A Taste of ‘Sweet’ SuccessThe people of the village of Pandaththeruppu in Jaffna have been dependent on toddy tapping for years and have been marginalized due to the negative factors associated with this profession. The lives of these families have now undergone a transformational change.
A Village Action Group in Muthur brings communities closer togetherArriving 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.
A better tomorrow with a common tractorThe 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.
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.
Building lives, brick by brickKannaki 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.
Citizenship Certificate Distribution CeremonyOn 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.
Citizen’s Charter: Improving local government service deliveryIn 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.
Fearless and confident, women lead the way for change in Ampara DistrictIn 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 taboo subject of child abuse, and her awareness-raising efforts saw a drastic reduction in the number of incidents reported over the past six months in the division of Akkaraipattu.