The study covers 06 of the 11 Divisional Secretariat (DS) areas in the Trincomalee district which were worst affected by the tsunami on 26th December 2004. The objectives of the study was to identify existing and new livelihood opportunities in the district, improve the standard of living of affected victims, strengthening community capacity, and training marginalized people to be productive.
The study was conducted through a sample selected from the affected (DS) divisions and focus group discussions among the Divisional Secretariat, Grama Niladari division and the victims in the affected villages. The main livelihoods of the district are agriculture and fisheries. Other sources of income are hotel industry and small and medium enterprises. The worst affected sector in the district was fisheries.
Capacity building of the agriculture sector, support for the fisheries and self- employment opportunities, along with the development of related infrastructure will help to improve the quality of life of the victims and make a significant contribution to the affected community and the nation.
Key Words: Livelihood; Livelihood Development; Quality of life; Health; Standard of living; Community Capacity; Infrastructure.
Sri Lankan Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Vol.1(1) July 2009