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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2704

Australian support for rural Sri Lankan communities

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 13 April, ( The Acting Australian High Commissioner, Dr Matthew Hyndes, presented funds worth over Rs 4 million to five local organizations under the High Commission’s Direct Aid program (DAP) in a ceremony on 11 April.

Speaking at the occasion Dr Hyndes emphasized that “the Direct Aid Program aims to support local organizations to carry out projects that produce immediate benefits to communities in all parts of Sri Lanka”.

DAP projects have benefited female headed households, children, the disabled, the elderly and the rural poor, among others.

In this funding round, Dr Hyndes presented funds to Eastern Relief and Rehabilitation Organization in Ampara, in order for it to build 25 toilets and three wells; the Centre for Handicapped in Kandy for the provision of 52 artificial limbs; the ‘Diriya’ Women’s Development Society in Anuradhapura for the construction of four wells; the Uva Farmer’s Development Foundation in support of income generation projects; and the Foundation of Goodness in Seenigama for the construction of a visiting accommodation centre to enable youth from around Sri Lanka to participate in sports activities in strengthening cross cultural involvement.

- Asian Tribune -

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