The ancient Tamil village of Thennamarawady was destroyed in 1984, as a result of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka, causing the total displacement of the local population, who fled to Mullathivu. After decades of displacement, villagers were only allowed to return to their ancestral lands in 2010. However, many families who were displaced from Thennamarawady continue to live in Mullathivu and other parts of the Northern Province.
The 82 war affected families who were able to return to Thennamarawady, have faced tremendous hardships in resettling and rebuilding their village due to decades of neglect. The challenges they face include living in temporary shelters, unemployment, an aging population, and a lack of medical, educational and other basic services
Proceeds from the 2017 Tamil Canadian Walk will support the development of a 10 acre self-sustaining farm, including crops and livestock that will be managed by the Trincomalee Welfare Association and the Thennamarawady Rural Development Society. The establishment of the farm will create income opportunities for families and profits will be reinvested into the village.
The project will be monitored by local authorities and independently audited by North East Economic Development Centre. The project is estimated to be fully implemented by May 2018
You can make a positive impact by sponsoring a component of the farm, or participating as an individual or a group to raise funds and awareness! In appreciation of your contribution, your name will be included alongside other sponsorson the wall of donors in Thennamarawady, as well as on promotional materials, social media and tamilcanadianwalk.ca throughout the campaign.