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A new resolve to promote social integration

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.  more

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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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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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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