Refugee Reintegration & Economic Development
The Northern Province of Sri Lanka is home to many refugee returnees who were displaced during the civil war. We have been working with these communities since 2009 and have been supporting and aiding them through various projects ranging from economic development, refugee reintegration, WASH and emergency response.
At present, our work is centred around Vavuniya, Killinochchi and Mannar districts. We have partnered with ADRA India on a cross border effort to create durable social and economic solutions for refugee returnees, ex-combatants and youth groups. Through the work we do, we contribute towards smooth reintegration and voluntary repatriation of refugee returnees and strengthening returnee reintegration Networks (RRNs), local government institutions and other key stake holders involved in the process.
Furthermore, we focus on advocating and raising awareness regarding regular and irregular migration among our beneficiaries and creating awareness regarding the issues faced by refugee returnees. We also contribute towards improving the economic landscape of the districts through the establishment of viable livelihoods and improving awareness regarding debt management among target beneficiaries.
In 2019, we assisted 3,473 beneficiary partners through the second phase of the Local Economic and Social Strengthening (LESS) project.