Donor Visit to Vavuniya
Officials from the Embassy of Japan visited Vavuniya District on May 4 and 5, 2011, to ascertain the progress of the ‘Integrated Programme for Empowering Conflict Affected Communities to Rebuild Their Lives in North and East of Sri Lanka’. The project is implemented by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (HSTF) through UNDP, ILO and UNICEF.
Funded by the Government of Japan, the project is aimed at assisting conflict affected communities in Vavuniya and Batticaloa districts to rebuild their lives by providing financial support, assistance in schooling, protection, legal aid services and sustainable income generating opportunities. Under the project, UNDP is currently providing legal awareness training, legal aid and services aimed at enabling better access to legal documentation.
During the visit, the team met with rehabilitated and reintegrated ex-child combatants, supported through the project. The mission also visited the pre-mobile documentation clinic facilitated by UNDP’s Equal Access to Justice Project at Chettikulam. The mobile clinic provided assistance to nearly 200 people to obtain essential legal documents including birth, marriage and death certificates. It also provided an opportunity to collect information from Sri Lankan refugees returning from India in order to organize future citizenship clinics to support these returnees, especially returning children.
Representing the Embassy of Japan was Kayo Imamura, Second Secretary of Economical Cooperation. Government officials including the Divisional Secretary, Grama Niladharis, Justice of Peace, officials from the Registrar General and legal services providers from the Legal Aid Commission were also present at the occasion. Ms. Kayo engaged in discussions with government officials and other beneficiaries present at the mobile clinics, and presented marriage certificates during the occasion.