• Help Sri Lanka: Small Projects, Immediate Impact

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  • Happening Now!

  • Location: Pandariavely
  • Recipients:33 families
  • Objective:Emergency food relief for 6 months
  • Cost:$10,000
Down to one meager meal a day.

Down to one meager meal a day.

We are facing hunger in eastern Sri Lanka, due to a catastrophic drought which resulted in the annual monsoon season (roughly December – February) never materializing. In Batticaloa District, where ABDF operates, the rice harvest was about 40% of normal. This has a double impact on the poorest of families in our area.

First, the rice shortage is leading to dramatic price increases. In November the price of a kilo of the lowest grade rice (called “Nadu”) was 60 rupees (about 50 cents US$) but it is now 95 per kilo, an increase of more than 50%, and rising by the week. Rice is the essential base of the Sri Lankan diet; typically it is consumed, either as a grain or as rice flour, three meals a day. The government has announced its intention to introduce price controls, but history shows that such moves only lead to hoarding and shortages in the markets.

Second, most rural villagers are tied to rice for their living. Typically in Batti Distirct, maybe 20% of a village’s population actually owns rice paddy; everyone else works for the rice growers in the fields, at the local rice mill, etc. In the tiniest of hamlets where we work, the land is 100% owned by absentee landowners and 100% of the villagers are rice laborers. So this crop failure has also meant far less work for villagers, and consequently less ready cash.

The entire District is facing this double whammy: The lack of work means that poor families haven’t the money to buy enough rice, even if they can afford it in the first place.

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  • Happening Now!

  • Location: Kokkaddicholai
  • Recipients:32 at-risk students
  • Objective:Get at-risk students back into the swing of things at school
  • Cost:$3,500
Our school at Pandaravelai.

Our school at Pandaravelai.

Earlier this year we were contacted by the Past Pupil Association of Pandariyavely, a village located in Kokkaddicholai, which is about 15 kilometers south of our school in Navatakdu, in the former LTTE-controlled area. Kokkaddicholai is famous for two things. First the area produces some of the finest cottage-industry water buffalo yogurt in Sri Lanka; so famous is the curd (as yogurt is locally know) that it’s even shipped to Colombo (Incidentally depriving locals of their own product. That’s business, I suppose.). Second, Kokkaddicholai was the location of three spectacular massacres during the war, in which troops went house-to-house and killed anyone they came across. “Kokkaddicholai” is actually a clump of attached villages, as well as the name of the largest of said villages. Thus “Kokkaddicholai” is used interchangeably in the way we say “Los Angeles,” to mean both the actual municipality and the area of contiguous urban territory.

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Mamunai West Coconuts

September 18th, 2013
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  • Happening Now!

  • Location: Mamunai West Division, Batticaloa
  • Recipients:see below
  • Objective:Put a vital economic resource in the hands of villagers
  • Estimated cost:About $1.50/ seedling; we’re starting with 700 seedlings
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To give you an idea of scale, that's our partner, Balan, next to one of our trees.

To give you an idea of scale, that's our partner, Balan, next to one of our trees.

This is something of an extension of our seedling project in Kaluwankerny, but we are focusing on the former LTTE occupied area of Mamunai West Division, which is directly inland across the lagoon from Batticaloa, and the site of a variety of our projects. We’ve decided to really concentrate on coconut seedlings, and here’s why:

Earlier this year I visited Thraimadhu, a tsunami resettlement village, and sight of our very first coconut project back in 2008. It’s been 5 years, and time the trees started to produce, and I wanted to see what, if any impact, our seedlings had on the folks who got them. Boy, was I surprised.

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