Safe Labour Migration Programme in Gampaha
SAFE LABOUR MIGRATION PROGRMME IN GAMPAHASocial and economic benefits for labors migrant and their families are enhanced through access to improved services at the Gampaha District Level.
Women and Men migrants and their families have improved access to information on Safe Labour Migration
Women and Men migrant workers and their families address their grievances by accessing improved grievance redressal mechanisms
Women and Men migrant workers and their families improve their Psychosocial wellbeing by accessing available Psychosocial support mechanisms
Potential, in –service and returnee migrant workers have improved capacities for the use of remittances, of skills and to prepare for return and reintegration
Wattala DS Division
Negombo DS Division
Ja Ela DS Division
- Meetings with Male Fronted Societies
To focus more on Male migrants, whom are increasing in numbers, meetings with Male fronted societies will be conducted at Ground Level. Seth Sarana has already identified existing structures which comprises of Males such as Three wheel and Fishermen societies, and will be conducting general awareness and support sessions targeting the members.
- Safe Labor Migration awareness sessions at DS Level
To increase the awareness of Safe Labor Migration – the stages, process, procedures, hazards, precautions, among DS Level Government Officers, awareness sessions will be held at respective Divisional Secretariats of Project Locations.
DS Level Government Offices are the direct group of personnel whom Migrants and their family members come in contact with at various occasions and situations, and Seth Sarana has identified that though they poses a General understanding of Labor Migration, it is inadequate considering their lack of interest on the subject and the negative attitude towards labor migration as a whole. The biggest issue is their perception, which migration is perceived as an activity that should be avoided, especially women migration. In this situation and awareness session on the subject would be beneficial, and would also ensure the sustainability of the project for a team of Government Personnel who are well aware of Safe Labor Migration, would be serving the population.
- Division Day Participation – DS Level
Each Divisional Secretariat holds its division day at a monthly basis, to discuss matters related to the area and the steps that have been taken to resolve the issues that are prevailing. These meetings are held under the direct supervision and intervention of Divisional Secretariat, with all Development Officers, Field Officers and Grama Niladharis, as participants.
During the Second year of the project Seth Sarana was able to secure access to participate in these meetings as a third party, in the aim of Including Migration and related issues as a subject matter that is included in the agenda, and discussed regularly. In this venture Seth Sarana has been successful, and it has reached a level where Government Officers now consider Migration as an issue that indeed needs more attention and action.
To ensure this development will be continued and sustained, Seth Sarana would participate in these meetings during the third year of the project. A strategy would be formulated to ensure Migration will be subject matter at each meeting. The monetary assistance that has been proposed for these sessions will be gradually reduced in order to ensure the ongoing practices at Government level are not affected.
- Sessions with Potential Migrants
With the rapport built with the District Coordinator of Ministry of Foreign Employment, Seth Sarana has been invited to assist DOFEs in meetings which they conduct with aspirant migrants (those who have been approved of the FBR). The aim of these meetings is to further facilitate the aspirant migrants with knowledge regarding safe migration, planning for service stage, and planning for return and reintegration. These meetings are organized through the district by respective DOFEs of each Divisional Secretariat.
As Seth Sarana promotes the mandate and the mechanism of Government, this will be a very valuable opportunity to ensure the safety of aspirant migrants through the means mentioned above, with the support of Safe Labor Migration Project.
- Awareness sessions for Mid Wives, CRPOS and POs
As the health and nutrition of children are now becoming a cause for concern, especially among migrant families, Seth Sarana plans to conduct awareness sessions with Mid Wives. Mid Wives represent the Ministry of Health, whom have been assigned the task of following up on the health and nutritional factors of children at village level. In the existence of an issue, they intervene and ensure that it is ratified through Government Support Mechanisms.
During the first two years of the project Seth Sarana has come to realize the gravity of psychosocial concerns among children of migrant families. It was also observed that among government officials who have been appointed as responsible for issues concerning children often neglect that factor of migration for a cause which would adversely effect on a child of such family. They are often of the mentality; the child has received what it is deserved.
