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World Water Day

Events to mark World Water Week (22nd-29th March) were held in Vavuniya and Polonnaruwa on 28th and 29th March 2015 under the ”Water Resource Management and Women’s Empowerment” Project supported by CAFOD-UK.

In the village of Nedunkerni in Vavuniya District, 5 open dug wells constructed by Caritas were handed over to the Chairmen of Nedunkerni and Vavuniya North Divisional Secretariats for upkeep so that families who faced hardships in finding water for their daily needs may have access to a steady supply of safe water. The Self Help Groups formed in the area under the Caritas program will play a supportive role in the maintenance of the wells. The Diocesan Director of Caritas Mannar Valvuthayam, Rev Fr M Jeyabalan was present at this event along with several Local Government officials and members of beneficiary families. Mementos were presented to two Divisional Secretaries and an Assistant Divisional Secretary in appreciation of their public service.

In the village of Meegaswewa in Polonnaruwa District, the Diocesan Director of Caritas Anuradhapura Sethsaviya, Rev Fr Paaris Jayamaha participated at an event to hand over a well constructed by Caritas to the community along with additional water facilities donated by Deutsche Bank at the request of Sethsaviya. Among those present on the occasion were Dr Asanka Ranasinghe, Epidemiologist and Head of the Kidney Unit in North Central Province, Mr Nuwan Tilekeratne, Geologist and Regional Coordinator of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board and Mr H M Karunaratne, Public Health Inspector and Area Coordinator for Renal Diseases. These officials were presented with mementos and cash awards of Rupees Five Thousand each in recognition of the services rendered by them in providing safe drinking water for the people. Members of Self Help Groups and Buddhist monks of the area were also in attendance at the handing over event.

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