Strengthening governance in Sri Lanka’s EastWhen the newly-elected members of Sri Lanka’s Eastern Provincial Council took office in 2008 they had a daunting task ahead of them. Their Provincial Council was being re-established after a period of 20 years that was mainly marred by war. Young and energetic, most of the newly-elected members, among them ex-combatants, found themselves working in government for the first time.
A new resolve to promote social integrationPrior to 2013, Amila Nilangani, from Moneragala, had little understanding of what ‘social integration’ meant. In fact, she says, “I didn’t even know there was such a concept.” Adding to this were the negative perceptions she had about those of the Tamil community, shaped by years of conflict.
Helping communities obtain vital legal documentationS. Mangaleswaran is happy that she was able to obtain the birth certificate for her child. Just a few feet away from her, I. Nallaiyah is only too glad to display the elder’s Identity Card she has just received, while a young couple is busily filling in an application form in order to obtain their marriage certificate.
Mobile Legal Documentation Clinics – helping Sri Lankans to put their lives back on trackAs a former child soldier with the LTTE, Kanthi’s dream of being able to return to school recently came true when a mobile documentation service in her area issued her with a replacement birth certificate, a document critical for school admission and exam enrollment. Meanwhile, neighbours in her village, Raman and Sidhamani, were able to register their marriage after 40 years, an important step to facilitate inheritance claims one day in the future.