Japan provides Rs. 124 mn to support humanitarian demining activities in Northern Sri Lanka

* Japan provides Rs. 124 mn to support humanitarian demining activities in Northern Sri Lanka

Thu, Oct 28, 2021, 07:33 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 28, Colombo: The Government of Japan has provided a total sum of US$ 625,698 (approx. Rs. 124 million) to the HALO Trust for humanitarian demining activities in Northern Sri Lanka.

The grant contract was signed on 28th October 2021 at the Ambassador’s Residence in Colombo, between Ambassador of Japan Akira Sugiyama, and Ms. Belinda Vause, Head of Region of the HALO Trust.

The HALO Trust, one of the world’s largest and oldest humanitarian demining NGOs, has cleared more than 36.8km2 of contaminated land in the country since 2002. More than 25% of it was accomplished through the assistance from Japan.

It is expected that this FY’s project would contribute to facilitating the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka to make mine contaminated areas safe lands for internally displaced people and enhancing directly or indirectly 12,500 people’s livelihoods in Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Jaffna Districts.

Japan has been a major donor in the area of mine clearance in Sri Lanka since 2002, assisting all the four demining NGOs currently operating in Sri Lanka. More than US$ 40.1 million in assistance was rendered towards this cause through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP).

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