German Ambassador visits Mannar
German Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Dr. Juergen Morhard, spent two days
in Mannar visiting German-funded projects worth Rs. 30
million.Ambassador Morhard first met the beneficiaries of a project
implemented by Caritas - Valvuthayam, the Socio Economic and Community
Development Centre run by the Catholic Diocese of Mannar.
The organisation constructed permanent latrines costing over Rs. 3
million for recently resettled persons in Palaiyadiputhiukulum and
The Ambassador also visited a livelihood project implemented by the
Women's Chamber of Industry and Commerce (WCIC).
The project aims to empower women-headed households by providing
means for self-employment. The beneficiaries of the funds from the
German Micro Project Scheme received the capital and skills training to
start their own chick farms. The WCIC said the project encouraged female
participation in sustainable livelihood activities to improve living
In Madukkarai, Ambassador Morhard handed over humanitarian assistance
to the victims of recent flooding. The overall German assistance worth
Rs. 15 million, provided through German NGO Welthungerhilfe in
partnership with Sewa Lanka, benefits 1,500 persons in Kilinochchi,
Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Mannar.The German government also provided
assistance to flood victims in the Batticaloa district. The German NGO
Humedica assisted 2,750 families in Vaalaichenai, Paddipalai,
Kaaththankudi, Kiraan and Vavunativu, distributing food items and
non-food items worth Rs. 14 million.
The German Ambassador said, "The micro project initiative is an
effective tool for reaching the most vulnerable communities. We will
continue to support those grassroots level organisations that promote a
better quality of life for the people."