The project ‘‘Action for Religious Coexistence (ARC)’’ accentuates the constitutional commitments to religious freedom in 14 target areas with the engagement of multiple sectors –Religious Leaders, State officials, Community Policing Units, integration structure, and youth to sustain the space for religious freedom. This will be pursued within the framework of pluralism and rule of law through education, mobilization, and actualization. The initiative will build on the CERF engagement, enhancing its scope, both vertically and horizontally.
The areas covered by the project are Addalaichenai, Akurana, Beruwala, Mannar, Negombo, Vavuniya, Weligama, Trincomalee Town, Kattankudy, Godakawela, Panduwasnuwara, Kuliyapitiya, Mawanella, and Bandarawela.
The primary objectives of the project are;
• Multi-sector engagement strengthens commitment to pluralism and the Rule of Law to sustain the necessary environment for the practice of religious beliefs.
• Inter-faith platforms intervene in and advocate for the right to religious freedom within a pluralistic framework for Inter-religious and inter-ethnic co-existence and non-discrimination.
The National Peace Council of Sri Lanka and the Serving Humanity Foundation together will undertake all activities relating to the implementation of the ARC project in accordance with operational modalities and implementing strategies of the project to achieve its long-term objectives.
The duration of the agreement will be from 01st March 2022 to 28th February 2023.
The orientation of the project was held on the 03rd of June 2022 at Hotel Green Garden, Trincomalee. The aim of this activity aims then the commitment to the rule of law to create the necessary environment for adherence to religious beliefs. Dialogue between religious beliefs to create religious freedom for inter-religious and inter-ethnic co-existence and non-discrimination within the pluralistic framework by providing impetus for consultation at the local and national levels.
The project ‘Language to Reconcile (L2R)’ aims to promote language rights toward national integration and reconciliation and assist citizens both men and women to communicate in official languages.
The objectives of the projects are:
• Mobilize established CSO platforms/forums to vindicate language rights.
What: CSOs work to resolve language issues in key institutions
Whom: CSOs/state officials-community police and administrators motivated for change; communities served by institutions targeted for language equality.
• Improve inter-ethnic engagement through language learning
What: Improved language skills, engagement, and better understanding across ethnicities within target groups.
Whom: Members of LIRCs/Coexistence societies/Committees/police sub-committees.
Target groups of the project- Women, Men, Youth, Children, Differently abled, war-affected populations.
SHF and NPC together have undertaken all activities relating to the implementation of the L2R project by operational modalities and implementing strategies of the project to achieve its long-term objectives.
SHF with the funding of the SELAVIP Foundation has successfully constructed 100 Latrines and 10 Houses for the vulnerable people in Trincomalee District. The title of the project is ‘Access to dwelling and sanitation’. This project aims to support and empower underprivileged rural families in the resettled villages through the provision of adequate sanitation facilities to end open defection practices.
The strategic focus of the project is to reduce social inequalities by mitigating the vulnerabilities of the communities that are suffering without basic infrastructure facilities for sanitation. The tangible outcome of the project will be 100 durable sanitation infrastructures that will be owned by poor families in Batticaloa District. The key output of the project is mobilizing and supporting 100 families stuck to rural poverty and people who have undergone suffering those including women headed families, disabled, victims of the civil unrest and communities prone to poverty.
The approach of the project is community-driven and multicultural focus where communities take part in every step of the project forming the social responsiveness committees.
People’s Action for Democracy and Development– PADD. It aims to Strengthen 20 deprived and active CSOs proposed and partnered as a Civic forum known as TRINCO CIVIC FORUM
The Project aims to strengthen Civic Activism for Democracy and Development in the district of Trincomalee by enhancing the capacities and advocacy capabilities of a newly formed civil society forum called the TRINCO CIVIC FORUM. The proposed forum will be a multi-stakeholder, multicultural and diverse-community forum, representing from civil societies, academic institutions, and professional entities.
Project Goals: Programs promoting peace, democracy, reconciliation and human right.
1. Development of Institutional management tools and processes.
2. Availability and improvement of policies, systems and mechanisms to drive the civil societies.
3. Strengthen advocacy, networking and pragmatic engagement.
Serving Humanity Foundation supported feeding the hungry through the distribution of dry ration food commodities as a response to support the improvised rural communities to ensure access to food for fasting.
Serving Humanity distributed 500 food packs in Sri Lanka in partnership with FRESH HEALTH CARE, which helped 500 families of widows and deserted single mothers. Feeding approximately 2000 individuals supported the aid.