In 2014, UNICEF’s four-year journey with the Cathal Ryan Trust to provide real and lasting change for conflict affected communities in North Sri Lanka came to an end. This amazing partnership created transformative change for entire communities by constructing and refurbishing health facilities, schools and water distribution systems.
The partnership also invested in child protection measures and cash transfers to help parents start up small businesses. Building on this successful partnership, The Cathal Ryan Trust is now investing €3.5 million in UNICEF’s youth empowerment programme in South Africa.
The programme supports vulnerable young people as they make the transition into adulthood. Over the next three years, it will give more than 8,000 young people the opportunity to create a better life for themselves.