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Centre for Womens Development and Rehabilitation

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I accidentally found a website a few months ago. It is the official website of the CWDR(Center for Women's Development and Rehabilitation) of the defacto-state of Tamileelam. With that said, this documentation will take place today. None of the below articles are written by myself. I've taken everything inside that website and put it here and turned it into a document. I am compiling it in the hope that it will tell future generations of Tamileelam how the structures for women functioned in our occupied Tamileelam homeland.

 

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"Working women changing society"

 

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Who are we?

 

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CWDR is an indigenous non-governmental organization, operating in the Northeast of Sri Lanka. It implements projects to assist women and children desperately needing help. On this website, you can learn about our work, the beneficiaries, and our partners who support us. In addition to providing a broad overview of what we do, the News side of this website will be a channel for learning about our ongoing activities.

The area we work in has been devastated by decades of war and a tragic tsunami in December 2004. Our projects are therefore not grandiose but simple and are intended to help the women who are in a very desperate situation. The same styles of projects are implemented over and over again at different locations by a dedicated group of female staff. Our major focus is community-based projects to empower women. Our philosophy is to create, through our humanitarian work, social and economic space for women to function freely and independently and give them hope about their future. CWDR has established offices in all the seven districts(see map ) in the North and East of Sri Lanka.

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The main mode Operandi of CWDR is to set up village-level women’s groups to identify women who desperately need the assistance of CWDR and bring it to the notice of the district office through a system of networks that have been put in place. Women thus identified are assisted in an appropriate manner through the various income generation schemes and if necessary give them refuge at one of the six welfare centers run by CWDR. We also run regular workshops to raise knowledge about, nutrition, hygiene, child care, legal issues and gender issues.


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S.Sutharsini                                                  T.Vithya                                           P.Kamalambal 

(Executive Director)                            (Assistant Director)                               (Project Director)

 

The six welfare centers run by one single women’s organization, the CWDR, is a unique and groundbreaking effort. The six centers encapsulate the different types of women made destitute by various societal factors. The novel concept has proved its value by keeping away women and children as destitutes in the streets, a common site in most parts of the world. You can learn about our six centers and the concept behind them from this website.

Separate from this community-level program we also run many vocational training courses to assist women to improve their skill level.
 
We also operate several small-scale factories that are managed and operated by women.

 

 

Source: www.c4wdr.com (now defunct)

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History

 

CWDR's beginnings go back to 1991 when the very first meeting of concerned women was called in Jaffna to launch the organization. The meeting was held in a school in Thirunelveli. Eleven people attended the meeting and a committee was elected.

Through the tireless work of the women in the organization, it began to develop programs to assist women who were already facing hardships caused by the war... The home for destitute women was the first and urgent problem that was addressed. A house in Uduvil in Jaffna referred to as “Poorani” was set up to house women who did not have a home. Initially, there were 76 women at Poorani.

 
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The common refuge in Mullaithivu for women in 1996.

In order to make the women feel productive sewing and snack-making programs were initiated by CWDR.

We soon started to launch programs to assist women in the community. A retail shop run by women was opened in Mirusuvil in Jaffna and a rope-making outfit was started in Kilali.

In 1994 we extended our operations to Kilinochchi district by starting the Pappadam factory and the rope-making outfit. From then on we gradually extended our programs to all the districts in the Northeast.

In 1995 our organization was registered as an NGO

The Poorani home inmates were from many types of backgrounds. Initially, there were 15 women whose husbands have abandoned them with very young children and they had no other family support. Their children numbered 25. There were 20 women who were psychologically affected in one form or another. A further five women were intellectually handicapped. There were 16 young women who were abandoned by their families. Soon we realized that the women need to be separated, according to the types of problems they faced in life, thus were formed the five centers, Malarcholai, Vetrimanai, Niraimathy, Senthalir, and Maryillam, that we manage today.

