of post-war Sri Lanka as highlighted by a study on WHHs released last month by FOKUS WOMEN. In Sri Lanka, the proportion of WHHs has been consistently increasing since the 1970s, reaching nearly one-quarter of all households by 2009/10. According to the most recent Household Income and Expenditure Survey (2012/13), out of 5.2 million households in Sri Lanka, 1.2 million households or 23% of the households are women-headed.

Recent evidence suggests that Sri Lanka’s 26-year internal armed conflict is an important factor contributing to the upward trend in WHHs, particularly in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of the country. Currently, there are 58,121 WHHs in the Northern Province alone and studies show that members of these households face profound, multi-faceted vulnerabilities, many of which were produced by the war but deepened in the post-war period. Undoubtedly there are others, in other parts of the island that have lost husbands and loved ones in the war (i.e. families of soldiers), as well as those with spouses that have migrated out of the country seeking economic opportunities.

The swim against the rough tide is great that many young families have failed to make up. The end result has become a vicious cycle of poverty, unstable future and illiterate children. Although education is supposed to be free in the country the expenses incurred in day to day activities are considerable that the children from poverty stricken families find it hard to bear. Thus, they opt to discontinue from the normal stream and find alternate routes detrimental to the families as well as to the society.

Centre For Child Development (CFCD) is a Non-Governmental Organization working in Jaffna since 1997 with a clear mission to endeavor to provide a secure environment and opportunity for education for each child in the community and develop them into youth with ability, good habits and knowledge. One of the important roles of CFCD has been the provision of a monthly assistance of at least $ 8 per month (Rs 1,000.00) to identified vulnerable children to conveniently continue their education until they complete their secondary education. The support is continued with $ 16 per month (Rs 2,000) when they enter the university.

At present CFCD is supporting 270 children through the Child Sponsorship Program in Jaffna district. The need is much more and there are many children wanting to go to school and continue their studies.

The present hope is to raise assistance to another 314 deserving children from under privileged families in the district that could provide a monthly financial assistance of $ 24 per month (Rs 3,000) for the next five years.

With you help we could archive this goal.