Sri Lanka is a large island off the southeast coast of India, known for its spicy cuisine and – less happily – as one of the countries most devastated by the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004. It is home to two main ethnic groups: Sinhalese and Tamil, and its recent history has been marred by a civil war that lasted three decades, ending with the defeat of the Tamil Tigers in 2009.
TLM works in Sri Lanka through two partner organisations: Alliance Development Trust (ADT) and Kaveri Kala Manram (KKM). ADT’s focus is on mobilising church members to reach out in love and practical care to people affected by leprosy. Volunteers work with an interfaith forum, whilst ADT directly links in with the Government’s Anti-Leprosy Campaign, to ensure that leprosy awareness reaches all sections of the community throughout Sri Lanka. KKM’s goal is to increase detection of leprosy in the Northern Province by building the capacity of Government health services. KKM works directly with communities affected by leprosy across five northern districts to reduce stigma and support livelihood development, safe water provision, self-care and empowerment. Its work includes Hope Farm which aims to generate income to sustain KKM’s leprosy projects in the longer term from sales of fish, poultry, livestock, papaya plants and coconut tree products.
TLM’s annual budget in Sri Lanka is around £190,000.