Study visit by Slovenian Professors to Tsunami Affected Southern Coast

Dr. Mocja Urek and Dr. Jelka Skerjance from the Faculty of Social Work, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Visiting Lecturers to the University of Colombo, accompanied by Prof. Ramanie Jayatilaka, Department of Sociology, University of Colombo, a Board Member of SLCDF visited Peraliya and Gintota on 26th July 2013. During the visit they met members of two NGOs, Hikkaduwa Sahabagithwa Sanwardana Padanama and Gintota Swashakthi Sanwardena Padanama. Engaging in discussions with group members the visiting professors gained an understanding of the origins, development and activities of the two women’s groups. They also observed a few women’s livelihood activities supported by SLCDF and obtained knowledge on women’s contribution to family income, their resilience and strengths to recover from the tsunami disaster in 2004. SLCDF Programme Officer Ms. Kumudini Perera accompanied them on this study visit.