Empower Sri Lankan Youth at Vocational Fish Farm



The Kalapuwa Sri Sustainable Fish Farm Project provides critical vocational training opportunities to the 195 orphaned children, some traumatized by the civil war or tsunami, that are cared for at the Kalapuwa & Samudra Sri Leadership Academies. The region surrounding Kalapuwa Sri derives its income primarily from a fishing industry and this project will build a new fish processing facility that will add greatly to the scope of the existing vocational training program that empowers our students.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Child Empowerment International currently provides for the complete care for nearly 200 single and double orphans in Sri Lanka at our two Leadership Academy facilities. While we provide for their traditional schooling, there is also a need to provide vocational training that will empower our students transition into the "real" world. Providing our students with the opportunity to learn fish husbandry skills and aquaculture techniques will enable them to enter the community as employable adults.

How will this project solve this problem?

The region surrounding the Kalapuwa Sri Leadership Academy derives income primarily from a fishing industry. Students prepare for their futures by taking on the responsibilities of proper feeding, cleaning of the ponds, monitoring of pH levels, maintaining a harvest calendar, and fish harvest processing. Students are also learning valuable business skills like marketing & accounting. In addition, this project provides students with industry contacts and integrates them into the larger community.

Potential Long Term Impact

The project will provide vital vocational training in the fish-farming industry for 195 orphans at our Leadership Academies. These students will be able to provide for their futures and become successful members of the community because of the practical skills & emotional maturity gained from this program. Empowering students to challenge the cycle of poverty and create a better future from the civil unrest that has left them without a traditional family unit is an essential part of our mission.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $5,028

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $5,028 .  The original project funding goal was $4,270.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Sharon Wilson

Carmel, CA United States

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