~ George David, ED of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Sri Lanka
The community of Pudukudirippu is perched on a steep ridge in the East Region of Northern Province, Sri Lanka. Since the civil war ended in 2009, 730 families have returned to this village from Internally Displaced Persons’ camps and are eager to repair much of the infrastructure damaged during the war. 60% of the population has no access to basic water and sanitation facilities.
With support from Vibrant Village Foundation, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Lanka (NCML) is working to improve the water and sanitation facilities in this community. The project’s aim is to improve the well-being of Pudukudiruppu residents by reducing water-borne diseases and freeing up time for women and children. Over two years, NCML will repair 150 wells, construct 22 new protected wells and train 10 community volunteers to carry out a hygiene and sanitation education program.
- Organize 730 local women into 40 Self Help Groups for construction of toilets and water wells
- Provide safe water supply to 3,650 Pudukudiruppu residents by rehabilitating 150 wells, and constructing 22 new protected wells
- Provide improved sanitation facilities for 365 families in Pudukudiruppu by constructing 215 new latrines and rehabilitating 150 latrines
- Educate 730 women and 250 men about general hygiene and sanitation using participatory methods
- Provide technical support and training to 183 families on multi-use of water and vegetable gardening