Let them bloom – Give them water
My daughter asked me some very pertinent questions in April this year. “Amma, why did Appé Lanka give bikes to school children before they gave water?”
“Why did you give solar home systems to one cluster village and identify another 1000 homes that did not have energy, before you addressed the issue of water?”
“Why did you start a Sport for Unity, and an Art and Drama for unity initiative or train
“Why did you launch the English for All program hoping to teach students an international language? Isn’t water more important than anything else? Shouldn’t Appé Lanka have dealt with the water issue first?
I thought about it and realized she was right. Why hadn’t Appé Lanka given heed to one of the most important needs – water?
I had been working in Poonakary for four years. I had heard comments like, “Shaan, you can’t stay in Poonakary, you will have to stay in Kilinochchi: there is no usable water here.” I had seen water bowsers distribute water when we were conducting our drama and art workshops or installing solar panels. I have had conversations with villagers who told me that during the rainy season when browsers couldn’t reach them, they collected rainwater in plastic containers. But the fact that there was no usable water went over my head for far too long a time.
Now looking back, I think it was something I could not conceive of or wanted to accept. How could there be no usable water in a country like Sri Lanka, especially in Poonakary, which means “Village of Flowers”.
The “No usable water” situation started bugging me,
The Appé Lanka team galvanized their school partners, urging people to join them to give people in Poonakary what you and I take for granted – usable water.
Water purifying systems have been installed in six schools, in just 6 weeks; just 18 more need to be installed.
To think all we need is USD 10 from 5,000 persons and all 6,410 students can have what you and I take for granted – usable water.
Appe lanka celebrates world environment day.
21 water purifying system installed in schools in Poonakary giving safe water to school children everyday all the time.
👍SCHOOL ATTENDANCE HAS INCREASED
👍THE CHILDREN ARE STUDYING BETTER.
👍THEY ARE HEALTHY
👍THEY ARE ENJOYING EXTRA CURRICULA ACTIVITIES
all in 18 months
TWO MORE SCHOOLS NOW HAVE SAFE USABLE WATER…
The happy faces says it all
LET THEM BLOOM GIVE THEM WATER – PROJECT UPDATE
SYSTEMS INSTALLED IN POONAKARY SINCE APRIL 2018
|Nos||INS . DATE||NAME OF SCHOOL|
|1||28-11-18||Jeyapuram Maha Vidiyalayam|
|2||28-11-18||Veravil Hindu Maha Vidiyalayam|
|11||01-02-19||Poonakary Central College|
|12||29-03-19||Kariyalai Nagapaduvan GTMS|
|13||04-04-19||Mattuvil Nadu Arasinar Thamizh Kalavan School|
|16||14-06-19||Poonakary Nallur M . V|
|18||20-07-19||Karukaithivu M . V|
|19||29-07-2019||Mulankavil Primary School|
|22||23-09-2019||Mulangavil Central College|
|23||23-09-2019||Muhkomban M. V|
|24||23-09-2019||Nachikuda Muslim TMS|
|25||23-09-2019||Kariyalai Nagapaduvan GTMS – 03|
Divisional Secretary Poonakary, Mr Krishnendran, addressing a gathering at Poonakary Nallur Tamil Vidyalayam organised to hand over a water purifying system. August 2nd, 2019.
It was 18 months ago that the Appe Lanka team initiated LET THEM BLOOM GIVE THEM WATER today 21 schools in POONAKARY have safe water
THOMIAN RIDE GIVES SAFE DRINKING WATER TO 250 CHILDREN IN POONAKARY
They will also ride to poonakary and give the children tips on how to maintain their bikes.
11 Schools get safe water
Jan 28, 2019
The children don’t only drink water in school they said they take water home for their families as well 11 schools get safe water only 13 more to go.