SRI LANKA / WATER

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Nearly half of Sri Lanka 's rural population has no access to water and sanitation, making them highly vulnerable to waterborne diseases. The Sri Lankan government is aiming to solve this problem by 2010 with help from the World Bank. WORLD BANK  

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STORY: SRI LANKA / WATER
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SOURCE: WORLD BANK
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DATELINE: FEBRUARY 2009, WEGALA, SRI LANKA

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, woman filling container with water
2. Med shot, water flowing from tap
3. Med shot, water filling up container
4. Close-up, water in container
5. Med shot, woman using pot
6. Med shot, water filling a container
7. Med shot, woman in store
8. SOUNDBITE (Tamil) Kamala Wickramasinghe, villager:
“I am successfully doing animal husbandry. I started with 2 head of cattle, now I have four, then I started growing vegetables for domestic use, also fruits. The last six months cycle, I made about thirty thousand rupees on the harvest, there were oranges and guava, vegetables as well. I sold the vegetables here at the shop and made money. I was able to do all this because now we have got water.”
9. Various shots, woman carrying buckets of water
10. Wide shot, woman opening latrine
11. Med shot, woman sprinkling soap powder into latrine
12. Med shot, woman throwing water into latrine
13. Close-up, water being thrown into latrine
14. Med shot, woman cleaning latrine
15. SOUNDBITE (Tamil) Kumudu sudarshani, villager:
“During the project, people were given a chance to speak and express themselves to speak in front of a gathering. People who have been very quiet were given a chance to speak and now a lot of people in our village have the ability to go and talk even in public.”
16. Wide shot, pipe line in fields
17. Wide shot, men at control room
18. Wide shot, filter machines
19. Close-up, pipe
20. Wide shot, pipe line in fields
21. SOUNDBITE (Tamil) C.K.B Senaratne, project engineer, rural water supply project and sanitation unit, Central Province:
“Actually if this is success, it will be helpful for community based organizations or beneficiaries. Because, they can get their services from local institutions. So if we can implement this project like this through these institutions definitely it will be a benefit for beneficiaries.”
22. Wide shot, men at pipe by the rive
23. Wide shot, pipe line in field
24. Wide shot, plantation field


STORYLINE:

Women like Kamala used to spend three hours getting water from a stream one and a half kilometers from her home.

Kamala made the trip six times a day to the stream.

But now with water in the house, life is not only easier, but Kamala has time to run her own business tripling the money she made as a government officer.

SOUNDBITE (Tamil) Kamala Wickramasinghe, villager:
“I am successfully doing animal husbandry. I started with 2 head of cattle, now I have four, then I started growing vegetables for domestic use, also fruits. The last six months cycle, I made about thirty thousand rupees on the harvest, there were oranges and guava, vegetables as well. I sold the vegetables here at the shop and made money. I was able to do all this because now we have got water.”

Meanwhile for Kumudu, neglecting hygiene was acceptable if it meant water was used sparingly.

But that was before she became involved with the activities behind the water and sanitation program.

Not only does she get access to water, now Kumudu’s awareness about sanitation has increased.

Equally important, she has a voice in the project.

SOUNDBITE (Tamil) Kumudu sudarshani, villager:
“During the project, people were given a chance to speak and express themselves to speak in front of a gathering. People who have been very quiet were given a chance to speak and now a lot of people in our village have the ability to go and talk even in public.”

The water and sanitation program has so far provided water to 50,000 households and built 30,000 sanitary latrines.

It has seen as so successful; Sri Lankans working on the projects believe it should be implemented nationwide.

SOUNDBITE (Tamil) C.K.B Senaratne, project engineer, rural water supply project and sanitation unit, Central Province:
“Actually if this is success, it will be helpful for community based organizations or beneficiaries. Because, they can get their services from local institutions. So if we can implement this project like this through these institutions definitely it will be a benefit for beneficiaries.”

With the government’s effort supported by the World Bank’s commitment to the program, water and sanitation in 800 Sri Lankan villages are set to be improved.
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