TECH Outreach began working in Sri Lanka back in 2004, and work has continued in that region ever since. Although our methods of helping the communities there have changed in the last decade, our mission remains the same – to empower women in disadvantaged communities. To this day, projects in Sri Lanka remain a large part of TECH Outreach.
1000 Wells Project
After years of war, many women and their families who have returned to their original villages find themselves struggling to rebuild their lives. Much of the basic infrastructure such as irrigation systems, pipelines, and wells that bring in clean water and sanitation has been destroyed. This is a problem when most of the families depend on agriculture to survive.
Most women headed households, some 90,000 of them, own plots of land ranging from 1/4 to 5 acres. However, 7 out of 10 women do not own a well and depend on collected rainwater, water from a commercial well or a neighbour’s well to irrigate their farms. The dry season, which lasts about 5 months during the year, dries up their crops and drastically decreases their income, often incurring losses. Many of the women are unable to recover from their losses so they abandon their land until the rain starts again.
To solve this problem, TECH Outreach plans to build 1000 wells for 1000 women headed households in the next three years (from August 2016 to September 2019). The goal is to transform these women into successful farmers with sustainable agricultural businesses. We plan to focus on women in the Districts of Vavuniya, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu and Jaffna.
Country Partners in Sri Lanka
Our local country partners for international projects in Sri Lanka
- Rural Women’s Forum (RWF) in North East Sri Lanka, in helping rehabilitate women who had lost their husbands and families due to war by helping them to initiate entrepreneurial ventures.
- Centre For Child Development (CFCD) in North East Sri Lanka, in helping support the educational needs of children who have been affected by the war as well as women who had lost their husbands and families due to war by helping them initiate entrepreneurial ventures.