Participatory information sharing for rehabilitation of Sumeda Tank – Seruwila, Trincomalee
New sluice gate in place – Seruwila, Trincomalee
Dairy farming in Seruwila
Canadian NGO, World Accord provided funds for livelihoods projects for vulnerable underprivileged in Moneragala District and flood affected communities in Trincomalee District in 2011. World Accord partnered SLCDF projects for twenty five years.
In the Moneragala project, 32 participants initially received trained on Cornerstones* and technical aspects of dairy development. Half of them received 16 cattle with an assurance that each will ‘pass on’ their first born female calf to a balance trained participant in waiting to join the project.
Another 30 participants who received training on conservation farming took to home gardening with the start-up capital of Rs. 5,000 provided as a loan under Revolving Loan Fund (RLF). All 30 families have improved their home gardens following the skills and knowledge imparted to them by Mr. Tilak Kandegama in his training. Each of the farmers earn around Rs. 8,000-10,000 from the annual crops of maize, cowpea and sesame. Besides, they have made the best possible use of cow dung and compost fertilizer for cultivating chillies, capsicum, eggplant, tomato, banana and papaw as well. Their families consume fresh vegetables and fruits harvested from their gardens and in addition save around Rs. 2,000 from their previous monthly budget. Several farmers sell their surplus of chemical free vegetables and other crops earning around Rs. 1,500 – 2,000 per month. Income is mostly spent on their home needs including children’s education. In the district four CBOs manage Rs. 150,000 to Rs. 200,000 in their RLF along with their own accumulated group savings.
In the district of Trincomalee financial assistance was provided to construct a sluice gate for an irrigation tank in a flood affected village. Also, dry rations were distributed among flood affected families and a table and two dozen chairs were provided to their community centre.
* Cornerstones – a value based development model where integrated farming is promoted through small self-help groups. Sharing and caring figures there prominently. The participants are gifted cattle in the first instance and they have to ‘pass on’ their first born female calves to the selected participants who will be recipients of knowledge and skills as well from the original families. This process is expected to go on to repeated cycles.