“Swashakthi” Human Development Programme

Key Intervention: 3 - Saubhagya Nanabala

Sub Intervention: 3.1

Implementation of Youth and Children's Development Programmes

Programme: Raising awareness on need to protect children living in urban communities against abuse, exploitation, neglect and all forms of violence”
 
Programme summary:
Social work is helping people to help themselves, and for this purpose the community development and social development assistant officers of USDA undertake roles in community development work, counseling, advocacy and social action to address issues at both personal and social levels in deprived communities in urban settlements.

With the increasing number of Child Abuse cases in Sri Lanka, reportedly 8165 cases in the year 2020 (source: http://www.childprotection.gov.lk), it is essential to make children conscious of how best to protect themselves specially during a pandemic lockdown. Children’s exposure to increased protection risks as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic situation in urban underserved communities has influenced through a number of pathways. Directly the COVID 19 virus could place children at risk for violence, neglect or exploitation owing to loss of parental care as a result of death, illness or separation of parents and family. And indirectly, mitigating measures adopted to address the pandemic could lead to disruptions to children’s everyday environments, routines and relationships resulting in interferences to the reporting mechanisms of child protection services leaving many children in areas of overcrowded households most vulnerable. With the numerous requests made by CBOs, the aim of this programme is to raise awareness on the need to protect children living in urban communities against abuse, exploitation, neglect and all forms of violence as well as promoting children’s rights. It is a jointly conducted with technical proficiency from the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA). The programme was carried out on 11th and 19th of June 2021 in two 2 hour sessions via zoom.
Objectives of the programme

  The programme was convened with the responses received from the CBOs and its families. USDA together with NCPA designed the programme highlighting the following key topics for discussion:
• Child’s role and challenges within the Family
• Child Rights
• Problems faced by children
• Child Abuse and Harassments
• Child Protection
• Role of the NCPA

Programme Details:

Date Age Group Beneficiaries Topic Resource Person
11.06.202115-18
(for children)
70 Children Child protection, Child Rights and Legal Background - Ms. Shanika Malalgoda (Dir/ Planing),
- Ms. Lakshika Manikbowa (Dir/Media and Info),
- Mr. Danushka Senarathne (Media Officer),
- Mr. Neranda Nuwan Chandrasekara (Media Assistant), of the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA)
19.06.202135-50
(for parents)
62 Parets Child protection, Child Rights and Legal Background - Ms. Shanika Malalgoda (Dir/ Planing),
- Ms. Lakshika Manikbowa (Dir/Media and Info),
- Mr. Danushka Senarathne (Media Officer),
- Mr. Neranda Nuwan Chandrasekara (Media Assistant), of the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA)

Beneficiary Feedback

Children’s Feedback

“I got to know about Child Rights that I had never known before. Thank you for this golden opportunity” -L.P.Methuli Lewhara No : 225/B, Maweehena Settlement, Gampaha.
“Such an important programme and please continue these type of workshops”
– Nethmi Sathsarani, No: 70/32 ,Sinhapura Stage II, Borella
“I really appreciate the programme and it was a great opportunity to be well aware about the child rights and child protection.”
– Shalini Dilsha Fernando, No 865/ 17/ B, Kendaliyadda Paluwa, Ragama

Parent’s Feedback

“We have heard lots of child abuse all over the country. Thank you for making us aware of this burning social problem and please expand the programme island wide”
– Secretory, CBO, Thuruethurugama, Anuradapura.

“I never attend this kind of programme before. Therefore, we have learnt lots of things regarding protecting our children. As a mother, I owe Urban Settlement Development Authority for this programme, thank you”
– K.A .Niluka Shayamali, Maweehena Settlement, Gampha.

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