After the end of war in 2009, many families who took refuge abroad in countries such as India have decided to come home. However for them, the journey of making a home in Sri Lanka has not been an easy task due to various reasons.
Among the families who fled to South India during the peak of the internal conflict in Sri Lanka in the early 1990 and in the subsequent years are now returning to their homes and require to be assisted to start their life back.
Realizing the difficulties these families face, Caritas Sri Lanka has initiated project to support the returnee families with the funding assistance of Caritas Japan. Under the project Caritas will facilitate the families to obtain important personal documents such as birth and death certificates, marriage certificates, land deeds and related documents, Sri Lankan citizenship document and educational certificates including educational transfer certificates. Through these interventions, Caritas hopes to reintegrate the returnee families into the mainstream society.
In addition, a limited number of persons will be provided with livelihood assistance to start or expand their income generation activities. Prior to the grants, the families will have capacity development training to pursue their livelihood activities in systematic manner.
A total of 150 persons will be helped to obtain legal documents while another 20 persons will be supported with livelihood development.
The project is being implemented in 3 dioceses of Mannar, Trincomalee and Jaffna (Vanni) from 1st of July 2018 to 1st of Match 2019 under the first phase of the implementation.