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The European Union launches programme to reduce poverty in Uva and Central Provinces

November 29th, 2017

The European Union launched one of the largest programmes of development support in the country. The European Union will contribute Rs. 5.4 billion in to reduce poverty in the provinces by improving the income of poor people living in rural areas and helping to ensure that they have enough food to eat, even in times of hardship. Speaking […]

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Celebrating partnerships – An exhibition on five years of collaboration under the EU-Support to District Development Programme

October 17th, 2017

An exhibition celebrating partnerships built over the course of five years opened in Mannar and Vavuniya on 10 October and 12 October respectively.  The event is part of the European Union’s Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP), which helps the poorest communities in Sri Lanka by providing basic infrastructure and services that benefit the local […]

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The Government of Sri Lanka, European Union, United Nations and IFC jointly inaugurate the exhibition ‘Celebrating Partnerships’

October 17th, 2017

The roaming exhibition which was showcased in the Northern Province has now reached the districts of Ampara and Batticaloa. Inaugurated on 17 October in Ampara and 19 October in Battlicaloa, the pictures show a series of development work that has been done to address the needs of the population. This exhibition is part of the […]

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EU and FAO improves the capacity of local service providers to better serve the rural fisher and farmer communities in the North

September 20th, 2017

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the European Union (EU) has completed renovation of the Agriculture Adaptive Research Center, and the Government Seed Production Farm located in Thandikulam in the Vavuniya district. The improvement of the two institutions will contribute immensely towards agricultural development and modernization in the […]

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EU & ILO helps develop skills among youth in Mannar

September 20th, 2017

Creating job opportunities for young people and promoting “Productive employment and decent work” are important elements in the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) mandate. As a former conflict-affected region, Mannar is now moving towards rehabilitation and sustainable development where human capacity development plays a key role in reaching the goals set by the government of Sri Lanka. As […]

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WHEN SOMETHING BASIC CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

Posted on: September 13th, 2017 by Admin No Comments

Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, 24 July 2017 – “A toilet is something very basic, but some people can not afford one on their own, because they don’t have that much money to spare,” says J. Sumanawathi, the Sri Lanka Red Cross volunteer working in the village of Mahakachchakoduya, in the Vavuniya District. SLRC is UNICEF’s local partner for implementing EU-SDDP initiatives.

Mahakachchakodiya village experienced a high level of military occupation in the years of armed conflict. People lost their livelihoods and often had to vacate their homes at night for security reasons.  Consequently, there was a rise in the incidence of poverty in the area.

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For years, Sriyani Ranbandage and her 18-member extended family managed without a toilet.

Sriyani Ranbandage, 40, shares a small home with the families of her two siblings – 18 members in total.  The family received EU-SDDP assistance – both technical and financial – for the construction of latrines. “This is a village which was affected by terrorist activity,” she reflects. “There were times we couldn’t sleep in our own homes.  Part of our land was used to construct army bunkers. We were advised not to sleep in our homes for fear of attacks in the night. We lived very basic lives. We didn’t even have a toilet, we used the jungle close by.  And that was particularly difficult when someone fell ill in the night with a stomach problem.“ The neighbours had first let the women into the house use their toilets, but with the family growing, this started to become a problem for them.

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Family members depended on daily wage labour.

The criteria for the selection of beneficiaries for latrines was determined together with the development officers of the District Secretariat. Priority was given to people with disabilities, women-headed families, and very poor households. Next, decisions were made on the process of implementation: beneficiaries had to purchase the material through the finances provided by the project and hire labour, with SLRC field staff guiding and supervising the construction. Representatives from community-based organisation provided the support to people with disabilities and women-headed households to purchase building materials and hire labour.

“Then we discussed the specifications for the toilets to be constructed.  This was done in consultation with the technical officer of the District Secretariat,” says Radhika Sivakumaran, UNICEF Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) officer.. “We got approval for the toilet designs. All this we did in partnership with SLRC, who also monitored the construction activities.”

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The new family toilet

“We couldn’t build a toilet, because we simply couldn’t afford it. This cost Rs. 60,000, that’s a lot of money for us,” states Sriyani Ranabage. “But perhaps the cost in terms of our health was greater. It’s not something we thought about that way. There were other things that always seemed more important. But what a difference the toilet has made! We thank the EU-SDDP project for the generous financial support that gave us a toilet”

Along with the new toilets, family members participated in discussions about sanitation and hygiene. This was the beginning of widespread positive changes in hygiene practices. EU-SDDP supported over 6,400 households in seven districts with improved sanitation facilities and related knowledge with direct implications for people’s health.

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The European Union Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP) is a Euro 60 million partnership between the European Union, the Sri Lankan government, UNICEF and other UN agencies to create greater access to social infrastructure and services for vulnerable communities in the districts of Ampara, Batticaloa, Mannar, Vavuniya and border villages in the districts of Puttalam, Anuradhapura and Monaragala.

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The European Union launches programme to reduce poverty in Uva and Central Provinces

November 29th, 2017

The European Union launched one of the largest programmes of development support in the country. The European Union will contribute Rs. 5.4 billion in to reduce poverty in the provinces by improving the income of poor people living in rural areas and helping to ensure that they have enough food to eat, even in times of hardship. Speaking […]

Read More

Celebrating partnerships – An exhibition on five years of collaboration under the EU-Support to District Development Programme

October 17th, 2017

An exhibition celebrating partnerships built over the course of five years opened in Mannar and Vavuniya on 10 October and 12 October respectively.  The event is part of the European Union’s Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP), which helps the poorest communities in Sri Lanka by providing basic infrastructure and services that benefit the local […]

Read More

The Government of Sri Lanka, European Union, United Nations and IFC jointly inaugurate the exhibition ‘Celebrating Partnerships’

October 17th, 2017

The roaming exhibition which was showcased in the Northern Province has now reached the districts of Ampara and Batticaloa. Inaugurated on 17 October in Ampara and 19 October in Battlicaloa, the pictures show a series of development work that has been done to address the needs of the population. This exhibition is part of the […]

Read More

EU and FAO improves the capacity of local service providers to better serve the rural fisher and farmer communities in the North

September 20th, 2017

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the European Union (EU) has completed renovation of the Agriculture Adaptive Research Center, and the Government Seed Production Farm located in Thandikulam in the Vavuniya district. The improvement of the two institutions will contribute immensely towards agricultural development and modernization in the […]

Read More

EU & ILO helps develop skills among youth in Mannar

September 20th, 2017

Creating job opportunities for young people and promoting “Productive employment and decent work” are important elements in the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) mandate. As a former conflict-affected region, Mannar is now moving towards rehabilitation and sustainable development where human capacity development plays a key role in reaching the goals set by the government of Sri Lanka. As […]

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