The MJF Charitable Foundation commenced key projects in the Northern peninsula in an effort to empower this region which has suffered adverse socio-economic conditions due to the 30-year conflict that prevailed. In 2011, to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, 100 war affected women in Point Pedro, in the North, were awarded livelihood support to enable them to commence a livelihood of their choosing. In 2012, the programme was replicated in the Eastern Province, in Batticaloa, with the awarding of grants for war affected women. This is the second phase of the project to empower the women of the Northern peninsula who are mostly war widows, through the MJF Foundation Small Entrepreneur Programme (SEP).
The support extended is in line with the Foundation’s globally acclaimed SEP which seeks to empower individuals in a sustainable and dignified manner and consisted of assistance for processing dry fish, goat rearing and dress making. These are cottage industries that these women, who are heading single parent households, can engage in. To date 187 war affected women have been supported in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka.