The Japanese government has decided to provide a sum of Rs. 2.8 million [US$ 30,260] for the improvement of health and educational standards of disadvantaged pre-school children and a further sum of Rs. 3.1 million [US $ 33,556] for a project to upgrade five welfare centres in the Eastern Province.
The first project has been initiated aiming to provide effective health, nutritional, sanitary and educational standards of the rural pre-school children. The Samastha Lanka Praja Sanwardana Mandalaya [SLPSM], a non-governmental organisation established in 1993 has initiated this project to facilitate self-help development to the poor and disadvantaged communities in remote areas of Sri Lanka.
The grants will be utilised to set up 4 new pre-schools, 45 new toilets and 10 common drinking water wells. The grants will also be utilised in Hambantota, Kalutara and Moneragala district by setting up 10 pre-schools. Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) will provide necessary assistance in the implementation of these projects.
The second project aims to provide humanitarian assistance to displaced people in order to secure basic human rights and to alleviate human suffering. The project will concentrate on the welfare centres established in Valachchenai, Batticaloa with more than 2,200 displaced people, by providing shelter and sanitary facilities. ZOA Refugee Care, a non-governmental organisation, established in Sri Lanka in 1995, has initiated this project. The ZOA organisation expects to rehabilitate 324 dwellings immediately and construct 60 common latrines.
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