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The organization stands up for basic human rights for children and families, for helping the poor and needy, for feeding the hungry, poverty alleviation, educating the unschooled and tutoring those already in school, helping with vocational training, prevention of child labor, starting up micro-enterprise development, mobilizing women to stand up for the rights of their own children and families, working with drug addicts, destitute children, the abused, victims of disease, homelessness, the tsunami affected and other hurting people in the community in every location we work in.

DEHIWELA OUTREACH

In 1982 CC's first project was born, the Dehiwela Outreach Center. A small house was rented on the beach, which provided a soup kitchen, wound cleaning and other mercy ministries. Today CC operates out of a main building in the heart of the slum area known as the Dehiwela Outreach Centre (DOC). Many programmes have been implemented and hundreds of children and adults come daily for help. The staff and volunteers are always willing to make a difference in the lives of those who come seeking for assistance.
  • Feeding Programme
  • Medical Centre
  • Baby Clinic
  • Senior Citizens Club
  • Volunteer Beach Lifeguards
  • Young Men's Gym

lak daruwo

child sponsorship

Lak Daruwo helps children and their families break out of poverty, receive nutritional meals, have access to health care and basic education. These programmes have played a major role in mobilizing the surrounding community. Children are given sponsors from an early age. Their health, growth, education and overall wellbeing are monitored. These children come from different slum areas on the island. Lak Daruwo works with schools, government offices and community centres to find the best solutions for the children under the programme's care.
  • Education
  • School supplies
  • Emotional support
  • Family support
  • Advice & Counselling
  • Visits to tutors
  • Career guidance
  • Vocational training
  • Job placements
  • Medical assistance
  • Assistance in maintaining nutrition
  • Tuition programmes in the North

save lanka kids

  • Heavena (Battered Women's Shelter)
  • Morning Star School (Mainstreaming Street Kids into public schools & vocational training)
  • Tiny Star School (Pre-school and Day care enabling mothers to work)
  • Tuition Programme
  • HIV Drop In Centre
  • Salvage Workshop
  • Youth Club
  • Resouce Bank
  • Human Trafficking Network
Children should be empowered to face their futures and reach their potential. CC goes the extra mile for at risk children that fall between the cracks. Thinking out of the box, there are a number of projects that address the specific needs of these kids. Save Lanka Kids is an advocacy arm for CC, developing materials and awareness programmes to bring the public up to speed on issues like HIV stigma, combatting human trafficking, violence against women and child sexual abuse. With a proactive nature, 'Salvage' was started, a jewellery and accessory brand that makes products out of recycled material for income generation. All the profits produced go into running new and existing initiatives.

KIDZNET

network of
children's
homes

Kidznet is committed to the spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional wholeness of children needing residential care. We will strengthen partnering Christian Children homes through capacity building, resources and shared expertise so they can provide the best residential care and raise the quality of children's
in Sri Lanka.
  • Residential Care Network
  • Child Sponsorship
  • National Trainings
  • On-site Coaching
  • Micro Grants
  • Relief Grants
  • Kids Camps
volunteer
Be a part of the solution, come and volunteer at any of our projects and see first-hand how reaching out to someone who is less fortunate can change not only their lives, but yours too.
SUCCESS STORIES

