An MoU was signed between the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka, and Oxfam GB last week, to respond to humanitarian emergencies caused by natural disasters or conflict, Oxfam said in a statement.
The partnership will utilise the technical expertise of Oxfam GB and networks established across the island by FCCISL.
Currently, the partnership addresses the needs of more than 270,000 civilians residing in welfare camps in Vavuniya and Trincomalee.
Oxfam GB and FCCISL will work towards reducing the risk of diseases and to improve the sanitary conditions in the camps. FCCISL and their member organisations will supply labour and materials for the construction and setting up of emergency structures such as toilets, drainage, water supply systems and shelters. Oxfam GB will provide the necessary technical support.
The organisations will also work together to decommission all emergency structures after emergency responses. The organisations will also supply Non Food Relief Items, such as hygiene kits and basic utensils, to the civilians residing in the camps.