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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

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Restoring livelihoods: Supporting returnees in Batticaloa

For someone who has spent a significant part of his adult life displaced from home, Sinnathamby is quite happy with the way things have turned out. 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 hmore

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Rigithene: Uplifting a village

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 tmore

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A taste of ‘sweet’ success

The people of the village of Pandaththeruppu in Sandilipay, Jaffna have been dependent on a single source of income which has been derived from toddy (toddy is the natural alcoholic sap of the Palmyrah tree) tapping for many years now and have been marginalized due to the negative factors associatedmore

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Strengthening Community Service Organizations in Batticaloa District

"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. more

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Strengthening governance in Sri Lanka’s East

  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 membemore

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Success of women entrepreneurs

Ms. R. Satkuneswary  from Mullaitivu and  Ms. Murugamoorthy Calista Rosemary from Jaffna like many several hundred women in the North were involved in small home based businesses such as pig rearing and snack production respectively, prior to the escalation of the conflict. The additional more