The United States on Tuesday pledged US$ 160,000 to develop six fishing societies along the Eastern coast from Pottuvil to Batticaloa.
Channelled through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (USAID/OTI), the project aims to uplift the livelihoods of around 5,200 fisherman and family members, U.S. Ambassador for Sri Lanka, Jeffrey J Lunstead said in a statement.rn
rnThe six fishing societies will be provided with basic lquote start-up equipment that will be used by the society membership on a rotating basis.rn
rnDevelopment assistance for each society is tailored specifically to its fishing needs, and may include boats, engines, nets and other fishing gear. rn
rnUnveiling fishing society assistance in Kalmunai, Ambassador Lunstead said, “The fishing communities in this area have borne a great burden during the conflict years and we are helping them to rebuild their livelihoods in a more peaceful environment. It is my hope that they cont