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Fearless and confident, women lead the way for change in Ampara District

In 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 more

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Home at last

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 completedmore

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Improving paddy production through adaptation technology

Paddy is the staple food crop in Sri Lanka. It is also a major employment avenue in rural areas. Sri Lanka, aims to increase the present annual paddy production of 3.1 million tons to about 4.5 million tons by 2020. Increased cost of imported wheat flour has prompted Sri Lanka to look at the possibimore

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In Jaffna, the Palmyrah Handicrafts Centre helps uplift the lives of women

We are greeted by an array of colourful products, made out of palmyrah, found in abundance in Northern Sri Lanka, as we step into the sales center of the Palmyrah Handicrafts (Guarantee) Limited. The sales centre was established this year and is today bustling with activity.  And, there is muchmore

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Dharsha: Looking to the future with hope and optimism

Displaced several times due to the conflict, the villagers in Piramanthanaru in Kilinochchi District in Northern Sri Lanka, faced severe hardships. Dharsha has become an avid community leader since she came back from displacement in 2009. In 2010, UNDP provided her with a sewing machine. That was jumore

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Making friends for life through UNDP’s Communities for Peace project

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. Hmore

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Micro credit, macro hope

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. The women, in particulmore

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Mobile Legal Documentation Clinics – helping Sri Lankans to put their lives back on track

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 vilmore

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New beginnings

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 more

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Rebuilding fishermen’s livelihoods in Mullaitivu District

Fishermen in Mullaitivu District, Northern Sri Lanka, have been living off the sea for decades. However, years of conflict and displacement have disrupted their livelihoods and caused large scale damage to the economic and social infrastructure. Anuraj, a father of three, was displaced four times wmore