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06/23/2011

Mother and the well

One day, we met an old woman with a bucket full of wet clothes gazing at the excavation site. She was Ms. Erpirai, 70 years old, living in Koduwamadu village.

“Every evening, I go to a distant place to bathe and do my laundry. But the water over there is very salty; and I am so old it is tiresome to walk 500 meters, or even a kilometer if the nearest place is dried up. I am so grateful that a freshwater well will be constructed here. I will be able to do other things with the time I had been walking to and from the old water site.”

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Sure, Amma (This is how we address mothers), the well will be ready soon. But this is a well meant for agriculture. It can also be used for laundry, but please do utilize it for farming to make an even better living!

(The income generation assistance program in the eastern Batticaloa District is implemented with assistance from our supporters, as well as the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects provided by the Foreign Ministry of Japan).

June 23, 2011 in Sri Lanka |