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Promoting better health among children in the East

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by Mahieash Johnney in Colombo, Zafran Packeerally & Navindra Senaratne in Ampara, Eastern Sri Lanka

The Water and Sanitation and the Hygiene promotion programme of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society supported by the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies vested in the public in Ampara, Eastern Sri Lanka today. (27th July 2011).

The programme provides clean drinking water to over 10,000 schoolchildren in 27 schools in the Ampara district.

The handing over ceremony was presided by the Secretary of Parliamentary Affairs of the President of Sri Lanka Kumarasiri Hettige along with the President of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society Jagath Abeysinghe and the Head of Delegation of the IFRC Sri Lanka Delegation Bob McKerrow.

The programme promotes better hygiene among schoolchildren. The programme is a part of the major Water and Sanitation project that was in placed soon after the tsunami to provide clean drinking water to households and other public places in the area.

The overall project amount to over 1 billion Sri Lankan rupees will see it completion by early next month and will be handed over to the public at a ceremony graced by the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.