News and Events

An Innovation In Fish-Smoking Improves Lives

December 20th, 2017

The traditional method of fish-smoking in Unnichchai, a small fishing community in the Batticaloa district sees women spending many hours tending to fish laid out on mesh over smoking coals. Health hazards from smoke inhalation are high, while the output from such intensive labour is often low. That is now changing with the introduction of […]

Read More

‘Celebrating Partnerships’ showcases the European Union’s support to district development in Sri Lanka

December 20th, 2017

Celebrating Partnerships, an exhibition on the European Union’s support to district development in Sri Lanka, was jointly inaugurated in Colombo on 12 December 2017 by Chief Guest Dr. Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, H.E. Tung-Lai Margue, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the […]

Read More

The European Union launches programme to reduce poverty in Uva and Central Provinces

November 29th, 2017

The European Union launched one of the largest programmes of development support in the country. The European Union will contribute Rs. 5.4 billion in to reduce poverty in the provinces by improving the income of poor people living in rural areas and helping to ensure that they have enough food to eat, even in times of hardship. Speaking […]

Read More

Celebrating partnerships – An exhibition on five years of collaboration under the EU-Support to District Development Programme

October 17th, 2017

An exhibition celebrating partnerships built over the course of five years opened in Mannar and Vavuniya on 10 October and 12 October respectively.  The event is part of the European Union’s Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP), which helps the poorest communities in Sri Lanka by providing basic infrastructure and services that benefit the local […]

Read More

The Government of Sri Lanka, European Union, United Nations and IFC jointly inaugurate the exhibition ‘Celebrating Partnerships’

October 17th, 2017

The roaming exhibition which was showcased in the Northern Province has now reached the districts of Ampara and Batticaloa. Inaugurated on 17 October in Ampara and 19 October in Battlicaloa, the pictures show a series of development work that has been done to address the needs of the population. This exhibition is part of the […]

Read More

The European Union and United Nations visit development projects in Ampara

Posted on: July 10th, 2017 by Admin No Comments

A maternity ward at Ugana in Ampara was jointly declared open by the Head of Cooperation of Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Ms. Libuse Soukupova and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Deputy Representative, Dr. Paula Bulancea. The newly constructed maternity ward, which has been funded as part of the European Union-Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP) and implemented by UNICEF, will benefit over 65,000 people including children and families. Access to healthcare through such facilities is essential for women and children, especially the provision of family planning, making childbirth safe, vaccinating against diseases and promoting breastfeeding. The newly constructed ward will contribute to reducing maternal & infant mortality leading to better health outcomes for the country.

The Bureau for the Prevention of Abuses of Children & Women in Ampara Police Station was also inaugurated by Ms. Soukupova and Dr. Bulancea.  The Bureau was supported by the European Union through UNICEF, will benefit nearly 45,000 people in the region. The building of a Women’s and Children’s Desk (WCD), offers a safe and private space for victims of violence ans abuse to confidentially report their cases to the authorities. This initiative is key element of UNICEF’s child protection programme in ensuring that vulnerable children have a protective space that respects their dignity and their right to privacy. The Department of Police, the Ministry of Law and Order, the Probation Department, the National Child Protection Authority and the Rural Development Foundation are all involved in this initiative.

While Ampara is the highest paddy producer in the country, only 40% of the farmers have access to quality seed paddy in the district. The Delegation also visited a Seed Paddy Processing Centre at Sammanthurai which was funded under the same EU Programme and implemented by UNDP. The facility will support a 25 member strong farmer organization for seed paddy production – AGRO Group. In support of this initiative, AGRO group invested in purchasing a land of 40 perch, while UNDP provided a complete building with machineries for the processing unit.

In addition, the EU and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) handed over the Kanchikudichcharu tank in Thirukkovil, which was improved through the EU-SDDP funds, to the Provincial Department of Irrigation (Ampara). The opening of the sluice gate by Ms. Nina Brandstrup, FAO Representative for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, marked the symbolic handing over of the tank that will benefit 1130 farmer families. The project was implemented by FAO with a focus on increasing the water storage capacity of the tank.  The tank, located in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka, enables paddy cultivation on 1700 acres in the Maha (rainy) season and in the Yala (dry) season although full scale cultivation during the dry season had been substantially lower, with only 1100 acres being cultivated. With the improvement works that have been conducted, the tank is now able to irrigate an additional 600 acres of land during the Yala season and an additional 1200 metric tons of paddy production is expected with the increasing of the height of the tank bund and improvements to the spillways and sluices. A reforestation programme to plant 300 trees in the environs of the Kanchikudichcharu Irrigation Scheme was also conducted. The increase in production will generate more income for farmer families.

01
Head of Cooperation of Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Ms. Libuse Soukupova and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Deputy Representative, Dr. Paula Bulancea with the Police staff.
02
Opening of the Bureau for the Prevention of Abuses of Children & Women in Ampara Police Station.
03
Libuse Speaking at the FAO tank opening event.

News and Events

An Innovation In Fish-Smoking Improves Lives

December 20th, 2017

The traditional method of fish-smoking in Unnichchai, a small fishing community in the Batticaloa district sees women spending many hours tending to fish laid out on mesh over smoking coals. Health hazards from smoke inhalation are high, while the output from such intensive labour is often low. That is now changing with the introduction of […]

Read More

‘Celebrating Partnerships’ showcases the European Union’s support to district development in Sri Lanka

December 20th, 2017

Celebrating Partnerships, an exhibition on the European Union’s support to district development in Sri Lanka, was jointly inaugurated in Colombo on 12 December 2017 by Chief Guest Dr. Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, H.E. Tung-Lai Margue, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the […]

Read More

The European Union launches programme to reduce poverty in Uva and Central Provinces

November 29th, 2017

The European Union launched one of the largest programmes of development support in the country. The European Union will contribute Rs. 5.4 billion in to reduce poverty in the provinces by improving the income of poor people living in rural areas and helping to ensure that they have enough food to eat, even in times of hardship. Speaking […]

Read More

Celebrating partnerships – An exhibition on five years of collaboration under the EU-Support to District Development Programme

October 17th, 2017

An exhibition celebrating partnerships built over the course of five years opened in Mannar and Vavuniya on 10 October and 12 October respectively.  The event is part of the European Union’s Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP), which helps the poorest communities in Sri Lanka by providing basic infrastructure and services that benefit the local […]

Read More

The Government of Sri Lanka, European Union, United Nations and IFC jointly inaugurate the exhibition ‘Celebrating Partnerships’

October 17th, 2017

The roaming exhibition which was showcased in the Northern Province has now reached the districts of Ampara and Batticaloa. Inaugurated on 17 October in Ampara and 19 October in Battlicaloa, the pictures show a series of development work that has been done to address the needs of the population. This exhibition is part of the […]

Read More