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Sri Lanka: Japan provides Rs. 8.6 million for water supply project in the Ampara District

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The Government of Japan has provided Rs. 8.6 million for "the Project for Providing Safe Drinking Water for War Affected and Poverty Stricken People in the Ampara District" to be implemented by the Child Rehabilitation Centre.

The project helps to complete the construction of a safe drinking water system, which was suspended since 2002 due to shortage of funds after the construction of a water storage tank by the village society. This project will contribute to provide safe drinking water to 600 families and improve the living environments and hygiene of the conflict affected people in Damana Divisional Secretary Division in the Ampara District.

The Government of Japan provides funds to Non-Governmental Organizations and governmental agencies through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) to fulfill urgent needs of all the communities at grass-root level. This scheme has been in operation in Sri Lanka since 1989, and has provided funding assistance to 198 projects at a total value of USD 24 million (approximately Rs. 2,759 million) for development and humanitarian projects. Presently, the Government of Japan focuses its GGP on (1) livelihood improvement support for the people of conflict affected areas, (2) humanitarian demining for early resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons, and (3) uplifting lives of people in rural areas. It is envisaged that these supports will contribute to enhance peace and development in Sri Lanka.

This Grant Contract was singed between His Excellency, Mr. Kunio Takahashi, Ambassador of Japan and Mr. Chamila Kodagoda, Chairman of the Child Rehabilitation Centre on 24th September 2009 at the Embassy of Japan in Colombo.