The ROCKIDS Foundation is still young (June 2016). In this period we have only been active in the former war area in the North of Sri Lanka. But we already realised valuable and promising results with the support of our capable partner Caritas-Valvuthayam and dedicated donors (a.o. Wilde Ganzen and ScanmarQED).
Partners in Sri Lanka
We have experienced that reliable local partners are essential to realize sustainable results. Our local partners are mostly related to the Caritas network like Caritas-Valvuthayam in Mannar. This organization possess strong project management capabilities and has a valuable and strong netwerk in the area. Our key contact person is the Director of Caritas-Valvuthayam, Ref.Fr.S.Anton. But we have extended our local network with parish priests, staff members of Caritas-Valvuthayam and his Lordship, the bishop of Mannar as well.
Projects in Sri Lanka
2020: COVID-19 Support is our priority
The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown had severe consequences for the population; schools and shops were closed for months and daily wages earners struggled hard to provide for their families. Together with our Dutch partners Wilde Ganzen, Havonos and SEHH and our Sri Lankan partners Caritas Valvuthayam (Mannar) and Prosperous Life (Vavuniya) we were able to send many dry ration packs (containing rice, dahl, coffee, tea), soap and information material in april, may and june 2020.
2019: Psychosocial support and infrastructural investments (Mannar area)
In 2019 we have extended the program called ‘Young, Healthy Generation’ in cooperation with the Caritas-Valvutayam wellfare organisation. It consists of psycho-social help for war affected teenagers and their parents, renovation of damaged (pre)schools and community buildings, construction of fences and investing in water wells and water filtration units. Fresh drinking water is essential to remain healthy and learn about personal hygiene (washing hands, brushing teeth).
2019: Micro Credit & More: Sorelle Sri Lanka (Vavuniya area)
Together with the Parish Priest of the St. Anthony’s Church in Vavuniya, a remote provincial town in the North of Sri Lanka, we have developed a Micro Credit & Support Project for war affected women. 17 women first received a workshop ‘entrepreneurship’. After attending all meetings they have been drawing up a personal investment plan with the help of a micro credit projectmanager. After approval by the project management team, the beneficiary received the micro credit. They also get personal ‘sister-to-sister support’ from their counterpart in the Netherlands and Sweden. All investments have been granted in May 2019 and the Sorelle have 12 months to re-pay the loan. All payments will be collected into a revolving fund, making new micro credits available to other women.
2019: ICT Educational Support (Mannar, Kilinochi and Jaffna area)
The fastest way out of the poverty for young people is learning good ICT skills. We received many requests to support the growing interest in ICT education in the former war area of Sri Lanka. Therefore we decided to join forces with 2 other Dutch Foundations who are active is this area: Stichting Een Helpende Hand (SEHH) en Havonos. We also requested our local partners, OMI and Caritas to join forces in Sri Lanka. In this way we have been able to construct two new ICT class rooms (Ariyalai, Iyakachi) very quickly. At this moment we are developing a Train the ICT Trainer Program with two local ICT professionals. They are also creating the first ICT learning platform for this areas.
2017-2018: infrastructural, economic and psychosocial support of 3 villages
The involvement in building a pre-school resulted in the wish to continue the support of this very poor, dry and war affected area in a more structural way.
With the help of Caritas-Valvuthayam we worked-out a development plan for 3 villages in the Mannar area (500 families) to improve their economic situation, education and physical/mental health. The Dutch charity organization Wilde Ganzen is sponsoring the development plan.
This development plan consists of various projects such as:
- Micro credit for 40 women, mostly war widows to set up their own small business
- Group and individual counseling for war-teenagers (14-16 years old)
- Renovation of war affected school and community buildings
- Installation of water wells or water filtration systems for schools
- Distribution of 20 bikes for children who live far from school (to avoid dropping-out)
- School books, social/cultural/sports events and awards
Two field visits to the projects in the summer of 2017 (by the van der Hende family) and in January 2018 (by Annemieke & Marjolein) lead in combination with the semi-annual report of Caritas-Valvuthayam to the conclusion that significant progress has been made. Especially in the field of counseling and eduation. In the coming months more focus will be on the renovation activities. All projects should be finalized before April 1st. and we are confident that this will be done within the available budget.
2017: Deva pre-school in Palampiddy (Mannar area)
This pre-school in the rural area of Palampiddy has been built within time and budget. It is an ‘example school’ for the region, because it has a tube well and sanitary facilities in the building. The cornerstone ceremony took place in 2016 and was attended by the Meijer family. The opening ceremony was held in 2017, in presence of his Lordship, the bishop of Mannar, father Jeyabalan and Annemieke and Marjolein.
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