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LEADS is a community development organization passionate and purposeful about reaching the most vulnerable in Sri Lanka. We address the root causes of poverty from one-off  assistance,  community capacity building and development, advocacy and development  in disaster management situations. We also have a significant focus on protecting Sri Lankan children from sexual predators and do this through ESCAPE (Eradication of Sexual Child Abuse, Prostitution and Exploitation).
Founded over 25 years ago, LEADS is a registered national agency with the Social Service Ministry and the Non Governmental Agency Secretariat. We are also a faith-based agency and an approved government charity. The Sri Lankan government recognized our excellence with 2 awards of appreciation for Tsunami Relief and shelter work and for noteworthy work in development and relief. To find out more about us and our work, read About Us and Projects.

 


  
 

NEWS


Back to school once again
Killinochchi was devastated by the war with infrastructure damage that is still being slowly rebuilt. There are few schools and the long distance that children have to travel, the lack of public transport, poor roads etc make it very difficult for parents to send their children to school. In addition, 95% of the families in these areas are very poor. The schools have limited facilities and good teachers are in short supply.Under these trying circumstances, LEADS implemented this one year programme to enable these children to commence/continue their education and thereby help in the resettlemen Readmore


Breaking the Silence
 Lack of awareness on child sexual abuse (CSA) among young Children makes them prone to abuse within their families and communities and, lack of knowledge among Early Learning Centre (ELC) teachers also lead to poor handling of children who have fallen victim to CSA. In this regard LEADS organized and conducted ELC teacher training programmes at Ratnapura, Badulla, Mathale and Nuwara Eliya districts. Also the ELCs were on site supervised to ensure the teachers make use of the training appropriately. Early learning center Teachers who participated for the training programme on, prev Readmore


Over 13,000 families affected in Sri Lanka, after heavy flooding
During the recent torrential rains and cyclone warning in the Mullaithivu district, more than 5000 people have been affected. Shelters have been destroyed, property lost and several families displaced again. A further 8000 families islandwide have also been affected, with the majority in the North, Mullaithivu been the worst affected. The relief initiative LEADS will be implementing will be in the Sooriyapuram community in Mullaithivu, recommended by the local Government authorities. This community like many others in the Maritimpatu division have just returned to these land last m Readmore


Cyclone causes devastation at Menik Farm IDP camp in Vavuniya
Over 4472 people have been affected by a mini cyclone that devastated areas in the Vavuniya district on 31 March 2012. Many of the victims are in the Menik Farm area- which was the largest of the camps housing the thousands of people displaced by the war. These people were still living in temporary shelters and this disaster has destroyed the little that they had. The information from the Disaster Risk Management Programme (UNDP/DMC) provided the following figures:  Details as at 01.04.2012 Affected families Affected people Affected people  Homes partially destroyed Readmore


LEADS seeks your support to expand the residential therapeutic centre for survivors of abuse
...seeks funding for Kedella, the respite home built by LEADS for survivors of child sexual abuse. The Courts have recognised Kedella as an effective place of respite and counselling for these abused children. At present, this home can accommodate 16 children at a time, during the 6 – 8 weeks of counselling. However, the facilities which were built to accommodate just 8 children, back in 2007 now lacks  kitchen, storage and recreational space for 16 children. LEADS welcomes your support in this endeavour. Readmore


Catch up classes for war affected school dropouts
....  continues to provide educational support to vulnerable communities through the Literacy & Numeracy classes conducted in Jaffna, which have been very successful. Although the original intention was to assist 225 children, LEADS is currently facilitating catch-up classes for 280 students in 7 venues in the Jaffna District. 15 classes are being conducted for 2 hours every evening from Monday to Friday for a period of one year.There is a great need for many more of these classes and funding is being sought for this venture.  Readmore


Disaster Risk Reduction projects amongst returnee families
... breaks new ground, venturing into Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation projects amongst returnee families. The floods which hit the country in early and late 2011 saw much of the brunt being borne by the Northern and Eastern districts. Due to climate change, areas which had never experienced heavy rains and flooding in several decades were devastated causing more distress among vulnerable communities in these war torn regions.  Much of the infrastructure was destroyed by the war and very little repair has taken place in the last few years; consequently , during very wet weather, excess Readmore