The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is to leave Sri Lanka by June this year owing to funding constraints, the humanitarian agency said.
The Secretary General of NRC, Ms Toril Brekke will be visiting Sri Lanka next week to host a farewell function.
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has been engaged in humanitarian activities in Sri Lanka since 2004 providing assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Southern, North-Western, Northern and Eastern Provinces in Sri Lanka.
Within this broader framework, two programmes now remain in Sri Lanka: Shelter and ICLA. The shelter programme is currently implemented in the districts of Jaffna, Killinochchi and Mullaitivu, focuses on providing transitional shelters and latrines. The ICLA programme provides information, civil documentation and legal aid services to IDPs, former IDPs and return refugees through its field offices in Kalmunai, Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Puttalam.
“Sadly, due to funding constraints NRC is no longer in a position to continue supporting the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka to address these needs and will officially leave the country in June 2013,” the agency said. (Colombo Gazette)