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YMCA Batticaloa Projects

 

YMCA Batticaloa Projects

Throughout the years, Batticaloa YMCA has both been planned funders and recipients of various forms of funding which has enabled them to provide vital services to the surrounding communities. During the most difficult times, the YMCA was, and continues to be an organization that offer support and remind children and families that they are not alone. At the Batticaloa YMCA, issues of justice, citizenship and goodwill are the main areas of focus, as well as vocational training and rehabilitation. Take for instance the issue of marginalization. Throughout various countries all over the world, we clearly see a pattern of marginalization. Whether it is by class, race, culture, or gender, there is a clear inequity in today’s climate. The YMCA sees this and strives to combat this by educating the citizens within their own communities and empowering them to think and act for themselves. After all, with education comes awareness. And with awareness come power. Each person on this planet has the power to change something about their environment, their community and their place in it. As long as we can provide the tools and the resources, there is no limit to what citizens and community members, when they come together, can achieve. By providing sustainable resources, training, capacity building, mobilization, conservation and advocacy, YMCAs all over the world are continuing to be a conduit for change because more and more people are considering the YMCA a resource in their communities when they are seeking out help or self-betterment.

Founded in 1971 as a charitable NGO, the Batticaloa YMCA has been working on and successfully implementing various programs which speak to the requirements of the family as well as the community. Their main areas of focus are very hands-on and grass roots in nature, due to the basic requirements of the community in which they are located. Sri Lanka has been in a period of almost constant war for nearly four decades and, as a result of that, has suffered tremendous setbacks in terms of any form of political, topographical or spiritual growth. Due to the bleakness of this political background, entire communities of peoples in that country have suffered and continue to suffer beneath the inability to empower themselves due to lack of resources. With the help of many different community members and state based authorities, as well as the specific awareness and generosity of other large nonprofit charities such as Save The Children, The German Association for International Development-Saxony, USAID, The Christ of fel Blinden Mission and the Fromme Foundation to provide help to those who need it. Here is just a short list of some of the projects the Batticaloa YMCA, partnered with numerous aid services, has offered for their community.

 

At the Batticaloa YMCA, issues of justice, citizenship and goodwill are the main areas of focus, as well as vocational training and rehabilitation. Take for instance the issue of marginalization. Throughout various countries all over the world, we clearly see a pattern of marginalization. Whether it is by class, race, culture, or gender, there is a clear inequity in today’s climate. The YMCA sees this and strives to combat this by educating the citizens within their own communities and empowering them to think and act for themselves. After all, with education comes awareness. And with awareness come power. Each person on this planet has the power to change something about their environment, their community and their place in it. As long as we can provide the tools and the resources, there is no limit to what citizens and community members, when they come together, can achieve. By providing sustainable resources, training, capacity building, mobilization, conservation and advocacy, YMCAs all over the world are continuing to be a conduit for change because more and more people are considering the YMCA a resource in their communities when they are seeking out help or self-betterment.

