Single Mother Project
Initiated in 2010, the WIM Single Mother Empowering Project can be best defined as an effort to reach out to one of the most valuable yet unappreciated segment of society, who driven by circumstances rather than choice have been relegated to the status of a single mother. The Project reaches out to single mothers to help harness their potential through training and education. WIM extends its hand of expertise to empower these women by helping them to establish a start-up, such as a micro-enterprise. The training provided, adopts a holistic approach of navigating them through the intricate steps of launching on their own, equipping them with appropriate skills, knowledge and, assistance to garner the market segment for their goods. At the core of this Project rests an inherent belief in the power of the woman to be a preeminent force capable of changing her circumstances in her favour. WIM is glad to be that stepping stone.
Why Sri Lanka needs to empower women and women headed households?
Women almost constitute 53 percent of the Sri Lankan population and have been making substantial contribution to socio-economic development. But, unfortunately their contribution largely remains unrecognized and unnoticed in our country. Besides, society gives little chance to women to enter into the fields of various economic activities. As a result women tend to find alternative ways such migration as domestic workers, sex workers and other unethical business ventures. While women leaves the standard livelihood their family break ups has increased, teenage pregnancy has increased, drug and alcoholism increased and child abuse and rape has being increased.
According to the most recent Household and Income Expenditure Survey (2012/2013) 1.2 million households (23% percent) of the households in Sri Lanka are Women Headed Households. Four percent out of the 112 maternal deaths which took place in 2014 were teenagers. According to UNICEF estimates of 2015, at least 20,780 girls between 12 to 17 years of age are either married or cohabit.
Family Health Bureau statistics reveal that 5.3% of the pregnant women registered annually are young girls below 20 years.
CSR Best Practices for Women Empowerment
The emphasis on women’s empowerment and the field of women’s empowerment are rapidly growing. There are many reasons for this, the strong evidence of Women’s economic participation increasing GDP, women are the major consumers of businesses and economic prosperity. There are thousands of corporates around the world who has witnessed their CSR programmes on women empowerment has being directly affected their profit margins and brand enhancement. Further there are evidence that when women are empowered there is a decline of social issues in a country.
2018-2019 WIM Single Mother Project Objective
Assisting 100 children of women headed households with school stationeries , Anuradhapura and Mallathiv
Empowering 100 women on entrepreneurship management skills target Districts, Monaragala, North, Hill country
2018 Thaalam Project
Under this, WIM empowered young children of women-headed households, who were the victims of alcoholism and sex work. This project was successfully executed where 25 girls ended up as manufacturers of women slippers and cosmetic jewelries. Today, they travel for exhibitions, and are also in the process of reaching the export market.
1st August 2017 to 1st March 2018
The challenges were to create physical and economic environment to sustain plant and human lives. Out of 3015 families 1340 drawing Government subsidies for those poor. Population comprises 5266 females and 4937 are males in 54 villages. 416 families are headed by females. 947 are farming families. 236 persons are disabled, 13 are blind, 46 are one legged, 6 minus both legs, 27 minus one hand, 3 without hands, 9 with one eye, 13 without eyes, 132 with other injuries. 1490 elders with little or no means of income. 544 families are without houses. 105 families have no toilets. Laborer work available from November - March, no income from March - November. Sri Lanka 97 educational zones with Kayts occupying the 97th position.
Rain fall available in the period September - December. Limited ground water resources. No river & No major/ medium tanks. Severe drought in dry season. 54 damaged and silted ponds and limited of machinery. Poverty, families burdened with trauma, severe hardships, harsh environmental conditions pose challenges to lives and the ecology.
Total Project Cost : 750,000
Number of Women-Headed Households : 50
This project was funded by Private Sector Organization