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.