November 23, 2017

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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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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ADT Supports the Initiation of a National Social Marketing Campaign to Defeat Leprosy

Aug 24, 2017 0

With the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the Alliance Development Trust (ADT) and the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, the ADT has pledged its support towards the ministry’s Anti-Leprosy Campaign. As a first step, the ADT will help the Anti-Leprosy Campaign initiate a national social marketing campaign on eradicating leprosy in Sri Lanka.   There have been approximately 2,000 cases of new leprosy infections reported annually during the past 2 decades. In response to this situation, the Ministry of Health’s Anti-Leprosy Campaign has developed a strategic plan for the period of 2016-2020. Following the success of ...

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ADT’s Post Disaster Recovery Efforts Continue

Aug 21, 2017 0

The flood and landslide situation has created a lasting impact on the lives of those who were affected by the disaster situation. Most of them waited for a long period of time to rebuild their houses and lives following the emergency situation that sent them fleeing for their lives. As daily paid labourers or menial workers, they had no mode of income until the flood waters receded and until their employers had also begun their economic activities. Without the daily income that they receive and without adequate savings to pay for the repairs to their damaged houses and to replace ...

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Post-Disaster Recovery Packs for the Flood-Affected

Jul 27, 2017 0

The plight of the estate workers of Sri Lanka lies not merely in their high vulnerability to various natural disasters and passing illnesses but in their inability to overcome this vulnerability. Most often, the management of these estates turn a blind eye to their needs, leaving them at the mercy of local politicians who manipulate these workers to further their own agendas. In the recent flood situation, a number of estates including low country tea plantations, rubber estates and palm oil plantations were inundated. The slopes on which these crops grow collapsed on to the homes of these workers, killing, ...

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More School Packs for Flood Affected Students

Jul 27, 2017 0

On 19 July 2017, a team from Alliance Development Trust (ADT) drove around the Kalutara, Horana and Mathugama areas with a lorry trailing behind. They were on a quest to reach out to flood affected students in rural and underprivileged schools. Driving for miles along broken roads, the ADT team came to a stop at the Neuchatel Tamil Vidyalayam in Neboda. With the help of the little students, the team unpacked 46 school bags in the rain and carried them into the school hall which also served as classrooms for this little school. This school is located in the Neuchatel ...

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School Packs for a Little School in Ratnapura

Jul 24, 2017 0

Ratnapura was one of the areas that was worst affected by the floods that took place during the May to June 2017 period. Due to the mining activities for the gemstones available in the area, the slightest shower often results in surviving flood situations and earthslips. This year, the flood levels rose above 10 feet. Together with the landslides that occurred also as a result of the adverse weather conditions, these murky waters claimed at least 35 lives and have left many in dire straits. As they face floods and landslides every year during the monsoon season, the children are ...

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School Packs for Children of Kegalle

Jul 13, 2017 0

The Alliance Development Trust (ADT) identified a great need among the families affected by floods and landslides in the Kegalle area; the children in these areas had lost their school books and stationery items without which they found difficult to go to school. As most of these children hailed from impoverished households, they were in dire straits to find a way to return to school and resume their education. Some children go to school in dresses, tee-shirts and sandals or slippers because their uniforms and shoes were soiled by the floods while certain others lost everything they owned when the ...

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