Japan has granted assistance to enhance local communities’ capacities for disaster prevention and disaster management in Sri Lanka.
Accordingly, Japanese ambassador Nobuhito Hobo and Ms. Megumi Kuwana, Program UnitChief of Civic Force signed the grant contract for a project entitled “Capacity Building Projecton Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction” yesterday (Feb. 13).
The project amounts to US$291,005 (approximately Rs. 37million) and is to be implemented for 1 year under the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects, a grant funding program of Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). Civic Force, a Japanese disaster aid NGO, is actively involved in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Northeast Japan region aswell as in emergency response in disaster struck areas in the Philippines and Thailand in the past.
During the first year of the project, capacity building workshops/trainings and networking meetings will be held in Colombo and Trincomalee in addition to a nationwide seminar for key persons involved in disaster management in Sri Lanka. The project is expected to improve local communities’ capacity to respond to disasters and to strengthen cross-sector collaboration and practical disaster management skills of participants.