HNB part­ners SLWP to com­mence rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing for six schools in Hat­ton

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - CSR -

Fur­ther­ing its mis­sion to serve as a part­ner in progress to all Sri Lankans, lead­ing lo­cal bank, HNB PLC an­nounced that it would be work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Sri Lanka Wa­ter Part­ner­ship (SLWP) to in­tro­duce rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing tanks to six schools in the Hat­ton and Talawakelle re­gions.

In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing and in­stalling the rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing in­fra­struc­ture, HNB will also be en­gag­ing with SLWP to con­duct aware­ness cam­paigns and work­shops with res­i­dents in the area on key is­sue of health and san­i­ta­tion in or­der to en­cour­age the es­tab­lish­ment of an im­proved stan­dard of liv­ing and qual­ity of life for res­i­dents.

“HNB is firmly com­mit­ted to fa­cil­i­tat­ing in­vest­ments that safe­guard wa­ter se­cu­rity in keep­ing with UN Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals.

Hence we are ex­tremely proud to be able to col­lab­o­rate with the Sri Lanka Wa­ter Part­ner­ship on such a vi­tal ini­tia­tive.

Rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing re­mains one of the most ef­fec­tive, af­ford­able, and sus­tain­able meth­ods of en­sur­ing that un­der­served com­mu­ni­ties op­ti­mise their wa­ter re­sources. Par­tic­u­larly given the chal­lenges that many of th­ese com­mu­ni­ties face in ac­cess­ing pipe- borne wa­ter, rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing has the po­ten­tial to dras­ti­cally im­prove the liv­ing stan­dards of com­mu­ni­ties in the Hat­ton re­gion, and we hope that this in­vest­ment will serve as a pos­i­tive ex­am­ple that will be ex­panded to oth­ers in the com­mu­nity mov­ing for­ward,” HNB Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Dil­shan Ro­drigo said.

The es­tab­lish­ment of new rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing tanks in Hat­ton and Talawakelle re­gions and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing aware­ness cam­paigns on san­i­ta­tion and hy­giene fol­low on sim­i­lar in­vest­ments made by HNB in col­lab­o­ra­tion with SLWP in the for four se­lected schools in the Aranayake re­gion.

No­tably, the aware­ness build­ing pro­grammes en­com­passed within the project will help to build wa­ter and cli­mate re­lated aware­ness in ad­di­tion to a stronger un­der­stand­ing of catch­ment con­ser­va­tion in school com­mu­ni­ties, form­ing strong en­gage­ments with prin­ci­pals, teach­ers, stu­dents and par­ents in or­der to drive pos­i­tive be­havioural changes.

Sri Lanka Wa­ter Part­ner­ship is an in­de­pen­dent non profit as­so­ci­a­tion es­tab­lished in 2000 with the goal of pro­mot­ing In­te­grated Wa­ter Re­sources Man­age­ment (IWRM) in line with the con­cepts and prin­ci­ples out­lined at Rio, Dublin and first and sec­ond World Wa­ter Fo­rums.

The as­so­ci­a­tion serves as the lo­cally ac­cred­ited rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Global Wa­ter Part­ner­ship es­tab­lished in 1996 by the World Bank, the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme and the Swedish In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion agency.

From left: HNB Sus­tain­able Busi­ness As­sis­tant Man­ager He­man­tha Senevi­ratne, HNB Mar­ket­ing Head Cham­mika Weeras­inghe, SLWP Se­nior Ad­vi­sor Kusum Athuko­rala, SLWP Chair­man Jay­atissa Ban­dara­gaoda, HNB Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Dil­shan Ro­drigo, HNB Le­gal Head Niroshini Wet­tas­inha, HNB Tal­ent De­vel­op­ment and Sus­tain­abil­ity Se­nior Man­ager Gay­athri Gane­shan and HNB Sus­tain­able Busi­ness Of­fi­cer in Charge Shanel Per­era

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