                                                                    All over the world, the YMCA strives to provide for the well-being of children and families. Historically, the YMCA, or young men’s Christian association, has focused on building and empowering every child and teenager by developing skills and offering strategies and tools that will be necessary for better survival. Officially founded in London in 1844 by a group of young men, their main goal was to improve the spiritual condition of young men, utilizing and implementing the creation of Bible classes, social and family gatherings and prayer groups and anything that fell under the spiritual renewal and support guidelines. The aim of the then newly created YMCA was to strengthen the spirit and the body and by doing this, the community would become a healthier and more vital place to live and work. Since its inception, the YMCA has been on a constantly forward moving path with one goal in mind; spiritual connection and development. The world alliance together with YMCAs was created in 1855 at the flagship world conference which took place in Paris. While there, participants created their first mission statement, know as the Paris Basis. Updated in 1973 (the Kampala Principles) to remain current and then again in 1998, as Challenge 21, which was created and implemented in Germany at the fourteenth World biggest Council of YMCAs. Challenge 21 declares: It then goes on to list, in detail, a number of tenants to be adhered to and maintained fastidiously. It calls upon every YMCA across the world to focus on the challenges and adapt them to their own community’s needs. Some challenges mentioned are: Empowering all people and focusing on youths and women to take increased positions of leadership and to empower themselves to help create a more sustainable and equal society. Passing the “good news” of Jesus and constantly working towards physical, spiritual and intellectual health of ourselves and our communities. Promoting women’s rights and empowering children to take a stand and recognize that they have rights in our societies too. Promoting conversation and understanding between all cultures and faiths. This bring gender equity among the people and following the rules made by the government officials. Women’s rights have been infringed for long in this regions and it must be one of the main agenda to bring parity in the region. Recognizing and honoring cultural identity. Making a commitment to working with all socioeconomic groups and minorities, including those oppressed racially or religiously. Striving to be mediators. Learning the art of reconciliation and applying that daily to all cultures and across classes. The honoring of the cultural activities is very important in bringing all the stake holders together and ensuring the self-belonging of every citizen in the regions. Cultures are very important in making people feel free and be motivated. Working for the advancement of all minority groups. Creating systems of collaboration at every level that can encourage and develop self-sustenance and determination. The World Alliance also developed what is known as a Global Operating Plan for movement strengthening in order to further unify global YMCAs and help them stay current and relevant. It encourages world-wide collaboration in order to bring about change. Rather than isolate each YMCA, this plan sought to unify them, providing unilateral relationships and dependency. The overall goal is for the GOP to be used as a tool that can assist any YMCA, no matter what country or location. It is vital that the YMCA change and adapt. With growing economic, political and environmental crises happening every day in our world, the YMCA is an extremely important part of our cultural climate. Today, we see a world of change and turmoil. We see areas of extreme wealth and, conversely, extreme poverty. We have nations with developing economies and politics that are sometimes bowing under the burden of carrying their people on their backs. We have overwhelming amounts of poverty in almost every nation in the world. We watch as natural disasters occur on a global scale, like the Tsunami of 2004. With all of this turmoil and hardship in existence, YMCAs across the world, with the help of the GOP and bearing in mind the principles of Challenge 21, are working to make change wherever they can and in whatever form it can materialize. By strengthening spiritual growth mentally and physically, personal empowerment can occur more frequently and organically. It is in this way that we can make change. It is in this way that we can empower people to use their voices and create a world in which they want to live. Local YMCAs such as this one are firmly connected with and attached to their immediate community. They have a broad range of issues to handle every day, included but not limited to, Climate change Gender equality Sustainable development Crisis response and emergency preparedness Immigration policy Food security Educational / vocational training and resources Leadership training and resources Health and HIV Prevention Putting these issues into the context of place means that the YMCA needs to be sensitive to the requirements of their community. In some communities, there is more need for one thing that for another. In general, the YMCA recognizes the fact that education is empowering and invigorating.

 

Who we are and what we do

Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) Batticaloa has been in operation since July 1971.The Organization is registered with the Ministry of Social Services in Sri lanka. It is a reputed Christian organization that envisions establishing a just society where all people enjoy the creations of the almighty God fully. The primary mission of Batticaloa YMCA is ensuring all Christian principles are put into practice through efficient programs that build a healthy body, mind, and spirit for all.

The institution is operated by both professional and volunteer leaders of Batticaloa who engage in either part -time or full-time activities. The laymen formulate the policy, and the organizational structure makes decisions regarding the strategies and program priorities. The experts are the one who implement the programs and the policies once they have been formulated. The two teams work jointly and inspire each other to achieve the YMCA Mission.

Since the establishment in 1971, the organization has actively engaged in numerous social service activities with the chief goal of boosting peace, good citizenship, and justice within the society, providing guidance and leadership to children, community, and the youth, promoting and advocating for the rights of marginalized communities and children, as well as, supporting for establishment of gender balance and enhancing the rights of women in the community.

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The YMCA has an effective policy of training professional leaders so as to equip them to implement sustainable activities and programs and to safeguard, enhance, and preserve natural resources and nature, to promote sustainable developments in collaboration with individuals of distinct faith and enhance cultural renewals. YMCA is also a popular community-based movement involved in disaster management advocacy, capacity building, social mobilization, and environmental conservation activities such as coastal resource management, making sure there is efficient child care, protection, and development organization in the community.

The funding for YMCA Batticaloa programs comes from corporate sponsors, sustaining memberships, charitable contributions, foundation grants, community chests, membership dues, and program fees.

 

Organization Structure

 

YMCA Batticaloa comprises of a general body that includes the president, general secretary, the vice presidents, treasurer, and fifteen members of the organization’s board of directors. The decisions of YMCA movements are made by the board of directors. The operation decisions are implemented by the managers and the secretary in charge of the programs. The organization also has two certified technical consultants and two advisory specialists. The various local YMCA movements including YMCA Batticaloa are out of their free will affiliated via their national movements. The national YMCA organizations are members of both the World Alliance and the Area Alliance of YMCAs. The sub-committee and the staff report to the CEO (General Secretary). The subcommittee also reports to the executive committee.

