Learning from the past, leading into the future. Saving lives through inclusive WASH. (Rural Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project – 3 (RIWASH-3)

World Vision in Sri Lanka

Project Description

The project focused on the most vulnerable groups, including female-headed households and people with disability to address inclusion issues in WASH design, implementation and management. The project provided access to safe clean water for 1,046 households (3,452 people) and 23 schools (6,333 students) while sanitation and hygiene behaviour change was promoted through the provision of 586 improved sanitation facilities benefitting 1,934 people including  71 people with disability and project provided access to public sanitation facilities with gender and disability features. Further, 16,318 are people with increased knowledge of hygiene practices. The sanitation facilities provided in 18 Schools beneficiating 3,897 students while hand washing facilities provided in 30 Schools supporting to improve the hygiene behaviour change among the 4,978 students. The annual monitoring held in June 2018 revealed the significant changes; year-round access to water increased to 87% from 82%, access to improved water source increased to 58% from 27%, using an improved sanitation facilities increased to 93% from 82%, Open defecation reduced to 1.3% from 4.81%, using water and soap for handwashing increased to 76% from 67%.  The project goal, to improve health and quality of life, will be achieved by: improving coordination, capacity and governance amongst water, sanitation and hygiene actors to sustain services; improving knowledge and adoption of safe, contextually and environmentally appropriate, hygiene practices; and improving equitable access to safe water and sanitation.

Project Location

The Project was implemented in 11 rural villages from 2 Divisional Secretariat Divisions (Chavakachchery and Chankanai) in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka with a total population of 109,929 people. The communities are situated on flood-prone, arid land bordered by salt lakes. Water is scarce and/or contaminated with only 20% of households having access to safe drinking water. Water tables are highly contaminated either by over use of chemical fertilizers or run off from open defecation. 30% of households do not have latrines, and of those that have facilities 50% are unused due to lack of water, maintenance or habit.

Project Posters

Download World Vision's project poster presented at the Fund Learning and Reflection Event (FLARE) in August 2017 here.

Click here for World Vision's project poster presented at the 2016 South Asia Regional Learning Event.

Project specifics

Location Duration (MM/YY) Working with Key approach Website
Location South and West Asia: Sri Lanka Duration 01-05-2014 to 01-06-2018 Working with Government at all levels. Community Management. Local Disabled Persons Organisations. Key approach Strengthening WASH coordination, management and governance. Capacity Building Website http://worldvision.com.au/home/defaultverB.aspx