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May 6, 2020

The United States announced the commitment of more than $4.5 million to help Sri Lanka in its fight against COVID-19.  This brings the total U.S. contribution to $5.8 million.

April 9, 2020

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed $1.3 million USD to help protect healthcare workers and slow the spread of the virus with infection prevention and control support. 

March 12, 2020

With less than $3, a passion for sewing, and a childhood dream, 44-year-old Rajika Priyangani from southern Sri Lanka embarked on a journey to earn a little extra money for her family. That was in 2000. Today, she is the owner of an ISO-certified apparel business called Hiru Fashion, producing more than 55,000 pieces per month for the domestic market and employing more than 175 from the local community.

In 2018, Rajika’s business was awarded third place at the National Productivity Awards, and in 2019 Rajika won the best entrepreneur award. Hiru Fashion also received international certification from Great Place to Work Institute™, a global authority on workplace culture. Rajika’s successful business, and the awards, are a huge achievement for a business that started from scratch.

Students inside the career bus
February 9, 2020

The “Career Bus” funded by the United States embarked today on its maiden voyage.  Traveling throughout Sri Lanka, it will bring professional employment advising services to rural youth with limited access to career guidance professionals.  Developed in partnership with the Vocational Training Authority (VTA) and the private sector, the bus started from Dondra and will stop at more than 30 towns and villages in the Eastern, Southern, Northern, Sabaragamuwa, Uva, and North Central Provinces.  It will end its journey in Point Pedro on May 1, 2020.

December 12, 2019

On December 5, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched its “Clean Cities, Blue Ocean” (CCBO) program in Sri Lanka and Maldives, the most recent countries to join this flagship initiative to mitigate ocean plastic.  CCBO is a $48 million, five-year global initiative that helps countries improve solid waste management (SWM) and reduce, reuse, and recycle plastics (3Rs) in places that are at the heart of the global plastic pollution crisis, particularly in riverine and coastal areas.

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Last updated: May 15, 2020

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