Kebithigollewa is a rural village situated 23 miles south-east of Vavuyniya in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The village which had experienced more than its share of violence from the 27-year-long civil war with LTTE, still undergo grave difficulties principally due to the lack of access to clean drinking water. Recognizing the need for support, Access Engineering initiated restoring the Kuda Nelugola tank; one of key sources of water which has been abandoned for almost three long decades. Restoration has enabled number of farmers who are living in the vicinity of the tank to start cultivating their paddy fields of around 10 acres of size.
The CSR program also included installation of a Water Purification Plant with a deep tube well including an elevated storage tank and pump system which provides the much awaited access to clean drinking water. The plant which has the capacity to supply 5,000 liters of water per day, facilitates around 125 families of the village.
The agricultural life of the villages was furthered upgraded by Access Engineering with the construction of an agricultural well with a pump system which provides a continuous supply of water that is sufficient for around 15 farmers to cultivate (Paddy and alternative crop) in two seasons even at a time of a drought.
As a supplementary effort to uplift the livelihoods of the striving communities of Kebithigollewa, Access Engineering identified 75 needy families and donated them with around 400 pieces of reconditioned second hand clothing. Access Engineering has also donated a collection of books to Kanugahawewa Primary School, school supplies to Yakawewa School and sport equipments, mini drip irrigation system and other supplies to Halmillwatiya School in order to enhance the overall learning experience of the students of these surrounding communities.
Reference list: Yakawewa Rural Community Development Project. 2017. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elCLgEsCVbE&t=4s