Due to another charity failing to continue funding the Weligama Community Welfare Educational Centre, Sri Lanka, IIT has stepped in to supply the resources needed to sustain the centre and the continued provision of education to those most in need.
The small village of Weligama was unfortunately severely impacted by the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004, destroying homes, schools, lives and livelihoods. The Weligama Community Education and Welfare Centre was built to house and educate orphans and those otherwise affected by the disaster and its impact on the community. The centre provides recreational activities and free educational facilities, including: English language, I.T. and other lessons to improve the futures of needy and vulnerable children.
Now the centre assists 79 children aged between 4 - 16 years from the poorest local communities to give them a safe place, daily meals and ensures an essential base for continued learning and development, enabling qualifications and the chance of a prosperous future with the provisions of education, recreational activities and skills training, all free of charge. Those attending the centre are amongst the very poorest in society, all officially registered on the government’s poverty alleviation scheme, ‘Samurdhi’.
IIT believes that education is the key for children in securing a positive future and building sustainable lives for themselves and their families, in addition to building their confidence, empowerment and self-esteem. For this reason, IIT will continue not only building and supporting community centres but also maintaining and running similar centres.
Integrity International Trust is a registered charity (number 1176502), registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee (number 11121606) whose registered office is at 10 Queen Street Place, London, United Kingdom, EC4R 1BE.