Japanese assistance for disaster relief efforts


July 18, 2017

In the wake of losses and damages caused by the recent flood and landslides in May, Peace Winds Japan and Plan International Japan, with the financial support from Japan Platform, implemented two short-term disaster relief projects to support the affected communities in Kalutara and Ratnapura districts. As the first part of the projects, emergency relief items were distributed to the flood affected communities on July, 13 with the participation of the Embassy of Japan, relevant government offices and implementation agencies.   Peace Winds Japan, partnering with Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management, Sri Lanka (A- PAD) and in coordination with Dodangoda Divisional Secretariat donated 700 sets of kitchen utensils and 1400 sets of bedding items for 1685 flood affected families at five locations in Dodangoda, Kalutara district.

Photo 1 (Left): Ms. Mariko Poorman, Peace Winds Japan, hands over relief items to a beneficiary Photo 2 (Right):Mr. Firzan Hashim, Country Director, A-PAD hands over relief items to a beneficiary

Plan International Japan, in collaboration with Plan International Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, distributed “Back to School Pack” to about 1000 flood affected children from 10 primary and secondary schools in Ratnapura district. The distribution ceremony was held at Dharmapala Vidyalaya, Ratnapura on the same day. This programme will benefit approximately 3200 students from 17 schools of the district.

Photo 1(Left): Mr. Takushi Otokita, Embassy of Japan hands over a “Back to School Pack” to a School boy ©2017 Plan International Japan
Photo 2(Right): Ms. Yuko Tachibana, Plan International Japan hands over a “Back to School Pack” to a school girl

As the next step, Plan International Japan is planning to help the affected communities by providing water and sanitation facilities for 10 schools, teaching aids for 12 -15 schools and mental support for students.