Project One

"Braut sein ab 18" (Brides at 18)

Initiated in Germany in 2015, the "Braut sein ab 18" project aims to address the critical issue of child marriage in refugee camps. This project was launched in Karlsruhe, where many refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, and various parts of Asia and Africa reside.

Child marriage, defined as marriage before the age of 18, is a common practice in many of these communities. However, it leads to numerous social issues and legal complexities within the European Union, as these marriages often conflict with EU laws.

The primary goals of this ongoing project are to provide counseling and prevent underage marriages. Through education and support, "Braut sein ab 18" seeks to protect young girls from the adverse consequences of early marriage and ensure their rights and well-being are upheld.

Project Two

100 Foot Bicycle Project

The "100 Foot Bicycle Project," active from 2015 to 2017, was implemented in the Anuradhapura district of Sri Lanka. This initiative focused on supporting families with single parents, particularly those with school-aged children.

Anuradhapura, known for its arid climate, faces significant challenges, including a high prevalence of kidney illnesses that have left many families with widowed parents. The project aimed to address these issues by providing essential support in several key areas:

  1. Education: The project helped ensure that children from single-parent families could continue their education by providing necessary resources and support.
  2. Water Supply: Recognizing the scarcity of water in the dry region, the project facilitated access to clean water, improving the health and well-being of these families.
  3. Transportation: By providing bicycles, the project enhanced daily travel opportunities for children to attend school and for parents to manage day-to-day activities more efficiently.

The "100 Foot Bicycle Project" significantly improved the quality of life for many families in Anuradhapura, fostering better educational opportunities and addressing critical daily needs.

Project Three

Refugee and Migration Counselling

The "Refugee and Migration Counselling" project, initiated in 2015 and ongoing, specifically supports Sri Lankan refugees and migrants in Germany. This project focuses on educating individuals about German and EU refugee and migration laws and providing comprehensive case management services.

Key features of this project include:

  1. Education on Legal Matters: The project offers detailed information and guidance on navigating the complex landscape of German and EU laws related to refugees and migrants. This knowledge empowers individuals to understand their rights and responsibilities better.
  2. Counselling Services: The project provides accessible counselling through multiple channels:
    Online Counselling: For those who prefer digital communication, the project offers support via online platforms.
    Telephone Counselling: Individuals can also receive guidance and assistance over the phone, ensuring help is available even if they cannot attend in person.
  3. Dedicated Support Time: The NGO dedicates 10 hours per week to this project, ensuring consistent and reliable support for those in need.

By offering these services, the "Refugee and Migration Counselling" project plays a crucial role in helping Sri Lankan refugees and migrants integrate into German society and navigate their new environments effectively.

Project Four

Human Rights and Legal Rights of the Sri Lankan People

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Sri Lanka has grappled with persistent human rights challenges for decades, exacerbated by significant events such as the tragic Easter attacks on April 21, 2021. These incidents have intensified scrutiny on human rights issues within the country, particularly regarding social justice and the transparency of the judiciary.

In 2021, the Mother Association intervened prominently in the case of Parliamentarian Mr. Ranjan Ramanayake, who received a rigorous four-year prison sentence for contempt of court. Successfully advocating for his presidential pardon, the Association also put forth nine recommendations aimed at reforming Sri Lanka's legal and parliamentary frameworks.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) responded to our complaint with these nine recommendations directed at both the Sri Lankan Parliament and the President of Sri Lanka. These recommendations underscore the necessity for reforms following the Ranjan Ramanayake case.

This ongoing project involves escalating complaints from Sri Lanka to international bodies such as the UNHCR and other institutions. It seeks to highlight continued efforts to address human rights violations and advocate for legal reforms in Sri Lanka, emphasizing the crucial role of international cooperation and advocacy in promoting justice and accountability.

Decision adopted unanimously by the IPU Governing Council at its 208th session (Madrid, 30 November 2021).

Ranjan Ramanayake

Project Five

The Global Centre for Monitoring Political and Economic Crimes in Sri Lanka

As Sri Lankans living abroad, we are launching the Global Centre for Monitoring Political and Economic Crimes in Sri Lanka with the mission to hold corrupt politicians accountable for their actions and facilitate the repatriation of stolen assets to benefit the nation.


