Aug 07, Colombo: The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Ms. Seema Ilahi Baloch and Governor of Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, Mohan Wijewickrama, visited Morawewa District for the inauguration of three Clean Drinking Water Projects for the needy Muslim, Sinhalese and Tamil communities of the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.
The projects are fully funded and gifted by the Government of Pakistan to Rotawewa, Awweinagar and Track 6 Village of the Morawewa DS Division. They were handed over to the respective communities subsequent to the inauguration. The Rotawewa village is inhabited by the resettled Muslim families, whereas Track-6 houses Buddhist Sinhalese families, while, Awweinagar is a Tamil resettlement in district Morawewa.
High Commission of Pakistan in Colombo in liaison with the Governor of Eastern Province, Mohan Wijewickrama and the concerned local government conducted a rapid assessment In order to understand the needs of local communities in the selected areas.
The Need Assessment findings presented provision of clean drinking water as a priority project for the selected communities.
Accordingly, three projects for provision of clean drinking water were finalized with the assistance of Divisional Secretariat Morawewa, under the guidance of the Governor.
The Divisional Secretariat of Morawewa implemented these projects with the assistance of the local communities under the guidance and monitoring of the Governor and the sponsorship of Pakistan High Commission in Colombo.
The clean drinking water projects would add to various projects Pakistan already supported in Sri Lanka in health, education and livelihood sectors.
These projects includes construction of the district Hospital Akurana; construction of a 3 storied state of the art school in Gampaha District, equipping science laboratories in schools, 30 computer centers and 6 stitching centers, providing ambulances to hospitals, annual awards of Jinnah Scholarships to students for continuation of education, and the annual awards of long-term scholarships for study of medicine, engineering, dentistry and pharmacy in Pakistan.