APPLICATION REPORT 2
obstacle for agriculture is scarcity of water.The people in Sewanagala Village are very poor. Most are farmers whocultivate rice paddies, which they harvest twice a year; during the off-season,they search for daily-wage labor jobs in other villages. Consequently, most ofthe villagers receive Samurdhi funds, a poverty reduction program, from thegovernment. Sugar is produced in this region and some parents work in thesefactories. The houses here are made of brick with mud mortar, and roofs arecovered with asbestos sheets or natural leaves. The temperature of the regionis normally very high.
Room to Read partners with local organizations in many of the communitieswhere we work. Through this model we are able to leverage existing localexpertise, build the capacity of smaller indigenous non-governmentalorganizations (NGOs) and have a much farther reach. Working with NGOpartners also ensures the sustainability of the project. These organizations willremain invested in the success of the project long after Room to Read hascompleted our commitment of support. Our partner in this project is Socio-economical Ecological Religious Virtous Empowerment.SERVE, established in February 1999, stands for Socio-economical,Ecological, Religious, Virtuous, Empowerment. SERVE is dedicated andcommitted to improve the overall quality of people, especially children, througha quality, participatory, creative, and scientific process, without discrimination ofGender, Race, Caste, Social Level, Religion or Political Differences. SERVE isregistered as a Non Governmental / Non Profit, Service Organization, under theAct, No.31 of 1980, as amended by Act, No.8 of 1998,
Reason for Support
The school does not include a library for the students at the moment and thereading materials are also not adequate. They have continuously requested alibrary from the government for a long time but have not received anyassistance to date.
Room to Read plans to partner with the local community in the construction ofa single-room library. It will be a 500- to 600-square-foot building with brickwalls, a concrete floor, and a roof made of clay tiles and timber. The newbuilding will also include a veranda.
Proposed Community/School Contribution to the Project:
- Land donated by local government- Site clearing and excavation of foundation by villagers- Unskilled labor for construction work provided by parents- Roof covering done by community members- 15% of library construction cost
Proposed Room to Read Contribution to the Project:
- Construction materials
Proposed construction site