Crossing Boundaries Youth Forum concluded successfully

Final gathering of youth of 3 years from all 3 districts
Cultural performances by youth
Inspirational talk by Ms. Jayanthi Kuru Utumpala
Cultural performances by youth
SLCDF Executive Director lighting the oil lamp
Mullaitivu youth exhibiting their artwork to Chief Guest Mr. J. Charitha Ratwatte
Model of Kilinochchi by the youth
Artwork by Galle district youth
Artwork by Galle district youth
Youth participants welcoming guests
Vote of thanks by Ms. Chitra Vithanage

On 15th November, 2018, “Crossing Boundaries – Youth Groups Sri Lanka” project held a National Youth Forum at the Sri Lanka Foundation.

The 3-year project had groups of youth participating from Galle, Baticaloa and Kilinochchi districts, 48 per year with balanced gender from each district with diverse ethnicity. Over 100 youth from the three districts gathered one last time to conclude the 3 year long journey at this event.

Mr. Charitha Ratwatte graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while Members of the Board of both Helvetas and SLCDF too participated. H.E. Hans Peter Mock, Ambassador of Switzerland to Sri Lanka and Maldives and Regional Coordinators (Vietnam and Sri Lanka Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation) Ms. Daniela Renne and Mr. Christoph Oertke with their Country Representative Ms. Shiranthi Jayathilaka represented Helvetas. Mr. Henry de Mel Treasurer SLCDF Board with Mr. Tissa Wijetunga Executive Director participated from SLCDF.

The event had mix of cultural performances that showcased the unity among the youth. An exhibition comprising their art creations were on display at the lobby. Highlight of the event was the inspirational talk given by the First Sri Lankan to summit Mount Everest – Ms. Jayanthi Kuru Utumpala. She concluded by saying “It is important that we climb the mountain of life by conquering ourselves”

The parents of some of the youth expressed their views at this programme, saying that the fear they once had in their hearts melted away when hosting these children from other ethnicity in their homes.

The programme was organized exquisitely with many youth performances where the team spirit of youth were amazing and truly showed that they are ready for a long journey together as peace facilitators.