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In Jaffna, the Palmyrah Handicrafts Centre helps uplift the lives of women

We are greeted by an array of colourful products, made out of palmyrah, found in abundance in Northern Sri Lanka, as we step into the sales center of the Palmyrah Handicrafts (Guarantee) Limited. The sales centre was established this year and is today bustling with activity.  And, there is much more

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Dharsha: Looking to the future with hope and optimism

Displaced several times due to the conflict, the villagers in Piramanthanaru in Kilinochchi District in Northern Sri Lanka, faced severe hardships. Dharsha has become an avid community leader since she came back from displacement in 2009. In 2010, UNDP provided her with a sewing machine. That was ju more

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Making friends for life through UNDP’s Communities for Peace project

Thirteen year old Ravindu Dilshan Edirisinghe is a student of the Janakapura Maha Vidyalaya in Weli Oya, in the North- East of Sri Lanka. Ravindu and his 6 year old sister Tharushi have been living with their parents in the Weli Oya area, throughout the civil war that raged in the North and East. H more

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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 particul more

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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 w 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 h more

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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 t more

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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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Supporting efforts to build unity, peace and mutual understanding among communities

The village of Pavatkulam, in Cheddikkulam, Vavuniya District, consists of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities. A few years ago, the different communities here hardly met or interacted, bitterly divided over water resources and livelihoods. H. Gunasena has seen much of the tension that existed bet more