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We welcome VSO volunteer Paul Knipe to the team and would like to thank Rebecca Booker, the previous VSO volunteer, for her valued contribution to PCA.

PCA has conducted two workshops on Lessons learnt reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendation in Batticaloa and Ampar Districts to talk about civil society role in implementing LLRC recommendations. More than 75 people participated. This work shops were done with the support of Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and National Peace Council (NPC).

PCA staff have conducted workshop on Participatory Rural Approach (PRA) , Conflict Transformation and Conflict Resolution, Participation and Empowerment and Non Violent Approaches to other partners who works together on European Commission (EC) funded project.

PCA a founding member of the National Network for Reconciliation, a nationwide coalition working with civil society and local government to address reconciliation issues PCA’s Equal and Active Voices in Ampara project, funded by Cafod, successfully up and running

 

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Where we work

We work throughout Sri Lanka but focus on the east and south. Through our membership of SAPA (South Asia Peace Alliance) we run workshops and deliver joint peace projects in various South Asian countries. Most recently we have become part of the Conflict Sensitivity Consortium where we are working with peace building organisations in Kenya and Sierra Leone also.

Our main office is in Ampara in the Eastern Province, although we have a strong presence in Matara in the Southern Province. We regularly set up offices in other areas of the country depending on the projects we are developing at the time. Presently PCA works in Ampara, Batticaloa, Colombo, Jaffna, Matara, NuwaraEliya, Trincomalee, and Vavuniya districts of Sri Lanka.

We recently completed the main body of our work in Matara, and are now conducting follow up projects there. We focus on Matara in response to the needs of rural communities who live in poverty and the disruption to coastal business and livelihoods following the 2004 Tsunami. There remain high levels of conflict and a lack of social cohesion within communities, which we are supporting communities to overcome. After the civil war, there continues to be a lack of understanding of the needs of other, minority, communities and the role that the Sinhala majority in Matara can play in the reconciliation process. This has led to many exchange visits between vulnerable people, community leaders, and local government in Mataraand their counterparts in districts such as Ampara.

We recently started the Equal and Active Voices in Amapra project to empower vulnerable people from Tamil, Muslim and Sinahla communities, and to increase their access to and dialogue with local government. Ampara has a balanced demographic, with almost equal number of Muslims, Tamils and Sinhala people. Poverty, ethnic mistrust, and division are challenges in Ampara. High unemployment and decline of traditional livelihoods stands alongside interethnic rivalry and a lack of intercommunity understanding.

These two districts form PCA’s ongoing work in peacebuilding and are where we are making the most sustained and in-depth attempt to make a difference and contribute to ongoing reconciliation and peace in Sri Lanka.