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History of SEED

SEED was formed in 1995 by three people committed to social change. They wanted to assist people who were affected by the twenty year long internal conflict and were living in Vavuniya district in north central Sri Lanka. With financial assistance from a German NGO they were able to buy two acres of land in Ganeshapuram in Vavuniya.
SEED is committed to the interests of marginalized groups in the area of Vavuniya, Sri Lanka. These include internally displaced persons (IDPs), families affected by the internal conflict and live below the poverty line, single mothers and people with special needs. Great emphasis is placed on teamwork and gender competence.
This is also true for the management level, where ethnicity and gender are equally represented.
An image of seedlings that grow out of an old coconut which represents the globe stand for the three ethnical groups in the Vavuniya district, a collective symbol for the Tamil, Singhalese and Muslim communities and was selected as the logo for SEED. The initials of SEED (Social, Economical and Environmental Developers) stand for social and economic changes and the development of the society.


  • 1996 Organic Farm and Women Empowerment- Centre   
  • 1997 First Resettlement Project
  • 2000 Opening the Empowerment Campus
  • 2002 The Community- based rehabilitation program began
  • 2005 Tsunami Projects
  • 2006 Completion of building own office
  • 2007 Response to Emergency, Strengthening the community for peace building
  • 2009 Mental health program

SEED Today

SEED employs 110 staff members and has an annual budget of approximately 200 million SL Rupees. The programs, projects and services have developed, along with the staff members who are trained in conflict situations and have a long-standing experience in resettlement and Community Based Rehabilitation programs.

SEED maintains many partnerships and has network with national and international NGOs and governmental authorities.

Staff members of SEED obtain trainings regularly. They act as multipliers and pass on the knowledge to the community in workshops.


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