The signing of a contract for a grant from the Japanese government signified the start of the fourth joint water project between Green Cross Sri Lanka and Green Cross Japan.
Since 2015, Green Cross Sri Lanka (GCSL) and Green Cross Japan (GCJ) have teamed up to complete water supply projects in three different areas of Sri Lanka. These projects address a major concept and theme of Green Cross International: Water for Life and Peace.
The fourth joint water project was recently started after GCSL signed a contract for financial support from the Japanese government onMarch 3, 2021. The “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP)” will provide funding for this water supply project at Lahugala village in eastern Sri Lanka. The grant given from Japanese government to GCSL is $85,682 USD and will have a lasting, positive impact on this region of Sri Lanka. The contract signing ceremony was held at Japanese Ambassador’s Residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka between Japanese Ambassador and GCSL president, Mr. Jagath.
Learn more by reading the official Press Release on the contract signing ceremony from the Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka here:
Lahugala village is a remote village, located in the dry zone, in the Ampara district of eastern Sri Lanka. The people who live here have been suffering severely from water scarcity and cleanliness concerns for years. This becomes especially concerning during the dry season, which typically spans from April to October each year.
To fetch water, women and children have to walk a distance of 10 to 15 kilometers. But the process of collecting water is not the primary concern. The water that is available is often dirty, unsafe and contaminated. Due to the daily usage of unclean water, particularly when it comes to drinking water, many people in the village have been suffering from kidney disease and other water-borne diseases.
To alleviate these concerns, Green Cross Sri Lanka and Green Cross Japan will provide the entire village (approx. 400 households: 1,500 people) with safe water by constructing a water supply system which consists of a deep well, filtering facility, water tank tower, and pipelines. The water project is planned to start supplying clean water to Lahugala residents by December 2021.