While post-tsunami relief efforts quickly proliferated across the continent, devastation continued to tear a deep scar in areas like Kattankudy that can still be felt today. The calamity destroyed schools and hospitals, left 99 percent of Kattankudy’s well-water undrinkable and 350,000 homes in an unhealthy and unsanitary state. Without access to clean water or proper sanitation facilities, individuals in the region were forced to live in extremely unhygienic conditions and, in turn, grew vulnerable to serious health risks and water-borne diseases – problems the town struggles with today.
With long-term and pernicious challenges still facing many communities in Asia’s southeastern region, eight years later The
In September 2011, the two organizations along with the Urban Council introduced Kattankudy to a suitable sewage and wastewater disposal system designed to prevent groundwater contamination and, thus, the spread of water-borne diseases. Created to provide healthy and sustainable infrastructure in this hyper-dense area, the water and sanitation initiative directly benefited over 2,000 individuals and 350 households. The project also gave way to several workshops and training sessions that educated families on general hygiene practices and maintenance of the sanitation and waste management system—valuable information the battered town needed to move forward.
The initiative, which was completed in 2011 and dedicated to the community by M.L.A. Muhammad Hizbullah, Deputy Minister of Child Development and Women’s Affairs, was also recognized by the President of Sri Lanka.
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