 

Source: www.c4wdr.com (now defunct)

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Staff

 

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Centre for Women's Development and Rehabilitation

 

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  • Standing Left to Right: N.Rahini (Director of Malarcholai), M.Selvy (Director of Kilinochchi District Office), K.Rohini (Director of Training Institute), E.Suhanthini (Director of Mannar District Office), T.Vithya (Assist. Director of CWDR), S.Premila (Director Mullaithivu District Office), A.Rosemalar (Director of Vavuniya District Office), K.Nanthini  (Director of Pappadam Factory)
  • Sitting Left to Right: R.Pathmavathi (Director of Maryillam), A.Aniita (Director of Niraimathy), R.Kamalambal ( Project Director  of  CWDR), S.Sutharsini (Executive Director of CWDR), U.Kumuthini (Director of Senthalir), B.Akileswari (Director of Vetrimanai).

 

Source: www.c4wdr.com (now defunct)

 

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Partners

 

CWDR has branches in five countries, Canada, France, Germany, Norway and Switzerland. The branches in these affluent countries work closely with us and support us financially on a regular basis.

The Arobanam Children’s Fund in the United Kingdom is also one of our partners working closely with us and it contributes to the running of our welfare programs on a regular basis.

The VITHUCOM group in the United Kingdom is also one of our partners helping us to provide much-needed services to mentally affected women.


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  • Sub-groups:

The Bergen Tamil Women group, the Stavanger Tamil Women group and the Oslo Tamil Women group help us by coming under the CWDR-Norway umbrella. They help to fund the education of the children in the Senthalir Children's Home. They raise funds by, packeting and selling tea, making and selling snacks, providing food for large events, door-to-door sale of donation tickets and advocacy to the Norwegians to raise funds from them

They have brought interested Norwegians to the NorthEast so that they can see the needs of the women firsthand and thus create opportunities for the Norwegian to help us help the women.

Many Tamil families living in Norway also help us through the CWDR-Norway branch by feeding the children in Senthalir for one day as a way of celebrating the important dates of their family such as birthdays.

  • Norway Pre-school assistance:

Klubben Barnehage and Hinnakirkens Barnehage are two pre-schools in Norway that collect funds from the children and the teachers and send them to the Senthalir Children's Home every year.

  • Help from Church Priest:

Mr Ulrik Soverup Thygeson is a Norwegian Church priest. He has and is continuing to help us to care for intellectually handicapped women.

  • Norway Tamil students funding:

CWDR-Norway has implemented a saving scheme among the Tamil students learning the Tamil language in Tamil schools. The students are given a savings box to save whatever they could from the pocket money they receive from their parents. At the end of the year, the money is collected by the CWDR-Norway branch and sent to fund the running of the Senthalir Children’s Home

Students in Norway who collect for Senthalir are given certificates and they unanimously expressed their satisfaction in being able to help fellow Tamil students in NorthEast to continue their education.

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Tamil school children in Norway rasing funds for CWDR
 

  • Senthalir building:

Norwegian Branch played a major role in bringing to the attention of the Norwegian Government the devastation of the Senthalir Children’s home in the December 2004 Tsunami. Funds provided by the Norwegian Government through CWDR-Norway were used to rebuild a hostel and a medical unit for the Senthalir Children. Children are presently living in these new buildings. The medical unit not only serves the Senthalir children. The building is also used by other medical services to provide medical services to the other children in the community.    

 

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Donating a plaque in memory of children killed in the tsunami - Foundation stone laid by Norway - School stationary donated for Senthalir children

 

The CWDR-Norway branch also funded the distribution of school stationery for the Senthalir children.
                            
 
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Norway CWDR branch at work raising funds

 

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Norway CWDR branch raising funds for CWDR

 

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German CWDR members busy with fund raising


 

  • Major Contributors:

Royal Norwegian Government has donated substantial funds to build the permanent material buildings for our organization.

  • Contributors:

Many organizations have contributed funds to specific projects that we have run. Some of our major project funding bodies are listed below.

