February 8, 2013
Volunteers with Recipient Agency
Two Japanese volunteers who arrived recently in Sri Lanka are to support the solid waste management and social welfare sectors in Sri Lanka.
These volunteers who are experts in their respective fields are part of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)'s ongoing Volunteer Dispatch Programme. JICA, the executing agency of Japan's Bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) is the world's biggest bilateral aid agency and works in over 150 countries and regions. In accordance with its vision of "Inclusive and Dynamic Development," JICA supports the resolution of development issues in developing countries. In Sri Lanka, Japan has been providing financial and technical assistance since 1954 and is one of the largest donors to the country.
The new JICA volunteers were introduced to their host organizations at a ceremony held at the Department of External Resources on 8th, February, 2013.
"I am delighted to come to Sri Lanka. I have undergone three months training in Japan and Sri Lanka. I have learned the Sinhala language and also about the culture, history and traditions of Sri Lanka. I am looking forward to help the people of Sri Lanka in environmental management. I am looking forward to getting to know the people of Sri Lanka, eating Sri Lankan food and also learning about Buddhism in Sri Lanka!", exclaimed Junko Kawaguchi" in Sinhala.
The social worker, Masateru Higashida, also spoke in Sinhala, expressing his desire to help disabled people in Sri Lanka through community based rehabilitation.
The two volunteers join 43 other volunteers who are currently in Sri Lanka, engaged in a wide range of fields: education, social welfare, community development, vocational training, sports etc.
The volunteer in environment will focus on environmental education. She is assigned to Wennappuwa Pradeshiya Sabaha, where she will support its solid waste management programme. The volunteer in social welfare will work in the National Community Based Rehabilitation Programme of the Ministry of Social Services. He will be based at Rajanganaya Divisional Secretariat and will work together with a team of four other JICA volunteers.
The strengths of JICA's volunteers are their practical approach to problem solving and their grasp of local languages, which enable them to interactively communicate with the local people. These volunteers use creative means of communication, which are essential for effective teaching and training. They make a significant impact though their work due to their positive attitudes, strong sense of discipline and high emphasis on team work. The volunteers not only provide expertise, but also share knowledge on cultural aspects, and most importantly, build strong and long lasting friendships with local people that outlast their stay in Sri Lanka. Since the inception of JICA's Volunteer Programme to Sri Lanka in 1981, a total of 879 volunteers have worked in the country.
For more information; https://www.jica.go.jp/english/our_work/types_of_assistance/citizen/volunteers.html
Assignment Ceremony at Dep of External Resouses
Mr. Higashida, Social Worker
Ms. Kawaguchi, Environmental Education Volunteer
After the Ceremony