April 24, 2018

Wheels of Happiness

Oct 30, 2017 0

To most, the ethnic war of Sri Lanka is something of the past and it fails to evoke any emotions anymore. The sound of guns, the sight of exploding mortars and the cries of the injured seem like a distant nightmare now even to those who have lived through this bitter battle of 30 long years. However the legacy of the war lives on. Many in the northern and eastern parts of the island which were affected by the war live through a great many socio-economic issues of a post-war period. Their lives are engulfed by poverty and underdevelopment. The ...

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Child Protection Awareness in Wellawatte

Sep 20, 2017 0

The Alliance Development Trust (ADT) recently conducted an awareness programme on child protection for vulnerable group of children in the Wellawatte area. The 22 children who participated in this programme were from the age category of 6 to 15 years. They hail from an impoverished community and face several issues due to their exposure to abuse, drugs, bad influence from youth or adults and have access to the internet and smart phones and devices without proper guidance and supervision. The ADT took this opportunity to advise the children on how important it is to protect themselves even in situations where ...

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Awareness Programme on Child Protection

Sep 12, 2017 0

The Alliance Development Trust conducted an awareness programme on Child Protection for a group of youth and parents in Seeduwa on 26th August 2017. While 18 youth participated in the programme, 11 mothers too attended the awareness programme which addressed topics on – Who is a “Child”? The nature of a child Understanding children and their behaviours What is “Child Abuse”? Preventing child abuse Identifying children who have faced abuse The responsibility of youth and parents in preventing child abuse and helping children who have been abused Advice on working with children. The parents in the audience learnt the importance ...

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Dengue Awareness in Thotalanga

Aug 28, 2017 0

Sri Lanka has been stricken by one disaster following another in 2017. The howling winds, the destructive flood water and the fatal landslides claimed many lives and livelihoods and the drought that followed has left hundreds affected. Farmers curse their parched crops with parched lips as their children wail in hunger. All the while, an even deadlier foe brings death to nearly every neighbourhood in the island. Death, riding on the wings of mosquito, has claimed hundreds of lives in 2017 alone. The spread of the dengue virus has often been closely attributed to man’s callous activities including improper disposal ...

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ADT Conducts Seminar on Child Marriages in Jaffna

Aug 24, 2017 0

The Alliance Development Trust (ADT) conducted an awareness seminar on the negative impacts of child marriages, statutory rape and sexual abuse at the District Secretariat of Jaffna on 11 August 2017. The seminar which was held for 62 government officials and community leaders, included sessions by Mr. Stanislaus Celestine, Criminal Defence Lawyer and Dr. Thirumagal Sivanshankar, Registrar of Community Medicine – Faculty of Medicine at the University of Jaffna. The main purpose of the awareness seminar was to empower the government officials to minimise the current dilemma of child marriages and marital rape in Jaffna. There is a great concern ...

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The ADT Marks World Autism Awareness Day

Apr 6, 2017 0

There was a visible change at the Millennium Institute for Children with Special Needs yesterday, 3 April 2017. The laughter was louder and the whole institute seemed to glow with happiness. It was a special day for the students of the institute and they enjoyed every bit of it. There were no lessons for the students; instead they took part in games, dance and other fun activities which were organised specially for them. There are approximately 20 students at the Millennium Institute located in Ebenezer Place, Dehiwala. This is a special school for children with special needs and require individual ...

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ADT Marks World Autism Awareness Day

Mar 28, 2017 0

The Alliance Development Trust will mark World Autism Awareness Day which falls on Sunday 2 April, 2017 with the students of the Millennium Institute for Children with Special Needs, Dehiwala on 3 April, 2017. The programme which will include activities for the students of this institute will commence at 10.00 a.m. and conclude at 1.30 p.m. The ADT invites all its well-wishers to join us in reaching out to child and adult students at this institute. It welcomes contributions towards purchasing the following items which are requirements of the students and the institute.   Needs for the Institute – approximate ...

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A Playground for the Children of Kilikunjumalai

Jun 22, 2016 0

Even though it was another hot and dusty evening in the rural village of Kilikunjumalai in Trincomalee, the children and their parents were all dressed in their best clothes; some in overcoats, shawls and heavily-worked sarees. The sequins on their clothes glittered in the sun as they lined up with flower garlands in their hands in anticipation of welcoming the guests of honour who would declare open their new children’s playground. Earlier that day, the members of the village development committee had toiled hard to add the last finishing-touches to the playground and the adjoining badminton court. There were banners ...

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All Work and Then Play

Dec 2, 2015 0

Sasindu staples his answer script at the final term-end examination. He does not spend the day following in play but sits down to cut out letters which spell ‘year-end get-together 2015’. That very evening, he arrives early at the decided venue along with a few other organisers so that he could put up the letters in time for the party. He also has further matters to discuss with the organisers. After all, he is the Master of Ceremonies at today’s gathering. A bus load of children arrive. Sasindu gets on stage with a microphone in hand. He is ready to ...

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Paving the Path for the Youth

Aug 12, 2015 0

The Alliance Development Trust (ADT) strives to empower the youth of its selected villages to contribute to and actively participate in its development programmes. Thereby, the ADT periodically conducts projects for the welfare of the youth living in the communities it works in. This International Youth Day, we bring to you a programme conducted for the benefit of the youth of four villages in the Vavuniya District. Due to its rurality and limited access to facilities, the youth of these communities are not enthusiastic in pursuing higher education. In the event where they fail their Ordinary Level (O/Level) examination, most ...

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