The Australian High Commission has granted Rs 31 million to support 11 community-based development projects across Sri Lanka.
Australian High Commissioner, Robyn Mudie handed over cheques to several community organisations which will implement these projects in a number of provinces around the country.
The grants were provided as part of the Australian government’s annual small grant funding program, the Direct Aid Program. These grants are available on a not-for-profit basis to local community groups to provide immediate relief for marginalised communities.
Speaking after the ceremony, High Commissioner Mudie said: “The High Commission has long taken pride in the Direct Aid Program (DAP) as it allows us to provide direct benefits to community groups doing great work at the grass roots level. Through DAP we are able to assist a number of disadvantaged groups, including women, children and those with a disability. We are proud to support the many terrific community groups which are working in Sri Lanka to help their communities overcome challenges. We hope that by working with these groups we are helping to lay the basis for a more prosperous future for all communities in Sri Lanka in the long term.”
Grants were awarded to, among others, projects for improving livelihood facilities and enhancing employment opportunities, vocational training for plantation sector women, raising awareness on human rights and prevent child abuses, post-war recovery activities, and establishing a community centre and a multipurpose learning centre. (Colombo Gazette)