 

 
  BAJ
(Bridge Asia Japan)
 

UNICEF

 
  FORUT (FORUT International)
  ILO (International Labor Organization)
  CARE (CARE International)
 

OXFAM

 
 

UNDP

 
 

UNHCR

 
  ODW (Norwegian One Day Work Scheme)
  IOM (International Organization for Migration)
     
  SLRC

(Sri Lankan Red Cross)

 

FIT

 
  NECCDEP  
  CHA (Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies)
 

Jaycee

 
 

ECHO

 
  Servalanka  
 

Sanasha

 
 

Sarvodayam

 
 

Department for Industrial Affairs

 
 

Social Service Department

 
 

Vavuniya District Department of Agriculture

 
 

Mannar District Government Agent

 

 

 

Source: www.c4wdr.com (now defunct)

 

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Our Network

 

  • Our network:

We make great efforts to ensure that women or children do not fall through the cracks in the net we have spread to locate those in need. The system we have works well because it builds from grass root level upwards using the beneficiaries themselves.

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Inside the Kilinochchi district Office

Unlike a state-funded system of social workers to visit and identify those at risk, our system works through village-level community awareness. While in the urban cities people are encouraged to poke their noses into other people’s affairs to arrest domestic violence and child abuse, we exploit the existing culture of knowing everyone in the village to locate women and children at risk.

 

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A Village CWDR group at work

A typical village in the areas we cover consists of around 200-300 families. This may be categorized further as being made up of a handful of extended families. Thus the social cohesion and culture exist to identify those at extreme risk. We have set up women’s groups of four to five people in each such village whose roles are to monitor women with the view to identifying those at risk. When this group identifies someone they bring it to the notice of the divisional coordinator. A division is a well-defined administrative area that is bigger than a village and smaller than a district. A division typically is made up of 45 villages and each district has on average 5 divisions. CWDR has a small office managed by the Provincial coordinator. This office and the coordinator presently act as a convenient contact point between the village-level women’s group and the better-staffed district offices. When a case is brought to a Provincial coordinator she takes it to her district office and it is actioned.

 

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The staff of Mullaithivu District Office

  • Actions:

What action is taken, with a case of a woman or child who has been identified as at-risk, depends on the individual cases. We have a range of possible actions that we have built up through CWDR. If the main issue is lack of income then the woman is selected for one of our range of programs for income generation assistance. If the problem is simply inadequate knowledge about family issues, child-rearing or nutrition then we organize our life skill course for the village. If there is domestic abuse of some form or other we have two styles of refuges ( Malarcholai and Anpumanai) and a separate children’s home for caring for their children. We also have welfare centers for mentally and intellectually affected women.

 

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M.Selvy                                         S.Premila                            E.Suhanthini                      A.Rosemalar
(DDO Kilinochchi)                   (DDO Mullaitivu)                   (DDO Mannar)                   (DDO Vavuniya)  

 

*DDO - Director of District Office

 

Source: www.c4wdr.com (now defunct)

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Income generation schemes

 

 

The beginning: This is where the bulk of our efforts for the advancement of women below the poverty line are focused. This is also our oldest effort that began in Jaffna in 1995. In the villages of Neerveli and Puththur in Jaffna, we conducted sewing classes for 25 women and donated their sewing machines so that they could take orders and earn some money by working from home. We followed this by training women to make durable snacks that could be packed and marketed. This very first effort, more than a decade later, has grown into projects that span the entire Northeast.

Our projects at the village level have touched the lives of thousands of women increasing their income, knowledge, and awareness of many relevant issues. At least 4000 women have raised their income to comfortable levels with our various assistance programs.

 

  • Retail outlet:

Women were assisted with loans to set up retail outlets in the villages where women could place the products they have made at home for sale. These outlets came to be known by the common name “Uthayatharakai” with the place name attached. The style of marketing of these Uthayatharakai centers varied from location to location. In some locations, the retail outlet became popular places for individual customers. Others specialized in taking large scale orders for hospitals, schools, and NGOs.

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'Loan repayment scheme'

 

  • Local shops:

Women were given startup loans to open very small scale shops to cater to a village of 200 families. These shops became popular because they were open 24 hours. Women will bicycle to the nearest larger market centers to purchase the stock for the shop and bring it back on their bicycles.

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'Single owner shop'

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'Uthyatharakai branch sewing centre'

 

  • Paddy and horticulture cultivation:

We give loans for women to cultivate paddy for the season. Women who do not own paddy fields would lease paddy land to cultivate. We have also assisted women in vegetable growing. We have bought water pumps to be shared by many women in a village to irrigate their vegetable plots.

