Batticaloa on the east coast ravaged by the civil war that lasted twenty five years. It was also badly affected by the tsunami and recent floods. No one was immune to the effects and none escaped the impact of constant danger, multiple displacements, loss, grief and trauma. The area is very remote and extremely poor. Many people live without running water, toilets and electricity.
Here Child Action Lanka run programmes at five centres every afternoon to have school classes, sports, dance, drama activities and much fun in a safe environment. The children are really enthusiastic and excited to have the opportunity to learn. English and computer studies are particularly popular.
Now that the war is over, the area is could benefit from a boom in tourism in the coming years, and for a young person to be able to speak English increases enormously employment opportunities when the time comes. A job in the tourist industry can be a ticket out of poverty for both them and their family.