"To be a catalyst in the process of empowering communities to transform out of their deprivation, vulnerability, disadvantage and entrapment of circumstances to reach towards self determined ends and self reliance" is what LEADS aims to do through this intervention.
"By the communities for the communities" is the philosophy that LEADS follows as we guide communities towards discovering their own potential in seeking their own solutions through participatory development in achieving self-sufficiency. The organisation targets & seeks groups that would fall into the category of "the poorest of the poor". This means seeking out people that are neglected or forgotten in the tide of other development activities.
Usually families for these projects are selected in consultation with the local government authority. We seek through this to bring about social transformation that changes their values and seeks to improve their quality of life. A "cluster" of programmes is carried out in each village. These range from Leadership & Empowerment, Shelter, Literacy, Health & Sanitation, Vocational Training, Income Generation, Micro Enterprise Development & loan schemes.
The range of programmes are dependent on the findings of a PRA ( Participatory Rural Appraisal) which is conducted prior to programme implementation. Prioritized needs in their respective communities are identified by the community themselves. The catalysts for these programmes are the Project Officers of LEADS who are resident in the areas itself. The programme reaches more than 22,000 families every year in the districts of Amapara, Kurunegala, Trincomalee, Killinochchi, Jaffna, Mullativu, Kandy, Ratnapura, Matara and Hambantota.Another aspect of community development is the child centred community development which LEADS has stepped into. In these projects, a rights based approach is followed concerning the rights of children.