Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are extremely crucial to human health and well-being. Unfortunately, a majority of Sri Lankans in estate and rural communities do not practice proper hygiene and do not have access to clean water and proper sanitation facilities.

We have been contributing towards the improvement of WASH in several districts of Sri Lanka since our inception. Over the years, we have provided safe and clean water to rural and estate communities through the establishment of gravity-fed water systems, tube wells and community water dispensers in CKDu (Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Origin) affected communities. As an effort to improve sanitation within communities, we have constructed owner-driven latrines for households who do not have basic sanitation facilities. Furthermore, we have been promoting and creating awareness regarding proper sanitation and hygiene among children and adults through campaigns and trainings such as Participatory and Hygiene Transformation (PHAST) and Child Hygiene and Sanitation Trainings (CHAST).



In the year 2020, we assisted 180, 105 beneficiary partners through the Assisting Communities in Creating Environmental and Nutritional Development (ACCEND) Project.


ongoing projects

ACCEND Project

Assisting Communities in Creating Environmental and Nutritional Development (ACCEND) Project

The ACCEND project is funded by the European Union and is implemented by ADRA and Oxfam in collaboration with the Goverment of Sri Lanka. It aims to improve water, sanitation, hygiene, health and nutrition in both estate and rural communities of Nuwara Eliya , Matale and Monaragala Districts.

WASH - TE Project

WASH-TE II Project

The project aims to improve access to clean water in the Minna division of the Nuwara Eliya district through construction of gravity-fed water systems, and create awareness regarding hygiene and sanitation within the division. The project will be implemented from April 2021 to April 2022 and is funded by the Embassy of Japan.

past projects

BRICS Project

Building Resilience in Communities and Societies (BRICS) Project

Through the UNICEF and ADRA International funded BRICS project ADRA Sri Lanka constructed 100 permanent handwashing stations in public places of Colombo, Anuradhapura, Vavuniya and Killinochchi Districts in order to encourage the public to frequently wash hands.

WSSCB Project

Water & Sanitation in Schools and Communities (WSSC) Project

The WSSC project was implemented to enhance the health and hygiene of children in vulnerable communities of the Vavunathivu DS Division of the Batticaloa District. The project was implemented from 2018 to 2019 under a total budget of USD 369,522.18 and was funded by Child Fund New Zeland.

Gift Water Project

Gift Water Project

ADRA Sri Lanka provided safe and clean water to 400 individuals in 7 communities in the Anuradhapura district where people do not have access to clean water and where Chronic Kidney Disease is highly prevalent. This was done through the establishment of Community Water Dispensers. Furthermore, knowledge and awareness was raised regarding prevention of water borne diseases, personal hygiene and environmental sanitation. This project commenced from 2016 to 2018 and was funded by ADRA UK.

SWCC Project

Safe Water and Cleaner Communities (SWCC) Project

ADRA International funded SWCC project worked towards improving the living standard of estate workers and their families in the Beaconsfield Division of the Alton Estate. The project served 342 individuals by improving access to clean water through the construction of gravity-fed water systems, strengthened community-based organizations within the estate, and created awareness regarding proper hygiene sanitation through trainings.

AWCAD Project

Access to Water for Communities Affected by Drought (AWCAD) Project

34,761 individuals who were severely affected by the drought in the Monaragala district back in 2016 gained access to safe sustainable water sources through the AWCAD project. ADRA established 250 deep tube wells in the drought-affected areas through the funding of UNICEF.