The Government of Japan through its "Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP)" has provided a total of US$ 173,710 (approximately Rs 20 million) to three projects. These projects are expected to improve health and livelihoods of conflict affected communities in Batticaloa and Vavunniya and of plantation communities in Rathanapura.
"The Project for Developing basic infrastructure and Agriculture at a conflict affected area in Batticaloa District" will be implemented by the "Sareeram Sri Lanka National Foundation (Inc.)" (Sareeram). The amount of US $ 51,226 was released to construct a multipurpose community centre, and roads and to distribute perennial crop plants to conflict affected communities in the Manmunai DS division in the Batticaloa district.
"The Project for construction of a chest clinic in the hospital premises of general hospital, Vavunniya" will be implemented by the department of the Regional Director of Health Services, Vavunniya (RDHS Vavunniya). An amount of US $ 83,639 was released to construct a chest clinic, which will benefit a total of 12,000 chest patients annually in the Vavunniya and surrounding Districts.
"The Project for bringing hygienically disciplined community through development of water facilities rendering awareness to the plantation sector community" will be implemented by "Community Development Foundation" (CDF). An amount of US $ 38,845 was released to construct two water systems and to conduct awareness programs on hygiene disciplines in four estates in the Rathnapura District, which will directly benefit a total of 1,230 families directly in the District.
The Government of Japan annually funds Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) and local government bodies to speedily fulfill development needs at grass root level of all the communities throughout Sri Lanka under its GGP. In this year, several projects to enable resettlement of the internally displaced communities and to improve their livelihoods in the conflict affected areas in Mannar, Trincomalee and Batticaloa Districts have also been implemented.
The signing of this Grant Contracts took place at the Embassy of Japan on 24th February 2009 between His Excellency, Mr. Kiyoshi Araki, Ambassador of Japan and Mr. Arumugam Logesparan, Chairman, Chief Executive Director of Sareeram, Ms. Iyanpadayachi Shashikaladhevi, Executive Director of CDF and Dr. Murugiah Mahendran of RDHS Vavunniya.