Remarkable Change for Children: Sharing a video about ChildFund’s early childhood development programs (ECD) in Sri Lanka. Malnutrition, poor water quality, lack of sanitation and a shortage of schools are among the country’s problems. ChildFund, through its ECD programs, is working with communities to address those challenges; remarkable change is taking place.
Sithusi, 4, is energetic and full of smiles today, a complete contrast from the child she was one year ago. Last year, she was suffering from a serious malnutrition problem and got sick often. ChildFund Sri Lanka enrolled the child and her family in the ENHANCE (Ensure Nutrition, Health and Children’s Education) project in Polonnaruwa, a project made possible with funding from Fonterra. Lack of knowledge about nutrition among mothers and poor eating patterns are main causes of malnutrition in this area. “I didn’t give my child even the nutritious things, which I can easily find in our own garden, because I didn’t know their nutritious value,” says Sithusi’s mother, Chathurangani. “Now I know it well,” she says, “Sithusi is happier, healthier and plays more often.”
Championing Literacy: Dinesh, who lives with his parents on the tea estates of Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka, was a child facing illiteracy. Although he was attending school, he was struggling with math and writing and rapidly falling behind. Working with the government and educational specialists, ChildFund developed a special curriculum to guide classroom teachers in working with students who exhibit learning problems. Since January, Dinesh’s math test scores have risen, and he’s now writing complete sentences.
“The class is a real help for my child,” says Theivanai, Dinesh’s mother. “He is more interested in his school work now. As we can’t afford to send our children to supplementary classes, this is a big support for my child.”