May 7, 2016Women venture into new markets using local resourcesMrs. Bernatheth is a 53 year old widow with three children living below an income of Rs. 3,200 per month. Although she has received government and donor support for the construction of her house destroyed during the war, she has been unable to complete the remaining construction work due to her low income. At times, she had had to depend on her children dropping out of school to help her earn an income through casual labour.
May 7, 2016Uplifting the lives of women, while reviving the forgotten palmyra industryIt 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.
May 7, 2016Restoring livelihoodsSinnathamby 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.
May 7, 2016Strengthening 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.
May 7, 2016A 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.