To promote a positive change, Seth Sarana aims to conduct awareness sessions to CRPOs and POs who are serving in DS offices in project locations. In these sessions the importance of migration, as it has become today, will be highlighted along with the threats is poses for children who often are the indirect victims. Seth Sarana believes that through this intervention, a sense of understanding and responsibility could be built among said officials and they would cater towards children of migrant families in a more sensitive manner.
Seth Sarana also aims to include these officials in the support network which the project aims to build, consisting of both government and non-government players.
- CSO Meetings
Continuing the practice of first and second years of the project, CSO meetings will be conducted to raise awareness and attention with regard to labor migration. With the experience gained from earlier practices, Seth Sarana will focus on specific issues relating to an area, in the conduct of meetings.
- Current trends, laws and updates on Labor Migration
To develop the staff capacity, a vital requirement to ensure its functionality at ground level and project outcomes are met, a special session on current trends, laws and updates on Labor Migration will be conducted. This session will have the facilitation of resource personnel from the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment. Through the updated knowledge, it is assumed the project team and seth sarana staff will be strengthened to face the challenges of Labor Migration.
- Safe Migration awareness sessions for GNs
Through the experience gained during the first two years of the project, Seth Sarana came in to realization that the awareness on Safe Labor Migration among Government Officials was at a very low level and being bound with traditional perception, they maintain that migration is a malpractice that should be discouraged and avoided completely. This has to be addressed immediately, for it is they who bear the responsibility of the people in the end.
This was further emphasized in the meeting conducted with the Grama Niladharis of Gampaha Divisional Secretariat. Though they were aware of the issues faced by the migrant population, their knowledge on supportive mechanisms and procedures was not up to expectation.
In this backdrop Seth Sarana has planned to conducted sessions on Safe Labor migration with Grama Niladharis. This will be with the officers of selected and non-selected Grama Nildhari Divisions, which would further ensure the message of Safe Labor Migration is reached throughout the division.
- Safe Labor Migration awareness sessions for Community Leaders
In the structure which Seth Sarana has developed to ensure the sustainability of the project, community leaders have been given a special and significant role. In this regard their capacity on Safe Labor Migration needs to be strengthened. To this aim, Awareness sessions on Safe Labor Migration will be conducted with teams of community leaders at each project location. These sessions will be conducted in a manner which would raise their vigilance and attention on the issues of Migrant Population.
Community leaders who are enthusiastic will be selected to form a focal team which would be the base of information dissemination. These teams would be linked to community level information centers. This will ensure the information centers are maintained and information is disseminated in the expected manner.
- Sensitization programs for NGOs.
Seth Sarana has been working with many like-minded organizations in respective D.S. Divisions. It engages with the same group in the same field for one purpose , i.e. human development. In the same way, Seth Sarana has built a strong rapport with them.
Making use of this rapport, with this activity we plan to get their fullest cooperation to work for the wellbeing of migrants and their families. With this intention, we consider this activity to make them familiarized with the project and its service for the people of grassroots level. Hand in hand with existing NGO network (with their voluntary service) we can expand our service to a larger community.
In the aim of creating a platform for information dissemination and raising awareness with regard to safe labor migration seth sarana will seek the support of NGO coordinator of Gampaha District. With his assistance, the network of NGOs in Gampaha district would be utilized to promote safe labor migration and provide assistance. This would extend the coverage of the project in to other areas which are not covered under current project activities.
- Public awareness – IEC Materials
A public awareness – comprising of different methods to each both migrant and general Population will be conducted. With the experience gained during the first two years of the project, these campaigns will be conducted to raise awareness specific issues, which are prevailing in Gampaha District. Through this methodology Seth Sarana will be able to reach more personnel, the aim of this activity.
