Gederawewa, a deprived village in the Nawagatthegama DS division of the Puttalam District, has long suffered from a lack of clean drinking water. The area is characterized by frequent drought, and the villagers are mainly farmers or daily wage laborers who cannot afford to purchase clean drinking water. As a result, they have been forced to drink contaminated water, which has led to widespread health problems, including kidney disease due to consuming to water that is contaminated with pesticides, calcium deposits and harmful bacteria.
In May 2023, Gammadda, a Sri Lankan nonprofit organization, partnered with Next Manufacturing (Pvt) Ltd to construct a clean drinking water supply project for the residents of Gederawewa. The project was completed in record time in just two months, and it was officially handed over to the villagers on July 25, 2023, in memory of the second year since the passing of Gammadda's founder, R. Rajamahendran.
The new water supply system consists of a water treatment plant as well as a water storage and distribution system. The water treatment plant is equipped with state-of-the-art filters that remove impurities and bacteria. The completion of the clean drinking water project is a major victory for the people of Gederawewa, Nawagatthegama. It will improve their health, productivity, and quality of life. It is also a fitting tribute to the late Mr. R. Rajamahendran, who dedicated his life to helping others.
In addition to providing clean drinking water, Gammadda also conducted an almsgiving for regional clergy and local villagers, and distributed dry rations to disabled and elderly people to commemorate the second anniversary of R. Rajamahendran's passing.
The completion of the clean drinking water project, which will benefit more than 165 families, is a shining example of what can be achieved when communities come together to help those in need. It is a story of hope and resilience, and it is a testament to the power of compassion.