Sri Lanka

Jul 19, 2021
Social media has emerged as one of the most powerful tools for communication and connection, bringing together millions of people across continents and within communities. But with that power, highly accessible channels are readily available for spreading disinformation, sowing divisiveness and contributing to offline conflict. In Sri Lanka, there has never been a more urgent need for healthy media consumption and digital and media literacy for youth. Responding to this need, the Global Communities’ USAID-funded Social Cohesion and Reconcilation (SCORE) program co-created an initiative with local partner organizations to help young people combat the threat of weaponized information through webinars and trainings. Viluthu, a non-profit organization working to build capacity and strengthen... Read more
May 28, 2021
By Ashleigh Mullinax, Knowledge Management & Learning Manager, Global Communities By now you’ve undoubtedly heard of Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (more commonly known as CLA) as it has become a fixture at USAID over the past decade, slowly growing from an esoteric concept discussed by few to a regular requirement in USAID solicitations. CLA is a philosophy that draws from many existing disciplines and schools of thought including adaptive management, design thinking, complexity... Read more
Apr 06, 2021
For several decades, Global Communities and PCI, a Global Communities Partner, have taken a comprehensive, integrated approach to health programming. The merger of Global Communities and PCI one year ago coincided with the onset of the pandemic, and its responses are well informed by the rich history in health programming that each organization brought to the merger itself. Our responses to the coronavirus also reinforce the importance of our broader health programming, with an emphasis on social mobilization and health behavior change. The needs brought into focus by COVID-19 have reinforced the importance of our water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programming, prioritizing community engagement, strong local partnerships, and long-term sustainability, everywhere we work. Additionally,... Read more
Mar 18, 2021
SCORE worked in close collaboration with the Women’s Development Unit of the District Secretariat of Kandy to organize an exhibition showcasing the products of 20 women-led SMEs from all 20 District Secretariat Divisions in Kandy, at the District Secretariat premises on March 3, 2021. The exhibition was  in celebration of International Women’s Day,  under the theme “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World.” The event was the first In Kind Grant (IKG) implemented by SCORE. The District Secretariat took the lead  in organizing the exhibition while SCORE provided the technical and financial support. The exhibition was an opportunity for marginalized women in rural areas of Kandy to showcase their products and find a market to sell them. It brought recognition for... Read more
Mar 11, 2021
By Kathya de Silva Senarath After months of close coordination between the Kandy District Secretariat and the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Activity (SCORE), the International Women’s Day celebration in the Kandy District kicked off on a grand scale at the Secretariat auditorium on March 9, 2021. The event was a celebration of womanhood regardless of ethnic, religious, caste, class and age difference. Women representing all social strata in the district came together  to share, recognize and appreciate each other for their courage, determination and resilience during trying times. Kandy is a multi-ethnic district, marked by ethnic and caste divisions with ethnic violence reported in some parts such as Digana. However, during this event, all groups came together in celebration... Read more
Mar 04, 2021
"Proud to increase educational opportunities and support COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka" – Ambassador Teplitz By Kathya de Silva Senarath US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Alaina Teplitz, with US Embassy delegates, visited the North of Sri Lanka on February 23 and 24, 2021 to oversee the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Activity (SCORE) programs, funded by USAID and implemented by Global Communities. She expressed appreciation of the project and said  that the US is ”proud’ to connect students across the island and support Sri Lanka’s response to COVID-19”. During the visit, Ambassador Teplitz ceremonially inaugurated the Virtual Classroom project at Poonthodam Maha Vidyalayam in Vavuniya, which has mostly Tamil students and a few  Muslim students, to link with Sinhala, Tamil and... Read more
Feb 01, 2021
Dr. Dayani Panagoda says search for answers is not to put ex-Govt. in trouble By Hiranyada Dewasiri This article was originally published in The Morning. Dr. Dayani Panagoda is a Senior Technical Specialist for the USAID Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Program in Sri Lanka This week at a panel discussion on “Reconciliation at Practice” held at the Bandaranaike Center for International Studies (BCIS), one of the panellists said the search for the truth about loved ones who went missing is not a search that is limited to the North and East, but also extends to the South and West among the Sinhalese and Muslim communities. The panellist, Dr... Read more
Jan 14, 2021
This article originally was published by the US Embassy in Sri Lanka January 13:  The United States donated a mobile testing unit to the Regional Health Services in Moneragala, received by Dr. B.M.C. Dasanayaka, as part of the effort to fight COVID-19 in Sri Lanka and protect lives through early detection. The mobile unit will administer PCR tests and provide vital health services to 100 people daily in Moneragala communities hit hard by the pandemic. The mobile unit enables safe sample collection by avoiding direct contact and can be used in future for testing other communicable diseases, including dengue. “By making COVID-19 tests and other health related services accessible... Read more
Dec 23, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled all sectors of society  to face new realities, particularly women as they face increased financial difficulties as well as having more responsibilities with children’s education at home which, for many, is now both the work place and learning space. Women in our society have the  extra burden of providing caregiving to their immediate and  extended family. Also, an increase in domestic violence is reported due to tensions and frustrations building up at home with the lockdown. Women in different segments of society are facing increased vulnerabilities and experience physical and mental assault. Women who are already at risk  due to the work they do are further marginalized and accused of perpetrating the virus spread. There is also a lack in engagement... Read more
Dec 23, 2020
By Kathya de Silva Senarath Over the last month, the U.S. Government donated 4,000 personal hygiene kits to low-income women in the Western Province in Sri Lanka. On November 23rd, 850 kits were handed off to Rosy Senanayake, the mayor of Colombo, to be distributed among Colombo Municipal Council workers and residents of Modara.  Many women in the targeted areas are too poor to afford personal hygiene products themselves or have been unable to obtain them due to movement restrictions put in place to combat COVID-19. The initiative was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) project implemented by Global Communities. The kits included essential items such as sanitary pads, soap, shampoo,... Read more
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