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EMPOWERING CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
ESCO (hereinafter called we), as a child focused non-governmental organisation, started its work since 1999 especially for the development of separated children who lost both parents. Our first intervention in this regard was, working with 75 separated children and extended to their families/cares. Later, we have been implementing varieties of child related projects with the support of many donor agencies for the empowerment of the children and young people. As a result, we have established 100 children clubs and are functioning with library facilities and other recreational activities in Batticaloa District. We have also established 6 children clubs at village level in Trincomalee district. We have formed/reformed ‘Village Child Development Committees’ (VCDCs) in collaboration with the Divisional Secretariats and the relevant departments. ESCO is one of the pioneer organisations, who established and strengthen the VCDCs as per the guideline published by the Department of Probation & Child Care Services. In addition, we have established six Resource centres in Batticaloa District for the skill development of children & young people. We have trained a group of children in each DS division where we directly worked and they are able to perform and conduct street dramas programme to eradicate violation of child rights issues within their communities and working as resource group in conducting programme outside their division whenever they get invitation from responsible societies or organisations.
ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
We have been working with women and men forming community based groups in 13 villages. We do case-management for individual cases of violence, providing legal assistance, emergency assistance and psychosocial support. We also provide awareness raising workshops for community members on gender, violence, HIV and leadership. We run a library with gender resource materials for the community.