Since its inception in 2006, our project in Kandy has helped dozens of families improve their circumstances, thereby contributing to breaking the cycle of poverty and giving hundreds of children in this heritage city a chance for a better future. Work in Kandy is focused primarily on street and street connected children and their parents, many of whom live and work on the streets.
These circumstances leave the children socially marginalised and deprived of life opportunities. Hunger, neglect, lack of education, exploitation and abuse are just a few of the countless challenges they face every day. The centres help keep the children off the streets, where they are at risk from all forms of abuse. We also provide the children with essentials including meals, tuition, school uniform, shoes, books; and, perhaps most importantly, care and attention from qualified staff and teachers. Moreover, by easing the burden of childcare, the centres enable parents to seek paid employment.