Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal!
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
Access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is critical for the survival, development and well-being of children. In the village of Iluppaikulam, Vavuniya (Northern Sri Lanka), there are 64 people that do not have this basic right.
HOW WILL THIS PROJECT WORK?
The project involves the construction of toilets and the promotion of good sanitation and hygiene practices.
Palmera will work closely with the community for the construction of 16 toilets, requiring at least 40% financial or labour contribution. This means that families will be provided with technical training which will enable ownership and maintenance of the toilets, critical to the sustainability of the project.
With the promotion of good sanitation and hygiene practices, Palmera will provide awareness sessions to the community, which will be closely monitored through the duration of the project.
These sessions will cover a range of topics, including:
- Personal health and hygiene habits including hand washing
- Types of diseases that can spread through lack of water hygiene
- How to collect and store water for drinking and cooking purposes
- Prevention of epidemic disease
- Reduces the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases by 32% – 37%, one of the leading causes of deaths in children under the age of 5.
- Reduces health risks
- Frees-up time for education and other productive activities
HOW DO WE ENSURE THE PROJECT IS SUSTAINABLE AFTER WE LEAVE?
The community is trained in all the technical maintenance aspects of the toilet construction so that they can identify and fix any technical issues that may arise once we have finished the program.