• Date: June 2018 – September 2018.
  • Beneficiaries: 1050 people, 220 households.
  • Location: Somapura, Pulasthigama, Polonnaruwa (Sri Lanka).
  • Intervened sectors: Water and Sanitation, Education.

Located in a province at the north of Sri Lanka, Somapura is a remote and rural community in which the majority of the population makes a living out of agricultural activities, mainly rice cultivation. The inhabitants of this community find themselves in a situation of deep poverty and vulnerability.

GROWTH’s goal in Somapura was to carry out a community development project that would improve the living conditions of the inhabitants of the community.

This goal has been achieved through greater and sustainable access to drinking water, adequate sanitation and better hygiene, as well as improving the learning environment of preschool education in the area.

Carried out with an inclusive and participatory approach, the Somapura Project had the autonomy, independence and support of GROWTH with active participation and collaboration in all phases of the beneficiaries. The project was entirely carried out by people from the community.


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One of the biggest challenges people Somapura faced was the lack of a source of water in their homes. Without drinking water, diseases spread very easily and that is why we have worked together to guarantee access to drinking water for the whole community.

We have collaborated with the whole community to achieve this goal. During the project a new community well and tank have been built that will supply all the houses, more than six kilometers of the main water supply network have been repaired, all families have been provided with an individual installation for their households, installing water meters in all the houses and distributing water filters to all the inhabitants of Somapura so that they have drinking water.

Another objective was the formation of a WASH Committee, which will be responsible for maintenance and repair of the installation so that the new system is sustainable in the long term.

Finally, in order to guarantee the proper use of water and prevent it from being polluted or used in an inappropriate manner, efforts have been made in education and awareness about good hygiene practices and good water use.


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The Sri Nalanda Nursery School, with 40 students a year, had to deal with numerous difficulties: there was a shortage of classroom space, insufficient teaching materials and a single bathroom available for all children and teachers. In addition, a fence was needed to mark the boundaries of the nursery and the playground was badly damaged.

The purpose of the project was to reform and rehabilitate the nursery. Not only has the classroom space been decongested using a new organization of the learning area, but the school has also been provided with better hygiene and sanitation conditions through the construction of three latrines and a new area with sinks for the children. The nursery has also been equipped with new storage furniture and new chairs and tables, in addition to restoring all existing furniture.

In addition, a new covered area has been designed and constructed so that students can be distributed in two different classrooms and the playground has been rehabilitated by restoring existing swings and constructing new ones.

Finally, a fence has been built that marks the limits of the educational space, improving the safety of children, avoiding dangerous situations.