For over ten years, Shilpa Children's Trust (Shilpa) has
worked in close harmony with social workers, the courts, displaced
person camp authorities and other government organisations.
The centre provides shelter, support, education and training
for girls at risk who require refuge or rehabilitation. Remedial
education, training and motivation are given to groups of
low-income women in the area, especially to single mothers
or family bread-winners, and to young women who would not
normally have this opportunity.
The centre's aims are:
- To provide a secure but transitional home to girls orphaned
or displaced by the war and to those that have been abandoned
or neglected by their families.
- To provide remedial education, training and motivation
to groups of low-income women in the area. Especially to
single mothers or family breadwinners.
- To provide skills training for employment to young women
who would not normally have this opportunity.
ICT began working in partnership with Shilpa in 1998 to help
Shilpa reach its potential to help many more girls in need.
ICT was able to obtain a three-year grant with the European
Community (EC) that would support an extension of Shilpa Development
centre, to improve facilities, increase the capacity for the
refuge, rehabilitation and educational support of war orphans
and for increased vocational training of impoverished, young
single mothers in the local community and further afield.
ICT has also built the capacity of Shilpa's Children's Trust
by supporting the attendance of one of Shilpa's Trustees at
a Local Resource Mobilisation workshop in India and policy
conferences in Sri Lanka.
Shilpa has used its expertise on how to make the centre more
independent by appealing to corporate sponsors and expanding
its Child Sponsorship programme. Shilpa now gets all its food
from a local corporate sponsor almost all the rest of its
running costs are covered by its Child Sponsorship Programme.
There are 8 more girls who need sponsorship and ICT will help
Shilpa to identify sponsors. Shilpa also continues to need
support for its vocational training programme.
Shilpa Children's Trust
45/92 Nawala Road
Tel:0094 1 5344613 or 0094 1 2501668
Email: [email protected]