Urgent Livelihoods For Displaced
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Urgent livelihood assistance will provide grains and initial farming support to 150 families who have been resettled from Menik farm IDP camp. Palmera will provide urgent livelihood assistance to 150 families who have recently been resettled after the closure of the Menik farm IDP camp to Mullituvu. Escaping the war in 2009, these families have lost almost all their possessions and have endured two and a half years of hardship. They are unable to return to their original homes and are therefore starting from scratch. Palmera will urgently provide 150 families with grains and initial farming assistance to grow peanuts and cowpeas. It is crucial that this assistance is provided now as this is the optimal season for farming. These families were farming prior to the war and therefore already have the knowledge and skills to grow the crops. This assistance will enable farming to commence and with income earned from selling the crops, these families can access basic needs such as food, water and shelter. Slowly, these families can begin to rebuild their lives after the devastation of the war.
- Provides immediate relief to 150 families by enabling farming of peanuts and cowpeas for an income
- With this income, these families can access food, shelter and clean water
- The grains selected do not require much water so farmers can grow crops regardless of access to water (rain water is sufficient)
- A regular income will also assist these families to gain confidence, become self-sufficient and slowly develop an economy for this new community
In September 2012 around 300 families were resettled from the Menik farm IDP camp to the village of Mallikaithivu in Mullituvu. Currently, these families are unable to fulfill even basic needs such as food, water and shelter. While most of the families were originally farming, without assistance they do not have sufficient funds to acquire grains, and the land in this village is presently not appropriate for farming. Palmera will support ploughing of the land and fencing so that farming can begin.