Hope for Rambakepuwewa

Rambakepuwewa is a small deprived village 60 km from Anuradhapura city. It is home to more than 400 families. The residents are mostly farmers. The community that includes Rambakepuwewa and the villages surrounding it, is home to more than 1500 families. The entire community has been suffering from lack of access to clean drinking water. This decades old problem has caused severe issues to the community. There are 45 people in Rambakepuwewa alone who suffer from chronic kidney illnesses. Those who can afford it are forced to pay more than Rs. 100 per day just for drinking water. The suffering of these villagers was discovered by Gammadda during its annual islandwide needs assessment survey. A decision was made to install an Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment plant to provide villagers with an uninterrupted supply of clean drinking water.

Gammadda after assessing the need formed a Gammadda Saviya Society in this village which in addition to being responsible for the care and maintenance of the water treatment plant but also to identify and provide grassroots solutions to other problems in the village.

Gammadda laid the foundation stone on the 26th of June, 2022 in a groundbreaking ceremony for an RO water treatment plant in the village which included the participation of local government officials, religious leaders, Gammadda Saviya Society members and other residents of the village- demonstrating high levels of community buy in by local residents who were grateful for an investment in the future of the next generation.

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