In Gampaha District, irregular migration has become a common practice. Despite the best efforts of Government and other concerned parties people are resorting to means of irregular migration in large numbers. It is in this backdrop Seth Sarana aims to publish a booklet specifically highlighting this context specific issue in Gampaha District.
To reach this outcome Seth Sarana has planned to design and print leaflets on Irregular Migration and Human Trafficking, and updated version of the Information booklet which was immensely popular among Migrant and General population, leaflets on contemporary subjects relating to migration such as drug abuse and migrant health, and printing banners and posters to be placed at various public events which are organized under Safe Labor Migration project and other project and general activities of Seth Sarana.
Illustrated booklet on irregular migration will be designed and published targeting children in project areas. We trust that through make aware the children through this will be more effective.
These printing materials will be needful to disseminate information during our awareness sessions as well as to the general public. At the same time these will be required to keep at our community information centers.
- Group Formation and Conducting Sessions
Groups of In Service and returnee migrants will be formed at project locations. These, along with the existing groups will be introduced with the SHG concept by trained and experienced Seth Sarana animators. Under this concept a small group is introduced with a primary scale monetary system, which has the contribution of all members, and served the purpose of supporting the members in their monetary needs. This practice has been in action from the inception of Seth Sarana and has a significant success rate.
With the introduction of this concept formed migrant groups are to be strengthened and sustained. The same concept will be introduced to already formed Groups of Migrants. The possibility of linking formed groups with existing SHGs of Seth Sarana is also being looked upon.
An SHG is benefited with ongoing projects and at times with direct assistance of Seth Sarana. This is beneficial for the members of the Group. Promotion of Self Employment opportunities is a major activity that is conducted among SHGs to ensure their consistency.
In this regard a SHG will be an ideal entry point to introduce new knowledge and trainings. Through knowledge the group members would be encouraged to make thoughtful decisions and trainings would make them fit for the challenges. These groups will be visited on a weekly basis by mobilizers who would maintain records of the progress, and address any issues through the assistance and guidance of Seth Sarana.
- Information Centers
In the light of positive responses received for Information Centers, Seth Sarana had planned to establish similar centers under the requests made by Grama Nildharis, and at identified locations of public interest. These centers will serve the purpose of serving the information needs of Migrant Population. The effectiveness of already established centers will also be assessed and steps will be taken to ensure their functionality is at an effective level.
A separate officer would be trained and assigned to each information center. These officers would be selected from the ranks of volunteers. It would be the responsibility of the officer to maintain a record of service delivery and, maintain the standards of the center through interacting with mobilizers and the project team with regard to replenishing leaflets and documents as well as updated information on the field of labor migration. To this end, he/she would participate in weekly mobilizer and volunteers meetings conducted by field officers at each project location. Mobilizers and volunteers would promote these centers at community level, which would strengthen its establishment and importance.
- Refreshers sessions on Safe Labor Migration – Volunteers
With the significance of volunteers in building a mechanism that is sustained and strong, in order to ensure the information flow of safe labor migration is maintained, refresher sessions on the awareness sessions conducted during the first two years of the project will be organized. Through these sessions volunteers will be consulted on newest trends on the field of labor migration of Sri Lanka, hazards, and their expected role as volunteers in the face of new and upcoming challenges.
The volunteers will be encouraged to share their experiences and challenges in the field. It is the aim of Seth Sarana to promote discussion among the team in the expectation of identifying solutions and taking in to account the lessons learnt.
- Monitoring sessions – SDC and National Center
Monitoring sessions on project progress, in the aim of sharing knowledge, experiences and formulating plans on way forward, will be conducted jointly with the support of both SDC and the National Center. These sessions will be conducted on a monthly basis. A culture of sharing challenges and lessons learnt would be promoted.
- Celebrating International Migration Day
Seth Sarana will celebrate International Migration Day delivering a specific message to the public, as it did during last two years of the project. The program will be based on appreciating the importance and the contribution of migrant families, raising general awareness regarding safe labor migration, and offering on the field support with regard to issues rose as a result of migration.
