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Vision

"Sustainable Futures, Empowered Villages" envisions vibrant rural communities across the globe thriving in harmony with nature, where sustainable practices are embraced to ensure a prosperous and resilient future for generations to come.

Mission

Our Mission is to empower rural villages by providing them with the knowledge, resources, and support necessary to implement sustainable practices in agriculture, energy, water management, and community development. Through education, capacity building, and collaborative partnerships, we aim to create self-reliant communities that are resilient to environmental challenges and equipped to build a sustainable and prosperous future for themselves and future generations.

Introduction

SEEDA (Social and Environmental Development Association) is a non-profit, non-governmental, and community-based organization dedicated to supporting vulnerable communities in Sri Lanka. Established in 2007 under the Ministry of Social Service as a volunteer organization, SEEDA has been actively involved in various initiatives aimed at improving the lives of individuals and families affected by both natural disasters and prolonged civil unrest, particularly in the Division of Batticaloa.

Goal

The goal of Sudeesa is to improve the social and economic living conditions of all the coastal and inland fisher communities and associated farming communities of Sri Lanka. SEEDA aims to harness the full potential of the small-scale fisher and farming population – specially the women, youngsters and children – by providing care and education and introducing new fields of subsidiary occupations and self-reliance activities in order to improve their standard of living, both socially and economically​

Key Principles -

The following key sustainability principles are incorporated into operational policies and practices of SEEDA at all levels of implementation.

Family is First-

Family is the base for social sustainability. If the family lacks in basic needs, members suffer from destitution, lack of social recognition, discrimination by social forces and neglect. Lack of social sustainability affects economic sustainability in the family. If women are destitute, or youth are idle in the families. There is no proper family cohesion. This leads to the absence of healthy participation in decision making in the development process of their families. Therefore the Sudeesa has formulated all its policies to strengthen the family unit in the society.

Community is Central

The fishing and farming Communities are central to use and management of their own resources. They use resources for livelihoods and therefore community participation is a prerequisite for community based sustainable resource management and wise use. Community participation means - people are the proprietors and decision makers. Participation must not be induced or co-opted. People must be the subjects not the objects of development initiatives. Participation is the essence of responsible stewardship of natural resources and its wise use. Therefore, all the activities of SEEDA are implemented through village organizations based on community visioning and their decision-making.

Natural Resources are the Key

Natural resources are the basis for sustainable livelihood development and a crucial aspect of the food production and life support system. SEEDA has formulated its policies and operational policies incorporating the principle of regeneration of natural resources for sustainable livelihoods. For the sustainable regeneration of natural resources, Community responsibility must be developed. Sudeesa believes that the citizens of the country must help to conserve and protect natural resources and also aim to regenerate these valuable resources

Partnership

Partnership principles are incorporated into Sudeesa activities. SEEDA works with community, local government and all stakeholders of the development process, nationally and internationally. SEEDA promotes gender equity and gender balance and respects indigenous knowledge and wisdom. One third of SEEDA benefits go to women, one third to youth and one third to children. The village organizations, as collaborating groups undertake for implementation of all the activities and involve as many as local organized groups to ensure ownership of the activities are transferred to the community. Sharing responsibilities and participatory planning activities with women and youth are considered vital for social and economic sustainability.​

Empowerment

Empowerment policy is the key in social, economic and environment sustainability. SEEDA enables women, youth and all stakeholders to make decisions that affect them both at their own level and at higher levels through their own organizations

Intervention Straregy

Village Based Organization - In order to achieve the vision, mission and goal, the SEEDA works from grass root level upwards, using a federal structure of village-based organizations. By organizing the fishing and farming community in village organizations, it empowers them to tackle together the different challenges that they have faced. These organizations are developed as coops with legal entities for full plagued development.

Members are the decision makers -

The Members are the decision - makers and "own" all the therefore are committed to making the entire programme succeed . the Federation uses an integrated approach to address the different challenges the fishery communities. Activities are defined to achieve results on education, health and socio-economic issues, which together should lead to sustainable social and economic living conditions.