Friday, August 24, 2012

Story of Selavarani

Satyaseelan Selvarani is a widow living in the address of 6 mile post, Kappalthurei, China Bay Trincomalee. She is a mother of five. Selvarani is whiling away a poor life with the protection of her parents in the village. She has been living lonely since her husband was killed by unknown group on 1st of September 2006. She has to face many difficulties living with children without breadwinner of the family.
In the mean time, the police and the army group had informed to her that there were some hidden weapons under the ground in her house so, they wanted to excavate the ground to get them out. Then, they had excavated the land in the house using an excavator on 10th of July 2012. They had said that they had a court order to do that.
So, Selvarani had gone to the China Bay police to complain against that incident but the police did not accept the complain 20th of August 2012. The police had advised to repair the house getting support from NGOs. Selvarani had tried to concern this incident to relevant Divisional Secretary but the Divisional Secretary also did not accept this incident at all.
Unfortunately, rests of furniture even doors and windows in the house had been stolen by some persons after the forces excavated the house.
Our problem is that although the forces got an action like this expressing about security reasons, why is not Selvarani given any compensation. Why is not complain accepted by authorities? What will be happen their future and security of life?

Who responsible for this?
(This story was said by Selvarani when NAFSO met her on 22nd of August 2012 at Kappalthrei.)

Expletory visit to displaced Muslim Widows

A program was organized to visit the existing situation of the internal displaced Muslim  widows who are living in temporally huts in Jaffna district on 18th of July 2012.  They were provided dry ration in the mean time of this visiting. 
  • Women were welcome and explained the objectives of the program by Sharmila
  • Lavina Hasanthi who is the women coordinator of National Fisheries Solidarity Movement explained about the organization of NAFSO as well as the programs which conduct among women headed families in 6 districts in the North and the East.
Identified issues through the program
  •  It had 3000 families and 2500 houses when the people left from the village in 1990
  • There were only 213 houses while they returned back to the village. Other houses have been destroyed because of the war.
  •  681 families have resettled   but there are 2110 families registered 
  • Registration of  75 families have been canceled by the divisional secretary
  • Rest of families has been living in Puttlam district. They do not wish to return to Jaffna because their properties including land and houses have been deprived. They are unable to live without basic facilities
  • There are only 4 lavatories for 600 families.
  • There are 60 widows in the area.
  •  “Samurdi”   subsidy are provided for  20 widows only
  •  Dry ration was provided to widows  one in each  for six months only after the war
  • Most of widows were not given basic facilities like land and houses
  •  The widows are living in the temporary huts yet. They are facing many difficulties specially when the rainy season.  Some live in the small cottages which were given by Muslim church.
  • They want to more than 1000 rupees to spend at least a day so they should work hard to earn money.
  • There are 10 families whose children are going to school yet.
  • Some of widows have involved making sweet and labour work as their income ways.
  • As their experience, there is a controversy between Tamil people and Muslim people and there is no confidence among them.

Future proposals-
1.       To organize a experience sharing program among two nations to change their protest
2.       To arrange a discussion with the divisional secretary on the issues people are facing handing over a letter
3.       To provide dry ration for widows

Visited villages-
  •  Velangei
  • Bassar Street
  • New Muwar Street
  •   Muwar Street

Participants for the program-
25 women in above villages
Lavina Hasanthi, women coordinator of NAFSO
Anthony Jesudasan, Coordinator of the North and East
N. Impamyayakam , Jaffna district coordinator

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Packets of Dry ration were distributed for widows in Kithul and Kopaweli Villagers in Batticaloa District on 2012.06.30

The basic program to identify the children

 A basic program to identify the children among women headed families was conducted by the women section of National Fisheries Solidarity Movement because they have planned to implement a program for the selected children on 

child development at the community centre of Kopavali, Betticaloa on 7th of August 2012. About 20 children up to 12 form 5 years who came from Velikakandi, Urugamam and Kopaveli participated to the program. Every child is a member of women headed families. All three villages are located in Chenkaladdy divisional secretary division where NAFSO implements programs. 
The children had an excellent opportunity to show their colors presenting skill of sing, draw arts and other abilities. That was a pleasure movement through the worse lives of them because of not having their fathers.   The children were advised to correct their abilities on singing and drawing.
Anthony Jesudasan who is a program coordinator of NAFSO played as the resource person and Lavina Hasanthi who is the program coordinator of women section also  participated to the program. She explained about future of the program. P. Selverkumar who is the coordinator of Betticaloa district and some community leaders also have participated to the program.  

Chief Minister of Eastern Province visited to Velikakandi in Beticaloa

National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO) has been working with the people of Velikakandi, Kopaveli, Kithul, Thumpalachcholei, and Urukamam in Chenkaladi division of Beticaloa district for a long time. NAFSO intervenes to ensure the rights of internal displaced people (IDP) providing also assistance for them. NAFSO has especially involved to the problems of widows living in above areas.

 A petition about the existing situation and the problems that people are facing was handed over the Chief Minister of Eastern province by NAFSO with the involvement of people on 15 of May 2012. We discussed with the chief minister on the petition. The Chief Minister was considered the problems of houses, lavatories, drinking water and electricity facilities as major issues of the people.
The Chief Minister agreed to solve those problems giving priorities for them. As a result of that discussion, the Chief Minister visited to Velikakandi to observe the existing situation of people. The people of Velikakandi expressed their problems to the Chief Minister stably. The people requested form the Chief Minister to solve their major problems and issues related to their occupations considering peoples’ daily routines.   Expressing Mr. Jesudasan who is a representative of NAFSO  also requested from the Chief Minister to solve the problems of people who are living as internal displace people. He considered that there are many people who were resulted but they are living without any basic facilities. NAFSO implements some programs for helpless people, he motioned furthermore.

Intervening, the Chief Minister promised to provide solutions for all problems finding and directing those issues for the responsible officials. He believes that he is able to provide houses and lavatories through the project which is going to be implemented as a joint function between Sri Lanakan and Indian governments. He motioned that he would meet the people of Velikakandi again before his second visit he would like to build a fane and arrange the meeting in that.

The people of Velikakandi, IDPs in Kopaveli, relevant government officials, and some forces’ officials, Mr. Jesudasan who is the coordinator of North and East of NAFSO, Lavina Hasanthi - women coordinator of NAFSO and Priyankara Costa-coordinator of IDPs program participated to the occasion. 



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