Cash for Work creates employment opportunities for flood affected
ILO’s Cash for Work program, launched in February in the aftermath of
the severe flooding in the Batticaloa District, has helped to generate
quick employment opportunities of more than 2,250 work-days for the
flood affected. It has provided the communities means to sustain
themselves until they engage in their livelihoods and earn sufficient
income to support their families.
The program was initiated in Kiran DS Division. Kiran was one of the
worst affected with damages to interior roads, culverts, irrigation
channels and minor tanks. Although it was planned to rehabilitate two
kilometres of access road initially, due to the commitment of the
beneficiaries, a total of five kilometres has been cleaned, earth
filled, levelled and drainage cut.
On completion of the project, a road, which was considerably damaged,
was made accessible by vehicle. In addition to improving mobility of the
community, the ILO Cash for Work program benefitted nearly 120 families,
and 81 percent of the beneficiaries were women.
The ILO Cash for Work has been well received by the flood-affected
people as well as the local authorities. While creating immediate
short-term employment it also injects cash in the local economy and
stimulates local livelihoods. At the same time, it helps flood-affected
people in overcoming mental trauma as it engages them in collective
activities for 6-8 hours a day.
Country Director ILO Office Sri Lanka Donglin Li has reaffirmed ILO’s
commitment to mobilise more resources to expand the Cash for Work
program to other areas to help the flood-affected.