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Sri Lanka: Rebuilding lives

Rasmatar harvests her crop of rice in Vavuniya district.

Funding target: £150,000

Year 3 of a 3 year project
After decades of conflict, Sri Lanka is coming to terms with the desperate needs of communities that lost everything. With your help, displaced people will be supported to rebuild their lives and livelihoods.

About the project

Help poor farming communities in Sri Lanka recover from conflict

Drawing on nearly 25 years of experience in Sri Lanka Oxfam is helping farmers displaced by the conflict to re-establish their livelihoods. Through rebuilding water and irrigation infrastructure and training farmers - the majority of whom are women - agricultural and business development skills, we will help them to establish profitable enterprises. Through challenging social preconceptions of women we will also increase their status.

With your support we aim to:

  • Help returning families to re-establish their farms and be able to earn a living, by improving water and irrigation systems;
  • Raise the status and incomes of farmers, especially women, by improving, developing, and diversifying their produce;
  • Increase market opportunities for farmers by supporting the development of farm enterprises, and engaging with agricultural companies and banks.

Who will benefit

Over three years, 3,600 people will directly benefit from the improved water infrastructure, training and support to re-establish their livelihoods and so improve their incomes. Indirectly, 10,000 people will benefit from improved management of water systems, and better access to markets and services. Increased production will help to revitalise the local economy and inspire spin-off businesses.

How we are helping

Krishantha's story

Krishantha was trained in farming skills, business skills, and finance. She became an active member of the Omanthai co-operative in Vavuniya district  She was then able to prepare a business plan and obtain credit to purchase materials, such as seeds and fertiliser. She successfully cultivated crops including maize, beans and vegetables, and was supported to establish a sales centre in the village, which enabled her and other members of the co-operative to sell their crops. Because of her success, she became a role model to other women and received an 'Emerging Women Entrepreneur award', from the Federation Chambers of Commerce in 2012.

Photo: Sentooran/Oxfam

The budget


If you would like to learn more, download the full project details here (PDF, 1.28MB).

Inspired to make a difference?

By giving directly to this project you can be sure you are transforming people's lives. All of the money you give will go towards helping poor farming communities in Sri Lanka recover from conflict. Get in touch to find out how you can help.

(if applicable)

Individual donors:

Emma Learner -
01865 472108

Trusts and Foundations:

Kylie Sheaf - 
01865 473578


Peter William Hall -
01865 473445

If you're based in Scotland:

Angus Nelson -
0141 285 8863

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