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Mannar, Vavuniya, Jaffna, Batticaloa and Matara to benefit:

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.

Assistance for

* Demining

* Development

* Resettlement

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 division, Matara.

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 Lanka.

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.

 

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