Oxfam in Sri Lanka

Oxfam helps ensure women in Sri Lanka have the knowledge, skills, legislation and enabling environment to promote and defend their rights.

Oxfam’s impact in Sri Lanka: Waves of change in Ampara

Oxfam Canada helped ensure that women played an active role in the rehabilitation of Sri Lankan communities struck by a tsunami in 2004. The tsunami killed more than 38,000 people and devastated already fragile local economies. One of the worst affected districts was Ampara in the East.

 

From 2007-2010 the Ampara Integrated Rehabilitation and Development Program, co-funded by Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Quebec and the Canadian International Development Agency, improved the livelihoods of small-scale farmers in the aftermath of the tsunami, and helped empower hundreds of women to earn income and play decision-making roles in their communities.

 


 

Empowered by Embroidery
Hundreds of women like Jeevagolini have become successful entrepreneurs. Her sari embroidery business brought positive change to her family and community.

 
 Women and men working together
One of the most important changes for Suliha, now a goat farmer, was the change in attitude in the community - discovering that men and women should work together to alleviate poverty.
 
 
 Proud to be Standing On Her Own
Paddy farmer Navamany had the drive to overcome resistance from her husband and family to show that women can be farmers, too..

 

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