This morning was very different for Dirushan, 7, and his friends Suganya and Abhishan. They no longer have to walk to collect water for their families, thanks to a joint project by AusAID and Word Vision.
“Every morning before going to school I used to go with my aunt to collect water. A lot of children would come too – mostly girls. Then there are elders and even very old people sometimes come with pots to collect water,” says Dirushan. “I used to go after school also, although sometimes I would feel too tired.”
“But now we have clean water at home and I am so happy,” he smiles.