Power house

drug rehab project

Power House Drug Rehabilitation Project was started in 1982 and today is a successful project where young men, through residential care, can get free from drug addictions. The project provides counseling, medical assistance, emotional and spiritual support, as well as family support while these men are away for the 6 month programme. During rehab the 'brothers' receive vocational training in handicrafts, agricultural, poultry & livestock projects. After successful completion of the programme, the men have several options; they can remain and become further involved with the project, or they can integrate back into their families. Those who have exited the programme are members of a group known as the "Sons of Zebedee", which is a support group to the programme and meets regularly.
  • Drug Rehabilitation Programme
  • Sons of Zebedee (Support Group)
  • Family Camps
  • Income generation projects
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Pradeep's Story
Pradeep* came to Tiny Stars Montessori when he was only two and a half years old. When he arrived to the Tiny Stars Montessori he was unable to speak. This caused him to grow very frustrated and therefore he began to act out and have several behavioral issues. Through the patience, care, and persistence of
the teachers at Tiny Stars Montessori, within one year Pradeep has changed remarkably. Pradeep* can now count to 100 in both Sinhalese and English. He also knows his ABC's and is starting to learn three letter words.His ability to communicate has improved immensely.
Pradeep's* progress continues and because of his newfound communication skills his behavior has also improved. The amazing work of the teachers at Tiny Stars have given Pradeep and his family new hope.
*Name has been changed
Lena's Story
Lena* was born into a poor family in a village in Ratnapura and was the youngest child in her family. Her earliest memories from her childhood were of her father drinking heavily and physically abusing her mother. She remembers her mother crying in pain and eventually committing suicide to escape the abuse. Lena's* childhood was scarred with abuse and trauma. After her mother passed away, her father's drinking problem worsened and she knew she had to leave. She stayed with several family members but was continually forced to look after their children and do all the household chores. This meant that she could not attend school and so she moved back to her father's house.

Shortly after her father married her off to a much older man. This man sold illicit alcohol, had a wife that was working abroad and three children. Lena* was forced to look after his children and soon learned
that he also abused alcohol and began to abuse her. Lena* had two children with this man and was now trapped in the same cycle as her mother.

One night, after being severely beaten, Lena* decided to leave. Her husband was passed out in a drunken stupor and she, along with her two children left. She got on the first bus, which was headed for Colombo. It was at this point that fear started to set in because Lena* did not know what was in store for her.

The bus arrived in Colombo in the early morning. Lena* still terrified, sat on a bench with her two children not knowing what to do. An elderly man approached her and asks if she needed help. She said she was waiting for someone. The elderly man continued to offer to help and she decided to trust him. He bought her and her children a bus ticket to Dehiwela and he took her to Community Concern.
This was the beginning of Community Concern's Heavena project. Lena* was the first mother to receive counseling and support at Heavena. To this day she still believes that the man that offered her help and guided her to Community Concern was an angel.

Now, roughly ten years later, she is a thriving montessori teacher and mother. Her wounds have healed and she has regained her confidence and self-worth. Her two children attend government schools and the three of them live happily in their own home. She is finally happy and continues to do well for her and her family.
*Name has been changed
Kalistos's Story
Kalistos's mother died when he was just 9 years of age. Soon after his mother's passing his father left the family. Even though his eldest sister was very young she took care of Kalistos and his siblings in a small house on the beach. When his sister got married she became to busy and brought him and his brother to the feeding program during the early days of CC. He received milk, soup, bread, eggs, and rice and curry through the program. He was unable to attend school as her sister couldn't afford to send all of
the siblings to school. Instead he joined the morning literacy classes and got training as a carpenter by CC in the evening.

After he grew up and became 18 years old, he joined the CC staff working as an assistant in the feeding program. At age 28 he married a tuition teacher at CC and has now been promoted as the main cook at the feeding program. He also coordinates the Life Guard program during the weekends which was started after
the Tsunami and works as an instructor in Gym in the evenings during the weekdays.

He wants to give back to the community that helped him when he was a young boy. Kalisto and his wife are not only serving their community and The Lord through CC but at their local church as well. He is so thankful for CC and the people who helped him get to were his is today.
Vijayraj's Story
Vijayraj* is proof of how Community Concern helps the Dehiwela community. When he was a little boy, he had the opportunity to received nutritious meals from Community Concern's through the feeding program.

Community Concern also provided him with an education and support through the Lak Daruwo
Sponsorship Program. This sponsorship allowed him to pursue his education, something that would have been lost if it weren't for the giving heart of the program and his sponsor.

With the love and support from his sponsor and CC, he is now living in Canada and working in a
coffee shop. Vijayraj* understands how important getting an education was and now sponsors a child of his own through the same sponsorship program that helped him.
*Name has been changed