Japan grants 11 million rupees to improve livelihoods of Sri Lanka’s resettled communities in Jaffna

Dec 06, Colombo: The Government of Japan has provided grant assistance 11.5 million rupees (US$ 101,245) for a community development project to improve the living environment and livelihood of recently resettled minority communities in Jaffna district of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province.

The resettled communities of three conflict affected villages in Telipalai Divisional Secretary Division in Jaffna will benefit from the project, which is a follow-up of the development planning project in Jaffna, executed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The project, funded under the Grant Assistance Grassroots Human Security Project scheme (GGP), will be implemented by Jaffna Social Action Center (JSAC) and would benefit more than 300 families. it is expected to provide significant impact on the lives of the communities in terms of ensuring human security.

Under the “Project for Enhancing the Community Development at Resettlement Locations in Jaffna District” three community centers and two wells will be constructed and rehabilitated and fishery equipment will be granted for targeted communities in Jaffna, the Japanese Embassy said in a release.

The Ambassador of Japan in Colombo Nobuhito Hobo and Coordinator of JSAC Nadarajah Sukirtharaj signed the grant contract on December 2, 2011 at the Ambassador’s Residence in Colombo.

Appreciating the Japanese Government’s assistance, Mr. Sukirtharaj has said that the grant will motivate the vulnerable communities to take constructive steps in the income generating process and fulfill the immediate basic needs.

The Government of Japan has extended its support extensively in the North through various projects to uplift the conflict-affected region. Among the major activities Japan has assisted are, the demining of the land, improving central facilities of Jaffna Teaching Hospital, and the construction of Vavuniya -Kilinochchi Transmission Line.

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