According to the Sri-Lanka Taekwondo Federation,
The World Taekwondo Cares project for Sri Lankan street children is moving forward as planned and is on track.
The project has completed its first task of introducing basic taekwondo techniques and basic physical training.
The “Road to Champions” Sri Lankan project, involving 60 boys in Colombo and 23 girls in Kegalle, kicked off in early July 2019 for a one-year period.
Sri-Lanka is one of those Asian countries which get financial aid from the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation and also supported by the Asian Development Foundation under the WT Cares project.
The WT Cares Program is intended to help promote taekwondo in its Member National Associations (MNAs).
How it all has began
May 2016 – a Cooperation Agreement between World Taekwondo (WT) and the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF). Jan 2019 – Memorandum of Understanding between WT and the Asian Development Fund (ADF), under which the latter provided WT with $90,000 in cash to support WT Cares projects in developing Asian countries, such as Cambodia, Nepal and Sri Lanka, among others.
The objective of the project is to help empower homeless young girls and boys for change of their lives through taekwondo and to help upgrade the children socially, mentally and physically.
The number of street children in Sri Lanka is estimated at about 15,000. Street children were defined as children who lived on the street and adopted by children care centers. Some of them have been affected by the Sri Lankan civil war, while others became vulnerable in society due to various forms of discrimination and exploitation.