Currently,there are over 90,000 woman-headed families in the North and East. The breadwinners generally comprise war widows and single parents (husbands in military custody or have deserted, or raped victims). Hundreds of them are physically challenged. Many of them belong to the lowest of the lowly section
of the society in the North and East and, being women, are also the most vulnerable.
SCOT proposes to fund some Projects that will support these vulnerable families. The Projects will be carried out in two phases:
Phase 1 – Motivate the formation of small self-help groups, each consisting of 15-20 war widows / single parents; Empower them through training in skills (needed for their chosen livelihood ventures) and small business management
Phase 2 –
Provide equipment and/or facilities to operate their chosen ventures; Conduct regular monitoring of the working of the groups, and provide further help where needed, to ensure the sustainability of the groups and their ventures.
Working together as a group will give greater strength to the members, a sense of comradeship and most importantly accountability to each other.
SCOT works with selected, long established local partners in North and East Sri Lanka, who have proven track records in establishing similar projects during the last 12 months. The recently completed projects have cost Rs 200,000 per self-help group, which covers field staff salary, travelling expense and supply of equipment / facilities. The already established self-help groups have increased the income per family from their initial Rs 3,500 per month to over Rs 12,000.