 

Accounts Management

 

The organization maintains both Donors accounts and General accounts. External chartered accountants are hired to audit the accounts each year. YMCA Batticaloa has also invested in the latest accounting programs such as Talley and MB Win. The basis for performing the various accounting transactions are provided in the Financial Guide of YMCAs.

 

The Strength and Facilities of the Organization

 

YMCA Batticaloa has a one-acre freehold land in the town of Batticaloa with easy accessibility. Accommodation facilities of approximately 23,000 Square Feet, Auditorium, Conference Halls, and the office is in a building structure. The organization also has a 10,000 Square Feet building space for establishing a school for the deaf children. Office automation equipment includes telephone, fax, and computer, all connected to necessary network facilities. The organization has a fully equipped training center with a seating capacity of 100. Other services included in the training center are Audiology facilities for deaf children and Audio-visual items for training.

 

YMCA Batticaloa Services to the Community

 

The organization has successfully implemented various programs addressing the various issues that affect families and essential needs of the communities. The principal target group is the local populace and people affected by the Tsunami in 2004 and thirty years of continuous war in some regions of the nation. YMCA is among the most accepted and respected service movements in Batticaloa. Our several years of efficient service delivery have uplifted the disadvantaged and the needy socio-economically.

 

Youth and Child Development

 

All Christians have a mandate of ensuring that the children’s rights and observed at all times. YMCA works for the overall well-being of children in the spiritual, mental, and physical areas and creating a conducive environment for all children and the youth. YMCA Batticaloa also aims at remaining the most efficient service provider in the region while working hard to overcome the YMCA’s challenge No.21. We are currently operating in 5 District Secretary Divisions in the particular district.

 

In the four divisions, we cover 21villages with 10,000 households and more, where not less than 15,000 children call home. Our able and dedicated teams have completed various projects successfully including early childhood development and care, children participation, child protection, assisting children with diverse special needs, community based child protection programs, peer mediation, primary education, livelihood up -upliftment, and family reunification. YMCA Batticaloa focuses on participating, protecting, and promoting child development in the entire Batticaloa District.

 

The Micro Finance Project

 

The primary target of this project is women and is expected to empower the community social economically. The project is presently being executed to reach not less than 4,000 households in forty-five rural villages. The Micro Finance program has assisted the organization to continue creating awareness among women and men concerning their strong points and weaknesses towards achieving self-motivated advancement in their living conditions. The project mainly targets the marginalized, impoverished, and vulnerable members of the society. The YMCA follows the appropriate guidelines to operate the microfinance project and also offers consultation services to ensure all the stakeholders and the society reaps maximum benefits from the programs.

 

The Vaalvosai- School for the Deaf

 

The school was started in May 1999 with only three teachers and eleven children in a rented building. Surprisingly, it has grown to include ten teachers, sixty-nine children. It also has a Principal and his deputy, matron, watchman, and two cooks. The primary goal of the school is providing educational training to the deaf children who wish to learn and study like other children.

 

Our Medical Mission

 

YMCA Batticaloa and YMCA Singapore have continued to support the creation of various Mobile Medical Clinics as one way of reaching out to the people affected by the Tsunami and War. Highly trained medical professionals partnered with YMCA to start the mission in April 2010 and have benefited many people. Thirty-four clinics have been carried out in different villages treating more than 3200 people. Singapore YMCA settled the overall expenses of the medical mission, and the medications are provided free of charge.

 

Other Programs of YMCA

 

-Promoting responsible and self-motivated leadership.

 

-Starting Small and medium-sized entrepreneurial activities.

 

-Empowering women through micro-financing.

 

-Leadership Development.

 

-Sports and other Recreation activities.

 

-English Language Club

 

-Primary School Education.

 

-Child Rights Programs.

 

Conclusion

 

Christians should practice their faith by reaching out to the vulnerable, needy, and marginalized communities. Paul said that “faith without action is dead.” You can either join or support YMCA Batticaloa to achieve its primary goal of establishing effective community empowerment projects that ensure a healthy body, mind, and spirit for all God’s people. YMCA Batticaloa values each volunteer and donor who wishes to help the organization in implementing its projects.

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