World Renew is working in Sri Lanka to respond to the devastation of the 2004 tsunami. This has taken the form of providing emergency shelter, followed by transitional shelter, and then permanent houses. We are also working for restored communities as a whole, so the community is involved in every aspect of the rehabilitation process.
However, within the country considerable tension continues to exist between the government (armed forces) and an armed group called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The cease fire agreement remains fragile with people living in the shadow of potential civil war breaking out at any time as a real possibility. There are hartels or strikes called, on quite a regular basis in the Batti area. If there is a work stop order, World Renew staff are not to travel through the area which means that sometimes they are not able to get to the worksites. However the local hired staff’s work is not so curtailed. Over all, the ability to continue our work here remains good. In Batticaloa World Renew continues to operate under level “B” security status and the projects remain on target with significant progress. The projects in the south area of Sri Lanka, around Galle are largely unaffected.