Country Profile: Sri Lanka

An island just south of India, Sri Lanka experienced a 25-year-long civil war that ended in 2009. This brutal conflict between the Sri Lankan millitary and the Tamil Tigers caused between 80,000 and 100,000 deaths, leaving the remaining population deeply scarred and yearning for peace.

Play for Peace Trainers visited Sri Lanka in March 2018 and conducted Play for Peace trainings in three different cities with almost 70 young peace builders. The youth there were both Singhalese and Tamil, and all of them had seen an abundance of death and destruction. They embraced Play for Peace's methods to the point that they started their own clubs to address local conflicts and violence. Play for Peace gave them powerful tools for transforming negative attitudes and working to create a thriving and peaceful community.

The Center for Peace Building and Reconciliation has invited Swati and Agyat back to Sri Lanka for further training, as well as to follow up regarding the two clubs that have already formed and are active.

"It’s the youth who can change everything in the future. I see a good future for Sri Lanka. My dream is to be a peace builder, but before that I need to be a good Sri Lankan, without any ethnic or racist thoughts. I think peace is possible."   


Aninilavan Puvanesan 
Youth Leader from Mullaitivu 

Play for Peace Clubs, Stories, and Projects 

Breeze of Peace Club

Mullaitivu

3D White Feathers

Batticaloa

  • Sep 27, 2019

    While our community in Sri Lanka was greatly affected by the Easter bombings in April 2019, our clubs’ commitment to peace remained strong. Just months after the tragic terrorist attack, we are once again spreading peace to youth in country.

  • Jun 26, 2019

    After a recent, tragic terrorist attack in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, certified trainers Swati and Agyat conducted a series of Play for Peace trainings there and have named a new club in the region.

  • Jun 18, 2018

    The Dipi Dipi Dappe (3D) White Feathers club was founded on the notion that play and creating a neutral environment is essential to spreading peace in displaced communities in Sri Lanka. Find out how the group came to be and the important work it has done with communities affected by disaster, youth who've experienced trauma, and children with disabilities.