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A Village Action Group in Muthur brings communities closer together

Arriving 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 a more

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A better tomorrow with a common tractor

The 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. Paddy cultivation is more

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A dream unfolds

Puthukudiyriuppu is a small village in the Mannar district in the north western region of Sri Lanka. It was one of the many villages in this region that were severely affected by the war that raged in Sri Lanka for three decades.  Unable to live under conflict conditions, Panchawarnam, a res more

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A welcome turning point

For Kalaichelvi Kandasamy (23), sewing had always been her passion, and this is evident in the collection of simple, yet beautifully designed dresses that are laid out beside her sewing machine. It was a dream come true for Kalaichelvi, who lives in Tharmakkeni in the Pachchilaipalli DS Division in more

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A “triple win” for individuals, households and community: Palm Producers’ Cooperative Pandaitharippu

In 2011, UNDP, under its Transition Recovery Programme undertook a market and producer assessment of the Pandaitharippu Palm Producers’ Cooperative. The assessment found that although there was a demand for palmyrah-based products, the Cooperative had limitations in accessing many of the high-value more

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Building lives, brick by brick

Kannaki 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 Kannak more

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Building their own safe home

The UNDP Community Reconstruction Project III, funded by the Government of Japan, provided permanent houses to 24 families in Palarachenai, a village in the northwest of Batticaloa. One of the beneficiaries of the project, Thampirasa Manokari (52) expressing her thoughts stated, “When our family wa more

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Confident to challenge

Two thirds of the households in the Mullivettawan GN Division in Batticaloa are engaged in the fisheries sector. They fish from a small canoe using a hand net or by installing a stationary lift net at a specific depth for a period of time. However, the fisheries sector in the area was severely affec more

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Fearless and confident, women lead the way for change in Ampara District

In 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 more

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Home at last

The day Bavani (30) returned to her home village in Uppamaveli, in the Maritimepattu DSD in Eastern Mulaitivu, was one of joy but also sadness. “We had never expected to ever come back here again,” she said smiling. But when she did return she found that the two houses that they had almost completed more