Quality preschool education has been shown in numerous studies to be one of the most effective interventions in helping children overcome economic and social disadvantages. It is perhaps the single best investment you can make to prepare children for school and to give them the best opportunity to thrive later in life.1

 CTHA is supporting three preschools in Batticaloa with the salary for six teachers and healthy lunches for 120 children to ensure all children have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education. Providing lunch ensures children have the nutrition they need to develop and to concentrate at school; it also encourages families to send both boys and girls to preschool.

Research shows that children who benefit from such programs are better prepared for primary school which then carries through to every stage of education, lowering drop out rates and the need to repeat years. Positive outcomes are even more pronounced among children from vulnerable groups.2

The project is made possible with the generous support of the following people, who have committed to support it for the next five years:

Life100 staff, family & friends: $5,000

Ehamparam Elaiyathamby family and friends: $4,000

Serandib Travel: $2,000

Siva & Joy Real Estate Team: $2,000

Nava Law Professional Corporation: $1,000

The Law office of Yaso Sinnadurai: $1,000

Dr. Kan Chandra: $1,000

Mr. Nada Kathirgamanathan: $500

If you can help us give children a brighter future, please consider donating.

Donated: $15,500 of $18,000


  1. Temple, Judy A., and Arthur J. Reynolds. “Benefits and costs of investments in preschool education: Evidence from the Child–Parent Centers and related programs.” Economics of Education Review1 (2007): 126-144; and on quality: Moore, Anna C., Sadika Akhter, and Frances E. Aboud. “Evaluating an improved quality preschool program in rural Bangladesh.” International Journal of Educational Development 28.2 (2008): 118-131.
  2. Campbell, Frances A., et al. “Early childhood education: Young adult outcomes from the Abecedarian Project.” Applied Developmental Science1 (2002): 42-57.