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Sri Lanka: Access to safe drinking water becomes reality for over 5000 school children in Ampara

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School children at the Sri Ramakirshna College in Alayadiwembu, Ampara greeting guests at the opening ceremony

Alayadiwembu, Ampara, Sri Lanka - Over 5000 school children in Alayadiwembu, Ampara, in Eastern Sri Lanka were fortunate to get access to safe drinking water on the 22nd of March 2011, coinciding with World Water Day.

This feat was achieved by the Red Cross Ampara Water Supply Project & Hygiene Promotion Programme which managed to give water to 7 schools in the area.

"Those days we had to bring water to school. In case we forgot then we have to ask it from someone else. Now there is no problem, open the tap and we get fresh water" says a very shy Dharshani, who's 5th grade student at the Sri Ramakrishna College in Alayadiwembu.

She also joined the Construction Delegate of IFRC Wardell Eastwood to cut the ribbon to declare open the water project at the school.

These little children as well as the people living in these areas did not have access to safe drinking for many years. Battered by the 2004 Asian tsunami they frequently face floods and droughts hitting the area from time to time.

The first phase of the Ampara water supply project was also officially handed over to National Water supply and Drainage Board in line with the World Water Day.

Under the first phase of the programme 70km of pipes laid in the Alayadiwembu area, Ampara where nearly 17,000 people will be benefited

"When I see smile on faces of these little children, I feel very happy to be part of this project. It gives me immense pleasure to work on this project. Access to safe drinking water is a basic human right" said Senior Manager Construction - Wardell Eastwood while opening the water supply to Vinayager Vidyalayam, In Alayadiwembu, Ampara.

Implemented by the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society funded By the IFRC the Ampara Water Supply project & the Hygiene promotion programme over 75,000 people will access to safe drinking water.

900 Million Sri Lankan rupees were spent to this project.