Sri Lanka

WUSC has been delivering development programming in a number of sectors in Sri Lanka for more than 20 years.  WUSC has earned a reputation for equitable, non-partisan program delivery, ensuring programming during the conflict, ceasefire, tsunami and now post conflict environment.  Being operational throughout the country has allowed WUSC to react quickly to a changing environment so that in addition to the delivery of planned development programming, WUSC has been able to respond effectively to emergency situations as they arise.

Our Impact: 

In Vocational Training, WUSC has:

  • developed an Employment Skills Training Cycle© which has been recognized as an effective model for vocational training delivery, especially for youth and women;
  • enhanced the capacity of 47 training institutions, to be better able to deliver quality vocational training in line with national standards;
  • successfully trained more than 30,000 (+30% female) people in vocational training skills necessary for employment;
  • developed  a Gender Handbook which has been accepted by the Government of Sri Lanka into their vocational training curriculum 

In Plantation Communities WUSC has:

  • improved the lives of more than 10,000 plantation residents received birth certificates/national identity cards allowing them the rights of citizenship;
  • have helped 1,190 people become actively involved in neighbourhood women’s groups which are identifying and addressing issues on their estates; 
  • conducted landmark studies – Worker’s Perception Study and Manager’s Perception Study – which have modified operations on tea estates.

In Violence Against Women, WUSC has,

  • facilitated greater collaboration between Sri Lankan organizations in addressing gender based violence and women’s rights issues;
  • supported seventeen local organizations to offer better services to prevent and reduce violence against women;
  • engaged five media and communication companies in public activities to prevent gender based violence;
  • established stronger engagement by government officials (1,100 officers, 25 lawyers, 40 teachers, 1,300 police officers, etc.) to provide better services to victims of gender based violence
What We're Learning: 

Despite significant changes in the country context over the years of programming, the key operating principles remain at the core of our effective programming. 

WUSC will continue to deliver island-wide, equitable and sustainable programming for all our beneficiaries. Each program will continue to use a gender sensitive approach; ensuring women have access to quality educational programs and training while teaching the greater community on the importance of women in the workplace.

The success of our programs depends greatly on the multi-stakeholder partnerships we’ve developed. WUSC works collaboratively with local NGOs, communities, governments and other organizations to understand local conditions and issues.

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