TIKA and Turkish Embassy to build houses for Mannar IDPs

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The groundbreaking ceremony of a housing project in Mannar, Tharapuram Village was held on 27 September with the participation of Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Sri Lanka İskender Kemal Okyay and Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen. Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and Turkish Embassy in Sri Lanka will build houses in Mannar for the people of the region who were internally displaced during the time of terror and started to return their territory and resettle in the region after the end of the war in 2009. In the first stage of the project, TIKA and Turkish Embassy will build 50 houses in Tharapuram. The project, which is estimated to cost approximately US$ 300,000, will be implemented by the Organisation for Habitation and Resources Development (OHRD) within the framework of an agreement signed between TIKA and OHRD last week. TIKA and Turkish Embassy also donated 20 computers and computer equipments to two schools in the region to be used by students. In the upcoming period, the Embassy and TIKA are planning to continue to donate equipment in vocational training area. Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, a Government entity which was established under the Prime Ministry of the Republic of Turkey, is the institution responsible for allocating and coordinating Turkey’s official development and reconstruction assistance across a variety of countries. The Agency possesses its own budget to use for improvement efforts in the countries and communities that are target of cooperation. TIKA continues to operate with 33 program coordination offices in partner countries and realises projects and activities in more than 100 countries. TIKA’s actions cover five different continents. The agency is an institution that works on project basis, running to the aid of whichever country is in need, striving to provide permanent solutions.