June 18, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena said the all parties should render unconditional support to the government to protect the children from various menaces in society.
Addressing the Kilinochchi district Summit of the Daruwan Surakimu (Let's Protect Children) National Program held at the Kilinochchi Central College, today (18), the President said the National Program is a prominent step towards that vision.
The main objective of this program is to build a prosperous future for the children while ensuring their safety, education and health, he said.
The 'Let's Protect Children' National Program was initiated as a project created by the President's office based on a concept of President Maithripala Sirisena to protect the children and to create a safe environment for them to live.
The program is conducted Island wide under five sections to prevent child abuse, ensure the protection of children, enhance their health, nutrition and welfare, personal development, and develop their education and life skills.
The program will be implemented as a special project jointly with 14 Ministries, five Departments, six Institutions, nine Local Governments and civil and voluntary organizations. Rs 5232.6 million has been allocated for the three year plan from 2017 to 2019.
Scrutinizing the standards, supervision and introduction of policies for the administration of voluntary Children's Orphanages, changing the name of child custody centers to a safe home, enforcement of the legal provisions necessary for domestic or international adoption of children in orphanages, registering and regulating of lodgings and pharmacies are among the initiatives to be implemented under the national program.
A special objective of this program is to enforce the circulars issued so far, to send children, who are detained due to various legal issues, back to school.
Several projects were launched today within the Kilinochchi district under the 'Let's Protect Children' National Program.
According to statistics, 387 children who lost their mothers and 378 children who lost their fathers are living in the Kilinochchi district. Underage mothers and children who are involved in court cases and displaced children are living in the children's homes amidst many shortages.
Therefore, providing funds for the reconstruction and modernization of the children's homes and accommodations in Northern province provided for the security of the children, providing monetary funds for special pathways and the development of other facilities for the disabled children who are being educated in 25 schools in the province, providing domestic water filters for 1000 families who don't have access for clean water to prevent kidney diseases, providing books, wooden equipment and sports items for selected pre-schools for child development, providing monetary aid for the families who have children living without security and other programs were conducted under President's patronage today.
A mobile service for psychological counseling, legal advice, and accepting entries was also conducted within the premises of today's event.
Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran, Governor Reginald Cooray, Minister Chandrani Bandara, Deputy Minister Angajan Ramanathan, and Kadar Mastan and other political representatives of the province, and District Secretary and government officials were present in this event.