PALM Foundation

Integrated Plantation and Rural Community Empowerment Programme

Project background: PALM Foundation has been a partner of Stromme Foundation since 2007. Two main programmes, namely DREAM and Master plan programmes were implemented with the development collaboration of Stromme Foundation and were completed at the end of 2013. These past projects served about 5,000 needy families in Nuwara Eliya and Walapane D.S. Divisions. The new project commenced from the beginning of year 2016. A situation analysis was conducted in the project areas, including poverty levels. It was observed that the communities are not organized and democratic principles are not followed due to negligence and oppression by politically motivated leaders. Additionally, this community is isolated and their right to a livelihood is denied due to issues such as of ownership of the land. Their right to receive an education in their mother tongue too is limited at the secondary and higher education levels due to non-availability of qualified teachers. These communities are living in inadequate houses without proper sanitary facilities. Several family members are compelled to occupy one room whereby their privacy is violated and tensions created sometimes leading to violence as well as abuse of children and women. They have lost the right to a suitable dwelling, drinking water and sufficient food.

Funded by: Stromme Foundation

Estimated Budget Rs. 60 million

Project Period: January 2014 to December 2018


Disadvantaged communities of Kothmale and Walapane DS divisions are mobilised and have their capacity built to advocate for their rights and enjoy social and economic rights by the end of 2018.

Objective 1:

Civil society mechanisms formed and strengthened in 28 selected locations to advocate and lobby for the protection of their civil rights.

Objective 2:

1,800 families in selected villages and estate divisions of Kotmale and Walapane enjoy their rights and have access to income generation.

Objective 3:

250 selected school leavers qualified with national vocational qualification and their skills as well as secondary language knowledge developed, recognized and integrated into the work force.

Expected outputs of the project:

1.1 Formation of 25 CBOs, consisting of 1,500 families in Kothmale. Two networks established (villages and estate divisions)
1.3 At least 2,000 (80%) members have gained knowledge of their civil rights and the duty bearer’s role.
1.4 At least 300 government officers trained in the development and rights-based approach.
1.5 Situation analysis completed in 12 new locations using Participatory Rural Appraisal methodology.
1.6 A database established by conducting a household survey of a selected sample of 250 families.
1.7 22 Village development plans designed and developed for the entire 5 year period.
1.8 40 advocacy activities were implemented for identified civic rights violations
1.9 For 90% demands of the community, duty bearers responded in a result oriented manner.
1.10 Capacity built for at least 110 CBO officer bearers in leadership skills and CBO management skills.
2.1 Stable financial mechanism developed and established for 22 CBOs.
2.2 Cooperative network membership increased to 2,500 members.
2.3 200 potential entrepreneurs given training on entrepreneurship.
2.4 Rs. 30/= million disbursed as credit to 2,000 CBO members to start up business.
2.5 250 absolute poverty stricken families involved in 250 IGPs.
2.6 750 enterprises formed; a trade organization and links established with big business for marketing of products.
2.7 750 entrepreneurs with improved knowledge about effective income management.
2.8 In 22 CBOs community based micro-finance systems established.
2.9 Capacity for financial management of 110 CBO office bearers improved through training.
3.1 Vocational training opportunities created for 250 selected school leavers.
3.2 Secondary language improvement classes conducted for 200 school leavers.
3.3 At least 60% of VT trained youths involved in new IGPs.
3.4 150 VT trained youths given tool kits to start enterprises.
3.5 150 VT trained youths institutionally linked to micro-finance institutions invest in IGPs.
3.6 Through a career guidance youth camp 250 youths prepared for VT.
3.7 250 youths linked with existing job nets such as Berendina.

Project Area:

Name of the target Location GN Division & No Target Family Coverage DS Divistion
1 Mawela West 456, B Mawela west 130 Kothmale
2 Mawela Kanda 456,C 85 Kothmale
3 Karagasthalawa 476 ,A 67 Kothmale
4 Delumthalamada 473,B 96 Kothmale
5 Katarandana 466,B 104 Kothmale
6 Madakubura 468 126 Kothmale
7 Kiridhiwela 469,B 141 Kothmale
8 Egadawela 469,A 45 Kothmale
9 wavahinna 473,B 100 Kothmale
10 Pundaluoya Upper 468,E 124 Kothmale
11 Pundaluoya Lower 468,E 96 Kothmale
12 Eton 468,E 58 Kothmale
13 Ramboda RB 474,C palagolla 123 Kothmale
14 Blue Field 474,C palagolla 137 Kothmale
15 Akkara 50 474,C palagolla 68 Kothmale
16 Munwatte 506 85 Walapane
17 Madumana 506,E 130 Walapane
18 Liyanwela 506,B 115 Walapane
19 Madekadura 506,D 90 Walapane
20 Liyanwela Estate 506,D 100 Walapane
21 Mahauva 3rd 533,D 72 Walapane
22 Mahauva Dam 515,E 91 Walapane
23 Kahawatte 504,A 95 Walapane
24 Diyanilla 526,B 72 Walapane
25 High forest no 1 505 150 Walapane
Total family coverage 2500