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  • Uplifting the lives of women, while reviving the forgotten palmyra industry
    May 7, 2016

    It is around 5 in the evening when we reach the handicraft training centre in Tharmakkenni, a GN Division in Pachchilaipalli, in Kilinochchi District. Seated on a mat outside the training centre, under soaring Palmyra trees – a common sight in this part of the country – a group of women are busy at work weaving long Palmyra leaves with their hands. Around them are an array of products; mats, temple baskets and hats, among others. Their colours are striking and vivid. Each piece is intricately designed. It is evident that much time and effort has been spent on their detail.

  • A Village Action Group in Muthur brings communities closer together
    May 7, 2016

    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 are about fifteen men and eight women, between the ages of 20 and 60. The room begins to fill with friendly conversation and laughter.

  • Women in Ampara take on the baton of leadership
    May 7, 2016

    K. Lalith Kulanayake was recently elected to the Lahugala Pradeshiya Sabha, becoming the first woman to serve in a local government authority in the Lahugala Division in Ampara District, a region where female political participation is among the lowest in the country.

  • Rigithene: Uplifting a village
    May 7, 2016

    Large fields greeted us upon arrival at Rigithene, a small village about 37 km away from Batticaloa Town in the Eastern Province. At the very end of the field were cement bags, some machinery and a pile of stones, signaling a busy day ahead for the engineers at work on the irrigation channel. Once this irrigation channel is complete, the villagers don’t have to wait for the rain anymore.

  • Micro credit, macro hope
    May 7, 2016

    With the end of the conflict, many of those who had left their homes in the Muthalikudah West GN Division, a small riverside village in the Batticaloa District, returned to their village with new hope. However, stricken by poverty, their situation showed no sign of improving.

  • A better tomorrow with a common tractor
    May 7, 2016

    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.

  • Home at last
    May 7, 2016

    The 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.

  • Building lives, brick by brick
    May 7, 2016

    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 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.

  • Strengthening Community Service Organizations in Batticaloa District
    May 7, 2016

    "I have been living in the Ilupaddcihenai village for the last 18 years. I have 9 members in my family including 4 sons and 3 daughters. My house was very small and I faced many difficulties living in the small cottage with all my family members,” says 45 years old Supramaniyam Nesakumar.

  • Making friends for life through UNDP’s Communities for Peace project
    May 7, 2016

    Thirteen year old Ravindu Dilshan Edirisinghe is a student of the Janakapura Maha Vidyalaya in Weli Oya, in the North- East of Sri Lanka. Ravindu and his 6 year old sister Tharushi have been living with their parents in the Weli Oya area, throughout the civil war that raged in the North and East.

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