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Humanitarian Assistance

Speeches Shim

USAID is one of the few development partners working directly with communities on natural disaster and risk management. We build on our decades-long support to communities affected by natural disasters by providing clean water and sanitation facilities as well as psychosocial and early recovery support to the most vulnerable populations. At present, USAID is building local capacity for disaster response and risk reduction.

We have provided job skills to more than 50,000 vulnerable Sri Lankans affected by conflict and natural disasters. USAID also provides vital services to disadvantaged groups including war widows, female-headed households, disabled persons and resettling families. 

Safe, Disaster Resilient Drinking Water to Flood and Drought Prone Areas
USAID collaborates with Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum to provide safe drinking water and improve community resilience in the face of changing climate conditions. This activity supports communities that experience floods and droughts regularly to recover more quickly. It is implemented in Badulla and Moneragala districts in the Uva Province, Batticaloa district in the Eastern Province, and Killinochchi district in the Northern Province.