“Crossing Boundaries – Youth Groups Sri Lanka” project South youth helps North peers in difficult times

Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation funded “Cross Boundaries – Youth Groups Sri Lanka 3-year project was just completed when floods hit Kilinochchi district. Several youth participated in the programme who live in Dharmapuram were badly affected. The houses of K. Jitha, Dharmani and Dharmendra went under water and they had to move to camps.

Through the programme the youth in the three districts of Galle, Batticaloa and Kilinochchi really mixed up well. They contacted Galle youth participants immediately to inform that they are at a temporary shelter. However, the Galle youth had to wait impatiently until the weather condition improved to visit their friends as the roads in Kilinochchi were impassable.

On 14th of January, the day prior to Thai Pongal, Ms. Yamuna of Prajashakthi Sanvidanaya with two other youth Sagarika and Helanka visited their friends in Dharmapuram and met the families of K. Jitha’s and Dharmani’s. They took along necessary goods for their friends. Also they visited some other youth participants living in Iranamadu too. They participated in their Thai Pongal festivities as one family.

Though the project is now over, this is a good indicator that shows the relationships developed through this three year project, and that the bond among the youth continues without borders.