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'Rice cultivation'

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'Vegetable gardening'

 

  • Livestock:

Women were also given loans to purchase livestock to care for at home. Popular livestock are, chicken, goat and cow. We encourage women to buy only high-yielding livestock. In the east, we have also trained women to keep honey bees

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'Livestock presentation'

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Chicken farm

 

  • Village development:

We have identified some extremely poor villages and through a holistic project, we have initiated several programs that also included income generation schemes for women in need. Other programs for these targeted villages include rectifying the gravel roads so that children are not prevented from going to school due to flooded streets; a preschool; a common village well; and a library. To date, we have developed four villages in this manner. All of the management of these projects was carried out by women themselves.
 

  • Some success stories:

Peanut selling: Iyankan Ladchumi is 60 years old. In their old age, they were left with the responsibility of caring for their sister's three young daughters after the death of their parents in the 2004 tsunami. The old couple survived by meeting their own needs by selling roasted peanuts by the roadside. With the increased responsibility of caring for three girls they would have struggled. CWDR assisted them with Rupees 10,000 loan with which they improved their small scale work. They were able to generate good profit and made some savings.

Hairdresser: Akkinesamma’s family income was just Rupees 2500 per month. Her husband was a hairdresser and they have three children. CWDR assisted them with a Rupees 10,000 loan. With this loan, they started a small-scale poultry farm and they have increased their income to above the poverty level. They repaid the loan in time.

Tea shop: Sermala and her husband owned a very small tea shop and they were unable to generate adequate income to support their four children. CWDR assisted them with Rupees 15,000 loan with which they expanded their shop and its stock. This increased their income to an adequate level, although they are struggling at present due to the economic strangulation of Vanni.

Retail shop: Sasikala’s husband is partially disabled and they have four children. With a CWDR loan of Rupees 10,000, they started a retail shop. They were able to generate a profit. They repaid their loan and again obtained a further loan of Rupees 15,000 and started a poultry farm. They expanded their shop. They also purchased a fishing boat and net and Sasikala’s husband now also goes fishing. With the income generated from three different sources, they live a contented life.

 

 

Source: www.c4wdr.com (now defunct)

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Our life skill course

 

 

The prolonged war and displacement have destroyed the traditional cohesive communities. Communities have been broken up. As a result, traditional channels of transferring life wisdom from the older members of a cohesive community to the younger generation have been lost for these displaced communities. Some of the traditional knowledge that is indispensable includes good nutrition habits, traditional medicines for common ailments, child rearing and reproductive health. There is a need to pass this knowledge to the women by other channels. In addition to the transfer of this knowledge to the younger generation, instilling progressive ideas on gender equality and domestic violence also will help women to improve the quality of their lives. CWDR through its established network runs classes for women to impart this knowledge.

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A Life skill course in a Village

The life skill course we run is typically nine days long. We split it across three months running three consecutive day courses for each month. Our classes include lessons on, the legal system concerning women, leadership, domestic violence, gender equality, and individual health. These courses are open to both men and women.  Very shy women who have followed these courses have gathered the confidence and leadership skills.

In Kilinochchi, CWDR and OXFAM have run campaigns through the mass media and pamphlets on the rights of women, focusing on domestic violence.

In Batticaloa, CWDR and ILO have run programs to raise awareness of child rights. The main focus was to encourage the girl children to resume their disrupted education.

We have conducted several workshops on Child Rights for those working with children as well as for parents.
Street drama

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A Street drama On gender issues

One of our big success stories is the street drama we produced about how various societal forces keeps women down. Among the themes handled in this street drama are, domestic violence, reluctance to let wives go to work, dowry, looking down on men who help their wives with house work, and forcing widows to backstage in society. OXFAM funded the production of the drama. It has been staged innumerable times.

 

 

Source: www.c4wdr.com (now defunct)

 

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Hardship assistance

 

 

We have stepped in during times of man-made or natural disasters to provide one-off hardship assistance to women. Although this is not one of our major focus activities, we are called upon to provide our share of assistance during times of extreme tragedy. Some of the situations where we have done so are described below.
    
CWDR began this aspect of its work in 1998 to assist the 400,000 people who were displaced in a single night from Jaffna into Vanni in late 1995. After CWDR set itself up in Vanni, it began this task because the situation of the displaced was extremely serious.
    

