A Village Action Group in Muthur brings communities closer togetherJan 30, 2013Arriving at a partially constructed community hall in the interior of Muthur in Eastern Sri Lanka, I help myself to a straw mat from a pile in the corner of the room and read my notes as I wait. Minutes later, people start trickling into the room, yelling out words of greeting to each other. There are about fifteen men and eight women, between the ages of 20 and 60. The room begins to fill with friendly conversation and laughter.
A better tomorrow with a common tractor Jan 25, 2013The UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) recently presented a common tractor to the Rural Development Society (RDS) in Vahanery, in the Batticaloa District, with the aim of developing the livelihood and income opportunities of the farmer community in the area.
A dream unfolds Jan 23, 2013Puthukudiyriuppu is a small village in the Mannar district in the north western region of Sri Lanka. It was one of the many villages in this region that were severely affected by the war that raged in Sri Lanka for three decades.
A welcome turning point Jan 30, 2013For Kalaichelvi Kandasamy (23), sewing had always been her passion, and this is evident in the collection of simple, yet beautifully designed dresses that are laid out beside her sewing machine.
Building lives, brick by brick Jan 23, 2013Kannaki Kiramam is a village nestled in the Divisional Secretariat Division of Alayadivembu in the Ampara District. The war has left a mark on the people of this village who have struggled through years of conflict and suffering. Since the end of the war UNDP has been helping the villagers of Kannaki Kiramam to rebuild their lives. With financial support from the Government of Japan, UNDP Livelihood Development Programme (LDP) has helped the beneficiaries of this village to venture into the brick making business.
Building their own safe home Jan 25, 2013The UNDP Community Reconstruction Project III, funded by the Government of Japan, provided permanent houses to 24 families in Palarachenai, a village in the northwest of Batticaloa.
Confident to challenge Jan 25, 2013Two thirds of the households in the Mullivettawan GN Division in Batticaloa are engaged in the fisheries sector. They fish from a small canoe using a hand net or by installing a stationary lift net at a specific depth for a period of time. However, the fisheries sector in the area was severely affected recently following the heavy rains and the subsequent floods that battered the Eastern Province.
Fearless and confident, women lead the way for change in Ampara District Feb 26, 2013In Ampara District in Eastern Sri Lanka, 27 women are doing remarkable things for their communities. K. Lalith Kulanayake ran for local elections recently, and made history as the first female to serve in a local government body in the remote division of Lahugala. A.M. Mahira lifted the lid on the taboo subject of child abuse, and her awareness-raising efforts saw a drastic reduction in the number of incidents reported over the past six months in the division of Akkaraipattu.
Home at lastJan 23, 2013The day Bavani (30) returned to her home village in Uppamaveli, in the Maritimepattu DSD in Eastern Mulaitivu, was one of joy but also sadness. “We had never expected to ever come back here again,” she said smiling. But when she did return she found that the two houses that they had almost completed building before they fled their village, were gone, completely destroyed and looted.