USAID puts down US$ 30,000 to help Ampara community

The United States is putting down US$ 30,000 into two projects in the Ampara District, to demonstrate the benefits of peace and reduce incidents of violence in conflict-prone communities. The United States is putting down US$ 30,000 into two projects in the Ampara District, to demonstrate the benefits of peace and reduce incidents of violence in conflict-prone communities. Around 20,000 Sri Lankans in the region will benefit from the projects.

The initiatives sponsored by the .S. Agency for International Development (USAID), include an irrigation project in Muwangala, which tripled the arable land available for paddy and sugar cane cultivation.

Another project in Sammanthurai, will support the Al-Quraisha Social Development Society to renovate a community centre that serves both Muslims and Tamils in the area.

“These projects are evidence of the goodwill between the people of the U.S. and the people of Sri Lanka,” said Chris J. Long, Information Officer, U.S. Embassy, Colombo.

Since the USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives program began in March 2003, US$ 4.78 million has been invested in support of more than 210 local initiatives across Sri Lanka, partnering loca