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 counselors to work in the schools in Poonakary dealing with issues like PTSD before giving water?”
“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 have 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”. 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, irking me. Every time I opened a tap or filled the kettle to make my morning cup of coffee or stood under the shower for longer than I should. I thought of the Poonkarians with no usable water.
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 10 USD 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

WOW👏😊👍

all in 18 months

TWO MORE SCHOOLS NOW HAVE SAFE USABLE WATER…

02.08.2019 

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

3

08-01-19

Ganimadam GTMS

4

08-01-19

Samypulam GTMS

5

18-06-18

Chempankundru GTMS

6

18-06-18

Kiranchy GTMS

7

18-06-18

Chelliyathivu GTMS

8

21-05-18

Vinasiyodai GTMS

9

03-04-18

Vigneshwara GTMS

10

03-04-18

Paramankiray GTMS

11

01-02-19

Poonakary Central College

12

29-03-19

Kariyalai Nagapaduvan GTMS

13

04-04-19

Mattuvil Nadu Arasinar Thamizh Kalavan School

14

29-03-19

Iranaithivu RCTMS

15

22-03-19

Kumulamunai GTMS

16

14-06-19

Poonakary Nallur M . V

17

14-06-19

Chunnavil GTMS

18

20-07-19

Karukaithivu M . V

19

29-07-2019

Mulankavil Primary School

20

29-07-2019

Vallaipadu GTMS

21

28-08-2019

Nachchikuda GTMS

Divisional Secretary Poonakary, Mr Krishnendran, addressing a gathering at Poonakary Nallur Tamil Vidyalayam organised to hand over a water purifying system. August 2nd, 2019.

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.

KOLUU FOR APPE LANKA

“Koluu for Appe Lanka Helping the Children in Poonakary to Have Safe Water”

USABLE SAFE WATER MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE

In partnership with the Rotary club of Colombo and Rotary Club – Regency we were able to give the students of Poonkary Central College safe drinking water.