I just received a wonderful update from Celeste, our director in Sri Lanka.
You might recall I took a Honolulu-based company there this year who had just adopted the village of Nallathanniya through our Adopt-a-Village program.
Here's Celeste's report on the progress of the clean water system that our Sri Lanka GHNI staff helped the village install and learn how to maintain:
"Papadi tells us she is very grateful to GHNI for making the water system work, replacing the broken pipe line. She joyfully tell us that now they do not have to wait for hours to collect water that is required for the family as within a matter of minutes the clean water required can be collected. She tells us washing clothing before was difficult due to the water problem now she is happy to wash clothing as it is very easy.
"Papadi also tells us that now there is no queue in the morning as before everybody wants to be first to fill a bucket of water and wash themself, that problem is no more. The water has made cooking easy, and drinking water available all the time to her family and the people in Nallathanniya.
"Papadi smiles as she relates a story. One day during the month of December she tells us there was no water in the taps and she thought that once again there is a water problem. When she inquired as to what was wrong she was informed that maintenance was carried out on the system cleaning the catchment tanks. She tells us that she was happy to understand that the water system is also maintained to be clean by the village water team unlike before.
"Papadi tells us that there is no word to explain her joy of this wonderful miracle that has happened in the village. When they lost all hope in the government and the government representatives of the village GHNI comes in and do a great job that benefits the village."
Changing the world really can happen... one little village at a time!