Feb 20, 2018

Japanese volunteers support grassroots level development

Volunteers have stepped into extend their support to Sri Lanka’s development efforts at grassroots level.

Five Japanese volunteers have come to Sri Lanka with the aim of providing their expertise to improve and add value to activities carried out by various public institutions in the country as a part of Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) ongoing Volunteer Dispatch Program. 

These volunteers were introduced to their host organizations at an assigning ceremony, which was held at the Department of External Resources (ERD).

The occasion was graced by ERD, JICA and officials representing the volunteers’ host organizations and other institutions. Five volunteers introduced themselves and expressed their determination to carry out 2 years assignment in Sinhala language.

The five volunteers will start working in each Sri Lankan host organization. Two volunteers will work in environmental education in support of waste management related awareness activities at household, school and institutional level for the Colombo and Dehiwala-Mt. Lavinia municipal councils.

One volunteer will support non-communicable disease prevention at the Dehiovita MOH Office and the other two will work for support the Ministry of Education’s Sports and Physical Education Program in Deniyaya and Bandarawela.

Since the inception of JICA’s Volunteer Dispatch Program in Sri Lanka in 1981, a total 1,131 volunteers have worked in Sri Lanka, and their contribution towards development activities at grass-root level is greatly valued by the organizations that have received their services. Currently there are 81 volunteers working in various parts of the country.