hand for IDPs
The first phase of a
three-year long German Federal Government funded
project worth Rs. 275 million to revive livelihoods
in the Vanni was kicked off yesterday.
The German Ambassador to Sri Lanka Jens Ploetner
handed over agricultural equipment worth over Rs. 48
million to Economic Development Minister Basil
Rajapaksa as part of this project to revive
livelihoods of displaced families resettled in
Mullaitivu and Killinochchi.
The project spanning from 2010 to 2013 focuses on
three main components. It has invested 850,000 € to
revive the agriculture and fisheries sectors and
500,000 € to rebuild the educational infrastructure
in the region. It also focuses on long-term
community development by providing counselling
facilities and providing greater opportunities for
women in terms of access to livelihoods, education
and enhancing their civic participation.
Over 3,000 returning families in Killinochchi
district and 1,700 in Mullaitivu would benefit from
the project. Currently a needs assessment is being
done to include beneficiaries from Vavuniya as well.
“While resettled families are happy to return to
their villages, many live in extremely dire
conditions. Next to adequate housing access to
better economic opportunities is their top-priority.
That is where we hope to lend a helping hand,” said
Ambassador Ploetner, and added that, “It is also a
second chance at life for most people in this
region, to create new hopes for the future and to
Mr. Ploetner also noted that Killinochchi and
Mullaitivu had an immense potential in terms of
agriculture and fisheries production and would be
central to reviving the entire economy in the
On behalf of the German Government, GTZ is
implementing this project in cooperation with the
Sri Lankan Ministry of Economic Development. Other
collaborating ministries include the Ministry of
Agriculture, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of
Women’s Development and the Department of Education.