Sri Lanka gets Japan, ADB help to restore livelihoods of families affected by war

Aug 20, 2010 (LBO) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan are providing financial aid to help Sri Lanka restore infrastructure and provide livelihood training for thousands of people displaced by war, a statement said. The Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, administered by ADB, is extending a 2.5 million US dollar grant for a project that will provide cash-for-work and skills training for at least 2,500 families in five conflicted-affected districts in the north of the country.

It will assist in the rebuilding of about 100 kilometers of rural access roads and 200 kilometers of field irrigation canals.

The Japanese government aid will complement the separate ADB-assisted, Conflict Affected Region Emergency (CARE) Project, which is also helping to rehabilitate damaged and neglected infrastructure.

Sri Lanka’s 30-year ethnic war, which ended in May 2009, forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in the northern and eastern parts of the country.

With the end of the conflict, those displaced have started returning to their original areas of residence.

“However, the damage to rural infrastructure, including irrigation systems, has deprived them of the means of earning a living,” the AD