Mannar, Vavuniya, Jaffna, Batticaloa and Matara to
Livelihood gets boost
The Government of Japan has provided Rs. 103 million for demining
project in Mannar and Vavuniya districts and three livelihood and
development projects in Jaffna, Batticaloa and Matara districts to
accelerate resettlement process and to improve the lives of people at
the grassroots level.
The first project is “the Project for Integrated Humanitarian Mine
Action to Support the Return of Internally Displaced Communities in the
North of Sri Lanka,” which will be implemented by Swiss Foundation for
Mine Action (FSD).
Rs. 77 million is allocated to this project for mine clearance and
this project will support to resettle Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
in Mannar and Vavuniya districts.
The second project is “the Project for Supporting Socio-Economic
Needs of Returning Communities in Puliyankoodal Village, Jaffna
District,” which will be implemented by Sewalanka Foundation.
Rs. 11.3 million is allocated to the project for reconstruction of
the entire village through rehabilitation of roads, construction of
wells, improvement of preschool facilities, and provision of home
gardening packages. This integrated project is expected to improve the
livelihood of 500 resettled families in Jaffna.
The third project is “the Project for Improving Agricultural
Infrastructure at Resettled Areas in Batticaloa District,” which will be
implemented by Lanka Jathika Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya Inc. (Sarvodaya).
Rs. 10 million is provided to the project to construct agro wells,
rehabilitate roads and tanks in Eravur Pattu Divisional Secretary
Division, Batticaloa. These activities will enable resettled families to
re-build their livelihoods.
The fourth project is “the Project for Economic Empowerment of Women
through Increased Production of Dried Fish in Matara District,” which
will be implemented by Soba Kantha Environment Management and Community
Development Foundation on a budget of Rs. 4.7 million.
The project supports to provide 20 ovens and processing equipment and
to implement quality control and marketing trainings for women
communities in Kapparathota Village in Weligama Divisional Secretary
The Government of Japan provides funds to Non-Governmental
Organizations and governmental agencies through its Grant Assistance for
Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP). Since 1989, 207 projects
totaling USD 25 million (approximately Rs. 2,850 million) have been
funded to fulfil urgent needs at the grassroots level all around Sri
Japan’s assistance to Sri Lanka mainly focuses on two areas; one is
the assistance for supporting the Consolidation of Peace and
Reconstruction, and the other is the assistance which is in line with
the Country’s Medium and Long-term Vision for Development.