The Government of Japan is extending financial contribution amounting to approximately US$ 4 million through the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)for the “Project for Rehabilitation of Community Infrastructure and Facilities in the Conflict Affected Areas in Northern Province”.
The signing of the Exchange of Notes between Nobuhito Hobo, Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka and Yoshinobu Fukasawa, Senior Human Settlements Officer, UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and Pacific took place at the Ambassador’s Residence on March 6th in the presence of Janaka Sugathadasa, Secretary, Ministry of Resettlement and S.B. Divaratne, Secretary, Presidential Task Force for Resettlement, Development and Security in the Northern Province.
The main components of the project include: Rehabilitation and reconstruction of damaged or destroyed small community infrastructure including internal access roads, community based water supply facilities, multipurpose community centres, and construction of rainwater harvesting facilities; Improving access to pre-education; Empowering women in leadership roles and decision making;Enhancing capacities within communities and Government partners for improved service delivery, and Improving the environment and promoting disaster and climate resilience among communities, stated the Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka.
This initiative will benefit approximately 98,120 returnees in the most affected villages in Mullaitivu and Killinochchi districts in the Northern Province.
The project will be implemented by UN-Habitat in partnership with community based organizations during the next two years.