Eravur Pattu

Eravur Pattu's Community News

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Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The Eravur Pattu community is located in eastern Sri Lanka, in the Batticaloa district. The area is characterized by low-lying, rolling plains. There are also mountain ranges, irrigation paddy land, and forest. The area is susceptible to floods, cyclones, and tsunamis.

The climate here is semi-wet and the average annual temperate is 32℃ . The rainy season occurs during the time of the Northeast Monsoon, from October to January. Average annual rainfall totals about 1500 mm. Agriculture and fishing are the major sources of income. Close to 80% of households have access to safe water but only 40% have proper latrines.
Child Protection
  • 4 village-level Disaster Management Committees were trained on basic disaster response
  • 22 children participated in recreational activities and events
  • 3 capacity building training programs and action plans for children's societies were developed
  • 4 awareness creation events were conducted regarding Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management
  • 96 school staff were trained in capacity building programs such as child-friendly approaches, teaching methods and school-based teacher development
  • 1 early child care and development management committee was established to monitor the quality of early child education centre
Health and Nutrition
  • 35 trained personnel provided health services at the household and community level in the past six months
  • 150 parents or caregivers participated in early childhood care and development, health and nutrition awareness
  • 4 disaster mitigation measures were developed and implemented by the community at a local or divisional level, in collaboration with partners
  • 37 households increased production volumes
  • 3 functioning savings clubs were established
  • 37 members joined savings clubs
  • 37 producers engaged in value-added production
  • 37 households received technical training
  • 127 households received livelihood assets such as seeds, fertilizer, plants, animals, equipment to start income-generating activities or home gardens
  • 50 families created comprehensive family development plans
  • 74 beneficiaries were trained on business skills to start or improve a business
  • 30 youth participated in career guidance
  • 30 youth were employed after completing vocational studies
  • 40 farmers received seeds, livestock, tools or agricultural equipment, helping increase their production, income and support for their children.
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Establish early childhood care and development centres where children can begin to develop their motor, cognitive, social, and verbal skills.
  • Partner with the Department of Education to provide training to teachers and principals on new teaching approaches.
  • Improve school infrastructure and facilities.
  • Raise awareness about the importance of education, including in the context of children's rights and protection.
  • Promote the role of parents and caregivers in children's education.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Partner with the Ministry of Health to ensure that children, youth, and mothers are well nourished.
  • Provide information about the importance of nutrition.
  • Increase awareness about disease prevention and curative measures.
  • Provide improved training for health care personnel. Improve access to maternal and child health care services.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Promote improved personal hygiene and sanitation behaviours.
  • Improve families access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation facilities.
  • Establish more safe, potable water sources.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Eravur Pattu can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Equip farmers and fishers with the knowledge and skills to employ modern technologies and methods to increase their yields.
  • Increase household income through entrepreneurship, small businesses, and vocational training.
  • Support local producers through interdependent community organizations, which will provide guidance and organize community networks.
  • Increase farmers capacity to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and deal with natural disasters.

Explore Eravur Pattu

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Eravur Pattu

The quality of education in Eravur Pattu is generally poor. Schools lack resources to implement proper early childhood care and education. Preschools are often ill equipped and parents are not informed about the importance of education for their children. Teachers also lack training, which further complicates the problem.

Inadequate infrastructure and facilities in primary and secondary-level schools negatively impact students ability to learn. There is also a shortage of teachers for subjects like science, math, and English. Families are often unable to provide for their children's educational needs due to their disadvantaged economic situation.

Health Care
Many community members lack of education and awareness about good health and sanitation behaviours. Hospitals and clinics lack the necessary infrastructure, equipment, medicine, and human resources to provide quality health care services.

Community members are not educated about nutritious food preparation and preservation and many cannot afford nutritious foods, which has led to a high rate of malnutrition. There is insufficient information about disease prevention, and so many preventable and infectious illnesses continue to spread.

Economic Development
Farming is a major source of income in Eravur Pattu. However, the shortage of water in the area for paddy and other crop cultivation, along with poor knowledge of modern production techniques, pose major challenges. Insufficient equipment for agricultural activities and poor disaster mitigation mechanisms only compound the problem.

Day labourers do not enjoy consistent employment, and families lack financial resources that could be used as capital to invest in other businesses or income-generating activities.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Eravur Pattu,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.