Weligama is located at the southern coast of Sri Lanka, app. 30 km from the touristic area of Galle and 160 km from the capital Colombo. Appr. 170.000 people live in the city of Weligama which consists of 86 districts. The PLAYMOBIL Centre of Education is located in the district of Polwatte which was severely affected by the tsunami in 2004. The southern province is one of the poorest regions of the country. The unemployment rate is high, in rural Weligama it is up to 85%.

Alcohol, drugs and prostitution are dangers especially for children from poor families.