Aussie Govt funds drinking water projects in the plantation sector
The Plantation Human Development Trust (PHDT) is responsible to
develop the living conditions of people in the plantation sector.
Australian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Robyn Mudie addresses
As an appreciation of the good work of the PHDT the Australian
government will fund US $ 3.5 million in association with the World
View, for drinking water projects for estate workers. They will also
provide through the UNICEF US dollars 4.8 million for nutrition program
for 100 schools in the estate sector.
The assurances were made by Robyn Mudie, the Australian High
Commissioner in Sri Lanka while she participated as the chief guest at
the 20th Annual General Meeting of the PHDT in Colombo. The Trust (PHDT)
was established on September 18, 1992 as the Plantation Housing & Social
Welfare Trust (PHSWT), incorporated in Sri Lanka under the Companies Act
No. 17 of 1982. It was later re-named PHDT on October 25, 2002.
The PHDT, a tripartite organisation comprising the Government of Sri
Lanka (GOSL), Regional Plantation Companies (RPC) and Plantation Trade
Unions (TU) was formed by the GOSL, to co-ordinate and facilitate a
program to enhance the quality of life of the one million Plantation
The PHDT is a Human Development Organisation, gazetted under the
Ministry of Livestock and Rural Community Development, providing
sustainable development programs, to continuously improve the quality of
life of the plantation community totalling to 951,291 people, consisting
It is headquartered in Colombo and has seven regional offices, in
Galle, Ratnapura, Badulla, Kandy, Kegalle, Hatton and Nuwara Eliya
spread across the plantation sector.
All Regional Plantation companies, the Sri Lanka State Plantation
Corporation, Janatha Estates Development Board and Elkaduwa Plantation
Ltd., benefit from the sector by way of services and investment.
From inception, the PHDT through its extensive network has been
facilitating a wide spectrum of social development activities and
interventions aimed at improving the quality of life in the plantation
sector, besides adding value to its human capital and obtaining
productivity gains in the sector.