Caritas Sri Lanka has successfully completed a two year project, Water Resource Management and Women’s Empowerment, from 2013 to 2015. CAFOD-UK funded this important initiative which assured safe drinking water in the close proximity to households. This transformation has released the house-hold women from the burden of collecting water from far-away and insecure water sources.
The issues such as scarcity of drinking water and insecure water sources, gender based violence were addressed by the project. The reduced- travel time of women to fetch water resulted in giving them spare time for more house-hold involvement. This project covered nine districts in Sri Lanka. (Anuradhapura, Jaffna, Kandy, Kurunegala, Mathale, Nuwara Eliya, Mannar, Polonnaruwa and Vavuniya)
Construction of open dug wells & rain water harvesting tanks, renovation of water conveyers (in the up country), provision of water storage tanks(Jaffna islands) were the main activities that facilitated to improve the quality of life of rural communities who have suffered from lack of drinking water.
Having identified the need for equal participation of both women and men in securing safe drinking water in the household, Caritas Sri Lanka organized the communities into Self Help Groups (SHG) and enhanced them with knowledge in gender mainstreaming, sanitation, water resource management and maintenance, as a part of soft skill development under this project.