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We will strengthen the “Kilinochchi District Fisheries Solidarity “together.

Written By NAFSO on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 1:52:00 PM

“Our roads not suitable  for the pregnant mothers, we can’t use the roads, because of there are so many big pits on the road. My son was disappeared, he was still not found.” They said by at women meeting in Kilinochchi, we expect the fullest cooperation of  Nafso to strengthen our lives. 
This meeting was held on 16/17 in February 2019, at Kiranji Village, Anbupuram village, Iranaimatha village, Valaipadu and Nachchikuda village. This two days meeting was  participated by 500 men and women. And they shared immense of problems they face in their day to day life.  
 National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO) has 17 partner organizations within 15 districts in the Island wide. NAFSO always concerns to strengthen the partner organizations developing the capacities of the activists and spreading the intervention within the wider area of the district by developing the membership.  According to this situation, two days program was organized in order to strengthen the NAFSO’s partner organization of Kilinochchi District Fisheries Solidarity on 16/17 in February 2019.
It conducted a basic discussion to share the responsibilities among the participants and realize the objective of the event further.  The purpose of the event was to development the membership, take   prior actions to enhance the youth involvement and develop the women leadership through various involvements in the particular event. The participants were well prepared giving basic understanding about the organization and documents which were used to aware the people in the event. Because activists who visited the people had to explain about the organization as well as gave answers for the questions which were raised by the people in the meanwhile of the campaign. Necessary consultation was made for the activists before going to the field.
Two groups were prepared to visit the people in the field. One group visited the village of Kiranji and other group visited the village of Anbupuram in the first day of the campaign. The two groups shared their experiences obtained in the field at the end of the day. After sharing the experience, the plan was prepared for the day second.  Three groups were made for the second day and groups met the people in Irenaimathar village and the church. Second group met the people in the village of Walappadu and the church. Third group met the people in the village of Nachchikuda and the church. It gave priority to meet the community leaders, women, youth and religion leaders in order to educate them about the vision, mission of National Fisheries Solidarity Movement distributing leaflets, books and other documents related to the organization in the campaign. Especially it concerned to aware and motivate the young groups in the event as well. It has planned to document the whole process as a report.  As well as, prepare some short videos, case studies and photo stories capturing some significant slides of the lives of the people, environment, believes and historical evidences.
Around 25 activists engaged with the promotion campaign in Killinochchi. The activists from Mannar District Fisheries Solidarity, Rural Labour Society/ NAFSO in Jaffna, Mullathive District Fisheries Solidarity, Sri Vimukthi Fisher Women Organization in Negombo participated in the campaign representing partner organizations as well as Mr. Herman Kumara, National Convener, Mr. Antony Jesudasan, Mr. Laksiri Fernando, Miss. Lavina Hasanthi, Mr. Nuwan Pradeep and Miss. Philomena Dharmarathnam also participated representing the secretariat of NAFSO in the campaign. 
Planning Meeting - Poornagari Village
 Meeting with Kiranji Village 
Valaipadu – Meeting at church and village
Meeting with church Priest Aloy
Women meeting in Valaipadu Village

 Meeting with Anbupuram Village 
Iranaimatha nagar meeting at church and village  

Community members prepared their business plan

Written By NAFSO on Thursday, February 14, 2019 | 11:31:00 AM

Community members enhanced their business knowledge
This was an additional Livelihood assistance skill training workshop on preparing a Business Plan for a particular business chosen by the community members. There were 55 participants in total and they took part in the session very actively. Mr.R.Poonampalan of CEFE Sri Lanka conducted the session and it was organized by the BMZ Project Staff and the District Coordinators of Ampara at SWOAD Training Centre, Akkarapattu on 12th February 2019. 
This is a part of a series of training sessions in helping the people to develop their livelihood skills and be engaged in a suitable and profitable Livelihood. Mrs. Laveena, Women & Gender coordinator, Mr. Gayan Ambegoda the Media officer and Mr. Nimal Perera the Project Manager of BMZ Project took part in this session.
All the members both women and men, Muslim and Tamil were from the village communities where our district organization is involved. However, these members were not the selected members for the Livelihood assistance. This was an open training session for those who are keen on better their livelihoods by pursuing a small-scale business what they could do in their community, village level. However, this training on preparing a Business Plan for themselves gave a very big boost to their lives as they began to see the basics know how of managing a small business. A completed business plan with correct data and information in their hand. 

* Enthusiasm to improve the small business already they are engaged in. 

* Keenness to implement this Business Plan with the help of Rural Banks 

* Expressed their willingness to participate in future such training.

The almost 70% Women participants. *50% Youth participation *Enthusiasm and readiness to pursue their plans. * Ability to contribute to their own communities. * Very forward attitude of Muslim girls and boys (Youth) * Majority were keen on home gardening, Animal husbandry, Small shops, Saree stitching, Beauty parlors and Dress making. as for their small-scale business. There were 12 men and 24 female in the workshop.

People raise their voice

Written By NAFSO on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 3:25:00 PM

Discussion on the situation in plantation Sector

National fisheries Solidarity Movement and Praja Abihilasha Network conducted a discussion on land issues, administrative matters, education and other important issues at plantation sector in Central province. Discussion was held at CODESEP (Community  Development Service of Plantation) hall in Deniyaya on 10th of February 2019.
There were different people such as community leaders, women leaders in village level, school teachers, program animators, coordinators and social activists in the meeting.
Following issues were concerned in the meeting such as lack of land facilities  for the people in estate sector, no proper education systems for Tamil students, lack of basic facilities for living, discrimination and health issue in the estate sector. Mr. Anthoney Jesudasan and Miss. Deepa Subashine also participated representating National Fisheries Solidarity Movement.  

Protest in Paanama

Written By NAFSO on Monday, February 11, 2019 | 2:22:00 PM

Give Our Land Back……
Paanama people organized  a protest demanding to implement the cabinet decision which was made on 11.02.2015 related  Ragamwela, Paanama land issues. Although there is a cabinet decision in relation to release the particular land, the government has not taken a proper legal action to release the land for the people in Ragamwela until now.
The protest was organized by the effected people demanding the land back in the main road of Paanama and Pothuvil. There are around 60 campaigners in the protest.  Mr.Francis Raajan, Mr.Nimal Perera. Mr. Gayan Ambegoda, Miss.Lavina Hasanthi participated representing National Fisheries Solidarity Movement in the protest. Representatives from Panampaththu Protection Organization, Ampara District Fisheries Solidarity, Civil society organization, Media and community leaders in Ashrof Nagara, Pothuvil and Paanama participated in the protest.  

Protest in Paanama

Four years after cabinet decision...
Implementation still pending
Paanama people still without lands
Give our Lands Back....
Protest started in-front of Ragamvila Village entrance..


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