SOCIO-ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT IN SRI LANKA

Support for ongoing programmes in Sri Lanka, run by Practical Action to help sustainable development and resilient livelihoods.

The objective of this project is to empower disaster-affected coastal communities in Sri Lanka to overcome economic, social and institutional barriers that exclude them from the economic and social devlopment process. The project was designed in 2008 with inputs from the local community of Batticaloa which was severely affected by the Asian tsunami. It has been running from 2009 and will be complete in 2014 with 13,000+ local beneficiaries.

Examples of the kind of work undertaken include repair and strengthening flood barriers; provide rainwater catchment tanks to households; advice on high-yeilding and drought-resistant crops and farmer training in sustainable development; improve management of paddy cultivation; encourage home gardening and nature farming technologies; encourage traditional hand-loom crafts and linkages to new markets.

The project is managed by Practical Action.

On behalf of everyone here and the communities with whom we work, please pass on our thanks for your willingness to support what we believe to be a truly great piece of work; it is very much appreciated and I know it will mean the absolute world to the people in Sri Lanka.
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