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October 26, 2016

In 2009, 20 years after fleeing the conflict between Sri Lanka and the separatist Tamil Tigers, 59-year-old Subramaniam Yogadas and his family returned to his coastal village in the Eastern district of Trincomalee. They had been refugees in India and the end of the conflict allowed them to rejoin their few surviving relatives.

Amaranthé Bay, a small luxury hotel poised between a lagoon and the sea, offered a bright new beginning for him and his family of six, which includes a disabled child. Yogadas was the hotel’s first employee. Amaranthé Bay’s goal was to develop the property to offer employment and training opportunities to the conflict-affected and impoverished local community. For the majority of the hotel’s 70 staff, including war widows who resettled after the conflict, Amaranthé Bay offered a second chance to live.

October 16, 2014

USAID Sri Lanka country profile 2014

February 27, 2014

Like most places that have experienced conflict throughout the world, women were deeply affected by Sri Lanka’s 26-year conflict.  For most women who lived in the Indian Ocean island’s conflict zones, displacement, destruction, violence, harassment and loss were part of their everyday life.  The conflict ended in 2009, leaving many women traumatized and in need of psychosocial care, without belongings or livelihoods, and after the loss of their spouses, as heads of households.  Several USAID initiatives continue to support these women by integrating them into society and bringing normalcy b

February 27, 2014

I am so happy to be back on my own land, raising my children in the same surroundings I grew up in.  This is something I’ve been dreaming about for years,” beams Anusha Jeyapraba, from Sri Lanka’s war torn North.  For a major part of her life, 39-year-old Anusha knew nothing but violence, bloodshed, loss, displacement and destruction.

USAID/Sri Lanka’s CDCS addresses U.S. foreign policy goals of building and sustaining democratic, well governed states that respond to the needs of their people and reduce widespread poverty. USAID’s strategic framework as summarized on the following pages focuses on two Development Objectives (DOs) to support its overall Development Goal to accelerate reconciliation and economic growth equitably and sustainably.

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Last updated: March 12, 2020

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