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  • 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.

  • New beginnings
    May 7, 2016

    Saroruban Croos (46) and his family had been displaced from their village, Savereyapuram in Mannar District, since September 2007. After having spent over a year and a half in Nannatan IDP camp the Croos family is one among the first 112 families to be resettled in their home villages in Musali, in the west of Mannar District.

  • Restoring livelihoods
    May 7, 2016

    Sinnathamby Saravanamuthu, 51, is a farmer and a father of 7. He lived a simple life in the Kiran Division in Batticaloa District. The family did not have much - a clay hut and a few acres of land on which they grew paddy and highland crops. It would perhaps be wrong to say that Sinnathamby did not want anything more from life but he was content. “I was able to plan my life on my own”, he puts it simply.

  • 'One stop' mobile clinics for communities to access to justice
  • A new resolve to promote social integration
    May 7, 2016

    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.

  • Helping communities obtain vital legal documentation
    May 7, 2016

    S. 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 track
    May 7, 2016

    As 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.

  • Strengthening governance in Sri Lanka’s East
    May 7, 2016

    When 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.

  • Citizen’s Charter: Improving local government service delivery
    May 7, 2016

    In 2009, UNDP, under its Local Governance Project (LoGoPro), stepped in to support the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs to further develop and promote the Citizen’s Charter, a set of commitments by the Government towards the people on the standard of the services it provides, including the types of services, how these can be accessed at all levels, timeframe and officials responsible for delivering these services.

  • Citizenship Certificate Distribution Ceremony
    May 7, 2016

    On 2nd of November 2011, more than 80 children born to Sri Lankan families in India received confirmation of their Sri Lankan Citizenship during a ceremony held in Vavuniya. The initiative was conducted as part of the activities under UNDP’s Equal Access to Justice Project with the support of the District Secretariat in Vavuniya, the Citizenship Branch of the Department of Immigration and Emigration and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

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