The core aim of the activity is to insist the duty bearers of their responsibilities towards migrants and their families. Unlike the public awareness campaign on safe labor migration, this activity will focus on potential advocacy issues and bring them forth towards the attention of duty bearers.
- Project advisory meeting at District Level
To keep the top-level government officers aware of the progress made by the project and in the expectation of their valuable inputs to fine tune project implementation, project advisory committee meetings will be held at District Level. These meetings will be headed by District Secretary or his/her immediate associate, along with District Coordinator of Ministry of Foreign Employment, and the Safe Labor Migration Project team of Seth Sarana Caritas Colombo.
During the first two years of the project Seth Sarana was able to obtain valuable information and guidance from sessions of similar nature. This year the scope of the activity would be further enhanced and mainly would be used as an opportunity to update the District Secretary on the functionality of Ground Level mechanisms that has been put in place for the betterment of migrants. Observations, both positive and negative would be shared in the aim assisting for a better regulation of the said mechanisms. Seth Sarana would also share success stories at this session. This is in the aim of generating a positive attitude towards the project and raising awareness on the importance of extending the reach of government further in to the ground level.
- Paralegal training for DOFEs of Gampaha District
In the DOFE training program conducted it was revealed that most of the DOFES were not aware of paralegals and the services they rendered. In this backdrop and with the consent of the DOFE Coordinator of Gampaha District, Seth Sarana has planned to conduct a paralegal training program for DOFEs of Gampaha District. Through the training the DOFEs would not only be able to present themselves as paralegals, but also would have the opportunity to meet and interact with already trained paralegals. This training will be conducted in a manner which both aforementioned teams participate, share and update knowledge.
To bridge the gap between DOFES and paralegals, a structure of complaint handling will be introduced consisting of volunteers, paralegals with DOFES at the helm. According to this structure complaint at ground level volunteers will refer legal cases relating to paralegals, whom will inform and update DOFEs on the same. To maintain contact with DOFEs with regard to progress made on cases and assistance required key personnel from the trained groups of paralegals will be selected.
- Paralegal Training for GN Officers
As GN officers maintain the link between policy level and Ground level, and in the aim of better understanding Ground Realities, one-day paralegal training program – in the scope of roles and responsibilities of a paralegal, the legal background relating to their task, and the expected duties of a paralegal, has been planned to conduct at all three project locations.
Seth Sarana has taken initiatives to introduce already trained paralegals to Grama Nildharis of respective divisions, and this activity will further strengthen the links that has been made. In the same manner of the DOFE training – paralegal, this training will also ensure that the existing teams of paralegals are introduced to Grama Niladharis.
- Paralegal Training for Community Leaders
In the updated structure of providing legal services, created in the aim of ensuring the sustainability and the continuity of the services provided, Community Leaders have been given a significant role. In this sense Seth Sarana has planned to raise awareness and conduct a one-day training program for community leaders at respective project locations. It is expected a capable team of community leaders will be present at ground level, who are able to properly identify a legal issue relating to the field of migration and to refer it to paralegals working at their divisions.
- Refresher Session – Trained Paralegals
Refresher sessions for trained paralegals will be conducted on a quarterly basis. The aim of these sessions will be following up on the progress made by paralegals, identifying challenges, formulating / updating action plans of each paralegal and planning the way forward. Seth Sarana has identified that it is compulsory to conduct refreshers at given intervals to ensure trained paralegals are functioning as they are expected.
- Legal Support – Community Level
Personnel who require legal support to resolve their issues in the field of Migration will be assisted through Safe Labor Migration Project. Assistance will be provided in the form of supporting to obtain legal documents, supporting in legal related cases by professional advise and guidance. Without limiting itself to provide assistance for one specific legal case, Seth Sarana will follow a more holistic approach, to identify instances which could be a direct or indirect result of migration, and to provide legal support as necessary.
