Our Impact

ISD Appreciated and Awarded

ISD was appreciated by the Indian Origin Council for the ammendment of the new Landmark law to uplift lives in the plantation community.
ISD received an award for the Best performance and achievers by Solidaridad Asia at New Delhi, India.

Environment Protection for Improvements in Health and Hygiene

ISD in collaboration with the Divisional Secretariats, Forest Department, educational institutions and public health institutions have taken steps to conduct various environmental conservation events focusing on improving the health and hygiene of the beneficiary community. Tree plantation programs, water source and catchment area protection awareness, waste management awareness and shramadana activities are among some of the interventions initiated by ISD in this regard.

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Events on WASH Skills and Knowledge for Children to Promote WASH Behaviors

ISD work closely with 44 selected schools associated with the estates and surrounding villages in the respective districts with the view to bring about positive impact in WASH related behaviors among children. While raising awareness among school students on WASH practices, ISD is involved in Association with Solidaridad Network Asia in improving the infrastructure facilities to ensure supply of safe drinking water and improving sanitation facilities in schools. School Health Clubs are formed in all 44 schools in collaboration with the Department of Education to ensure continuity and sustainability of the practices promoted.

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Medical Camps and Health Services

The status of the plantation community is identified to be lagging behind in many development aspects especially in health indicators compared to national status. ISD has made interventions in extending health services to unreached estates and villages in its project districts in collaboration with the health sector stakeholders to address the gap. In Matale District alone, 18 medical camps along with awareness programs have been conducted so far focusing on NCD awareness and prevention. The initiative was taken following the observation on increased NCD incidence among the target group. A considerable number of screened individuals have been referred to NCD clinics following the medical camps.

Gathering for Change

Midland – Elagala division in Matale district comes under the management of the State Plantation Cooperation (SLC). 479 peoples live in the estate that is highly vulnerable and low income makers.

Elagala estate communities were unable to receive the development projects funded by government due to the lack of relationship and linkages with the government authorities. The government officers don’t visit these estates by saying various reasons such as language barrier, attitudes towards plantation communities, transport facilities and there was not have a functioning RDS to link with government.

In the meantime, ISD mobilizers while discussing with the community, have found the Elagala community needs such infrastructure facilities like road, water & sanitation facilities, transports ,  hospital facilities etc.  These iss.ues can be overcome by forming an estate Rural Development Society (RDS)  like in the village RDSs. The Rural Development Society (RDS) is a key plat form to obtain the government services. According to the government legislation  RDS is the grass root organization which can implement village/estate level development projects by obtaining  government funds.

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P. Subramaniam of Panwila area wins back a slot in the housing project utilizing the Right to Information (RTI)

Labanon is a plantation under the administration of Kandy – Panwila Pradeshiya sabha. There are 88 families living on the estate. Due to heavy rain in mid-December 2018, 33 line rooms were damaged and the livelihood of the families was affected.

The occupants of the line rooms were moved in to the estate crèche temporarily by the management. The divisional sectaries officers, who visited the workers, had assured to provide those houses and lands.

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About ISD

The Institute of Social Development (ISD) is a Non-Governmental Organization founded in 1991 to empower the marginalized and discriminated Plantation Communities in Sri Lanka.
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Institute of Social Development
246/4 Ranawana Road
Katugastota 20800, Sri Lanka

Email: kandyisd@sltnet.lk
Phone: +94 (0)81 2071288
Fax: +94 (0)81 2071288