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North:The Monitoring of the Project by JPF

JPF has conducted monitoring of JEN’s projects on Nov. 8th and 9th. One was from North Sri Lanka in Vavuniya District.  The other is the one which is now going on at Mullativu District.  On the first day, the observation was for the projects of 426 cleaning wells and of 230 repairing wells which both happened in Vavuniya North Division in Vavuniya District from 2010, June to December.  JEN saw that the well management committee still used the feed-water pumps and the cleaning equipments which were provided by JEN at the end of the project.  They have new cleaning equipments since it has been using more than a year.  The wells are maintained by the management committee. When small repairs are needed, the well management committee initiated by the community or the village development association does.  Members from the committee still continue to visit local people’s places to verify well conditions even after 2 years when the project was done.

It has already been 2 years since people returned home in Vavuniya North Division.  Therefore, the construction of permanent residences has been started instead of temporary housings.  All the leaders of the well management committee are evaluated from the past experiences to be the ones of the housing construction committee.  They will discuss about the cleaning and repairing of the well among the committee.  JEN saw their positive achievements that they showed the leadership in another committee as well.  The leadership was what they got from JEN’s project.

On the second day, the monitoring was occurred for the project which is going on from July in 2012 at Puthukkudiyiruppu Division in Mullativu District.  The cleaning and repairing of 442 wells and the constructions of 13 pump style wells in 13 districts are enforcing.

[Picture: The explanations of pump style well locations on a map by JEN’s staff]

[Picture: Digging down to 100 feet (about 30 meters) under the ground due to the pump style well construction.]

People get covered in mud inasmuch as mud is blown up quite frequently in the air.  However, that is the way water inside get clarified.

[Picture: Pump style well digging.]

“Well cleaned and repaired water is shared with people of 10 households in our neighborhood for various uses.” said, Ms. Toffek who is the female leader of the well management committee.

[Picture: The partitions stay for the bathes of the woman.]

“My daughter has felt worried sometimes when she washed herself in the dark at the joint well on the street away.  Even though my husband had hard time taking a bath because of his disabilities of his leg and shoulder from the conflict, we are glad now that it is not as difficult as before.  Other than the partitions, people in the neighborhood have conversations lively at the time they come to get water.  It is just like when people were in peace before the conflict was happened.  I am so happy about it and neighbors thank me.  Moreover, people have asked me for the advice as I am the leader of the committee.  For examples, about the village situations or the worries that the women face afterward they came back to their village.  I have been getting confidence little by little” she said

Not only troubles of water have been solved but also people in the village have had the opportunities to talk or discuss about common problems.  The best point is that they the relations between them from their attitude to get over those problems with a team after the cleaning and repairing of the well.  That is what Toffek said.  She also told that the fences of the entrance leave opened so that people can come to get water anytime with the feelings their life is going on in peace.

[Children drinking water of the well at Ms. Toffek’s place]

December 20, 2012 in Sri Lanka |