The Australian High Commission goes for another ‘non-profit’ project and has granted Rs 31 million to support 11 community-based development projects. The grants have been provided as part of the Australian government’s annual small grant funding program, the Direct Aid Program and will be utilized on local community groups to provide immediate relief for communities who are lack resources.

Australian High Commissioner, Robyn Mudie, handed over cheques to several community organizations which would implement these projects in a number of provinces around the country on July 21.

High Commissioner, Mudie told the media that Direct Aid Program (DAP) always go for projects with direct benefits to community groups working at the grassroots level. Grants were awarded to, among others, projects for improving the livelihood facilities and enhancing employment opportunities, vocational training for plantation sector women, raising awareness on human rights and prevention of child abuses, post-war recovery activities and establishing a community centre and a multipurpose learning center.