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Krishantha and his mother live along the Mahameda Wewa Resevoir in Nawagattegama, Sri Lanka.
Due to prolonged drought in the area, lack of water has been a major hindrance for farming.
“We received a lot of assistance to overcome the challenges we faced to develop our land. Our main problem was water supply because we don’t get a lot of rainfall here.
Due to dry weather, we have not been able to reap any benefits from our harvest. We were given a solution to manage our water supply and we were given instructions on effective cultivation processes.
In the past, tanks in the Dry Zone had tree girdles for protecting water reserves. Today, many of these are tanks are lacking this protection.
Native trees are now being planted along the tanks to revive the cascade system.
“My name is Nirmala Ranasinghe, I am from Vavuniya. I live with my husband and two kids who are now at school.
When the cascaded tank village system was rehabilitated, we were able to improve our livelihoods significantly.
“My name is Arumugam Deivanai. I was born in Matale and lived in Kekirawa for 22 years. I moved to Kilinochchi in 1977.
Living here was a struggle because we didn’t have access to clean water. There weren’t many wells either.
We could only get water from a well in the Kovil. We only had that to bathe and drink.
We suffered a lot. There wasn’t enough clean water in these areas and we couldn’t afford to pay for water.
ශ්රී ලංකාවේ වියළි කලාපයේ දේශගුණික විපර්යාස නිසා සිදුවන ආපදාවන්ට දැඩිලස ගොදුරු විය හැකි ගංගා ද්රෝණි තුනක් වන මී ඔය, මල්වතු ඔය හා යාන් ඔයෙහි ජල කළමනාකරණය හා ඒකාබද්ධ විසදුම් ක්රියාවලියක් සිදු කරමින් ගං වතුරින් හා නියගයෙන් පීඩාවට පත්වී ඇති දිළිදු ප්රජාවගේ ආහාර සුරක්ෂිතතාව හා ජීවන තත්ව ඉහල නැංවීම හා සුරක්ෂිත ජල අවශ්යතා සපුරා දීම අරමුණු කරගත් දේශගුණික විපර්යාසයන්ට අනුහුරුවීම සදහා වන ඒකාබද්ධ ජල කළමනාකරණ ව්යාපෘතිය හෙවත් වැව්ගම් පුබුදුව ව්යාපෘතියේ ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමක්