Stephanie Rose Wood is a collaborative, community-centred storyteller. Stephanie enables narrative expression through documentary photography, education and curation. Based in Melbourne, Stephanie focuses on producing long-form documentary...
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In the village of Navalady, between the Bay of Bengal and the Batticaloa Lagoons. The only evidence that a thriving community once called this home are the foundations of houses and the water wells. These were the only structures that were not uprooted from the ground by the waves. There are a handful of two-story houses that have been re- built, but most people are still afraid to return.
Co- founder of Suriya Women's Development Centre in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka and lecturer at the Eastern University. SWDC was established in 1991 with the objective of working with women and children displaced by conflict. The photograph was taken in the sitters garden in Batticaloa, April 2012.
A Buddhist Priest in Putlam, Sri Lanka who is involved in the support of a language programme to encourage communication between people of different religions. The photograph was taken after a meeting between local religious leaders and The National Peace Council.
A family run jewelry business in the centre of Puttalam.
In October 1990, The LTTE announced that the Muslim community of Jaffna Penisula, in the Northern Privince had 24 hours to leave their homes. Many of the displaced Muslim community settled in Puttalam. This was the largest forced eviction of Muslims during Sri Lankas civil war. Researchers estimate that close to 75,000 people were forced to leave without any of their belongings, land deeds or money totaling more that US$2.25.
Priyantha Gunasinghe, the general manager of a community centre holds mushrooms that are grown in the garden shed, named The Mushroom Project. The charity run centre provides support to isolated communities by giving them the training to grow their own food.
Mr Nirojan, volunteer at one of Nest's community centre's. The photograph was taken on the veranda of the centre in Udadumbara, a small town situated high up in The Knuckles Range in the Central Province.
Mr Laksman, a volunteer at one of Nest's community centre's. The photograph was taken on the veranda of the centre in Udadumbara, a small town situated high up in The Knuckles Range in the Central Province.
Monika, a volunteer at one of Nest's community centre's. The photograph was taken on the veranda of the centre in Udadumbara, a small town situated high up in The Knuckles Range in the Central Province.
The Halfway Home Mulleriyawa is a place where women with mental health issues are cared for. The patients have mostly been abandoned by their families who cannot care for them. There are 475 women residing in the hospital. When it was first discovered, mostly abandoned, in 1984 the hospital had 1300 women and was called ‘Unit 2’.
In 2005, a charity called Nest was given a dilapidated ward at the hospital to turn in to an occupational therapy centre. The women are encouraged to engage in activities such as dancing, cooking, painting and sewing.
Mental Health has become less of a stigma in Sri Lanka in the last two decades, thanks to a few dedicated people who took it upon themselves to campaign for the welfare of ‘Forgotten Women’ and raise awareness of mental health issues in the country.
Stray cats sleep on the patient’s beds. There are still funding problems for the hospital and conditions could still be improved. There are many dedicated people who have been constantly campaigning for the welfare of the women at the hospital since 1984.
In April 2012, I arrived in Sri Lanka during the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year celebrations. Over the following month, I travelled from Colombo to Batticaloa in the east, to Jaffna in the north, to Puttalam in the north-west and to Udadumbara in the Central Province. I spent time with people who campaigned for womens rights and supported communities that had been neglected by their government. I met many individuals that work fearlessly with grass routes organisations in a variety of contexts, from the post-war situation in the north, post-tsunami in the east, to campaigning for women's mental health in remote parts of the country. I had the privilege to meet with some awe-inspiring women working quietly and constantly for the people in their communities.