“I walk more than a kilometer every day to fetch water from this hand pump, because it is our only source of water supply. It used to be in a really bad condition but after ADRA restored it and purified the water, we use it to fulfil all our daily needs including drinking, washing and cooking,” said W.G. Rukmani, who is one of the beneficiaries of the hand pump restoration implemented recently in the Hadungamuwa division of Wilgamuwa.
According to Rukmani more than 20 families in the area depend on the hand pump for water, but ever since it was constructed in the 1980’s it has never been renovated until ADRA took the initiative.
These hand pumps were renovated as a part of the ACCEND project, funded by the European Union, in collaboration with the Government of Sri Lanka.