  • In 2002 we carried out this work in the Vavuniya district mainly to improve the nutritional status of children in badly affected areas.
  • CWDR took up the task of assisting people affected by the December 2004 tsunami all along the coastline of the Northeast of the island. This work included affected people from Mullaithivu, Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts.
  • Following the August 2006 aerial bombing that killed 54 schoolgirls and injured another 125, we took the task of assisting the injured girls with good nutrition.
  • We also make a special effort to help children badly affected by poverty. We have undertaken nutrition improvement for 184 children in the Mullaithivu district. We have also supplied school stationery to more than 500 school-going children. We also supplied non-consumable material to girls in a Children Home in Batticaloa that is caring for more than 60 children. 
  • We have built model preschool and public toilets as part of one of our projects to assist a very backward village.

 

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'Assistance for victims of Senchcholai aerial bombing'

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'Tsunami hardship assistance in 2005'

 

 

Source: www.c4wdr.com (now defunct)

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The training institute

 

 

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'Staffs'

CWDR runs a training institute in Kilinochchi to give training to women who would otherwise completely miss out on any form of vocational training. The institute has been functioning since the year 2002. Most of our courses are six months long. Thus each year we are able to run two sets of courses one for the first half and the other for the second half of each year. The philosophy of our training institute is to accept any woman in need and tailor the training to suit her ability. To date, nearly 2000 women have passed out from our institute. We do not demand any prerequisite qualifications for admission. We do not charge any course fees. We provide the resource material for the courses as far as possible. We provide free accommodation for out-of-town students.
 

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K.Rohini
(Director)

 

  • Course in other locations:

We have also conducted some of our courses described below in other districts on an ad hoc basis.
 

  • Courses:

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We give four (computing skills, typing & shorthand, clothing technology, and home economics) regular six-month-long courses. The tutors are paid the very minimum and most of them contribute their time and skill as a service to the women in need. Most students enroll for at least two of the four courses. 

We have however also run one-off specialist courses of one-year duration.

 

 

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Office Assistant

 

 

  • Computing skill:

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The computing skills course is conducted with just four desktop computers. On average 20 women enroll in this course at any given time. The women are given access to the computers on a roster basis so that they will gain the hands-on experience that is needed. The tutor is available during all of the time women are rostered to use the computers. In this course, in addition to teaching Microsoft Office products, photo-editing, desktop publishing, and drawing software are also taught giving the women a full range of skills needed to be an office assistant. Almost all of those in the first batch of students in the 2002 course are employed in all the CWDR offices and centers.

The subsequent batches have also found employment as office assistants. More than 300 girls who have dropped out of school due to poverty have received training in computer skills at our institute. A further 80 schoolgirls in Mullaithivu district and another 190 girls and boys from Batticaloa district were also given computer skills training in their own districts.

 

  • Typing & shorthand:

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 Most of those who enroll for the course on computing skills also enroll for this course for obvious reasons. The number of typewriters available for the students is again very limited and a roster basis is used to make it available to all the students. Students are also taught typewriter maintenance thus increasing their employability. More than 250 young

women from extremely poor families have already gained typing, shorthand, and typewriter maintenance skills at our institute. In addition, 30 women from similar backgrounds from the Mullaithivu district have gained this training in their own district through our institute.

Over and above these two basic courses our institute has provided training in management to 100 female office workers and a further 150 female office workers have received leadership training through our institute.
 

  • A success story:

Yalini took this course in 2003 and continued on to also take the home‑based‑employment‑skills course. Yalini is presently a tutor at this same institute on all of the courses that she learned from here. Yalini says in addition to giving her employment as a tutor, the home-based skills courses enable her to fulfill most of her family’s needs without having to pay someone to sew, fabric paint etc.

 

 

Source: www.c4wdr.com (now defunct)

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Home Based Employment Skills

 

 

  • Clothing technology:     

Like in our other courses we are unable to provide one sewing machine for each student during the classes and make the few available sewing machines accessible to the students on a roster basis.

The training involves making all types of attire commonly worn by the locals. With assistance from donor agencies, we have made sewing machines available to the women, who have completed the course, for their own use in their homes. Many women are able to generate an income by taking orders and working from their homes.

