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Pui Man Wong from the U.S. Embassy and Government Agent P.S.M. Charles discuss how USAID projects can better collaborate with lo
March 19, 2015

The United States inaugurated today a clean water assistance program for at-risk communities in the Batticaloa district.  Government Agent for Batticaloa Ms. P.S.M. Charles also attended the ceremony.

Many local residents still face significant challenges brought by intense flooding in the past few years, requiring long-term solutions to ensure stable, clean water and sanitation access.

“Batticaloa is one of the most disaster-prone districts in Sri Lanka, so many people here are unable to ever recover from poverty since their livelihoods are so dependent on weather,” said Ms. Charles. “We welcome USAID's long-term support in disaster response and risk mitigation.”

Due the increasing frequency of floods, an important goal of this project is to strengthen water and sanitation infrastructures to help reduce the risks from future natural disasters.  Working through the PALM Foundation, the LKR 13 million ($100,000) project will provide clean drinking water, better sanitation facilities, education on good hygiene practices and livelihoods assistance.

USAID signs MoU with Bar Association of Sri Lanka
January 16, 2014

Today the United States Embassy in Colombo, through its development arm, the U.S. Agency for International Development, announced its new program to support the Bar Association of Sri Lanka. With the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, USAID will sponsor a Bar Association program entitled “Civil Society Initiatives to Support the Rule of Law.” 

US Government Support for New Hospital in Palai, Kilinochchi, in Sri Lanka's North
December 4, 2013

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Sherry Carlin, along with Dr. P. Sathiyalingan, Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine, Northern Provincial Council, inaugurated the newly constructed Divisional Hospital in Palai yesterday.

Ambassador Sison and USAID Mission Director Carlin speak to a vegetable vendor during the public market opening in Mullaitivu
September 5, 2013

U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele J. Sison and USAID Mission Director Sherry Carlin opened the newly renovated Mullaitivu public market on September 5, which will enhance livelihood opportunities and bring local communities together.

July 26, 2013

The U.S. Government, through its development arm the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is supporting Ag-Biz North 2013, an agricultural trade exhibition in Killinochchi from 26-27 July.

July 24, 2013

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.  


Press Releases

U.S. Embassy Improves Fishing & Ag Sectors via Ag-Biz North 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013
The U.S. Government, through its development arm the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is supporting Ag-Biz North 2013, an agricultural trade exhibition in Killinochchi from 26-27 July. This support is part of a $996,000 grant to develop livelihoods opportunities for vulnerable families in the agriculture and fisheries sectors through new markets, infrastructure and provision of critical training and equipment. NGO Practical Action is the implementing partner.

U.S. Government Support for Sri Lankan Forensics Laboratory

Thursday, June 6, 2013
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.

U.S. Funds Renovation of Children's Park in Kilinochchi

Monday, May 6, 2013
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.

U.S. Support for Further Economic and Social Development in the East

Tuesday, 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.

U.S.-Funded UNICEF Mine Risk Education Begins

Thursday, December 20, 2012
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.

U.S. Government Supports Disabled Sri Lankans

Monday, December 3, 2012
U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison handed over wheelchairs to children at the prosthetic and orthotic center of the National Children's Hospital in Colombo, marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3.

U.S. Partnership Promotes Growth, Helps Vulnerable, and Brings Communities Together in the East

Monday, October 29, 2012
On October 26, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Michele Sison, opened the “Sea the Differences” Training and Production Center in Selvanayagapuram, Trincomalee.

Last updated: April 06, 2015

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