Coca-Cola, UNDP revitalized sanitation projects in Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee | Daily News


Coca-Cola, UNDP revitalized sanitation projects in Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee

Coca-Cola Sri Lanka in partnership with the United Nations Development Program dedicated clean toilets and wells in the Polonnaruwa and Trincomalee districts of Sri Lanka. Under the Every Drop Matters Project, the two partners constructed and renovated a total of 67 toilets and 46 wells in the two districts.

The Coke and UNDP teams being welcomed by the community and school children

Commenting on the project Neeraj Garg, VP - SWA and Juice Business said, "'Coca-Cola places a strong emphasis on sustainability and globally the company undertakes a number of initiatives in partnership with national and international organizations on water, climate protection, environment and healthy active living.

We are very committed to building sustainable communities in Sri Lanka and have been working with several partners on water and sanitation projects. We are so glad to see that the community is actively involved in teaching children the importance of proper sanitation as well as raising their awareness on water conservation'

In Dalukana Village, 45 households were basic access to clean drinking water and sanitation, including seven households which were headed by female members, and one household was headed by a disabled person. Toilets were constructed in each household to meet critical sanitation needs. During this time, the community members were educated on personal hygiene, proper sanitary practices and the proper use and maintenance of the toilets.

A unique aspect of this project was the involvement of the community in the revitalization work. People from the community worked with the project partners to implement the work which led to 21 additional wells being renovated and improving access to water for an additional 190 households. The project was also supported in Kumpurupitiya East by the Women's Rural Development Society. Additionally, in Kadadkaraichenai, 25 wells were also renovated which would benefit 46 households and in Kumpurupitiya East 22 toilets were renovated.

Three schools from the Kadadkaraichenai area- the Tamil Mixed School, Chenaiyoor Central College and Vipulanantha Vidyalayam, were selected for waste reduction and eco-conservation initiatives while awareness programmes were conducted on water and sanitation with the participation of students and teachers. This resulted in the establishment of a Water and Sanitation Task Force in each school.

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