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Humanitarian Assistance

USAID is one of the few development partners working directly with communities on natural disaster and risk management. We build on our decades-long support to communities affected by natural disasters by providing clean water and sanitation facilities as well as psychosocial and early recovery support to the most vulnerable populations. At present, USAID is building local capacity for disaster response and risk reduction.

We have provided job skills to more than 50,000 vulnerable Sri Lankans affected by conflict and natural disasters. USAID also provides vital services to disadvantaged groups including war widows, female-headed households, disabled persons and resettling families. 

Working for Wellbeing
This activity focuses on creating sustainable livelihoods, infrastructure development, and water, sanitation and hygiene activities for conflict-affected communities, including the resettlement of internally displaced persons and women-headed households in the northern districts of Jaffna and Kilinochchi.

Safe, Disaster Resilient Drinking Water to Flood and Drought Prone Areas
USAID collaborates with Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum to provide safe drinking water and improve community resilience in the face of changing climate conditions. The activity supports communities that experience floods and droughts to recover more quickly.

Sri Lanka Adverse Weather Response
USAID provides early recovery assistance to populations affected by the May 2016 and 2017 floods and implements disaster risk reduction activities to minimize the impact of future disasters. The activity reduces the spread of health hazards from damaged water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, while promoting good hygienic practices specific to flood conditions.

Early Recovery for Survivors of the May 2017 Floods
USAID awarded three activities to provide early recovery assistance to survivors of the May 2017 flooding and landslides, which affected 684,000 people. USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance supports water, sanitation, and hygiene activities; healthcare support; and shelter assistance. 

Last updated: March 07, 2018

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