Sri Lanka
Location: Mullaitivu District
Project : Ensuring the Rights of Children Through Empowering Women and Strengthening Communities
PARTNER: International Needs Lanka
Sri Lanka is rebuilding itself after 30 years of civil war. Amidst hope for the future are the persistent after-effects of the war, especially in the North, where the majority of casualties were. It is estimated that 100,000 people were killed and close to a million displaced. Mullaithivu district still shelters thousands of IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) due to unsettled land issues. The struggle and pursuit of safe, dignified lives continues. Poverty has significant impact on children and families. Allocation for housing is insufficient, and the majority of citizens only have ¼ to ½ acre of land, which is hardly sufficient for growing food. This leads to food insecurity, and is a major contributor toward irregular school attendance for children.

Project One:

Ensuring the Rights of Children Through Empowering Women and Strengthening Communities


Goal of the Project

International Needs Lanka is funded by ChildLink and SHE supporters.

To mobilise, motivate and equip the community to be proactive in addressing their identified issues. To improve access to information through reading, listening and searching capacities of children, adult women and men.

This will be done through the Self-Help Group approach:

  • Increased income through improved livelihood options
  • Increased food security
  • Improved children’s school performance
  • Improved access to safe drinking water and improve sanitation
  • Eradicate violence against women and children
  • Improved relationships within families and communities
  • Increased the community’s capacity to handle community issues through improved leadership and management

Progress Update (From Quarter 3 of 2019/2020)

  • 21 Self-Help Groups for women have been formed with around 525 members, and they are being trained by the Program Manager and Social Mobilisers,
  • Men have seen the benefits of participating in Self-Help Groups and want to participate. The project is considering the possibility of establishing Self-Help Groups for men,
  • Due to collective advocacy and credit, the Bank of Ceylon has granted loans to 313 Self-Help Groups members. The loans were used to buy poultry or cattle, for education and small business activities,
  • Over 200 children participated in Child Club activities. They read, have Christmas celebrations, tuition classes, First Aid training and karate classes for self-protection,
  • 80 households have access to safe drinking water closer to home, thanks to the project,
  • 11 Health education classes were held, and topics included health, nutrition and family planning,
  • After floods in December, relief packs were distributed,
  • The lockdown situation in Quarter 3 has put some project operations in the 3 villages on hold

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