The provision of legal support will be done through SEDEC, the official legal partner of the safe labor migration project. Cases will be recorded on the virtual platform, Migrant Information Database – which has enabled keeping track of the cases.
Adhering to the project outcome which envisions personnel who has legal issues in the field of migration address their grievances through services available without the assistance or support from a 3rd party, Information Centers established at project locations will be made a part of this activity. People would be encouraged through community awareness sessions to visit these centers, where information relating to legal assistance – both human and material resources, are available.
- Legal Clinics
Experimenting on the progress achieved during the first two years, Seth Sarana has envisioned to conduct three legal clinics at the three project locations. These clinics will serve as platforms for personnel who have legal issues, especially relating to migration in a direct or an indirect manner, to have them resolved or to educate themselves on the procedures that should be followed. It is expected to obtain the facilitation of Legal Aid Commission in the conduct of this activity.
Through the conduct of these clinics Seth Sarana aims to raise awareness among other divisions where the project is not implemented. In this sense and under the possibilities, legal clinics will be conducted at non-project locations as well. This is now possible for all DOFES in Gampaha District have been trained under the DOFE training program organized by Seth Sarana. As a result, they have a through understanding of the organization and of the project and are willing to extend their supportive hand.
- Partner Exchange Platform – Host
Following the practice of yester years, Seth Sarana would continue to contribute for partner exchange platforms that will be held at different project districts. Seth Sarana will contribute as the hospitality partner for one partner exchange platform, as the project is at the third-year mark, and Seth Sarana has gained much experience and knowledge on the field of Safe Labor Migration during the course of time elapsed.
- Psychosocial Support Clinics
Seth Sarana has planned to hold three psychosocial support clinics at project locations. These clinics would be an opportunity to promote psychosocial assistance and accessibility to counselling among the population. This will also serve as an opportunity for individuals to receive guidance from professional counsellors.
- Psychosocial Training for DOFES of Gampaha District
With the support and assistance received from the District Coordinator of DOFEs, Seth Sarana will conduct an one-day psychosocial training session for DOFEs of Gampaha District. The contents of this training will be based on the field of Migration with special attention given to how to properly identify and distinguish psychosocial and psychological issues. The envisioned referral system, which Seth Sarana has already formulated, will also be introduced to the DOFEs.
- Psychosocial Training for Divisional Level Officers
Considering the interest shown by DS level officers at the time they underwent psychosocial awareness sessions during the first two years of the project, a separate training on the subject has been envisioned by Seth Sarana. This training will be facilitated by professionals in the field and will be conduct at all three Divisional Secretariats of project locations.
- Psychosocial Training for Community Leaders
The significance of the community leaders’ role is again highlighted in the sustaining structure suggested for the psychosocial component. In this regard Seth Sarana has made plans to conduct a separate psychosocial training for community leaders of three project locations in the aim of raising their awareness and knowledge. Considering the expected role of community leaders, this training will be beneficial in the backdrop of failure to identify psychosocial issues had led to devastating situations. A team of aware members at community level, especially in the form of community leaders, would be a way to address said issues.
- Psychosocial Training for Sunday School Teachers
With its network of religious institutions and the close relationship maintained, Seth Sarana is in a position to adhere the support of Sunday School Teachers of all religions to support project activities and ensure its sustainability especially regarding the psychosocial component. The Service of a Sunday school teacher is purely provided on a volunteer basis, and the fact that they are working for a worthy cause, Sunday school teachers will be a great addition to the Safe Labor Migration Projects human resources. Through their support the sustainability of the project, especially under the psychosocial component can be ensured.
During the second year of the project a brief psychosocial session was conducted with Sunday School teachers of Wattala and Negombo, which was welcomed with a positive and a warm response. In this development, Seth Sarana has planned to conduct more sessions with Sunday school teachers. Each training is to be followed up through an action plan which each participant should maintain and present to field officers of Safe Labor Migration project.
