They visited a number of projects in Hambantota, Matara and Galle.
Amongst the many positive developments that the delegation saw in the South were two UK funded projects. In Matara, they learnt about efforts to improve community policing, supported by the British High Commission. They met police officers who use bicycle patrols to help engage with the community, as well as local organisations that help to promote a crime-free society in the area.
In Galle, members of the delegation heard about the devastating impact of the tsunami on the coast of Sri Lanka. They met a British couple who are engaged in teaching swimming as a life skill to those at the community level with the help of UK Government funds. The delegation were impressed with the “commitment and dedication evident in this project, and the clear good it is doing among the local community here.”
The delegation will conclude their visit to Sri Lanka today in meetings with Parliament and the Government.