JOA Water and Sanitation Project
Providing Communities in Matale with access to water & sanitation facilities
The Jersey Overseas Aid Commission (JOAC) funded GBP 100,000 project titled ‘Provision of clean water, latrines and WaSH training came to a successful conclusion in June 2017. The project which was undertaken by Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Great Britain in April 2016 was aimed at providing access to water, adequate sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) facilities and training to two neighbouring rural villages in the Matale District. Located in the mountainous terrain of the Central Province of Sri Lanka, this project sought to address theneeds of the vulnerable communities inhabiting these two villages, who have limited access to clean water and lack awareness regarding basic WASH practices.
This project successfully facilitated access to clean water for over 1,300 people living below the national poverty line in the villages of Navarathnegoda and Bandarapola. Sanitation facilities were built for 82 families living in these villages; while a further 12 sanitation facilities were built in the two main schools identified in Navarathnegoda and Bandarapola villages.
This project also aimed at educating and raising awareness among the residents of these two villages and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) on the benefits of clean water and sanitation. More than 650 individuals benefited from the WASH training conducted under the auspices of this project.
In the target community of Navarathnegoda, prior to the implementation of this project, the closest source of water was rife with hazards. The only path it could be reached through was narrow and steep and residents had reported numerous snake and wild boar attacks along this trail. Some residents were only able to collect water twice during the week. This water was used sparingly and members of the same family were forced to re-use dirty water to bathe. This had caused the outbreak of a number of waterborne diseases in the community. There was also a high incidence of kidney disease due to the lack of drinking water.
The implementation of this water, sanitation and hygiene project has provided the families and students in the Navarathnegoda and Bandarapola communities with much needed access to clean water and hygienic sanitation facilities which will no doubt impact the health and living conditions of these families, students as well as future generations.