When you think about Sri Lanka, you may think “paradise”, and in many ways you are right, but parts of the country still experience shocking hardship. The Northern Province of Sri Lanka continues to suffer significant poverty after the devastating 28 year civil war, which only came to an end in 2009.

Women and young people are most severely affected. There are an estimated 40,000 women who are the sole providers for their family, many of whom are war widows. Young people in Sri Lanka find it difficult to get jobs regardless of skill or qualification, with educated young people making up a third of Sri Lanka’s unemployed. 

Both women and young people often experience difficulty escaping poverty and face discrimination based on their ethnicity, age or gender.

In 2018 we hope to return to Sri Lanka, empowering women and young people to take control of their own livelihoods, giving them the opportunities they so desperately need, but we need your help!

We want to provide the skills, training and resources women and young people need to start their own co-operative enterprise. We also want to develop support organisations, so that these people can thrive, not just survive.

Your donation will make this project possible and immeasurably transform communities in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province.

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