Also included, as part of this course, is fabric painting for use in interior decoration. To date, 550 young women from extremely poor families have received this free training run by our institute.

A further 60 women who have no income of their own have also been given this training in Kilinochchi and Mullaithivu districts. A further 100 women of similar background have received this training in Batticaloa and Trincomalee districts.

Also worth noting is that 50 young women who have no family support were given a one-off course in Batik making from visiting teachers from Colombo.

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'Sewing Class'

 

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'Fabric Painting'

 

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'Hair Dressing Class'

      

  • Home economics:

Several short courses make up this course that aims to give several handicraft skills to women. Cake icing, hairstyling, and knitting are the three basic skills taught. In addition, several other handicrafts are taught. 115 young women have received this training at our institute.

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'Batik Class'

 

 

Source: www.c4wdr.com (now defunct)

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Specialist Courses 

 

 

  • Other specialist courses we have run:

Whenever someone with a skill that will help women in their search for economic independence comes forward to give training we are always ready to run a course. Courses that have been run in this style include the following. Similar courses in Television repair and carpentry have also helped more than 50 women.
 

  • Mechanical and electronic repair: 

In 1999 with funding provided by the CARE organization we held training in motorbike and sewing machine repair.  The trainers were paid the market rate with the funding provided. It was a success and a repair workshop was set up in Mullaithivu staffed entirely by women who were trained in this course. It ran successively but had to close down as the women moved to distant areas following their marriage.  Running this course is expensive due to the high rate of pay for the trainers and we have not been able to run it for lack of funds. Similar courses in Television repair were also given to more than 50 women.

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'Bicycle Repair in Mullaithivu'

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'Electronic Class at our institute'

 

  • Other:

English language and Art classes have also been held at our institute as one-off classes. They are not held on a regular basis mainly because of a shortage of trainers who are willing to work for low wages.

100 girls who have dropped out of school due to poverty were given classes in English at our institute. English for 80 school leavers were also provided away from the institute in various districts.

25 interested young women received training in art from a visiting volunteer from overseas.

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'Weaving class in Batticaloa'

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'Carpentry Class at our institute'

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'Basket Weaving Class in Mannar'

 

 

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CWDR has helped to organize the installation of small, scale manufacturing plants that are managed entirely by women. These factories give employment opportunities to many women. Many of these factories were closed due to large scale displacements forced on the Tamils.

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K.Nanthini
(Manager of Pappadam factory in Kilinochchi)

 

  • In Jaffna, we operated a recycled paper-making factory during 1992-1994 employing 25 women.
  • In Jaffna, we operated a sweet-making factory during 1992-1995 employing 15 women.
  • In Jaffna, we operated a pappadam-making factory during 1993-1995 employing 40 women.
  • In Jaffna, we operated two coir rope-making factories during 1993-1995 employing 1000 women.

 

  • In Batticaloa, we operated a rice grinding mill in 2002.
  • In Batticaloa, we ran a brick-making outfit. A few women would get together to make the bricks and CWDR will pay them for the number of bricks made and the income will be shared by that group of women. More than 80 women were initially given training in brick making to run this operation.
  • Both in Batticaloa and Trincomalee we set up a similar outfit for making cement blocks for use in the construction of houses. These were also run like the brick-making outfit. More than 60 women were given training in these two districts to run this operation.
  • Also in Batticaloa, we trained 10 women in honey beekeeping and gave them the equipment to start the beekeeping operation.

 

  • In Trincomalee, we operated a bread-making outfit and we trained 20 unemployed women to operate it. It ran successfully but was closed with the massive displacement caused in 2006.

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'Rice mill in Trincomalee'

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'Cement block making in Trincomalee'

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'Bread making in Trincomalee'

 

  • In Kilinochchi, we are operating a Pappadam making factory since 1993-

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'Pappadam factory in Kilinochchi'

 

  • In Mullaithivu we operated a coir rope-making factory from coconut husk during 1996-2003.

 

  • In many districts, the Uthayatharakai centres are/were operated and some of them make/make clothing for order.

