Friday morning, 21 December, was vibrant and alive with the sound of happy children, Christmas music and laughter. The Supem Kekulu Christmas program for less fortunate children, organised by Care Global Livelihood (Guarantee) Ltd. was the reason for all the excitement, joy and cheer.
Care Global is the not-for-profit social arm of Social Alliance for Love and Trust (SALT) mission, which was founded with the main vision of providing sustainable long and short-term solutions to address concerns in society.
“We, at Care Global believe that every child has a right to be educated,” said Care Global Livelihood (Gte) Ltd. CEO Shaveen Fernando. “We are also strong believers in the power of education as a means of alleviating poverty in Sri Lanka for good. So the Supem Kekulu project was initiated with the main purpose of providing educational assistance to children of less fortunate families as well as children who have been considered by the society as unwanted, rejected or street children, irrespective of their race or religion. Through programmes such as these, we hope to positively impact the lives of children and their families, and instil correct values in them which will help ensure that they grow up to become responsible citizens who will in turn have a positive impact on society.”
Under this project, both financial as well as non-financial aid is provided to less fortunate children who have been specifically selected by means of a thorough screening based on their unique circumstances as well as the degree of commitment of the parents towards educating their children. These children are sponsored by volunteer donors who come forward to help create a better future for these children.
As a start, 12 such less fortunate kids were present at the Supem Kekulu Christmas celebrations along with their parents and volunteer donors. The event comprised of music and games as well as a visit from Santa bearing many gifts. The main aim of this Christmas programme was to share joy and love with less fortunate children during this Christmas season. It also provided the opportunity to encourage the donors to not just give of their finances, but also to meet these children face to face and spend time with them, giving them the assurance that they are not alone in the world and that people out in the world do care.
“We organise many such programs and events for the benefit of less fortunate children who have been brought under the wings of Care Global,” added Shaveen. “Through these initiatives, we believe we are helping to re-write the future of Sri Lanka, as children are the future.”
One of the long term donors of the Supem Kekulu program gave his views, saying, “I am glad for the opportunity to help make a difference in the life of a child. When I was able to meet the child I was sponsoring, it gave me the assurance that I was truly helping to make a difference in someone’s life.”
One of the beneficiaries of the programme said, “We are grateful to my sponsor as well as to Care Global for their support to educate my child so that he can grow and have a much better life than I had and a second chance for a better future.”
Anyone interested in helping to secure the future of a less fortunate child can do so in numerous ways. Care Global will co-ordinate the sponsorships in a transparent and accountable manner, where donors will be able to check anytime on what has been done with their donations as well as the progress of the child being sponsored.
For more information on Care Global or how to be a sponsor and be a blessing to a child in need, please call +94 (0) 772 428 428, email firstname.lastname@example.org, web www.saltglobal.org.