With the gracious support of White Bird, PEaCE conducts effective community health programmes such as Medical Clinics, Special Clinics and Medical Camps. The children and the families of vulnerable and marginalized groups in high risk areas are the beneficiaries of these programmes.
Health Clinics and Camps were designed in a manner that benefit the marginalized and provide them with an opportunity to receive necessary medical attention without hassle or cost. This programme enabled communities to receive medical advice from numerous specialists in various relevant necessary fields.
Individuals from the marginalized sector of society – particularly daily wage earners/casual workers, self-employed and fisher folk , are vulnerable and need continuous support to restore their life and improve conditions of dental and oral hygiene, cervical and breast cancer, blood test for diabetes and other common illnesses. Non-communicable diseases are a leading cause of death in Sri Lanka, especially non-communicable diseases like cardiovascular, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease. It is a fact that even a young child can have diabetes, heart attack and any other diseases due to the stressful, unhealthy life patterns. In addition, with the rapid urbanization and change of lifestyle from traditional to the more western and urban lifestyles, a new set of health problems have emerged as main causes of mortality and morbidity.
The medical camps consist of a holistic approach towards well-being and focus on examining participants for common illnesses, dental care, diabetes, blood pressure and eye problems. Medical camp is used as an entry point to an area where most number of child sexual abuse cases have been reported.
After School Programs
PEaCE implements education support programmes for school going children to enhance their school education, develop their English skills, helping them with moral education and extracurricular activities. Scholarship classes conducted by PEaCE aid students in their school education and provide them with the necessary support to gain better marks at their Grade 05 Scholarship Exams. Students who undertook this programme conducted by PEaCE in their communities were from poor, marginalized backgrounds who found the extra classes a helpful tool in aiding them with their education and ensuring them a good grade .
The After School Classes programme has proven to be of significant importance to the children in the selected areas as they are void of adequate educational support from school and the constraints placed with the lack of finances have contributed to the PEaCE programme being a necessary support for their education. Knowledge and skills development support the classes intended to keep these vulnerable children who would otherwise be left unsupervised and unprotected at home while their parents are at work. For many of the school students in the poor communities, school is the only place where they get free education. However, given that schools in these communities lack resources and educational support, children are devoid of a proper formal education, leaving them to face vulnerable futures with fewer successful prospects
With the PEaCE after school classes’ intervention, students are prepared to sit for the Grade 05 scholarship exam for admission to urban schools with more confidence. Low educational level of the parents and financial difficulties of the families increases the number of school dropouts in these areas. This has directly and indirectly contributed and influenced domestic violence, drug addiction, and child abuse. All the problems in these communities are directly and indirectly connected to the educational level of the community members.
These two programmes which were initially conducted have provided a strong foundation at community level with participants emphasising on its importance for them and their community.