Lying off the southern tip of India, the tropical island of Sri Lanka has attracted visitors for centuries with its natural beauty.
But it has been scarred by a long and bitter civil war arising out of ethnic tensions between the majority Sinhalese and the Tamil minority in the northeast.
After more than 25 years of violence the conflict ended in May 2009, when government forces seized the last area controlled by Tamil Tiger rebels. But recriminations over abuses by both sides continue.
The island fell under Portuguese and Dutch influence after the 16th century. It gained independence in 1948, after nearly 150 years of British rule.
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In Sri Lanka’s rural Central Province, a high percentage of families live in extreme poverty. Due to the low-income status of these families and their rural location, they have a tendency to be overlooked by government services and organisations. As a result, poor hygiene and sanitation are prevalent. Without toilets, the practice of open defecation is common, which increases the spread of disease. These practices have made the Central Province community particularly vulnerable, especially children.
So how can YOU help? ADRA Sri Lanka have been working hard to provide toilets (latrines) for numerous families throughout the district; but we need your help. Together with ADRA Sri Lanka, you and your church could make a valuable contribution to the lives of the Central Province community.
Through a donation of only £500 you could transform the lives of these men, women and children by providing them with well constructed toilets. Your donation will especially contribute to the improved health of the women and children of this community through their improved access to sanitation facilities.
So what are you waiting for?! Help ADRA Sri Lanka flush away disease!
1712 - Clean Water for 30 Families
Access to basic needs like clean water are only a wish for those living in Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. Badly affected by the 30- year long civil war and the Tsunami, life in these regions is difficult. Due to limited resources, those living in the Northern and Eastern provinces have become very vulnerable and susceptible to water borne diseases. Due to contaminated water in Sri Lanka, a high number of people die from diseases such as Chronic Renal Failure and in some cases Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Origin.
How can you help? A donation of £2,200 towards this project would provide at least 30 vulnerable families (approximately 140 people) within the Northern and Eastern Province community with not only access to clean water, but also the training to raise awareness about personal hygiene and sanitation across generations.
Your contribution will help ADRA Sri Lanka to provide a hand pump for these families which will give the whole community a sustainable source of clean, safe water.How do we know it works?ADRA Sri Lanka have taken this project to various other regions of Sri Lanka, where it has been very successful in reducing water borne diseases such as Chronic Renal Failure which is a common killer in Sri Lanka.
A recipient of this project named Wickramsinghe, says:“it is a good thing that now we have a way to prevent our grandchildren being ill, though too late for me…I am grateful to ADRA for this gift to our village”
1713 - Refugee Returning Community
There are more than 65,000 Sri Lankan refugees in the South of India at present even after the end of the civil conflict in 2009. However, since 2009 there have been 8,000 persons returning to Sri Lanka. A once income generating community through its agricultural produce, the Vauvniya and Kilinochchi District of Northern Sri Lanka has now become home to some of the most vulnerable people within the country. Heavily impacted by the 30-year Sri Lankan civil war, The Kilinochchi District has the highest unemployment rate (7.6%) in the country contributing to the unemployment (5.3%) and underemployment (4.6%) rates in the Northern Province. Additionally, the literacy rate is the lowest in Kilinochchi (86.5%).
Through an 8- week project ADRA Sri Lanka aims to assist 15 families (approximately 70 people) to start their own businesses through an income generating activity, i.e.- agriculture, fishing. ADRA Sri Lanka will assist families to help and support them to select a viable business to help to overcome poverty.
So what can YOU do? ADRA UK and ADRA Sri Lanka is giving you and your local church, the unique opportunity to make a difference by donating £5,000 to the project which will help ADRA to provide the resources, training and business skills to the 15 selected families. These skills will be an asset in supporting the continuity of each new business.
So, what are you waiting for?! Join ADRA in becoming one step closer to a world without poverty and distress. Time to get those fundraising cogs turning!
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