Project information

Forming a Community for At-Risk Mothers & Children

To build a support network for young at-risk females by establishing a community playgroup aiming to stimulate children’s development, create friendships, share experiences, ideas and resources and learn positive childcare and by empowering girls with the skills, education and training to succeed.

3 Years

Charity information: Their Future Today

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  • Need


    Growing up, young people from poor families or in state care receive very little education or training in life skills and coming into adulthood are left with many social, emotional and educational gaps in their lives. They lack self-esteem and confidence, are less trusting of others and more likely to be depressed and less in good physical or emotional health. They often struggle to find work and somewhere to live. With no support and few friends, when children arrive they are often abandoned.


    TFT will develop employability, personal development, life skills and childcare trainings to empower young women to be confident and industrious team players. We will mentor them to find jobs or build businesses and will provide vocational training and support with literacy, numeracy, and digital literacy so they can make a successful transition to adulthood and break the cycle of poverty. We will facilitate a support network including a playgroup allowing children to safely grow and develop.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give children a healthy start in life and the right to grow and flourish within a family


    » Establish and run a daily community playgroup
    » Monitor health and wellbeing
    » Equip mothers with skills in social interaction, responsive care and early stimulation
    » Provide support with school books and kits for children

    What success will look like

    Number of children meeting developmental milestones and progressing to inclusive formal pre-school

    Aim 2

    To provide a community support network to prevent family separation and child abandonment


    » Create a community resource library (e.g., literature for parents, children’s books and toys)
    » Introduce team building and social activities
    » Implement a ‘buddy’ system of support and strong ‘gate-keeping’ mechanism
    » Provide opportunities for knowledge sharing

    What success will look like

    Decrease in rates of abandonment and institutionalization.

    Aim 3

    To equip young women with the skills to succeed in life and in education, employment or training


    » Literacy and numeracy classes
    » Digital literacy classes
    » Work placements and Apprenticeships
    » Sewing Classes

    What success will look like

    Number of women in sustainable employment or engaging in education or training.

    Aim 4

    To embed more empowering mind-sets in girls, helping them become role models for future generations


    » Inspire personal development training courses
    » Football Coaching
    » Art and drama classes
    » Twinning young women and girls with peers in the UK

    What success will look like

    Increase in levels of self-confidence, self-esteem

    Aim 5

    To instill positive parenting and child-centred care, enabling them to reach their full potential


    » Deliver family planning and social assistance workshops and classes at a community level
    » Provide informative lectures for pregnant women and mothers about child care and early development
    » Provide practical training by paediatricians, nutritionists, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and psychologists
    » Establish family strengthening discussions and workshops

    What success will look like

    Number of children keeping children and decrease in reports of abuse and indicators for other aims

  • Impact


    The project will meet five of the UN Sustainable Development Goals – No Poverty, Quality Education, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Good Health and Wellbeing and Gender Equality. Success will be demonstrated by an increase in the number of young, qualified females in the Sri Lankan workforce, decreases in child abandonment and institutionalization, better engagement and attainment in education and significantly fewer reports of child abuse or negligence and healthier children.


    We have devised a project risk register including mitigating actions. We currently have full support of the government for the project, however, a risk is that there could be insufficient inter-ministerial cooperation between education and childcare departments to ensure coordinated efforts. To prevent this we w ill work with and involve all relevant ministries from the beginning and will ensure a good communication strategy is in place.


    Donors will receive monthly email reports and quarterly written reports on the project, highlighting impact, detailing future activities and outlining any new risks and/ or any necessary amendments to the project plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Salaries Salaries for play group staf
      £2,000 Training in Care Workshops and training events and materials
      £1,000 Resource Library Toys, books, etc. that can be shared
      £2,000 Vocational Training Sewing and IT Equipment
      £2,000 Training Salaries Salaries for vocational trainers
      £5,000 Community Events Awareness and training workshops
      £5,000 Play Resources Equipment for the play group
  • Background


    Over 25 years of conflict, flooding and the aftermath of an Asian tsunami have cost the lives of roughly 100,000 Sri Lankans and hundreds of thousands of citizens have been displaced, made homeless and lost their livelihoods. Our project will be based in the coastal port of Galle. With a recorded population of 99478, Galle is situated on the southwestern tip, 119km from Colombo. Thousands of Galle residents were killed during the 2004 tsunami. The majority of residents are ethnically Sinhalese.


    Women who are struggling to look after their children and may be at risk of, or are considering, placing the baby in an institution, young pregnant women that do not receive support from their families, young mothers waiting to give birth, mothers in crisis with very young children, mothers who left children in institutions and took them back into the family and female victims of domestic violence and abuse, parents of children who are in institutions and young care leavers

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    TFT has been working successfully in Sri Lanka for 12 years. We have local respect and evidenced high impact and have the resource and experience to see this project through to completion. We take a holistic approach and our primary aim is to give all children the right to grow up and flourish within a family, receive an education to improve their life chances and that of their future dependents, and bring an end to the institutionalization of children in Sri Lanka.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lynn Stanier

    Lynn is Founder & CEO. She specialised in Sri Lankan travel. Trained in deinstitutionalisation Lynn has built strong relationships at all levels.

    Gina Davies

    Gina is TFT’s technical adviser. She is an internationally acclaimed autism and early years specialist and a qualified speech and language therapist

    Percy Gunarathna

    Percy, a Justice of the Peace, is the Sri Lankan Project Director. He started as a builder, later chairing the Gunarathna group of companies.


    Richard is Head of Programmes. He has worked in international development and global children’s health and wellbeing programmes for 25 years.