Thank you for being a Partner In Mission

Welcome to the spring report for Partners In Mission Colombo Diocese, Church of Ceylon, including the work of Education for Change – Plantation Community

Development Programme. 

Thank you for your continued financial and prayerful support especially during these difficult times. Please remember to mention Partners In Mission and the church you are part of when you send your donation to us so that we can ensure the money is allocated properly.


Read on to find out more about the amazing work carried out by the Church of Ceylon, and how your support is making a difference.

Estate Community Development Mission (ECDM) primary focus for ECDM over recent years has been the Plantation Community Development Programme, focusing on children’s education in the hills of central Sri Lanka.

The programme prepares preschool children to integrate successfully into primary education and coaches older students to improve educational attainment.  There are five preschools in the isolated plantation estate communities of Sheen, Passara, Gonakale, Templestowe and Nuwereliya educating a total of 181 children. Malnourished children in two of the five preschools receive nutritious food supplement (with help from the Ministry of Health).

Five informal tuition classes coach 163 students in secondary schools (aged six to 16) in Templestowe, Ragala, Kondakala, Gonakale and Beverly. Students’ academic performance is boosted to help them succeed in public examinations. Assistance with social skills improves integration and social cohesion 

Five university students are sponsored through their undergraduate degrees, to encourage them to persevere in their studies and make acontribution to their communities.  Students from these projects perform well and are a delight. They are ambitious for their future careers and communities. The projects also contribute to improve mental, social and physical health. There is a lasting impact in the community, who in turn support the project’s field workers and suggest new ideas. Incidental services are offered, such as help in sorting out legal identity documents.

The projects have 288 direct beneficiaries. There has been increased interest recently from girls who now make up 51% of preschool students, 53% of informal tuition students and two of the five undergraduates. A baseline survey was conducted for new locations so that when implementing projects, it will be possible to analyse/assess progress in future.

Future plans include:

  • identify a new location for a pre-school and find qualified teachers to staff it
  • provide teacher training on child development and protection
  • recruit in-house counsellors for direct beneficiaries and their families
  • create a men’s care programme provide nutritious meals to every preschool child
  • introduce community hygiene awareness programmes
  • start adult skill development classes to reduce the number of broken families





April 2020 Easter Sunday Attacks on Christian Churches

The Easter Sunday attacks on 21st April 2019, on Christian churches left the country shaken. The Christian community responded with love and forgiveness. The  ECDM activities stopped for nearly three months. Many people were scared to leave their homes, but the community ensured priests’ and teachers’ safety. Churches were protected by the Armed Forces and the local people. Despite ambiguity and mistrust the projects restarted in July. The determination of the informal tuition students to continue classes was uplifting and offered hope. 

Church of Ceylon response to COVID-19

The Anglican Dioceses of Colombo and Kurunegala carried out a humanitarian response to the impact of COVID-19. In Kurunegala Diocese, many of the churches in proximity have been instrumental in assisting poor families with essential rations during this period. Through USPG support the Diocesan Board of Social Responsibility helped over 200 vulnerable families with food packs – enough for families of 4 people for 2 weeks.

The Diocese of Colombo provided support to over 500 needy families with food materials and essential items. The response was carried out through the Diocesan Board of Social Responsibility mainly in the Hill region of Sri Lanka.

Prayers

Please remember the below in your prayers: 

  • end to the spread of Corona virus in Sri Lanka and all over the world
  • protection of the poor and needy people of Sri Lanka
  • safety of church workers who are responding to the situation

Thank you for your continued prayers for the USPG-supported work of the Church of Ceylon. 

Partner Churches in Britain and Ireland

Please find below a list of churches who have kindly chosen to partner with the Church of Ceylon. 

St Chad, Poulton-le-Fylde (Diocese of Blackburn)
St Mary, Woodnesborough (Diocese of Canterbury)

St Anne with St Francis, Sale Moor (Diocese of Chester)

Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon (Diocese of Coventry)

All Saints, Matlock Bath (Diocese of Derby)

St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square (Diocese of London)

The Priory & Parish of St Andrew, Hexham
Abbey, Hexham (Diocese of Newcastle)

The Abbey Church of St Mary, Sherborne (Diocese of Salisbury)

St Martin with St Peter, Worcester (Diocese of Worcester)

Thank You

On behalf of USPG and the Church of Ceylon, thank you once again for becoming a Partner In Mission. We hope you have enjoyed reading about the life-changing difference that your support makes.  We hope that you are able to share this information electronically with your church community during this time when we are unable to worship together and share information physically? We look forward to contacting you again soon with the next update on the church’s work in Sri Lanka.   
























 
















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