Building of a Day Care Center and Montessori School for approximately 50 children in Pallemalala, Hambantota District, Sri Lanka
June 2, 2005
Sylvia Hoebig and Anu Perera
Pallemalala is a small village in the Hambantota district in Southern Sri Lanka. The villagers' main income source is fishing. Due to the tsunami, many of the already very poor families have suffered major losses, both materially and emotionally.
The child care center now operates from this tent without furniture, with school children helping — see photos below.
- To facilitate psycho trauma care for the children and their families.
- To facilitate psychological and socio-economic development of the families.
- To support the children in their development and provide a harmonic and child friendly environment.
- To provide employment for two teachers as well as for one or two seamstresses to sew the Montessori uniforms, as well as one cook to prepare the meals, and two caretakers/cleaning persons for the house. (Employment should be mainly given to parents of the children and to members of the families affected by the tsunami.)
- To give the availability of time and freedom to the single mothers/working parents to pursue employment.