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* Pakistan provides clean drinking water to Sri Lanka's resettled communities in Mullaitivu
Thu, Nov 15, 2012, 10:49 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 15, Colombo: The Pakistan government through its High Commission in Colombo has funded the construction of two clean drinking water projects for the resettled vulnerable communities in Mullaitivu district in the Northern part of Sri Lanka.

The two projects were implemented in the Neerayipitty East and Kumarapuram villages in the Maritimepattu DS division after under taking vulnerability assessment for the provision of drinking water, a press release from High Commission said.

Pakistani High Commissioner Ms. Seema Ilahi Baloch visited the beneficiary communities and handed over the projects on 15th November 2012 in the presence of Additional Government Agent Mullaitivu Mr. Mohandas, Head of Programme, Muslim Aid Mr. A.W.M. Fahim, and the community leaders.

The first beneficiary village is Kumarapuram where approximately 300 resettled Tamil families are living after being housed in welfare camps in Vavuniya for two years.

The other village Neerayipitty East is predominantly a Muslim village, where approximately 450 families who were displaced in 1990s and living in welfare camps in Puttalam, were resettled during the last two years.

The people in these villages, especially women have to walk long distances to carry water for drinking and bathing purposes creating further hardship for the women in their communities.

Realizing the difficulties faced by the resettled communities, the High Commissioner has facilitated a sponsorship for the construction of a tube well and a community dug well for affected communities to benefit around 750 families directly on daily basis.

The projects have been implemented by Muslim Aid Sri Lanka.

Earlier this year, the Government of Pakistan sponsored three Clean Drinking Water Projects for the needy Muslim, Sinhalese and Tamil communities of the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.

These projects were also fully funded by the Government of Pakistan and were gifted to Rotawewa, Awweinagar and Track 6 Village of the Morawewa DS Division. 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.

The Water Supply Projects underscores Pakistan's commitment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals on water. The Millennium Development Goals aim to cut by half the number of people living without drinking water and basic sanitation by the year 2015.

Among other projects sponsored by the Pakistan government in Sri Lanka are, construction of the district hospital in 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.

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