Opening Ceremony of Community Facilities in Nuwara Eliya
supported by the Government of Republic of Korea
The opening ceremony of community facilities in six villages of Nuwara Eliya District took place in Liddesdale Estate and Dunsinane Estate on 6th April, 2018.
H.E Lee Heon, the Ambassador of Republic of Korea; Mr. M. B. R. Pushpakumara, the Government Agent of Nuwara Eliya District; Mr. Lee Dong Ku, the Country Director, KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) and Dr. Chanaka Talpahewa, the Country Programme Manager UN Habitat attended the opening ceremony of the Multi-Purpose Community Centre and Playground at the Liddesdale Estate and the Child Development Centre and retaining wall at the Dunsinane Estate.
The support was provided as a part of the ‘Human Development Initiative through Empowerment and Settlement Improvement in the Plantation Settlements’ project (HDI Project). Through the HDI project, the government of Republic of Korea and KOICA provided two million USD to support the most vulnerable part of the island. The project aimed at empowering the plantation communities and increasing employability of the youth; improving climate change resilience and access to infrastructure facilities in plantation settlements; and facilitating mainstreaming of the planation settlements into the administrative procedures.
Through the project, six beneficiary villages in Nuwara Eliya District received community facility enhancement such as construction of Community Centres, Child Development Centres, Open Theaters and other infrastructure such as retaining walls, culverts and access roads. Also more than 170 beneficiaries received vocational training in various fields ranging from tailoring to carpentry, allowing them access to jobs outside of the planation sector.
KOICA and the Government of Republic of Korea have continued its support for rural and less developed parts of the island since 2000s to achieve equal and sustainable development. Recently, with the adverse effects of climate change, KOICA has implemented several projects to enhance community resilience to climate change, especially at vulnerable communities. “Assistance in the hill countries reflect our efforts for rural development and by engaging the community people in the entire process of identification of development needs and implementation we seek to enhance the sustainability of the project” said the Ambassador at the event.