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* Pakistan sponsors clean drinking water projects in Sri Lanka
Mon, Feb 3, 2014, 10:28 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 03, Colombo: The government of Pakistan through its High Commission in Colombo has funded the construction of two clean drinking water supply projects for the vulnerable communities in Kodapokuna village of Polonnaruwa District in Northern Central Province of Sri Lanka.

The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Major General (retd) Qasim Qureshi visited the village and handed over these projects in the presence of the community leaders, the Pakistani High Commission has said in a statement released to the official news agency APP.

Mrs. Rashida Qureshi, spouse of the High Commissioner and Faizer Khan, Country Director Muslim Aid also accompanied the High Commissioner.

According to the statement, the Kodapokuna village, situated 50 km away from Polonnaruwa city, is inhabited by 155 Tamil and 148 Muslim families resettled after being displaced during the conflict.

The people in these villages, especially women had to walk long distances to carry water for drinking and bathing which created hardship for these remote village communities.

Realizing the difficulties faced by the resettled communities, the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka sponsored the construction of community wells to benefit over 300 families directly on daily basis.

The two projects were implemented with the assistance of Muslim Aid Sri Lanka, after undertaking vulnerability assessment for the provision of clean drinking water.

Last year, the Government of Pakistan sponsored six clean drinking water supply projects for the needy Sinhalese, Muslim and Tamil communities of Rotawewa, Awweinagar and Track 6 village of the Morawewa DS Division of Eastern province and Neerayipitty East and Kumarapuram villages in Mullaitivu district of the Northern Province.

The water supply projects underscore Pakistan's commitment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals regarding provision of drinking water and basic sanitation by the year 2015.

These projects would add to various other projects from the Government and people of Pakistan being undertaken in health, education and livelihood sectors.

These projects includes construction of a school in Salam Baikulam in Vavuniya town of the Northern Province, district hospital Akurana, construction of a 3-storey state of the art school in Gampaha, equipping science laboratories in schools, revival of handloom sector in Meerigama to strengthening this cottage industry and providing self-employment, 30 computer centers and six stitching centers, providing ambulances to hospitals, annual awards of Jinnah scholarships as well as Higher Education scholarships for study of medicine, engineering, dentistry and pharmacy in Pakistan.

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