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Sri Lanka: Support for internally displaced people - Revised emergency appeal n° MDRLK002

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This Revised Emergency Appeal now seeks CHF 23.3 million in cash, kind, or services to support the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) to assist at least 20,000 families (100,000 people) for 67 months. The work should be completed by end of October 2015. A Final Report will be made available by January 2016 (three months after the end of the operation).

The budget has been increased to scale up to further meet the gaps and changing needs of communities being resettled. The Revised Emergency Appeal now targets a total of 20,000 families in northern Sri Lanka, a major increase from the initial 5,000 families. The operation will provide assistance in shelter, health care, water and sanitation as well as support to livelihoods. The operation will also aim to strengthen the capacity of the civil society and the National Society in order to respond to emergencies and humanitarian needs.

Appeal coverage: 33 per cent based on current revised appeal budget.

Appeal history:

・ Emergency Appeal: This was initially launched on 12 April 2010 for CHF 3.6 million as a preliminary basis to support 5,000 families of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka for 24 months through the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS).

・ Revised Emergency Appeal: This was launched on 8 July 2011 for CHF 6.1 million in cash, kind, or services to support to assist at least 7,000 families (35,000 people) for 36 months with expected completion by 12 April 2013.

・ 2 nd Revised Emergency Appeal: This is to address the existing funding gaps of the programme and changing and unfulfilled needs of communities being resettled in the north. The main reasons for the revision are;

a. Existing funding gap - In order to be in line with the Government directive, the Red Cross Post Conflict Recovery Programme (RC PCRP) increased the value of the housing grant per beneficiary family from LKR 360,000 to LKR 550,000 while keeping the number of instalments and works to be carried out under each instalment unchanged.

b. Recent Indian government funding – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), with the SLRCS as its partner, was chosen by the Indian Government as an implementing agency together with three other organisations, to be part of a wider construction and repair project targeting 43,000 housing units in Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka. IFRC/SLRCS will supervise the construction and repair of 16,800 houses for the most vulnerable families in the north. To ensure that these 16,800 families receive the same integrated package under the standardised RC PCRP that includes shelter and livelihoods support we are seeking additional funds to achieve this. While this revised emergency appeal incorporates the increased outcomes and outputs as a result of the Government of India grant, it only incorporates the financial component for Agency fees provided to the IFRC/SLRCS. Where the costs associated with construction of houses will be paid directly by the Indian High Commission to Sri Lanka to the beneficiaries as per operational modalities established between the Government of India and the IFRC/SLRCS.

c. Unmet needs – After three years since the end of the conflict, there remains a huge gap and unmet needs of the communities who are being resettled. These gaps included shelter, water and sanitation, health and care, and community infrastructure, which are detailed in the section below on “Need, government plan and the gap of assistance”.

d. Extend the present software programme – RC PCRP is planning to expand the current activities with civil society through the existing „Volunteers in Action (VIA)‟ programme to all districts in the north.