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Project information

Life After War, Children & Young People, Sri Lanka

We will target 4000 vulnerable children and youths, including orphan bread winners, young mothers and disabled youths, preventing exploitation from hazardous child labour, commercial sexual exploitation and drug trafficking by building safe, lasting livelihoods that put food on the table every day.

January 2013 - December 2016

Charity information: APT Action on Poverty

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  • Need


    The poorest families are struggling to recover after 3 decades of civil war in post-conflict areas of Eastern Sri Lanka coupled with the last tidal wave natural disaster. Infrastructure and the sociao economic fabric of the area has been destroyed. Children and young people have been the most affected having largely missed their education and other life skills. Young people now need to gain skills to maintain healthy living and make a future economic contribution.


    Children from the poorest families, orphan bread winners, young mothers, stigmatised youths and young people with disabilities will be identified for support. Peer support groups will raise rights awareness and provide training including business skills, access to credit and markets. Health will be improved through hygiene awareness tranining. 35 self reliant, community based organisations will support young people to access their rights. Child protection is a strong element of this project.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Addresses child labour, child protection, health and hygiene in families affected by conflict.


    » Transition children and young people out of hazardous work, risk of trafficking and prostitution. Identify children at risk and provide intervention.
    » Inform children of their rights including right to education.
    » Provide technical skills training for employment or self employment.
    » Provide health and hygiene interventions, training and awareness.

    What success will look like

    Our success will be measured against key performance indicators in the area of health, hygiene, child protection, safe economic development activity with improved income.

  • Impact


    Outcome 1 = 3,000 families & 1,000 young people accessing social and livelihood services through 35 community based organisations. 1,000 young people and 2,400 families increased income by at least 25%. Improved nutrition, education and living conditions for at least 2,600 children.
    Outcome 2 = 12,000 childen, young people and families more aware of the improtance of hygiene and adopting good practices.
    Outcome 3 = 2,000 children and 1,000 young people included in decision making.


    There is a low risk that the different stakeholders do not engage effectively. Stakeholder engagement has been part of the planning process. Partnerships are well established with the implementing organisation. There is a risk that families will not engage but this is mitigated by community input into needs assessment informing strategy and project development.


    Project reports are received quarterly and an annual report will be available for donors. Independent evaluations are completed for all our projects.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £127,322

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      Amount Heading Description
      £52,208 Staff Overseas staff
      £16,580 Admin Overseas admin
      £36,544 Activities Project activities
      £21,990 Information Sharing information, monitoring and UK admin

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    DFID £122,049 Conditional
  • Background


    The project is based in Ampara, Tincomalee and Batticaloa, post-conflict areas of Eastern Sri Lanka.


    3 decades of civil war and the last tidal wave natural disaster has destroyed infrastucture and the socio-economic fabric of the area. In addition, reports indicate the the insurgent armies, reputedly forced every family to give at least one child to their forces or forcibly kidnapped them. Specifically children and young people have missed their education and life skills.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    APT has supported a range of projects which promote economic empowerment and social change by helping the most vulnerable and disadvantaged achieve sustainable livelihoods and by addressing the barriers that limit their participation. As such APT has considerable experience of rights based projects assisting vulnerable groups to demand and access their rights and livelihoods, working internationally for 30 years.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Business Creations

    Business Creations based in Sri Lanka will implement this project for APT. They are one of APT's long term partner organisations.