Drops of Life Project (CSR)
Promoting Access to Safe Drinking Water & Sanitation
Access to safe water and basic sanitation, combined with good hygiene behaviors, contributes significantly to improving public health outcomes. The importance of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) has been acknowledged through the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6 “Achieve universal and equitable access to safe, affordable drinking water and adequate sanitation and hygiene for all”.
As part of its commitment to the ‘Partnerships with Purpose Campaign’ Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka forged a meaningful corporate partnership with Hatton National Bank in 2018. The ‘Drops of Life Project’ was initiated as a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of Hatton National Bank’s Islamic Banking arm, HNB Al-Najah aimed at providing marginalized communities in Batticaloa with access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation facilities while promoting hygiene education.
The primary activities of this project included:
• Providing 50 families in Kattankuddy with access to safe drinking water through the provision of 50 water tanks (500L)
• Providing adequate sanitation facilities for 155 students in Ameer Ali Vidyalaya, Kattankuddy through the construction of 03 toilets in the school
• Promoting Hygiene Education and good practices among 155 students in Ameer Ali Vidyalaya in Kattankuddy through an awareness program
The 50 beneficiary families selected to receive water tanks, previously had no access to pipe-borne water and had no water storage facilities which made the community susceptible to water-borne diseases.
Ameer Ali Vidyalaya, the primary school selected to receive the 03 sanitation facilities, reported a student population of 155 male and female students between the ages of 6-10 years. Prior to the implementation of the project the school had only 02 toilets available for all 155 students and teachers to share. As a result of these poor sanitation and hygiene conditions, the children were exposed to many health risks and this had also resulted in poor attendance.
The ‘Drops of Life Project’ funded the construction of 03 new toilets for the school which have now been dedicated only for the use of the female students, which has promoted the privacy and safety of the girl child in this community.