Japan continues its Grant Aid for Sri Lanka community development

Japan continues its Grant Aid for Sri Lanka community development

22 July 2019 04:04 pm

Japan continues its Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGP) in Sri Lanka providing financial assistance to non-profit, development-oriented organizations to support community development projects.

Any projects geared towards the benefit of the people at the grassroots level are eligible for financing under GGP. 

Particular attention will also be given to projects designed to assist the most vulnerable groups such as women, children and the physically disabled.

The Government of Japan will provide US$ 86,358 (approx. Rs. 14.7 million) for “The Project for Constructing School Buildings for Resettled Children in Kilinochchi District” through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).

The grant contract was signed recently at the Ambassador’s Residence in Colombo, between Akira Sugiyama, Ambassador of Japan and Jesurasa Amirtharaj, Program Director of the Humanitarian Development Organization (HDO). 

This project aims to provide sufficient and comfortable educational environment for the children through construction of two school buildings at Vembodukerny C.C.T.M School in Pachchilaipalli Division, Kilinochchi District. 

At present 214 students of grade 1 to 11 are studying at the school, however several classes are being conducted outside due to the shortage of classrooms.

As the resettlement progresses following the completion of mine clearance in the area, the population will grow in coming years.

In 2019, 77 families are expected to resettle in the area near the school. The new buildings will provide secure classrooms for the returned children, enabling the school to have a separate classroom for special education unit as well as to expand its capacity to accommodate students up to grade 13.

The Government of Japan also supports the mine clearance operations in the area through GGP, and this project will complement its overall assistance to the communities which have been massively affected by the long lasted conflict.

Japan has provided a total sum of US$ 716,608 (approximately Rs. 92 million) in grant aid for humanitarian demining in Northern Sri Lanka under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP).