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Sri Lanka: Livelihood restoration programme for fishermen

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Twenty fishermen who lost their livelihood due to tsunami received boats and catamarans yesterday in Galle district under a livelihood restoration programme of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society. The Programme that cost nearly 5 million Rupees was funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) granted 350000 US dollars for tsunami relief programmes in Sri Lanka in January. This programme covered the districts of Ampara and Galle. Re-establishment of livelihood of selected fishermen affected by the tsunami disaster and provision of tool sets for carpenters, masons, and electricians are two components of the programme.

Fishermen from Galle, Balapitiya, Ambalangoda, Bentara, Kataluwa, Ahangama were the beneficiaries who also received boat engines, fishing nets and other fishing accessories yesterday.

Distribution of certificates and tool kits to 54 youth also from the Galle district who underwent a vocational training programme at Narigama Vocational Training Center was also took place yesterday. The youth were trained in carpentry, masonry and house wiring and the vocational training programme was introduced to meet the requirements of trained personnel.

Hony. President of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, Mr. Jagath Abeysinghe, Hony. National Secretary Mr. S. H. Nimal Kumar, Chairman of the SLRCS Galle Branch Mr. Upali Sirimanna and representatives of the IFRC were present on this occasion.