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Together, communities build back with resilience

Kuventhini Josep Jeyaraj is a graduate teacher at the Komari Tamil Methodist School in southeastern Sri Lanka. She grew up in Komari, and when a disaster struck when she was a child, her family and her neighbors took shelter in schools—often overwhelming the buildings’ facilities and causing seriousmore

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'One stop' mobile clinics providing communities access to justice

Displaced due to conflict, 18-year old Manickarajah Sulochana, of Vavuniya in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, migrated to India in 1990, just after getting married. She had three children in India, but when she returned to Sri Lanka in 2010, she didn’t have documentation for her children. “It wamore

A Village Action Group in Muthur brings communities closer together

Arriving 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 amore

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A better tomorrow with a common tractor

The 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. Paddy cultivation is more

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A dream unfolds

Puthukudiyriuppu 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.  Unable to live under conflict conditions, Panchawarnam, a resmore

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A new resolve to promote social integration

Prior 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.  more

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A welcome turning point

For 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. It was a dream come true for Kalaichelvi, who lives in Tharmakkeni in the Pachchilaipalli DS Division inmore

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A “triple win” for individuals, households and community: Palm Producers’ Cooperative Pandaitharippu

In 2011, UNDP, under its Transition Recovery Programme undertook a market and producer assessment of the Pandaitharippu Palm Producers’ Cooperative. The assessment found that although there was a demand for palmyrah-based products, the Cooperative had limitations in accessing many of the high-value more

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Building lives, brick by brick

Kannaki 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 Kannakmore

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Building their own safe home

The 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. One of the beneficiaries of the project, Thampirasa Manokari (52) expressing her thoughts stated, “When our family wamore

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