Oxfam in Sri Lanka
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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