The official website of the Assembly of Social mobilization was launched today 23rd of September 2015 by the Chief Secretary for the Eastern province Mr.D.M.S.Abayagunawardana at Hotel Villa, Trincomalee. Mr.J.S.D.M.Asanka Abeyawardene, Secretary to the Ministry of education, Mr.M.T.A.Nizam, Provincial Director of Education EP, Mr.S.varathaseelan, working director of the Preschool education bureau, Mr. Nifal Alawdeen,Education officer, UNICEF also graced the occasion.
Assemble of Social Mobilization organized a consultation with high level government stakeholders on 22nd of Sepetmer 2015 at Villa Hotel the Chief Secretary for the Eastern province Mr.D.M.S.Abayagunawardana, Mr.J.S.D.M.Asanka Abeyawardene, Secretary to the Ministry of education, Mr.M.T.A.Nizam, Provincial Director of Education EP, Mr.S.varathaseelan, working director of the Preschool education bureau, Mr. Nifal Alawdeen,Education officer, UNICEF, Mr.M.M.Muzammil, Executive Director of ASM, Mr.Philip Murugaiya, Program Manager, ASM partciapted.
Vocational training – Trainers of the NAITA.
Sexually Gender based Violence and Laws relating Women rights.
Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) and community assessment for Livelihood development.
Participatory strategic Planning.
Project Designing and Logical frame approaches. HIV/ AIDS awareness trainings.
Business promotion and Marketing Skills.
Leadership and community mobilization. Psycho Social and trauma healing.
Animal Husbandry and livestock management. Peace building and Conflict transformation.
A low prevalent HIV/AIDS country may not stay low unless proper preventive measures are in place. Targeting vulnerable and high risk- groups is a priority while raising awareness among general population is another equally crucial activity, especially in a society where risk, vulnerable and general inhabitants are intermingled.
HIV Prevention work is a focal benchmark of ASMs 5 year plan, where the organization has strived to mainstream the actions within all sectoral work. ASM will concentrate on the following action points for the next 5 years.
Strengthening institutional capacity on Research, advocacy and lobbying for policy changes.
Mobilizing locality to join the ASMs regional work on HIV prevention Coordinating South Asian capacity and
The gradual building of the commitment and momentum on community responses in facing disasters is the keystone of the strategic benchmark. We at ASM would identify the gaps and weaknesses among the community on planning and mitigation mechanism and Support them with sufficient actions and guidance to the communities that can open the gateway to strengthen the Capacity and stability of the grass root groups.
To achieve these targets ASMs DRR team has set forth 3 action points.
Vulnerability Capacity assessment of the locality and support upon recommendations
Strengthening community groups through enhancing local physical and human resources.
Natural resource planning development and preservation of Eco systems.
The Hidden Faces in decision making.
We create opportunities for the ever excluded, marginalized women groups in the isolated areas of the district, striving to come up in life, struck amidst extreme fundamentalism and men dominated decision making. House hold poverty and Cultural barriers are seen as the stumbling blocks of these faces to get rid of discrimination and violence. More over the region has witnessed the increase of war widows over the past decades. We at ASM are committed to generate the momentum among the community to work for the victory of many hidden faces. Supporting them with comprehensive social integration packages that will include Trainings, community awareness, Micro funding for income generation and exposure will be the key benchmarks of this sector. Through these corporate actions we solicit that the women could make very crucial decisions to the issues that affect their own lives.
Caring for Children.
We focus our work mainly on Children who are the victims of poverty and violence. We advocate that children should be cared and protected regardless of race, caste and religion. We strive to see that the young ones are not part and victims of the cluttered social fabric dominated by power politics and militarization. Own work focuses on supporting Children access for literacy and an atmosphere where their rights are respected and protected. We are embarking on a project, District Model Children’s Movement (DMCM) that could support children to raise their voices for equality and freedom. Effective Psycho social inclusion programs are in the process of Development.
Youth Development - Our Pillars.
As a vibrant youth based organization, we have formulated a development plan that could support hundreds of Young people of the district for social Reintegration. Unemployment and lack of Skills has isolated many of the youth from the development mainstream. Fear and harassment has been the main part of their life for decades. Channelling better job markets and supporting for skill training will be the task of our 5 year Multi annual plan.
The protracted civil unrest has resulted in a trend of overwhelming suffering of the communities. Countless victimization, fall down of household economy, deprivation of livelihoods and isolation has proved its effects on the people. We at ASM strive to support these communities through our planned Programs below.
2.1 Restoring Rural Livelihoods and entrepreneurships.
As a main part of the integrated community development programs, we stand for the needs of the affected people to regain economic stability through restoring their rural livelihoods. We shift the paradigm from helping people to working with the people. Reinforcing the strength of local producers, improving the prospects of small businesses and entrepreneurship by developing sustainable market oriented production chains and micro funding. Developing a framework that will make easy access to market and financing by the communities on their own.
2.2 People’s Platform for Peace and Justice.
We at ASM will advocate with full effort to create a Peoples Platform that will raise the voices, aspirations and call for a Peaceful Country. . We embark on this venture with the support of the numerous civil society initiatives at the local and National level. Campaigning on Democracy and justice, good governance and civil protection will be the key Benchmarks, where people voices are strengthened for lasting peace and social harmony. ASM will use media, Theatre work, Visual arts as tools to achieve these benchmarks.
2.3 Emergency care
Access to Food and Health care, Water and sanitation, safer dwelling, free from violence will be the prime components of our emergency care Program. While trying to channel potential donor support to the affected and displaced communities, we advocate for their well-being through indiscriminate Humanitarian aid and protection.
Building up a strong network of catalysts for advocacy and research on poverty reduction and Human security will be one of the Key areas that ASM will focus for the next 5 Years. Creating a centre of attention among the different stakeholders at District and National level by lobbying for people friendly policies and action that could pave the way towards fighting the root causes for poverty and discrimination among the community will be the utmost task. The key portion of the definition will be of the establishment of rural networks for grass root actions and strengthening the Community based organizations for sustainability.
Assembly of Social Mobilization (ASM) and Department of Provincial Education - EP organized workshop for Developing a Functional map on ECCD with the state agencies in the Eastern Province held on 13 & 14 August 2015 at Sarvodaya Center, Batticaloa. The special invites were the Secretary of Provincial Ministry of Education Mr. J.S.D.M. Asanka Abeyawardana, Provincial Education Director Mr. M.T.A Nizam, Education Officer,UNICEF Mr. Nifal Alavudeen and Working Director of Eastern Province Preschool Education Bureau Mr. Varathaseelan.