Stories of Emerge

Your Emerge Lanka Foundation Resource Centre

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Emerge Centre Batch 4 Participant,

Age 19

“In English, I have learned so many things! Letters, nouns, pronouns, verbs. This English will be helpful for me in my life. Before I came here, I knew less than I know now. This is a certain thing. I want to take spoken English classes after graduation to keep on improving.”

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Emerge Centre Batch 4 Participant, Age 19

“My favourite time at the Emerge Centre was the self-defence course. The training has helped me feel better about myself. When I first started, I did not know how to protect myself. Before the self-defense course I felt scared of going into society, I felt afraid when people looked at me. Now, I feel confident that I could protect myself from harm. Later on, I hope this is something that I could use to teach other people. I want to teach to be able to help children defend themselves, so they don’t
have to go through difficult situations.”

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Emerge Centre Batch 06, Age 19

“Prior to coming to the Emerge Centre I lived with many challenges….. I was always frightened, felt sad and cried, I couldn’t sleep well at night, felt scared to travel alone, had a bad temper and always quarreled with other children, and was lazy. After taking part in the counselling sessions at Emerge, I know how to work with people as a team. Now I’m happy!”

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Emerge Centre Batch 02 Participant

“My dream is to be an architect. I am a good artist, and want to use this skill with what I learn at school to be an architect. Thank you for giving me the chance to continue my education.”

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Emerge Centre Batch 06 Participant

“I had so many problems, and I didn’t know what to do about these. I spent many days thinking about these - I didn’t know how to do a job, how to behave in society etc. After joining the counselling program at Emerge, we were taught about social interactions, family planning, and also managing our problems. Now that I know these, I am happier and moving forward I want to continue going to counselling/therapy programs.”

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Emerge Centre Batch 04 Participant

“Counseling was my favourite part of the program. I have never been able to talk to a counselor before. When I feel sad, or am having bad thoughts, I can talk to the counselor. After talking I feel like I can be present again, I feel release.”