Reconstruction Deshan Tennekoon

Pictures photographed for Rebuilding Lives: The Cathal Ryan Trust, 2010-2013. The book is a visual documentation of this four-year undertaking by the Trust, in partnership with UNICEF. The Trust’s activities centred around education, health and child protection as well as water, sanitation and hygiene. This short selection looks at the lives of students after the end of the war.

Students sit an exam in an outdoor classroom at Thuya Joseph Vaz Maha Vidyalayam, Mannar district.
A performance by Clowns Without Borders at Sinnapandivirachan School in Madhu, Mannar district.
A-Level students studying for exams, Pooneryn Maha Vidyalayam.
Post-war classroom, Pooneryn Maha Vidyalayam
Welcome speech delivered to members of the Trust and UNICEF, by head girl, Sutharsini Sureslingam of Pooneryn Maha Vidyalayam on the opening of new school buildings.
Students who once were part of a war now have the opportunity to reintegrate with others their age and to catch up on years of missed education; Mullitech campus, Mullaitivu.
Students help with laundry after school in Muthuaiyankadu Kulam, Mullaitivu district.
Patched-up water tower and re-built well at P.T.K Central College, Mullaitivu.
Welcome celebrations. Dance sequence performed to Barbie Girl by Aqua, Mullaitivu Maha Vidyalayam.
An expended 132mm artillery shell functions as the school bell at Mullaitivu Maha Vidyalayam. It is rung with a drumstick from the new music room.
Though now patched with concrete, bullet holes in classroom walls serve as a reminder of our recent behaviour; Mullaitivu Maha Vidyalayam.
A shortcut to temporary classrooms via the construction site, Mullaitivu Maha Vidyalayam.
Sinnapandivirachan School, reconstructed.

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All photos by Deshan Tennekoon.

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