COMMUNITY-LED PROJECTS IN SRI LANKA
One of the core interests of Tikalanka Tours is the support and development of community-based
projects in Sri Lanka. Involving the local community in a responsible and sustainable travel
policy is the only way of limiting the long-term environmental and social impact of tourism.
Ensuring that local communities benefit from the money travellers bring into the country is a
priority and Tikalanka Tours is developing close links with community-led projects on the island
for this purpose.
Forgotten Village Sri Lanka
The Asian Tsunami highlighted the plight of coastal communities in Sri Lanka and our initial
projects were targeted at Sri Lankan individuals and communities devastated by the tsunami
(please ask us for details). However, many other communities away from the coast also lack essential
materials and services and our objective is to offer long-term support to such Sri Lankan individuals
and communities. By channelling all donations received by Forgotten Village Sri Lanka
(a charitable organisation currently applying for charitable status with the Charity Commission)
projects on the island, we hope to provide sustained assistance to these communities in their endeavour
to improve their lives. Tikalanka Tours makes a contribution to Forgotten Village Sri Lanka
for every holiday booked.
Through family contacts at our Kandy (Sri Lanka) office Tikalanka Tours is developing a
village homestay project. This will give travellers an opportunity of seeing real Sri
Lankan life, and finance community-led projects in the village. The project will involve
travellers staying with local families in a country village where they will eat locally
produced food and experience everyday life in a traditional Sri Lankan community.
Guided by the villagers, tours of the ‘jungle’ and local sites of interest will
complement the homestay. Tikalanka Tours will set up a fund for the village, financed
directly from generated revenue, and help manage the community-led projects chosen
and initiated by the villagers. Initial projects include an access improvement
scheme for 10 families and an electricity supply for 16 families.