Japan funds drinking water, environmental projects
The Government of Japan provided nearly Rs. 13.1 million to
rehabilitate and construct hand pump tube wells in drought affected
areas and mangrove conservation and sustainable livelihoood development
These projects will be implemented by the National Water Supply and
Drainage Board and People to People volunteer organisation in Gintota,
and will enable the drought affected population to access to drinking
water in selected locations in the North Central, North Western, Central
provinces and improve the environment and livelihoods in selected areas
in the Southern province.
The funds released to the National Water Supply and Drainage Board
will be used to rehabilitate 40 hand pump tube wells and construct 20
new hand pump tube wells in Anuradhapura, Kurunegala and Matale to
benefit 1,350 families directly.
The funds released to the People to People Volunteers organisation
will be utilised to facilitate the planting of 100,000 mangroves along
the lower Ginganga and seaside, to create environmental awareness among
schoolchildren and community leaders.
It will also create self-employment programs, combining the use of
natural resources and conservation of environment in Gintota, Galle,
which will beneift 450 families directly and more than 5,000 families
The Japanese Government through its grant assistance for Grassroots
Human Security Projects (GSP) annually funds several Non Governmental
Organisations (NGOs) and Semi Government Authorities to fulfil
development needs at grass root level of all communities in Sri Lanka.
This scheme has been in operation in Sri Lanka since 1989, and has so
far provided vast support towards a multitude of development and
humanitarian activities mainly at village, district, provincial and also
at national level.
The signing of this grant contracts took place at the Embassy of
Japan on wednesday.
Kiyoshi Araki, Ambassador of Japan in Colombo with K.L.L. Premanath,
General Manager of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board and with
K.A. Anuradha Prabath Kumara, President of the People to People
Volunteers, signed the grant contracts.