SOS Children's Villages granted access to Sri Lankan IDP camps

Charities Aid Foundation
SOS Children has become the first child care organisation to be granted access to internally displaced people (IDP) camps in north Sri Lanka by army personnel.

The news comes after national director Ananda Karunarathne and deputy national director Divakar Ratnadurai were permitted to visit the town of Vavuniya.

According to the charity, it has been given a ten-acre plot of land in order to construct temporary care shelters in conjunction with the Sri Lankan central engineering consultancy bureau.
Child Fund New Zealand has also been in Sri Lanka since March of 2009.

Child Fund (NZ)
With the help of so many immensely compassionate Kiwis, ChildFund New Zealand wasted no time in responding to the psychological, physical and longterm needs of displaced children and their families. We immediately entered the camps and set up safe play areas (Child Centred Spaces), encouraged the resumption of schooling and better hygiene, as well as providing nutritional supplements, clothing and footwear. These efforts have restored normality, a much needed ‘calm’, so little ones can begin their recovery.

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