A Sunday school teacher often is a person from the same village of his/her students, and for this very reason is an ideal person to be selected as a trainee under this activity. They are well aware of the background of their students – especially their needs and hazards they have been exposed. As they are serving voluntarily in the sole aim of uplifting the ethics and values among children, Seth Sarana aims to capacitate them through these trainings to become better at their conduct of identifying psychosocial issues of children. Though the session will be conducted generally, special attention will be placed on migration, as to how it has become a factor to cause psychosocial issues. The teachers will also be made part of the psychosocial support structure, which envisions sustainability of the project. According to this structure, trained Sunday school teachers would identify psychosocial related issues and would refer them to relevant personnel. In these sessions’ experiences, challenges and lessons learnt will be shared.
- Psychosocial Training for Pre-School Teachers
These sessions will be conducted as refresher cum psychosocial trainings aimed at preschool teachers. The trainings conducted at during the second year of the project were received with positive responses, which necessitates the fact that more trainings should be conducted to capacitate pre school teachers further. Training Pre School teachers has proved a timely initiative as they have now become a primary resource for the project.
- Psychosocial Training for Volunteers
Adhering to the importance of the role of volunteers, a psychosocial training will be conducted with the volunteer team of Safe Labor Migration project. This will be a general training in the aim of introducing the psychosocial component of the project to volunteers, its expectations, and the role of volunteers in this regard.
- Community Mobilization Training – Volunteers
Similar to the expectations of the community leader training, the community mobilization training for volunteers will be based on the same methodology. They will be capacitated with community mobilization skills, building rapport and confidence with Individuals.
- Befriender Trainings
Through the conduction of trainings listed above, Seth Sarana will identify potential individuals who can contribute for the sustenance of the project, especially under the psychosocial component. These will be personnel who has prior counselling experience and is willing to develop their skills in the aim of serving for the community, personnel who have contributed much time and effort for the betterment of others in the community, and interested personnel who are willing to develop themselves in order to provide a better service to the community.
Teams of these individuals will be formed at project locations. Be Freinders, as they would be identified afterwards, will be subjected to a more through and in-depth training on subjects of psychosocial issue identification and support, basic counselling skills and community mobilization. Capacitated, these teams of Be Freinders will act as resource personal at community level, serving psychosocial needs of individuals, providing basic counselling where necessary, and will be the ones who maintain links with Government Officers (in this case the DOFE), with regard to ground realities – issues that needs to be addressed.
This team will be responsible for coordination between support provided and follow up. They will report their updates to Seth sarana through community level mobilizers of the project. Mobilizer will be given the responsibility of maintaining cohesion of the be firender team.
- Befriender trainings – On Field
To enhance their conduct be frienders will be provided an on field training at their respective project locations. These trainings will be facilitated by professional counsellors, who has on field experience. Mr. Samantha Nilmalgoda, Mr. Chandana Tissera and etc. who have been working as the resource personnel of providing counsellor support, is one such example.
- Sessions for parents
- Residential – Leadership, team skill development session
The main reason which Seth Sarana propose a training of this nature is based on the observations made and experiences gained during the first two years of the project. It was observed that children of migrant families often express extreme emotions and behaviors. A brief research of these children revealed they had been neglected by schools and their own colleagues, guardians and caregivers – the main reason behind their behaviors. In this backdrop some children had resorted to resolve their issues by their own and as they see fit, using methods which are considered illicit and unaccepted by the society.
To avoid the development of this situation further Seth Sarana aims to conduct a residential training program to promote leadership and team skills among children of migrant families, Seth Sarana had planned to conduct a residential training program for children of Migrant families on the above-mentioned subjects.
Through this training it is expected to boost their leadership skills, community skills and team skills, a skill set which is often lacks among children of migrant families. The methodology on how this training will be conducted and the resource personnel involved will be shared in a separate document.
- Special Fund
A special fund will be maintained to support vulnerable personnel. The funds will be utilized to cover medical and hospital charges of migrant families and to uplift their lives from the situation, who’s unfortunate situation is a direct result of migration, and for educational, health and nutritional needs of children of migrant families.
