In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, many Sri Lankan families were left with nothing. Eight years on, poverty is still a huge problem, and education is one of the first sacrifices families make when times get tough – with no money for school equipment, children often end up taking jobs to help ease the family’s burden.
Islamic Relief provided 1500 children from the poorest families with educational packs, including bags, pens, and exercise books. Some students couldn’t even walk the long distance to school because they didn’t own a pair of shoes, so Islamic Relief gave 124 students brand new
Since this project started, regular attendance amongst the children has improved, and the number of school drop-outs has decreased. Protected from child labour, students are not only being given their childhoods back but also a chance for better future employment as a route out of poverty. After the death of 7-year-old Samila’s mother, she and her brother were left with their grandmother, who struggles to afford food, let alone school equipment. Samila wants to be a teacher when she is older and is delighted to be able to attend school: “My class teacher used to punish me for not wearing shoes or having the right textbooks. Now I will remember the donors in my daily prayers.”
“ My class teacher used to punish me for not wearing shoes or having the right textbooks. Now I will remember the donors in my daily prayers.”
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