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'Coir making'

 

 

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CWDR launches Uddam nutritional program among IDP children


     
[CWDR 28 August 2008]

Source: www.c4wdr.com (now defunct)

 

     
On 28 August, CWDR began distributing Uddam nutritional supplements to children under five and pregnant mothers among the displaced people in Vanni.

The supplement consisting of green gram, urid dhal, cowpea, and roasted rice, flavoured with sugar, pepper and cumin was prepared and packed into 500gms bags at the CWDR office under strict hygienic conditions, following expert nutrition advice. One bag per child is distributed to the families and the program will be ongoing until the families are able to provide adequate nutrition to their children under 5.

On 28, close to 1000 such bags were distributed to IDP families in Ponnahar in Murkandy in Kilinochchi.

The program was launched with funds provided by the CWDR branches in Switzerland and Germany.

 

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How CWDR is helping displaced women


[CWDR 23 August 2008]

Source: www.c4wdr.com (now defunct)

 

     
More than 30,000 families have been displaced to Kilinochchi due to offensives by the Sri Lankan armed forces. These families are staying in welfare centers, under trees and by the roadside. CWDR wants to play a large role in taking care of the women and children thus displaced.

In the first instance, CWDR is focusing on helping full-term pregnant mothers who have to deal with a newborn baby very soon. To help them CWDR is purchasing a baby kit that includes a baby basin, baby mosquito net, bedding, clothing for the mother and other items. On 22 August, it distributed some of them to full term displaced mothers in Murukandy, Murippu and Kandavalai.

CWDR is implementing many other schemes to help displaced women and children. One project is to regularly provide nutritional preparation to pregnant mothers, nursing mothers and children under five.

CWDR has also taken under its wings women and children who have been left destitute due to the attacks and displacement.

We will be updating this website with our ongoing work with displaced women.

 

 

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Anpumani income generation activities

 

[CWDR 1 May 2008]

Source: www.c4wdr.com (now defunct)

 

 

One of the income generation activities of the women in Anpumanai is producing lime pickle packets. Women there received training in the mass production and packaging of pickles from experts in this field.

The women make and package lime pickle and sell it in Kilinochchi town. Through this activity, they generate income and get the satisfaction of being productive.

 

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Uyirppu update

 

[CWDR 15 May 2008]

Source: www.c4wdr.com (now defunct)

 

 

On 15th May, forty deserving women beneficiaries in Kanakarajankulam and Mankulam in Vavuniya district were assisted with loans under the Uyirppu scheme run by CWDR with assistance from the local bank.

Loans ranging from LKR 10,000.00 to LKR 25,000.00 were given to start small-scale businesses, farming, small industrial work, and poultry rearing.

Fort seven beneficiaries have already received loan assistance through the Uyirppu scheme and are doing well in income generation.  

 

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Senthalir children gain success at Mullaithivu district  Karate competition

 

[CWDR 08 May 2008]

Source: www.c4wdr.com (now defunct)

 

 

Karate competition for Mullaithivu district was held on  7th and 8th  May 2008. Nineteen children from Senthalir participated and did well  in this competition.

Children gained six first places, three second places and eleven third places. Among those who gained first place are four girls. All of the children who came among the first three places are selected to participate at national level competition. Karate is one of the many extra curricula activities in which Senthalir children are involved.

The names of the children who gained success are P.Thayaliny, K.Jeyarani, A.Thusyanthan, K.Kirupananthan, S.Venthan, J.Suganthan, M.Uthayarani, V.Mariyavinojiny, I.Ajiththira, K.Kalatharan,  M.Thushanthiny, V. Kerthika, V.Niksala, P.Jeyanthi, M.Kasthuri A.Anita, and M.Nishanthiny.

 

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Preschool for Korakkankaddu resettlement

 

[CWDR 18 April 2008]

Source: www.c4wdr.com (now defunct)

 

 

CWDR has taken on the job of developing one of the new resettlement schemes in the village of Korakkankaddu. Funding for the project is mainly given by NECCDEP. Part of this project is to develop the roads, dig wells, and build library and preschool.

Most of 2007, CWDR undertook and completed the developments of the roading network within the village.

The building of a preschool and digging of wells are currently underway and will be was completed shortly.

 

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