The ICRC's work in Sri Lanka focuses on supporting people still suffering the effects of the conflict between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Sri Lankan government. We are visiting detainees, supporting the families of missing persons, training forensics personnel, supporting vulnerable people, ensuring safe water and sanitation and promoting international humanitarian law.
Action has been initiated to provide dry rations for families affected as a result of the cyclone which lashed the Karangawa area in Ampara.
Ampara District Secretary P. Wanigasinghe said that information is being gathered on the houses that have been hindered by the cyclone.It is reported that about 26 houses were impacted following the cyclone which lashed the Karangawa area in Ampara Sunday afternoon.
New school facilities are helping nearly 7,000 children from the Kilinochchi District in the northern region of Sri Lanka access education services in a safe and child friendly environment.
Kilinochchi was one of the districts that was worst affected by decades of conflict, which destroyed already sparse school buildings and weakened local education infrastructure.
The United States has agreed to grant US$ 3.2 million for the development of schools in the Eastern Province.
The signing of the agreement took place under the patronage of Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando at his office Friday.
David Christine of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo and Chief Secretary of the Eastern Province Sarath Abeygunawardena signed the agreement in the presence of Representatives of the U.S. State Department.
As President Sirisena said last Saturday at a land-return ceremony in Sampur, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka’s efforts has attracted support from the international community. The United States joined other international donors and will provide $1 million to support resettlement efforts in Sampur as part of its continuing commitment to strengthen Sri Lanka’s peace and development.
Islamic Relief’s latest project in eastern Sri Lanka has enabled more than 1,300 children to remain in school, as disaster-affected families struggle to make ends meet.
Last year, families in Ampara district were hit by severe drought followed by flash floods which affected nearly 79,000 households. Over 60 per cent of paddy land in the area was deluged, livestock killed, homes damaged, and many people displaced.
In Sri Lanka, Switzerland is supporting the reconstruction of homes and villages that were destroyed by the tsunami in 2004 and the civil war that ended in 2009. Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter has visited Akkarai, a village in Jaffna in the north of the country.
COLOMBO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched a joint project in support of Government policy to fight undernutrition in Sri Lanka. The ‘Scaling Up Nutrition through Multi-Sector Approach’ was launched on 18 March 2015 at the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine under the auspices of Honorable Dr. Rajith Senarathne, Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine, D. M. R. B.
Colombo, 12 March 2015– The Government of Japan is providing funding of USD 4,201,541 through the UN-Habitat for the sustainable resettlement of conflict affected people through community-driven improvement of the learning environment in Mannar District. Over the next 30 months, this project will support fifteen schools to construct and improve infrastructure facilities through a participatory process.
During the past 10 years since the end of December 2004, we have been able to support living of more than 200,000 people by receiving about 620 million yens for emergency aid from Ajinomoto Co. Inc., the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kao Corporation, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc. , Japan Platform, Japan Team of Young Human Power, Chabo!, Felissimo, Smile Heart Club of Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd. Management Organization for Postal Savings and Postal Life Insurance, Yomiuri Light and Humanity Association and many other individuals.
THE HUMEDICA AID MEASURES AFTER THE TSUNAMI 2004
by Lina Koch, 2014/12/26
It happened exactly ten years ago, on December 26th, when one of the strongest earthquakes ever measured in the Indian Ocean provoked a row of devastating tsunamis. What followed was one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of the modern era: 230,000 people lost their lives in the floods, 110,000 were injured, 1.7 million inhabitants of the coastline were without any shelter. These numbers and facts seem unreal, in reality however, they have involved countless painful fates.
Severe flooding and landslides started on 19 December, caused by heavy rains and high winds and affecting 22 out of 25 districts. Central, North Central, Uva, and Eastern provinces are worst affected. As the rains abated by end of December, waters have begun receding and displaced people have begun returning to their homes.
Il y a dix ans, un violent tsunami dévastait les régions côtières du sud de l’Asie, faisant 260 000 victimes et des millions de sans-abris. Après avoir mis sur pied ce qui demeure aujourd’hui encore la plus vaste opération d’aide d’urgence de son histoire, la CRS s’est attachée à reconstruire écoles, habitations et dispensaires.
NEW YORK, 4 November 2014 – Sri Lanka’s universal primary education policies of the past 70 years have been a great success – for most children.
Nearly 98 per cent of children complete a primary school education and the country boasts a 92.3 per cent literacy rate.
But what about the 2 per cent not in school? Many of the children left behind come from the poorest of poor families. In some areas, generational cycles of school exclusion have been perpetuated by the civil war that ended in 2009.
Speaking at the press briefing held yesterday (05th Nov) Director/Spokesperson MoD Media Centre Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya stated that, search and rescue operations and post disaster recovery process in Koslandawatta-Meeriyabedda of Haldummulla Divisional Secretariat is running in full-swing with the assistance of Armed Forces.
To meet the urgent needs of victims of the recent landslides in Koslanda, the United States Government has provided 6.5 million Sri Lankan Rupees ($50,000) for emergency humanitarian assistance. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is working closely with Sri Lanka’s National Disaster Relief Services Center and international aid partners to coordinate the donation of most urgently-needed items.
Ten schools within the Bandarawela Education Zone will be kept closed until Monday (Nov.3) following the adverse weather conditions. Bandarawela Zonal Director Ariyadasa Ratnayake said that among the schools are those which are sheltering the displaced families.
The Ministry of Education, with assistance from the Republic of Korea, recently renovated 13 schools in the Kilinochchi District.
Situated in a district that was once home to the headquarters of the terrorist organisation known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), these schools had been in a dilapidated condition due to the near-30-year conflict.