FORUT Norway, a leading Humanitarian Action agency decided to discontinue it’s direct implementation in 2010 after a long duration of services in Sri Lanka. One of the imperative reasons for the said withdrawal was to empower partner institutions to link with other prospects too while operating as autonomous entities. Secondly, since Sri Lankan population had entered into a new epoch under the post war era, after local capacities could be utilized to implement projects on humanitarian action. Consequently five local institutions were organized to continue the development programmes executed by FORUT, with the financial and procedural support made available by FROUT Norway. RAHAMA Sri Lanka was one of those five agencies accredited by FORUT Norway as one of it’s partners. RAHAMA ( Recovery and Humanitarian Action Management Agency ) extended it’s services since 2010 to assist Internally Displaced population who were the victims of the war as well as Tsunami, in particular, in the Northern region. RAHAMA was registered as an NGO in 2012 under the act of Non Governmental Organizations in Sri Lanka.
The contemporary mandate of RAHAMA Sri Lanka is to initiate sustainable growth of livelihoods for resettled families and the poor in general, including the provision of shelters, safe drinking water as well as sanitary facilities, and the trouble free access for recycling credit funds. From 2015 onward, As stated by Secy. General of RAHAMA, Our programmes are more concentrating on the women and development within the project areas and with main emphasis on the affected population. We follow people oriented consultations and data collection, interviews on the growing problems of women, children and youth. The crucial causes and effects of the usage of alcohol, drugs and tobacco too, are focused on.
When the challenges faced by RAHAMA in the history is concerned, most of those could be surmounted due to the apposite understanding of donor agencies, FORUT and owing to the support received from Government authorities.
The Secretary General of FORUT Norway stated in 2015, There are huge needs amongst the returning IDPs in Northern Sri Lanka. The widows and their children are very vulnerable and need special protection and help. We are happy that FORUT through RAHAMA is able to assist these families, helping them with rebuilding their lives and giving them the hope and belief that the future will bring prosperity, peace and security.
The Chairperson of RAHAMA stated that, RAHAMA programme was particularly successful in mobilizing women and youth in the project areas with the aim of discovering Livelihoods. Moreover, we see a lot of young girls who attended our training sessions had managed to access employment within the newly established private sector agencies in the area.
In overall, RAHAMA in this pursuit made efforts to contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals which recognised the key ingredients of development to access education by children; improved access to employment for women, particularly in sectors outside agriculture; and improved political representation of women.