|Project||Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project in the Jaffna District, Kopai Divisional Secretariat Division|
• To provide access to proper sanitation facilities for the Internally Displaced Person (IDP) community living in welfare centres • To minimise the risk of communicable disease outbreaks in the community due to poor sanitation facilities
|Project Partners||• Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) • Regional Directorate of Health Services in Jaffna, Sri Lanka • Kopay Divisional Secretariat • On Tech Builders of Jaffna|
• Repair and renovation of latrines and tube wells • Repair of doors and roofs for toilets
|Locations||Kopay Divisional Secretariat Division (3 villages: Selvapuram, Yogapuram and Krishnakovally|
|Period||October to December 2012|
• 2 latrines fully repaired • 9 latrines renovated • 1 toilet pit repaired • 11 tube wells rehabilitated • Proper sanitation access for over 300 people from 80 families • Reduced risks of communicable diseases
Besides proper medical care, the community living in the resettled villages also lack proper sanitation facilities. Upon conferring the issue with the Assistant Director of Planning, Kopay Divisional Secretariat Division, it was decided that the welfare centres in Urumpai South have the most WASH needs. With 70% of the latrines and all the tube wells which were built in the 1990s, were damaged and rendered unusable by the community.
MERCY Malaysia efforts
Recognising the need to renovate the damaged sanitation facilities, MERCY Malaysia collaborated with other organisations to conduct the much-needed repair work on latrines and tube wells. Two latrines were fully repaired, while nine others were renovated. Additionally, one toilet pit was repaired and 11 tube wells were refurbished. Following the renovation, over 300 people from 80 families have benefited from access to proper sanitation and have reduced risks of communicable diseases.