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Integrated Resettlement & Rehabilitation Projects

Resettlement

The first project started in 1996 in cooperation with the Sithamparapuram Welfare centre for three vulnerable groups:

  • Single mothers
  • People with disabilities
  • Families with children who live under the absolute poverty line

Initially, 10 families that met the criteria were selected for the first house building project.

The resettlement was carried out in the following steps:

  • Clarifying the judicial situation
  • Preparations for Resettlement (appraisal)
  • Accommodation of the families, basic facilities and food
  • Medical care
  • Guidance to the families for cultivation of their own garden and small animal and poultry keeping
  • Cleaning, renovating and constructing of wells and toilets
  • Assistance for establishing stable basic livelihoods
  • Education and networking in the community
  • SEED supported many other house projects and collected long standing experience in this field.

Year

Families

District

1997 10 Vavuniya
2000 65 Vavuniya
2002 270 Vavuniya
2002 250 Vavuniya
2004 406 Mullaitivu
2007 79 Vavuniya
2010 324 Vavuniya


Several hundred people, affected by internal conflict or natural disasters such as floods and tsunami, were given a new perspective by the projects.

A specific feature in planning and implementing the resettlement project by SEED is the self determination of the families in the construction process. They are actively involved and make their own decisions about personal contribution. They organize assistance and aides independently in the community or choose their own craftsmen. Depending on the construction stage, the building materials can be collected from the storage of SEED. A civil engineer of SEED supervises the on-site construction. 

The empowerment process is accompanied by the staff over three to five years. Along with the building monitoring, the social component to develop initiative plays an important role for a conscious and shared co-existence in the community.

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