DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY To Make a Difference

Berendina Development Services (BDS) currently works in six districts, spread over fourteen Divisional Secretariat Divisions in the rural areas and over 69 estates in Nuwara-Eliya district, to assist the vulnerable and marginalized communities.

The assistance offered are grant-based livelihood support for the purposes of obtaining water facilities, sanitation and hygiene, house constructions, Health, Education and Social infrastructure development projects. BDS annually supports over 60,000 families across the districts it operates. Since 2014, with the intention of further expanding the diversifying sustainable socio-economic projects to reach a wider segment of the deserving population in the county, BDS also commenced partnership and collaborative projects with the corporate sector, other NGOs and voluntary organizations.

During 2007, BDS's project portfolio continued to reflect a commitment to poverty alleviation. However, in recent years BDS's programs have evolved to move beyond addressing the traditional causes of household and community vulnerability, to address the underlying issues such as marginalization and exclusion.