April 24, 2018

Combining Forces to Combat Leprosy

Jul 27, 2016 0

The Touch Anti-Leprosy Campaign of the Alliance Development Trust (ADT) recently launched  the second phase of its campaign. The team that worked with the Church in Sri Lanka to fight against the spread of leprosy and the societal stigma formed against Persons Affected by Leprosy (PALs) for 2 years, met with religious leaders of all faiths in order to learn other religious teachings on the importance of health and care for the sick. They gathered at Sanctuary House on 14 July 2016 to listen to the teachings of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam as presented by teachers of these faiths. ...

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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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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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It’s Play Time at Ahangama!

May 29, 2015 0

A recent visit to the ‘Rantharu Change Makers Club ‘ and the community of  Kahawathugoda 164E in Meegahagoda, Ahangama (Galle), is documented through Fun at Ahangama on Flickr. The photographs depict the youth and the kids having fun with the sports items they received through the Alliance Development Trust.  ...

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THINK, ACT and SAVE – World Water Day in Vavuniya

Apr 30, 2015 0

In marking World Water Day, the Alliance Development Trust’s (ADT) Water and Sanitation sector conducted a conference at the Rural Development Foundation in Vavuniya on 6th and 7th April, 2015. The 33 participants representing seven regions namely Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee, Colombo and Galle consisted of 10 Change Makers club volunteers, 14 teachers, 6 preschool teachers, the Preschool Coordinator for Vavuniya, a counsellor from the District Secretariat of Vavuniya and a community leader. As the conference was conducted on a Training of Trainers (TOT) basis, the participants were empowered from the very beginning of the conference to reach out ...

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Social Tourism: Experience Sri Lanka Like Never Before

Apr 28, 2015 0

It was for the very first time that Professor Kiran Jeevan entered the shores of Sri Lanka even though he lives in neighbouring India. As the Head of the Department of Social Work at St. Joseph’s College in Bangalore, Prof Kiran realised that the Social Tourism Programme introduced by the Sanctuary House was an opportunity not to be missed. As the itinerary of this programme included visits to the Alliance Development Trust’s (ADT) selected villages in the North, he believed that field visits to post-war Sri Lanka would benefit his students reading for their Masters in Social Work. As a ...

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A Store of Happiness for Thavakumar

Feb 18, 2015 0

Thavakumar is the proud owner of a grocery store in the community of Varani Iyattalai J344, Jaffna. He beams with pride as yet another customer walks into his grocery store. He is now able to cater to most of his customers’ needs even though in the past business was not this rewarding for Thavakumar. For a long period of time he was able to sell only a few essential items at his store. Throughout this period, Thavakumar made a very small profit that was barely enough to support the needs of his mother and younger siblings who were under his ...

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Side-Stepping Danger – ADT’s Child Protection Programme

Jul 25, 2014 0

Suhadapura is an urban slum located in Ratmalana on the bank of the Weras River which feeds the Bolgoda Lake. For many years the community living in Suhadapura faced several issues from floods which they could not solve due to their poverty and limited knowledge. Alliance Development Trust (ADT) selected Suhadapura for its community development programme in order to empower them to rise above the issues that cripple them on their path to development and adequate living standards. Alongside the training sessions on the importance of good health and hygiene, keeping the environment clean, mapping out the resources available in ...

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Residents of Kilikunjumalai Celebrate the New Year

May 15, 2014 0

The community of Kilikunjumalai comprises of villagers who were displaced by the ethnic war 30 years ago. It is a very long time since this community celebrated their cultural festivals and traditions that go along with it because for many years they lived as displaced persons in poverty due to the war. The Sinhala and Tamil New Year is celebrated by most Sri Lankans in April each year. It is a time when families, relations, friends and the whole village gets together to adorn a new year by performing various traditional cultural acts of fellowship. This year the Kilikunjumalai community ...

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Children of Madukulam take a Historic Journey

Apr 30, 2014 0

The small community of 52 resettled families living in Madukulam learnt to survive in difficult times as they faced various situations which arose during the ethnic war. The children who were born during these 30 years grew up with bombs exploding around them and the sound of gun shots shattering their peace. Now even though the war is behind them, due to their poverty, the children have not travelled beyond Kilinochchi, which is approximately 25 km away from their small village. The only time they visit the big town in Kilinochchi is when they accompany their parents to the Kilinochchi ...

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