Four months after the government of Sri Lanka declared the civil war over, some 265,000 Internally Displaced Persons ( IDPs) still live in the tightly controlled camps in the Northern part of Sri Lanka. The majority of IDPs in camps are not permitted to leave these camps and are fully dependent on external support from the Sri Lankan government, the United Nations and non-governmental organizations.
In February 2009, with funding support from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) contributed $75,500 to the Organization for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR) providing them with a one month stop gap feeding program for 3,600 IDPs caught between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan army forces during this period of intense fighting. Those benefiting from the project were people fleeing the combat zone and are being housed temporarily by Sri Lankan government agencies in various schools and public buildings in the districts of Vavunia and Mannar.
In September 2009, PWRDF contributed a further $25,000 to OfERR to support 2,809 families numbering 8,625 persons, 4,121 males and 4,513 females. This relief support is providing the following to the IDPs housed in Ramanathan village and Manik farm zone 4:
- Enough Bengal gram, eggs, green vegetables, dried fish and coconut for 350 children and 300 pregnant and lactating mothers for 6 months
- Coconut, chilly powder and salt to add to the basic World Food Program rice rations for 2,500 families, enough for each family for 2 months
- Enough hygiene kits containing bath soap, laundry soap, tooth brushes and toothpaste or powder, and sanitary pads for women (5 packs) for 250 families.
OfERR is a longstanding partner of PWRDF and also an implementing partner for the Assistance to Conflict Displaced Persons in Sri Lanka, an emergency appeal issued by the Action by Churches Together.