1. Creating a community that has zero tolarence towards childhood sexual abuse (CSA) where each member is responsible to #ProtectEveryChild. We believe that knowledge is key as having a community that is informed and accountable is the first line of defense in reducing child sexual abuse in our communities.
We believe that every child deserves to have a safe, fun and happy childhood. Children have a right to be protected and loved. They deserve to be nurtured and looked after.
Emerge launched the first phase of the trilingual awareness campaign #ProtectEveryChild, aimed at ensuring that the community was empowered with knowledge on how to recognise and prevent childhood sexual abuse. We as a community need to understand that each of us have a role and responsibility in protecting all children.
2. Preventing revictimization of survivors of childhood sexual abuse through empowerment and finding their self worth.
Emerge has worked with 1,175+ amazing young women who have survived childhood sexual abuse.
Our programmes are aimed at ensuring that these young women find their voices, their self worth, and their power.
Our curriculum has been developed with the Emerge vision in mind: to protect them from re-victimization.
We know and have experienced the strength, resilience and drive our young survivors face despite the social stigma that has followed them all their lives despite them committing no crime.
These survivors have faced abuse, isolation, social stigma and loss of freedom in the cases of institutionalisation for their safety.
Our programmes focus on supporting them in their journey toward independence and reclaiming their lives.
PAAI is a 17 year old resilient young survivor of sexual abuse; who is courageously testifying in court while she is confined to the institutionalized system. As a result, she does not have access to consistent formal education, the outside world, nor to a normal childhood. Emerge Lanka Foundation was founded in 2008 with the hope of empowering young girls like PAAI who have survived a difficult past to walk on a journey of re-claiming their lives and self-worth while learning how to apply the knowledge and skills they have access to through the trauma sensitive programming provided by Emerge. With the support of Emerge, PAAI has been able to learn entrepreneurship skills, reproductive health, life skills and personal development at her own pace.
Your thoughtful contribution enables Emerge to support young institutionalised Sri Lankan girls like PAAI.
Much like the 1,175+ young girls who have worked with Emerge programmes throughout the past 16 years, she now walks on a journey of hope to overcome any challenge that comes her way. She will go on to lead and create a life for herself where her strength, courage and knowledge will ensure that she is self-sufficient; as she transforms her challenges into opportunities.
The aim is to raise LKR 3M.
During the summer of 2005, 19-year-old Alia Whitney-Johnson arrived in Sri Lanka as a tsunami-relief volunteer. During this trip, she encountered a heartbreaking reality: Girls as young as 11 who had survived rape or incest and had the courage to stand up for themselves in court were cast out of their own families, denied the right to formal education, and locked-up for their own protection.
A jewellery-maker since age seven, Alia decided to host a beading workshop to get to know the girls better. The act of creating jewellery soon became a tool for transformation, uplifting the girls’ spirits and ultimately helping them to overcome the emotional, social, and economic obstacles they faced. Emerge was born as a way to help girls heal while learning critical life and business skills through jewellery design. Bead by bead and girl by girl, Emerge has enabled hundreds of girls to develop healthy, self-sufficient lives.
Since then, Emerge has created trauma-sensitive and self-paced programming that tackles Reproductive Health, Life Skills, Personal Development and Mentorship. This programming is crafted with attention to detail, based on the challenges that survivors face when they exit the institutional care system and reintegrate back into society as adults. The Emerge competencies are built so that each participant is equipped with necessary knowledge, skills and the self-confidence it takes to make decisions of their own, during their journey of independence.
The fundraiser will run till 31 January 2022..
We are raising LKR 3M for Q1 of 2022.
The funding will support the Emerge shelter programmes for 70 survivors and also support the Emerge awareness initiatives.
6th December 2021 - We are off with our campaign, really looking forward to your support.