The families of sponsored children, elders & casual workers were distributed dry rations during the month of June 2020.
CORD also promoted home gardening and expected these families to start home gardening during the lock-down period to ensure their family food security. Many responded to our request positively and CORD field officers provided required guidance to these families. We distributed dry rations containing rice, dhal, flour and other cooking items.
Families collected their relief packs from CORD office and they were extremely grateful for the assistance at a time of their difficulty. They have started growing vegetable like ladies fingers, brinjal, green chillies, long beans, tomatoes, bitter gourd, and snake gourd.
COVID-19 pandemic has caused many hardships to vulnerable families especially in the rural areas of Kilinochchi district. Many families face unprecedented difficulties in accessing food items because of imposed lock downs and curfew declared by the government to prevent the transmission of the virus. The daily wage earners are the worst affected segment of the community and to provide some relief to these marginalised families CORD Sri Lanka facilitated the distribution of fresh vegetable packs to 400 families in Ulavanoor,Kallaru, Visvamadu,Tharmapuram & Piramandanaru in the district of Kilinochchi. The vegetables were transported from Nuwara-Eliya to distribution points by the Sri Lanka Army and the costs were all borne by Mr and Mrs Sujan and Jenny , long standing donors of CORD Sri Lanka from USA, and Capt. Lalin De Silva from UAE.
Sri Lanka Army provided transport to CORD staff to different locations to distribute these vegetable packs.
Chinmaya organisation for Rural Development Sri Lanka , in a bid to promote livelihood enhancement and improve the family nutrition of the poorer households, distributed two-month old pullet chicks among selected 37 Self Help Group families in the villages of Tharmapuram, Piramandanaru, Ulavanoor, Kallaru, Nathan Thittam, and Paranthan in the Kilinochchi district.
These families are mostly involved in subsistence farming and they could easily manage these backyard poultry units with minimum effort to earn extra income and reduce protein malnutrition among their children. Since these indigenous birds are highly adopted to harsh environment and scavenge during the day, and hardly need any supplementary commercial feeds.The field staff of CORD will regularly visit these households to monitor the progress and provide necessary technical advice.
CORD Sri Lanka tookimmediate action during the national emergency to ensure poor families with children are provided with much needed essential food items. The corona outbreak has a devastating impact on the lives of most vulnerable families living under extreme poverty conditions in the remote villages of Jaffna and Kilinochchi district in the Northern province of Sri Lanka.
Daily wage earners are severely affected by the lockdown and have lost their livelihoods and food security. Because of the island wide school closures, the children have lost their daily meals that they depended on. CORD will continue to support these families till the country recovers from this pandemic.
Also we hope to provide a Hygiene kit to these families consisting of face masks, hand wash liquids, soap and will also enclose an awareness handbill.
We solicit your generous donation to save the poor families from this deadly virus.
Backyard poultry farming and production are simple, less sophisticated, and need less skills and inputs. Although production is low, such family poultry units can directly contribute to their nutrition and income. This traditional poultry production system of rearing a few hens in their backyard is very popular among the villagers because of its low cost and ease of management. Even uneducated or poorly educated rural women can run such units in their backyards profitably.
CORD initiated a scheme where selected Self-Help Group women were provided with 10 indigenous type birds of 3 month old to setup small backyard poultry units as a pilot project. Since the bird are of indigenous type they are resistant to diseases and well adapted to harsh conditions. They can survive and produce without any expensive commercial feeds. The birds scavenge in the vicinity of the house and are provided with household refuse and other agricultural by products during the day time and night shelter is provided in a simple cage.
Although the eggs production is much less than the commercial breeds, the eggs produced are effectively ‘organic eggs’ and command a premium price. This has helped the poor families to earn around Rs.2000 a month and contributed towards reducing malnutrition in the families.
After monitoring the success of the pilot project for one year, a second batch of birds was provided to those families who had maintained their units well. CORD is planning to expand the initiative and help the women to build up their poultry units. If funds are available more and more families could be assisted to build up their poultry units to supplement their income.
Thanustan Tharmaraja was just 15 years when his father left him and his two sisters leaving their mother as a single parent and sole bread winner to struggle to support the family without any regular source of income. When CORD came across the family the mother was helped to start a livelihood project tailoring to earn some income to maintain the family.
Thanustan was almost dropping out of school when CORD extended the support to him and his two sisters who were in great difficulty to continue their studies. CORD enrolled Thanustan and a sister to its child sponsorship program. From Grade 9 onwards Thanustan received educational assistance to pursue his studies. He made the best use of the opportunity offered to him by CORD and today he is a proud undergraduate at Jaffna University following a degree in Mass Media and Psychology. We are genuinely proud of his achievement and wish him all success in his studies.
CORD initiated cashew processing facility at Paranthan provided employment to deserving women who face severe economic hardships during drought months where no agricultural activities are possible. The centre was able to provide employment to around 12-15 daily paid women and two permanent staff. In order to ensure highest quality and hygiene of the final product, all good manufacturing practices were adopted and processing activities are closely monitored. The final product is well accepted by the customers and demand is growing for the product. Further, CORD was able to pay a better farm gate price to the poor growers as well. Income generated from sales will be utilized to purchase raw nuts during the next season. The raw cashew nuts will be collected from the small time growers at a higher price to encourage the cultivation in the area.
Microcredit has emerged as a powerful tool for alleviating poverty and raising living standards of poor women who lack access to traditional financial institutions which require sufficient collaterals to provide loans. Further, the poor find it difficult to generate sufficient income from such loans to cover high interest rates.
CORD has successfully initiated an interest-free loans scheme “Value Chain Association” to help Self Help Group (SHG) members to initiate /expand their livelihood projects. Over 600 women have formed these mutual self help organizations with the able guidance of CORD and receive small loans to establish their own livelihood projects. These loans are repaid in six months, in equal installments so that another group of women could get loans from this revolving fund.
A donation of Rs. 50,000 (US$ 335) received from a lady donor towards this fund was initially utilized to provide loans of Rs 10,000 (US $ 67) each to five needy women to start small projects of poultry, horticulture, agriculture, dairy and small retail business. Loans were repaid in six months and that money too was loaned to another set of women. Further women are empowered to develop their livelihood skills through various training programs and workshops organized by CORD. Wherever possible, CORD also helps them to market their produce by having trade stalls at popular festival sites.
Palmyrah is known as the “the tree of life” in Jaffna because of its immense usefulness to the life of the people. The Palmyrah contributes in numerous ways to food and nutrition, shelter and various income generating activities.
CORD has taken initiative to promote traditional palmyrah craft among the Self-Help Group women in Chavakachcheri. Women were trained in producing a variety of palmyrah leaf based utility items such as mats, hats, boxes, bags, baskets and fans. New production techniques and designs were introduced to these women by competent trainers during workshops organized by CORD. This has helped them to start their own self employment ventures.
In addition, CORD arranged special training to twenty one women on extracting pulp from the fruit which is considered a delicacy and can be used to prepare a number of confectionary products. Training sessions were conducted by official trainers from the Palmyrah Development Board, the authority responsible for the development of the industry. Trained women could extract about 6 liters of pulp and earn around Rs. 400 per day during the fruiting season.