Every Mind Matters

Our project on Sports for Transformational Development selected Kilinochchi as its first location due to a need for improved mental wellbeing among youth. “In the recent years, there is an increased level of psychological issues among the adolescents and young adults in Kilinochchi,” says Dr. N. Saravanabavan, the Regional Director of Health Services (RDHS), Kilinochchi (North, Sri Lanka).

By engaging in sports, children will release endorphins, which will reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. They will have a sense of belonging by being part of a sports team which in turn fosters a sense of community. Further, sports offers a safe outlet for energy and emotions, a positive alternative to potentially harmful activities.

As physical activity is shown to enhance cognitive function, concentration, and academic performance, this program will yield positive results for hundreds of children. Additionally, children's self esteem and confidence would also be enhanced.

Through this program, children and youth will receive the following opportunities:

* access to professional coaching

* access to sports equipment

* enabling environment for skills development

* empowerment for goal setting and achievement

We had a very successful phase one, with the campaign being kicked off by Subi Aubert, who at the time was a World Vision staff, taking on the challenge of running 70 Km from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy. The campaign's first phase generated LKR 3.5 million which supported over 400 children with sports equipment and coaching.

We are now thrilled to announce the launch of phase two of the campaign with Subi kicking it off with another challenging run, this time running 80 Km from Demodara to Ella to Elle Wala falls, Udawela on the 18th of July. We will be joining her from Ella. For those who would like to join Subi for a part of the run you are more than welcome. Do contact us for arrangements.

Through the second phase of this campaign, we aim to facilitate tournaments and continue the improvement of sports facilities, offering motivational support to children. For this we need YOUR help.

Action plan: 

-Coaching will be conducted by professionals for football, volleyball and cricket;

-Conducting tournaments; 

-Facilitating carrier guidance programs;

-Conducting motivational speaking sessions;

 

Location: Karachi, Kilinochchi & selected locations.

Fundraising target: LKR 4 million (Approx. USD 13300)

For more information, reach out to the project coordinator on : belinda_seneviratne@wvi.org

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