When Sewa Lanka was formed in 1992, its founders had a clear vision of the target group to be served – the socio-economically marginalised communities in the remote dry zone districts mainly in conflict affected areas. These communities are faced with a multitude of problems: the escalated ethnic conflict, serious drought conditions that affected agriculture, their primary economic activity, as well as geographical remoteness that marginalised them socially as well as economically. Not many NGOs were willing to address the long-term challenge of serving this target group under extremely difficult conditions. Today, Sewa Lanka is the only national NGO working in the Government controlled areas as well as the LTTE controlled areas. It is thought by many, that Sewa Lanka is managerially most professional and prominent national institution in the fields of Social Mobilization, Institutional capacity building, Participatory Project Management and Micro-enterprise development in Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock sectors.
Since founding, Sewa Lanka has grown both in monetary outlay on programme activities and in the target group outreach capacity. During this growth, it has continuously upgraded the quality of its services by:
Continuous improvements in the target group need assessment process involving participatory practices like PNA and Rapid appraisals methodologies.
Application of participatory and objective oriented approach (Logical framework) for project identification, formulation, planning, budgeting and implementation.
Continuous improvement in the Monitoring & Evaluation system to provide regular feed back on the progress of project implementation enabling realistic assessment of project impact in the medium to long term.
Shift from a cadre of traditional development managers to professionally specialized teams focusing on targets, quality of outputs and sustainability.
Continuous upgrading of conceptual and managerial skills of staff.
Micro-enterprise development with focus on competency building.
Development & Participation
Participatory Development Model In Conflict Resolution
Agricultural & Fisheries Development
Micro-finance & Micro-enterprise Development
Current Programmes & Projects
Sustainable Development Programme
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EMERGENCY RELIEF PROGRAMME is implemented in the northern districts of Vavuniya and Mannar where there is constant evacuation and displacement of families and communities due to the frequent eruption of fighting between the government troops and the LTTE. The people so displaced are without basic living needs and undergo severe physical and psychological stress. The frequency and the speed of displacement are so high and unanticipated that it becomes necessary to make rapid assessment of the needs of the affected populations and provide the most essential relief supplies.During this year Sewa Lanka has provided food, shelter and agricultural inputs valued at Rs. 79 Million to 66, 233 internally displaced families in both Government and LTTE controlled areas.
REHABILITATION PROGRAMME comes in to operation when the situations turn relatively normal and displaced communities begin to resettle. The periods of displacement range some times up to ten years, and by that time their productive assets such as agricultural and fishing implements, economic infrastructure such as irrigation tanks, canals agro-wells, markets, roads etc., social infrastructure such as community centers, schools, health centers and extension services are lost, dilapidated or become dysfunctional. They also lack savings to commence agricultural or other income generating activities. Therefore, in order to begin a new life these things have to be put back in to order through rehabilitation programmes. This year Sewa Lanka assisted 6292 families in Mannar, Vavuniya, Puttlam, Trincomalee and Anuradhapura to restart their lives as resettlers. Total of Rs. 45.18 Million was spend on economic and social infrastructure development, agricultural inputs, Revolving Loan Funds (RLF) and on community mobilization, skill training and in accessing extension services.
DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME is implemented in conflict as well in non-conflict areas. In conflict affected areas resettled communities are benefited and in other areas the poor are targeted. In both situations the objective is to internalize the development process to the target communities so that there is less dependency and they become capable of planning their long-term development activities. Therefore, the main thrust of the development programme is in social mobilization, institutional capacity building and skill development. This year Sewa Lanka has assisted nearly 7954 families through Credit, Agricultural and Fisheries Development, Income Generation, Environmental development and Water & Sanitation activities. Approximately Rs.19.8 Million was spent on the Development programme during the year.…