- Counselling support for families in need of counselling
Identified psychological cases among migrant population will be assisted with professional counsellors. However, Seth Sarana will complete its referral system by the end of 2018, and counselling support will only be limited to very severe cases. At the moment counselling support for the individuals who are in need of it has to be provided through the project due to the absence of counselling officers at both Wattala and Negombo DS divisions.
- Following up on FBR rejected families
Seth Sarana aims to establish a mechanism which would update its field officers through the DOFEs on cases which the FBR is rejected. The aftermath will be followed up by field level staff of the project. Seth Sarana has experienced where families resorted to desperate measures to migrate in the event of a rejected FBR, and fell in to whims of sub agents. This situation still prevails in some parts of Wattala, Negombo and Gampaha DS divisions.
To avert this situation, as mentioned earlier, seth sarana will follow up on a family, beginning at the very point of FBR rejection. Through the support of field officers, they will be linked to Government Support mechanisms as well as support mechanisms available at Seth Sarana, in order to lift them form their deprived situation. All measures will be taken to avert such families from reaching to illegal means to migrate, while ensuring options are available for them to securely plan their future.
Remittance and Reintegration
- Integral Family Development Plan with Mobilizers
- Integral Family Development Plan with Volunteers
With the concept of Family plan is practiced with migrant families, trainings on preparing such plans will be conducted with the team of Mobilizers and Volunteers of Seth Sarana safe labor migration project.
Mobilizers will be given a through training on the development of the plan whereas volunteers will be trained on how to identify families who are in need of a plan to clearly manage their expectations with regard to Migration. These sessions will be facilitated by Seth Sarana project team who has been already trained as trainers in developing care plans, with DOFES of respective DS divisions.
- Financial Literacy Training – Community Leaders
- Financial Literacy Training – Volunteers
As it is a necessitated that migrant families formulate a finance plan to manage their incomes and expenses, Financial Literacy training sessions will be conducted with the teams of community leaders and the volunteer team of Seth Sarana.
Both teams will be provided with one-day financial literacy training, signifying the most important aspects of the Helvetas financial literacy training manual.
- Financial Planner Team
Through the aforementioned trainings Seth Sarana will identify capable individuals who will willingly meet migrant families to develop financial plans and follow up constantly on the progress made. These individuals would be taken in to a team, namely Financial Planner Team, tasked with preparing and following up on financial plans of Migrant families. A mobilizer will be named as responsible for the functionality of this team, and he/ she, would ensure the team is functioning as intended and the goals are met.
- Trainings on Entrepreneurship, Business Ideas, Business development and career guidance
To ensure successful reintegration and financial stability, Seth Sarana had identified the need of sessions on entrepreneurship, business ideas and business development among migrant families.
Interested families will be chosen from formed migrant groups and the trainings will be conducted with the resource support of Divisional Secretariat and Vocational Training Authority. Progress made by families in respect of the trainings received will be closely monitored. The project team, with the support of DOFE will intervene at instances where support is needed.
Similar to sessions of Generating business ideas and boosting entrepreneurship skills, career guidance programs will be conducted with the members of migrant groups. These programs will be conducted in a general manner, enabling those who are interested to pursue further on the knowledge received. Seth Sarana will also introduce the groups with self-employment opportunities with the resource support of qualified personnel
- Awareness sessions on vocational training : sessions for School children ( O/L & A/L )
Seth Sarana will gain access to conduct vocational training awareness programs for school children through the support of skill development officer at DS office.
The second group would consist of students who are already studying at school, in ordinary and advanced levels.
Through these sessions Seth Sarana will be able to identify children of migrant families who are interested in enrolling in these trainings. These children will be referred to the DOFE and the progress will be followed up at intervals.
