Water, Sanitation and Hygiene is a basic need and ADRA Sri Lanka has implemented WASH projects in several districts of Sri Lanka. To date, ADRA Sri Lanka has established 15 functional improved gravity fed water (IGFW) systems, over 500 new hand pumps, and more than 800 pump renovations and runs water purification units for chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu) affected communities.
Offering timely assistance during the aftermath of natural disasters by providing relief kits, back to school kits, hygiene and kitchen kits designed under the SPHERE standards, establishment of hand pumps during severe droughts and more gives individuals and families a ray of hope.
Most of the economic development activities were focused in the Northern Province ( Vavuniya and Kilinochchi District) to assist the refugee returnees in their social reintegration from India and the communities that they have resettled in. While setting up livelihoods was one of the main priorities, ADRA Sri Lanka’s projects focused on developing the economy of the four divisions and setting up mechanisms to identify and support new sectors.
ADRA Sri Lanka has been aiding refugee returnees, from India to reintegrate within Sri Lanka since 2009, and has always partnered with ADRA India and other stake holders in a cross-border effort to bring meaningful assistance to the people in need. Within the year (2017), ADRA Sri Lanka aided refugee returnees in economic and social reintegration and worked with ADRA India and other stake holders to disseminate vital information about civil documentation for refugees that preferred voluntary repatriation.