The government of Japan has provided a sum of US$241,768 (approximately Rs. 27.2 million) for three livelihood projects for communities in the Monaragala, Ampara and Matara districts under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security project (GGP) according to Grant Contracts singed today (18).
The first project for Uplifting Living Standards of Communities in the Monaragala District will be implemented by Lower Uva Development Centre. Approximately Rs. 12 million is allocated to improve 4 access roads, 3 culverts and 1 anicut, and to construct 4 wells, 1 causeway, and 1 water supply system in Bible, Medagama, and Siyabalanduwa Divisional Secretary divisions in the Monaragala District.
This project will uplift the living standard of 620 families directly and benefit 2,830 families in the surrounding areas indirectly.
The second project for Livelihood Development Assistance in the Conflict Affected Area in the Ampara District will be implemented by Eastern Rehabilitation and Relief Organization on a budget of around Rs. 9.6 million. This project will support to improve agricultural infrastructure of 3 agricultural roads, 3 culverts, 2 anicuts, 1 bund and 1 channel in Sammanturai Divisional Secretary division in the Ampara district. It is expected that the project will increase agricultural production and uplift livelihoods of 800 farmers directly.
The third project is for Economic Empowerment of Woman through increased Production of Dry Fish in Weligama Divisional Secretary Division in the Matara District being implemented by Soba Kantha Environment Management and Community Development Foundation.
Approximately Rs. 5.6 million is allocated to provide 20 ovens, necessarily equipments and trainings to women's communities in Walliwala East Grama Niladari Division in Weligama Divisional Secretary Division in order to assist in improving livelihoods of 150 families through increasing the production of dry fish. This is the successful implementation of a similar project in 2010.
'Japan focuses its assistance to Sri Lanka on the consolidation of peace and reconstruction and the medium and long- term development, and has assisted programmes such as reconstruction in the North and East, agricultural and fisheries development, and rural development', said Mr. Kunio Takahashi, Ambassador of Japan at the event.
The three Grant Contracts were signed by Mr. Kunio Takahashi, Ambassador of Japan with Mr. S.L Mohamed Uwais, President of Eastern Rehabilitation and Relief Organization (ERRO), Mr. L.H. Trilantha de Silva, Executive Director, Lower Uva Development Centre and Ms. Nilmini Kanthi, today (18) at the Embassy of Japan, Colombo.