- Sessions for School leavers (Youth)
- Linking Migrant groups with religious leaders
Seth Sarana has identified religious leaders as the best resource personnel who can assist in reintegration. Several initiatives with regard to linking religious leaders through migrant groups – closer to migrant families, were taken during the first two years of the project were successful. In this development, Seth Sarana has planned to follow the same practice during the third year of the project, with more attention and importance given to the activity.
A method shall be introduced, which the group of migrants convene with their religious leaders on a monthly basis at respective religious institutions. Sessions on spiritual values, importance of family, children and their protection will be conducted under the guidance of religious leaders.
Having access to the network of religious institutions and a recognition as a credible social service organization irrespective of the faith, Seth Sarana is capable of conducting meetings of this nature at given intervals, which would ensure the links between the migrant families and religious institutions is maintained.
- Financial Plan at household level
- Family plan at household level
Financial planner team and along with the team of volunteers will assist families in preparing migrant families with financial plans and family plans. Progress will be assessed by mobilizers who will be assigned the responsibility of these teams. Prepared plans will be referred to the attention of DOFE, enabling to link individuals who are in need of assistance with existing supportive services at government level.
- Staff Capacity Building programs
- Results based management
- Community mobilization
To build the capacity of the project team along with mobilizers and seth sarana animators, Seth Sarana has planned to conduct training sessions on results based management and community mobilization and etc. With the enhanced capacity, the project team and seth sarana animators will further be empowered to be aware of the outcome of the project, and in result will be able to conduct activities ensuring the said outcome is met in the end. Capable resource personnel will be selected.
- Psychosocial Training for staff and mobilizers
A residential training program on psychosocial skills and basic counselling skills has been planned by Seth Sarana to achieve maximum understanding of the two components among project team and seth sarana staff, and to support the project with the adhered knowledge. With the basic counselling skills, the team will be able to assist certain individuals at ground level, without utilizing resources unnecessarily. This will also be an added benefit for the project as it leaves capable resource personnel at ground level, who will ensure the sustainability of the project indirectly.
- Financial Literacy Training – Project Staff and Mobilizers
A three-day residential training program on financial literacy will be conducted with project staff and mobilizers. This is considered important as the progress made since the last training is not significant. Seth Sarana will ask for the resource support of Helvetas to conduct this training.
Weekly meeting under guidance of mobilizers, with Befirenders, Finance Planners and Paralegals will be held at ground level. These meetings will be followed by a monthly meeting, with the participation of DOFEs, mobilizers, and key representatives of paralegal, befriender and finance planning groups. Seth Sarana will oversee the functionality of these meetings at inception, and will gradually pass the ownership to the team itself. This will ensure all support groups of the project meet, discuss and plan ahead in the backdrop of safe guarding labor migrants, even in the absence of the project.
Seth Sarana is currently working on strengthening the structure which would lead to this outcome at project end. As mentioned in previous chapters, separate teams will be trained under each component as a mean to ensure the continuity of services. These teams will be linked with Government Officers, mainly the DOFEs through mobilizers. Mobilizers will play the role of main coordinators between the two parties, and follow up on progress made on each side. Progress and failures will be communicated with the project team through weekly meetings held at ground level and meetings at DS level. This will be the responsibility of each field coordinator.
- Monthly meetings
In order to review what has been done in the month and then to plan out where to go in time to come, Field Coordinators, mobilizers, volunteers, component wise specially trained ones and DOFEs would meet time to time. There would be a regular monthly progress review meeting. This would be an opportunity for all project primary stakeholders in terms of learning and planning. This meeting would be a significant milestone as this would affect in modifying strategies used in achieving project goals. Project coordinators would be plan wise in absorbing what is said in the meeting in applying the indicators in the log frame.
Orientation – Ja Ela DS Office on Safe Labour Migration
Orientation Program on Safe labour migration programmme at DS Office Ja Ela has been conducted on 11th May 2018. All DS level officers and GN Niladharis in the Ja Ela DS Division participated for the programme. Resource support was provided by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment. Representatives from the SEDEC Caritas Sri Lanka Read more…