Posted on September 13, 2013

Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has completed the drilling of 22 wells in Sri Lanka at a total cost of around QR365,000. The wells included 7 artesian wells with pumps and tanks with a capacity ranging from 8,000 to 12,500 litres, and 15 shallow wells, including 5 with pumps and storage tanks with a capacity of 2,000 litres.

The project benefited approximately 8,275 people in 9 governorates and 22 villages in central and eastern Sri Lanka. It was carried out in the context of QRC's sustainable development projects for Sri Lanka which include water, sanitation and food security. The project provides safe drinking water and water for irrigation to help improve food security and support local farmers.

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"Qatar Red Crescent's mission is based on the mobilisation of communities to face crises and humanitarian tragedies, and enjoy a safe and dignified life," QRC Secretary-General Saleh al Mohannadi said. "This project is one of the most important initiatives because it is a sustainable development project with a long-term focus; aiming to help individuals to stand up and move forward in their lives by improving their livelihoods."

"The project covers two key areas; hygiene and public health. Providing potable water for drinking and food security for families through the provision of irrigation water for the production of fruit and vegetables consumed locally is a prelude to achieving self-sufficiency," Mohannadi added.

Sri Lanka or Ceylon is a large island in the Indian Ocean, south of India, with a population of around 20 million. Sri Lanka faced several wars between 1983 and 2001 which had severe repercussions on social peace and economic development, leading QRC to implement a number of relief projects.


source: Qatar Tribune

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