GHR envisions a world where all children—especially those without, or at risk of losing, parental care—are living in a stable, positive, long-term family.
In 2015 the Good Shepherd Sisters of Sri Lanka committed to serving children through community-based programming aligned with the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child. Their decision was fueled by growing appreciation for the importance of family and community for a child’s well-being.
According to Sister Rasangi, Community Development Program Officer, “…it is our responsibility to empower the families and the entire community [in] creating a better place for our children. Institutional care should be the last solution for child protection.”
Working carefully, the Good Shepherd sisters have reunited children with their families, reducing the number of children in their residential care institutions from 800 to 480 in 3 years.
At the same time, the Sisters have started five community-based programs in fishing villages and tea plantations. Here, the Sisters have helped create child friendly safe spaces where over 1,000 children socialize after school and access services. They have facilitated support groups for families, but especially for women who play an important role in children’s lives. Everyone has a role in ensuring children’s safety and well-being within their families.
In this video, see how sisters are supporting efforts to keep children in families.