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A training workshop was held on 28th & 29th October at Subodhi Institute, Piliyandala for a group of 57 volunteers who accompany the members of the Children’s Societies formed in the dioceses under the Caritas Child Rights and Child Protection Program.
10 such Children’s Societies have been formed under each of the 13 Diocesan Centres where 10 volunteers are assisting the Diocesan Program Coordinators and accompanying the children in the various activities. Their dedication and their voluntary collaboration with the Diocesan Centres has enriched the program and contributed immensely to enhance the dignity of the children.
The current training workshop was designed to build their capacity and to strengthen their role in serving the children. Two parallel sessions on Child Rights were conducted by the Resource Persons. Ms Sajeevani Abayakoon, Attorney-at-Law attached to the Legal Aid Commission, facilitated the Sinhala language session while Mr. Selvagunapalan, Attorney-at-law attached to the Human Rights Commission, handled the Tamil language session.
An exposure visit to Marcsri Home for Disabled Children in Kalutara was also included in the 2-day program which was arranged under the guidance of Rev Sr Nilanthi Ranasinghe FMM, Program Officer for Child Protection in Caritas Si Lanka SEDEC.