Community water supply project in Nuwara Eliya plantations and rural communities in Sri Lanka

State : Ongoing funding | Number of beneficiaries : 400 children, 600 parents

Project duration : 2020/2021, 12 months

Location : Nuwara Eliya, Sri lanka

Local partner

PALM Foundation is a Sri Lankan association that has been implementing holistic development programs for the people of the plantations in the center of the country, as well as neighboring and remote villages for more than 25 years. In order to develop empowerment and strengthen the capacities of communities, PALM Foundation projects are implemented through a participatory approach and through the creation of community organizations. PALM Foundation works in various fields such as:

  • Social mobilization and the development of the representation and participation of women
  • The development of infrastructure, access to water and sanitation
  • Child protection
  • The management of natural resources and the development of organic farming
  • The promotion of health and nutrition
  • Microfinance
  • Education of populations on different themes: gender issues and gender equality, civil rights, health and well-being of the elderly, the dangers of alcohol and other sensitization.

Context

The Nuwara Eliya district in Sri Lanka is known for its rainy and flood-prone environment. However, the scarcity of drinking water is a real problem. The various tea plantations and isolated villages do not have good water and sanitation facilities. Women and children walk long hours to collect water. Accordingly, also; water-borne diseases are common among young people.

Activities

  • Undertake a territorial diagnosis on issues related to water
  • Constitute and train water committees
  • Build and renovate water bodies in community areas and primary and nursery schools
  • To sensitize the community and the children on personal hygiene and environmental hygiene, as well as on waste management
  • Organize and lead waste management campaigns

Beneficiaries

400 children, 600 parents, 1000 community members, 10 teachers, 20 representatives of plantations and local governments