Our first project was based in a small village in southern Sri Lanka focused on providing emergency repairs to tsunami affected homes and assisting with medical needs. We continue this work and have since then developed a women’s co-operative that are trained to produce ladies garments, children’s clothing, soft furnishings and re-cycled paper products. The co-operative are successfully producing and selling bespoke products by taking part in direct sales and organised retail events. This provides families with a small income; however a means for turning this into a regular income remains a challenge at this stage.
A community centre built to accommodate the co-operative was funded by the ‘Oval Cricket Trust’ and implemented by Reach. Our work in this centre has helped build a stronger community ties to the extent that the centre often used for marriages or other village social events, which are organized by members of the co-operative.