In order to support further reconciliation of the Sri Lankan people, the U.S. Embassy, through its development office of USAID, is designing a new livelihoods project that aims to increase household incomes in the dairy, poultry and horticulture sectors. This initiative seeks to reach women-headed households, those relocated due to the conflict, and other vulnerable groups. The goal is to link household production with existing private sector producers and processors to further economic development.
U.S. Ambassador Michele J. Sison visited the new laboratory complex of the Sri Lanka Ministry of Justice Government Analyst's Department (GAD) in Battaramulla on June 6. The U.S. Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Justice, entered into a $2.1 million (265 million rupee) U.S. Government-funded Forensic Assistance Program agreement with GAD in 2011 to establish a state-of-the-art DNA crime laboratory.
U.S. Ambassador Michele J. Sison declared open a U.S. Government funded $97,925 (12 million rupees) renovated children's park for residents of Karachchi, Kilinochchi on May 4 alongside the Honorable Child Development and Women's Empowerment Minister, Tissa Karaliyadda.
April 30, 2013: United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele J. Sison opened a public market and a bus station in Pullumalai, Batticaloa on Monday April 29, helping enhance transportation and livelihood opportunities of local communities in the Eastern Province.
A United States Government grant of $500,000 will help 150,000 residents in the Northern and Eastern Provinces avoid landmines and explosive remnants of war. Beginning this week in Mullaitivu, resettling communities are participating in mine risk education activities funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement. Implemented by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), the mine risk education falls under a program that supports safe resettlement and restores livelihoods.
Last updated: December 07, 2013