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Cows donated to Women Headed Households in the Kilinochchi District

Amherst, New York, February 15, 2013: ISLF launched a project to strengthen the livelihood of women headed households in the Kilinochchi District in February 2012. The project titled “Income Generation to Widow Headed Families by Dairy Farming” was implemented in two villages, namely, Pulopalai and Arasar Kerni in the Pacharapali Divisional Secretary Division of the Kilinochchi District. The project was implemented by the Sewalanka Foundation. A key component of the project was donation of cows to eligible women headed households in order to engage them in dairy farming and setting a pathway towards sustainable livelihood. More detailed information on the project is available at the ISLF’s website (www.islf.org) under the “Resources” page.

In early October 2012, eleven (11) Jersey cross bred cows were selected and bought from private dairy farmers in the village of Meerigama in the Gampaha District. The cows were transported to the project site at Pacharapali to be donated to the beneficiaries.

On October 11 2012, cow donation ceremonies were held. The ceremonies were held at two locations, namely, at the office of the Pulopalai West Women Rural Development Society and at the office of the Arasar Kerni Women Rural Development Society. (The picture to the right shows a beneficiary with the cow she received during the cow donation ceremony)

The ceremony was attended by Officers of the Pacharapali Divisional Secretary Division; Grama Sevakas of the Pulopalai West and Arasar Kerni; officials and members of the Pulopalai West and Arasar Kerni Women Rural Development Societies; and representatives of ISLF and Sewalanka Foundation. In Pulopalai West, cows were donated to five (5) women headed households; and at Arasar Kerni, cows were donated to six (6) women headed households. Each recipient received one cow. Each recipient signed an agreement which specified the conditions of donation. One of the conditions was that each recipient of the cow should donate a female calf to another women headed household (who has not been donated a cow) within a three year period beginning from the day the beneficiary received the cow. In addition to the 11 beneficiaries who received cows, 20 other eligible households were identified to receive livelihood assistance as shown below. A total of 31 families received livelihood assistance.

Table 1. Livelihood Assistance – Phase I

Type of Livelihood Assistance Women Headed Beneficiaries - Pulopallai West Women Headed Beneficiaries - Arasar Kerni
Cows 5
6
Two goats per household 5 1
15 chicken – 1 month old 9 None
Foot operated sewing machine 1 1
Microcredit 2 1
Total = 31 22 9
 

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