Would you stop caring for your children once they turn 18? As parents, could we ever imagine abandoning our children at 18 – cutting off all sources of assistance and comfort, all love and nurturing? Orphans deserve the same consideration and concern.
As we all know, in Sri Lanka, family support structures and economic assistance continue long into adulthood, and are the biggest predictors of success. Care-leaving orphans are deprived of these networks and assets, and often face barriers to higher education, limited employment prospects, – and even difficulties finding stable housing. Flung into society, insecure and ill-prepared for the trials of modern adult life, they can therefore easily slip into poverty and despair.
We believe that as a society, we have a responsibility to empower orphans as they enter young adulthood.