Secretary to the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs and Social Empowerment Neil Bandara said a new project titled ‘Athwela’ will be launched from 3 August in order to empower children and womenfolk here who have been oppressed due to the country’s ongoing economic crisis.

He stated that this programme would strive to address the education and wellbeing issues faced by children on poverty row, as well as women who have had their livelihood affected due to the current economic woes.

Bandara added that his Ministry has already invited overseas donors to tie up with them to carry forward its activities targeting children and women.

By Mithun Jayawardena