Eravur Pattu

Eravur Pattu's Community News

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
  • 1 community group is in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 1,535 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
Education
  • 1,700 children were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 412 young people were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 450 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 97 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
Health
  • 100 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 173 malnourished have reached a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 200 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 955 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
Livelihood
  • 369 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 1,009 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 1,987 new water sources are providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases
  • 141 renovated latrines are granting families better access to sanitation and helping to protect children from illness
  • 705 community members are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 9,935 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018
Education
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

Education
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.