  1. Advocacy and Lobbying: Engage with foreign governments, international organizations, and diplomatic channels to advocate for accountability measures against corrupt Sri Lankan politicians. Utilize diplomatic channels and partnerships with international human rights organizations to amplify our voices and press for action.
  2. International Mechanisms: Utilize international legal and financial mechanisms to trace and recover assets acquired through corruption by Sri Lankan politicians. Collaborate with organizations such as the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Transparency International, and financial institutions to investigate and pursue legal avenues for asset recovery.
  3. Support for Local Movements: Provide support and solidarity to local movements and organizations in Sri Lanka dedicated to combating corruption and promoting transparency. Collaborate closely with groups like Justice for Sri Lanka ( to amplify their efforts and provide international visibility to their initiatives.
  4. Public Awareness and Engagement: Raise awareness among the Sri Lankan diaspora and the international community about corruption issues in Sri Lanka and the importance of accountability. Use social media, advocacy campaigns, and educational initiatives to mobilize support and foster a global movement for justice.


Research and Documentation: Gather evidence and documentation of corrupt practices and financial misconduct by Sri Lankan politicians through international sources and investigative journalism.

Legal Expertise: Engage legal experts specializing in international law, asset recovery, and anti-corruption measures to advise and support our efforts.

Partnerships and Alliances: Forge partnerships with like-minded organizations, legal experts, and activists globally to strengthen our advocacy and increase our impact.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

Regularly assess the progress and impact of our advocacy efforts through monitoring key developments in Sri Lanka's political and legal landscape. Evaluate the effectiveness of international lobbying and engagement in influencing policy changes and promoting accountability measures.


Through the establishment of the Global Centre for Monitoring Political and Economic Crimes in Sri Lanka, we aim to contribute significantly to the fight against corruption in Sri Lanka. By holding accountable those responsible for financial crimes and facilitating the return of stolen assets, we strive to support the aspirations of all Sri Lankans for justice, transparency, and equitable development.


Justice for Sri Lanka:
This project is driven by a commitment to uphold human rights, promote good governance, and foster sustainable development in Sri Lanka.

Project Six

"Stories Matter: Strengthening Cultural Bridges Through Community Libraries"



In continuation of our commitment to promoting literacy and cultural understanding in Sri Lanka, The Mother Association e.V. proposes the expansion of community libraries under the project "Stories Matter." This initiative builds on our successful efforts in developing trilingual children's literature and aims to further enrich educational resources in underserved regions.


Project Description:

"Stories Matter" focuses on establishing and enhancing community libraries across Sri Lanka to provide children aged 6-12 with access to diverse, culturally relevant literature. The project emphasizes the role of storytelling in fostering empathy, understanding, and mutual respect among young readers from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds.


  1. Library Expansion: Establish and equip 15 community libraries in rural and marginalized areas, stocking them with a collection of 10 newly published trilingual children's books, alongside other educational resources.
  2. Promoting Multicultural Literacy: Encourage multilingual literacy by offering books in Sinhala, Tamil, and English, facilitating language learning and cultural appreciation.
  3. Cultural Exchange and Dialogue: Organize storytelling sessions, cultural workshops, and interactive activities within libraries to promote dialogue and mutual understanding among children from diverse communities.
  4. Capacity Building: Train local librarians and volunteers in library management, children's programming, and community engagement to ensure sustainable operation and impact.
  5. Advocacy and Integration: Advocate for the integration of community libraries and culturally diverse literature into school curricula and educational policies, working closely with local authorities and stakeholders.

Implementation Strategy:

Needs Assessment and Site Selection: Conduct a thorough assessment to identify suitable locations for community libraries based on accessibility and educational needs.

Library Setup and Book Distribution: Collaborate with local partners to set up libraries, procure books, and establish library management systems that promote inclusivity and accessibility.

Community Engagement: Launch awareness campaigns and workshops to engage parents, educators, and community leaders in supporting library usage and literacy initiatives.

Monitoring and Evaluation: Implement a robust monitoring framework to track library usage, reading habits, and community feedback, ensuring continuous improvement and impact assessment.

Partnership and Sustainability:

Forge partnerships with local schools, community organizations, and governmental bodies to ensure the long-term sustainability of libraries. Establish a network of support to expand library services and promote lifelong learning opportunities for children.


Through "Stories Matter," The Mother Association e.V. seeks to empower children in Sri Lanka with the transformative power of stories, fostering cultural appreciation, empathy, and educational attainment. By investing in community libraries and promoting diverse literature, we aim to build bridges across cultural divides and contribute to a more cohesive and literate society in Sri Lanka.

This project proposal outlines a strategic approach to expanding educational opportunities and promoting cultural exchange through community libraries, underlining the significance of storytelling in fostering understanding and unity among children in Sri Lanka.

This Project 2023 is successfully closed.